The Newsroom The Newsroom will air at noon on the first Friday of every month and will be rebroadcast on the following Sunday at 1pm on HQR News 91.3fm. Hosted by Ben Schachtman, Managing Editor of HQR News, the program will be an opportunity for local officials and reporters — the people who make news and the people who report it — to talk about the issues that affect our community. According to host Ben Schachtman, "Our goal is to have candid, in-depth conversations about the topics that concern our listeners. It will be a chance to dig a little deeper into the news." From WHQR Public Media in Wilmington, NC. Contact us at Newsroom@whqr.org
The Newsroom

The Newsroom

From WHQR

The Newsroom will air at noon on the first Friday of every month and will be rebroadcast on the following Sunday at 1pm on HQR News 91.3fm. Hosted by Ben Schachtman, Managing Editor of HQR News, the program will be an opportunity for local officials and reporters — the people who make news and the people who report it — to talk about the issues that affect our community. According to host Ben Schachtman, "Our goal is to have candid, in-depth conversations about the topics that concern our listeners. It will be a chance to dig a little deeper into the news." From WHQR Public Media in Wilmington, NC. Contact us at Newsroom@whqr.org

Most Recent Episodes

The 2022 local election results: What happened, why, and what's next

On this episode: Rachel Keith helps unpack the Republican's sweep of the New Hanover County Board of Education. The four GOP candidates will effectively be able to make policy in the coming years — what might that look like? Then, Kelly Kenoyer joins us to get Republican and Democratic political perspectives on the 2022 election from Chase Horton, who ran Michael Lee's campaign, and Carter Jewell, who ran Amy Block DeLoach's campaign.

State representative candidates' town hall: Abortion, gun control, inflation, and more

On this episode, we unpack our town hall for state representative candidates from the Cape Fear region. We put questions from our newsroom — and the public — to eight candidates in four races, pushing them on tough topics like abortion, gun control, inflation, and more.

State representative candidates' town hall: Abortion, gun control, inflation, and more

New Hanover County Commissioner Town Hall: Housing, fiscal responsibility, and taxes

Our town hall featured questions for the four candidates — two Democrats and two Republicans — facing off for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. On this episode, we'll unpack their responses to tough questions from reporters and the public, and provide some analysis, context, and fact-checking.

New Hanover County Commissioner Town Hall: Housing, fiscal responsibility, and taxes

Candidates for New Hanover County Sheriff: Democratic incumbent Ed McMahon and Republican ...

On this episode: the race for New Hanover County Sheriff, which is seeing a contested seat in the general election for the first time in eight years.

Candidates for New Hanover County Sheriff: Democratic incumbent Ed McMahon and Republican ...

New Hanover County Board of Education town hall: Context, analysis, and fact-checking

Our town hall featured questions for the eight candidates — four Republicans and four Democrats — running for four open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Education. On this episode, we unpack their responses to everything from evaluating the performance of superintendent Charles Foust to funding pay raises for teachers and staff to serious, and sometimes specious, allegations about what's going on in the district.

New Hanover County Board of Education town hall: Context, analysis, and fact-checking

Special episode: Hunger in the Cape Fear and Wilmington's new Food Bank facility

The Wilmington Branch of the North Carolina Food Bank has outgrown its old facility. But they still need about $100,000 in donations to close the funding gap for a new, expanded one. We take a deep dive into the problem of hunger in our region and what the Food Bank hopes to do about it.

Special episode: Hunger in the Cape Fear and Wilmington's new Food Bank facility

Trains, Transit, and Trails: What's covered under the proposed 1/4-cent sales tax?

The Nov. 8 election will include a ballot initiative for a 1/4 cent transit tax. But what does that mean? We've got all the details for you in this hour-long special, which kicks off our month of election coverage on The Newsroom.

Trains, Transit, and Trails: What's covered under the proposed 1/4-cent sales tax?

A year later, it's time for another deep dive on CFCC: Finances, firings, and faculty morale

On this episode, we're joined by WHQR's own Rachel Keith to unpack her most recent investigative series looking at issues at Cape Fear Community College — and at the administration of President Jim Morton.

A year later, it's time for another deep dive on CFCC: Finances, firings, and faculty morale

Support local journalism: A message from WHQR News Director Ben Schachtman

Over the last year and a half, The Newsroom has tackled some of the toughest stories in the region, powered by the reporting of WHQR's journalists. We're grateful to our community for making this work possible— and we're asking you, during WHQR's Fall pledge drive, to join those who are already supporting the WHQR news team.

Support local journalism: A message from WHQR News Director Ben Schachtman

Drug Money: North Carolina's little-known tax on illegal drugs and alcohol

If you ask law enforcement, the North Carolina Unauthorized Substance Tax provides valuable revenue without burdening taxpayers, and only punishes people participating in criminal activity. But the reality is more complicated. Sometimes, yes, it's a drug trafficker, rightfully convicted, who ends up paying these fines. But sometimes, it's a family member that suffers — and sometimes it's a totally innocent person. On this episode, we unpack the complicated legacy of a tax law many people don't even know exists.

Drug Money: North Carolina's little-known tax on illegal drugs and alcohol