Vince Winkel

REPORTER, WHQR NEWS

Vince Winkel joined the WHQR news team in March, 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, 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.

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Launch into 2020 with more music from Wilmington and a bit beyond. January’s Bottega Live kicks off with the music of Brandon Hardesty, singer and guitarist with the Bumpin Uglies. Then it’s Wilmington based singer - songwriter Kristie Lynn. Also on the show, local hip host artist Ken X. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

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The New Hanover County’s Partnership Advisory Group announced last night that 18 organizations have expressed interest in exploring a possible merger or purchase of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

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The ‘Save Our Hospital’ group held its first public meeting Tuesday evening at the Northeast Branch Library. A standing room only crowd listened to speakers explain why they are opposed to the possible sale or merger of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

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Today the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, released a national report on PFAS contamination in water supplies. At the top of the list: Brunswick County, North Carolina. WHQR’s Vince Winkel spoke with one of the report’s authors. 

The fall 2020 school assignment of over 500 students in Brunswick County is set to change. At Tuesday night’s special meeting, the School Board voted to reassign elementary and middle school students as part of Phase One of the redistricting process.

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The lack of affordable housing has become an important public issue in New Hanover County. On Tuesday, the joint City of Wilmington/County Workforce Housing Advisory Committee met to approve a draft Request for Proposal to identify a consultant who will conduct a comprehensive housing study, along with a public opinion survey. Those in the field say the problem may finally be getting the attention it deserves.

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The Partnership Advisory Group – the committee exploring the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center – held its first meeting of 2020 on Jan. 9. Since October, the group chartered by the County has been considering whether the hospital should remain independent, be sold or enter a partnership with another health system. The PAG has finished its Request For Proposals and is now moving forward.

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Monday and Tuesday leaders from New Hanover County are at Apple Computer’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California. Natalie English, President and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, assembled a team of elected officials and educators for the trip. WHQR checked in with the group.

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High Energy! December’s Bottega Live features The Madd Hatters – an exciting band from the Cape Fear Region. Also in the show we have Tyler Fulton, Faith Coleman, and the one and only Michele Wuensch. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

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Almost two and a half years ago, the public learned that the Chemours Company was discharging a variety of toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River. Now on both sides of the river, utilities will need to spend tens of millions of dollars on water filtration systems. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has chosen granulated activated carbon. In Brunswick County, it’s reverse osmosis.  Both technologies come with a hefty price tag.

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Early Thursday morning the pedestrian bridge which connects the north and south towers of Wilmington’s River Place was lowered into place. It's 40 feet long, 13 feet high and now rests  74 feet above ground level on the north side, and 71 feet on south side.

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The Partnership Advisory Group – the team exploring options for the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center – held its final public meeting of 2019 on December 19.  The group is making progress, but still months away from any formal recommendation.

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Coastal Horizons Center, the non-profit treatment center on the front lines in the opioid addiction battle, had its Annual Meeting Wednesday.  The Wilmington-based facility is growing well beyond the Cape Fear region.

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On Monday New Hanover County Commissioners will consider establishing a Stormwater Services program for the county’s unincorporated areas. If the measure passes, the county will assume responsibility for clearing storm debris and cleaning drainage ditches and pipes. 

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According to the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, there are now over 100 million hogs and chickens living in factory farms in North Carolina.   Dozens of these Concentrated Animal Feed Operations – or CAFOs – are in the Cape Fear Region. And a new survey shows that people in the state aren’t too happy about it.

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Julia Olson-Boseman is the new Chair of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Patricia Kusek is Vice Chair. They were voted in Monday evening during a meeting that was, at times, contentious. 

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More jobs are coming to the Pender Commerce Park just north of Wilmington. Gov. Roy Cooper and Wilmington Business Development officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the facility off Highway 421.

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November’s Bottega Live features two exciting bands from the Cape Fear Region. The Yard Doggs, and the Blarney Brogues. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

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New Hanover County’s Partnership Advisory Group (PAG), charged with evaluating the future of the Regional Medical Center, has released its meeting schedule for the next five months. The PAG held its third public meeting last night.

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The potential sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center appears to have a new roadblock. It’s a nonprofit corporation launched today called, “Save Our Hospital.” The organization is not in favor of selling the healthcare system.

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The future of WAVE Transit dominated Monday morning’s New Hanover County Commissioners’ meeting. A month ago, the Commissioners voted to end the county contract with the transportation system on July 1, 2021.  Today there was another funding vote.

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This week the Partnership Advisory Group – that’s the group in charge of exploring the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center – held its second public meeting. It was a class on the new landscape of the healthcare industry.

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A new marker unveiled Friday in Wilmington refers to the events of November 1898 as a “coup” and not a “race riot” as other signs had in years past. The ceremony included reading the names of those known to have been killed on November 10, 1898.

Carolina Beach made history in yesterday’s election. It elected its first woman to serve as Mayor. Current town council member LeAnn Pierce is the new mayor-elect after receiving more than 1,000 votes. 

A newcomer to politics is the top vote-getter in the race for Leland Town Council. Veronica Carter is a retired Army Officer and former Civil Servant with almost 40 years of experience. 

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Wilmington City Council has a new member. And the vote difference between staying on the Council or being voted off – was just six.

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October’s Bottega Live features features three artists. The Caroliners, stories with Fudge Willi, and also Alex Lohr. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

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New Hanover County Commissioners held their first public hearing on the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. About 100 people attended the hearing at Snipes Academy yesterday.

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The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, international governmental bodies, and research institutes all agree: climate change is real. And with that comes sea level rise. What is unclear, however, is how fast it may happen. 

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Tom Lombardi is one of three candidates running for the Board of Alderman in Southport’s Ward 1. Currently on the Board of Adjustment, he has served on various city committees since moving here in 2012.

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