Vince Winkel

REPORTER, WHQR NEWS

Vince Winkel joined the WHQR news team in February, 2017. He had previously been covering business and economics for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

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Vince began his career in public broadcasting with Monitor Radio in 1985, during which time his work received reporting awards from the Overseas Press Club of America, International Radio Festival of New York (Gold Medal), Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi, Gabriel Award: Best Feature-National Release, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Colorado Press Association, Associated Press Television Association of California and others.

During his previous time in public radio he also was a contributor to Living on Earth, SoundPrint, Only a Game, NPR, Southern California Public Radio, Marketplace and the BBC.

Vince also helped launch Public Interactive as news director and managing editor, working with PBS and NPR stations across the country in developing content and publishing tools for station websites.

During an eight year break from radio, Vince was media director for BMW Motorcycles, managing their publications and digital media.

Vince Winkel joined the WHQR news team in February, 2017. He had previously been covering business and economics for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

Vince began his career in public broadcasting with Monitor Radio in 1985.

During his previous time in public radio he also was a contributor to Living on Earth, SoundPrint, Only a Game, NPR, Southern California Public Radio, Marketplace and the BBC.

During an eight year break from radio, Vince was media director for BMW Motorcycles, managing their publications and digital media.

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center has been put up for sale. The county-owned hospital system, approved by voters in the early 1960s and opened in 1967, is doing well.   So well, in fact, that last year, NHRMC posted a nearly-$80 million increase in its net position.  The year before that, it finished with a $98 million surplus – that’s revenues over expenditures -- essentially the profit – folded back into NHRMC.   

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Daily Updates from WHQR on closures, openings, local, state and federal efforts and other developments in  the coronavirus battle.   

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It’s been a very busy year in the Cape Fear Region, and for WHQR Public Media.

This 18-minute audio compilation highlights the COVID-19 news coverage of WHQR from early March through June 30.

WHQR News is Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Katelyn Freund, Hannah Breisinger, Rachel Keith and Vince Winkel. Doc Jarden is acting News Director.

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With a 4 – 1 vote, New Hanover County Commissioners voted to approve a letter of intent to sell New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. 

Hannah Breisinger

Kevin Spears was born and raised in Wilmington and is on the ballot for Wilmington City Council. As a community activist, he works to combat youth gang violence. He's concerned about council’s priorities.

 

Kevin Spears says he’s been to a lot of city council meetings. Now he’s hoping to attend those meetings from the other side of the desk. He says Wilmington politicians favor the wealthy.

 

It’s been a very busy year in the Cape Fear Region, and for WHQR Public Media.

This 20-minute audio compilation highlights the news coverage of WHQR.

WHQR News is Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Katelyn Freund, Hannah Breisinger, Rachel Keith and Vince Winkel. Doc Jarden is acting News Director.

PART 1. The Cape Fear Region is the fastest growing section in North Carolina. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. Pender County is 933 square miles stretching from the Atlantic coast inland towards Wallace, Atkinson and Ivanhoe. In Part One of our series on growth in the region, WHQR's Vince Winkel goes to Pender County.

 

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You don’t have to drive far in Pender County to find construction. Houses, apartments, businesses, industry and coastal vacation homes. There is a lot of building.

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PART 1. The Cape Fear Region is the fastest growing section in North Carolina. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. Pender County is 933 square miles stretching from the Atlantic coast inland towards Wallace, Atkinson and Ivanhoe. In Part One of our series on growth in the region, WHQR's Vince Winkel goes to Pender County.

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You don’t have to drive far in Pender County to find construction. Houses, apartments, businesses, industry and coastal vacation homes. There is a lot of building.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

Bottega Live is an hour-long local music program airing every Fourth Friday from 8 to 9 pm. The program features local musicians, and special guests, recorded live at the Bottega Art and Wine Bar, 723 N. 4 th Street in Wilmington.

The program is the brainchild of Bottega owner and program host Addie Wuensch, local musician Jeremy Webster and WHQR's Vince Winkel. 

“I love the idea of working with local community partners,” says Addie Wuensch. “And with Bottega Live we’re highlighting young, talented, local musical acts that otherwise might not have the opportunity to be broadcast on a 100,000-watt public radio.”

Bottega Live airs in conjunction with downtown Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

“I want to showcase really good, original music people haven’t heard yet,” Wuensch explained.

All shows are also available on the WHQR website. 

ORIGINAL AIR DATE - FEB. 28, 2020

On this edition of WHQR’s Bottega Live, a full hour of Rebekah Todd. Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.  Growing up in the small town of Benson, North Carolina, Rebekah Todd has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember.

The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continues to rise. Thursday afternoon Gov. Roy Cooper addressed both the increase, and the issue of schools reopening. 

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The Partnership Advisory Group voted unanimously on Thursday night to recommend Novant Health as the best choice for the future of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. If the hospital Trustees and the Board of Commissioners approve, negotiations will begin on the terms of the sale. 

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The Partnership Advisory Group has voted unanimously to recommend Novant Health as the best choice for the future of the Regional Medical Center. Next week, the Board of Trustees will consider the matter, and on July 13 the decision reaches the County Board of Commissioners. 

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With the movement to rename Hugh MacRae Park growing, demonstrators held a sit-in at the park Wednesday to raise awareness of social and racial injustice. The park is named after one of the architects of Wilmington’s 1898 massacre.  It’s estimated that hundreds of Blacks lost their lives in what was the only successful coup d’etat in U.S. History.   

On Monday night Save Our Hospital, the group opposed to the sale of the medical center, held an online meeting to hear people’s concerns about the future. 

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At his Covid-19 press conference on Wednesday, June 24, Governor Roy Cooper announced his decision to extend Phase II restrictions and require mandatory masks in public places. Meanwhile, Wilmington has launched an initiative which allows businesses on some streets to move off the sidewalk and on to the street to serve customers during specific hours.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down ongoing research into PFAS and GenX contamination in the water supply. One scientist whose work has been interrupted has been looking into toxicity in striped bass in the Cape Fear River. 

The June Edition of WHQR’s Bottega Live is a special one. Addie interviews East Bay Ray - musician, songwriter, co-founder, producer of Dead Kennedys and musician at The Killer Smiles. Addie and Ray discuss songwriting, playing dive bars in Oakland, and everything in-between. Also we have encore performances from Madd Hatters and Medicated Sunfish!

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The Downtown Alive initiative kicked off last night in Wilmington as sections of downtown were closed to traffic to allow restaurants and stores to expand on to sidewalks and streets. 

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Three Wilmington police officers have been fired from the force for violating Department policy concerning inappropriate language.  Chief Donny Williams confirmed the move at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

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At a public hearing last night, New Hanover County Commissioners heard from those in favor and those opposed to the sale of the Regional Medical Center. This public hearing came a few days after the Partnership Advisory Group stated that it supports a sale – rather than maintaining the status quo. 

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As the decision draws near on the Medical Center’s future, the Partnership Advisory Group resumed its in-person meetings last night at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus. 

NHRMC

A survey of 667 New Hanover County residents—commissioned by the  Save Our Hospital Group and conducted last week—shows a range of concerns about the sale of the Regional Medical Center. 

Vince Winkel

It was 11 months ago that New Hanover County announced they were going to explore selling the Regional Medical Center.  Last week, county officials and residents heard from the top three candidates under consideration.

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In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the protests began in Wilmington on May 30 with a gathering at 1898 Memorial Park. The next day, they moved to the steps of Wilmington City Hall. Every day and night since, people have gathered with signs protesting racism and police brutality.  One voice has stood out from the crowd. 

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It was three years ago this weekend that the story broke...there are chemical contaminants in the Cape Fear that are also in our drinking water.  WHQR’s Vince Winkel has been following the story from the beginning.  He looks back over what’s happened...and where we are today.

 

On November 10, 1898, an angry white mob led by prominent Wilmingtonians like Alfred Moore Waddell, Hugh MacRae, George Rountree, and J. Allen Taylor, murdered anywhere from a dozen to 300 people. These white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from power, and hundreds of black business owners and residents fled in the aftermath. This feature includes video interviews with local leaders.

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Two demonstrations in Wilmington over the weekend. Both were about George Floyd – the black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week. Saturday afternoon’s was peaceful. Sunday evening’s turned into a confrontation. Just before 10 pm, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo declared a state of emergency and put a curfew in place until 6 am Monday morning.  WHQR’s Vince Winkel was at both events and filed this report.

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Over the weekend, protests continued all across the country over the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died from the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. At least fifteen states and the District of Columbia have either activated or requested the National Guard to assist local law enforcement. In Wilmington, the Saturday demonstration at 1898 Memorial Park was peaceful. 

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Next weekend marks the third anniversary of the other big story in the region. PFAS, GenX...and Chemours. It was on June 7, 2017 when that story broke in the StarNews. And it hasn’t gone anywhere. Tests are still being done, lawsuits are flying, and legislators continue to wrestle with it.

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