Chris Hilburn-Trenkle has been named the News of Orange County News Editor, effective immediately.
“I am excited to cover a burgeoning community for the News of Orange County and get to know the town of Hillsborough better over the coming months,” Hilburn-Trenkle said.
Born in Carrboro, Hilburn-Trenkle has lived in Orange County his entire life and attended Chapel Hill High School from 2010 to 2014.
After graduating from Chapel Hill High, Hilburn-Trenkle attended Central Carolina Community College before transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall of 2016.
It was at UNC where his journalism career took off, after he joined The Daily Tar Heel in his first semester on campus. Hilburn-Trenkle worked for the student newspaper for three years at UNC, becoming Sports Editor for the 2018-2019 year.
Hilburn-Trenkle covered all 28 varsity teams on campus, including the football and men’s basketball programs. During his time as Sports Editor, Hilburn-Trenkle resided over a transition in coaching for the football program, with Mack Brown taking over for Larry Fedora, as well as covering the undefeated UNC field hockey team.
His favorite memories covering sports for The Daily Tar Heel include attending Cameron Indoor Stadium for the UNC-Duke men’s basketball game on Feb. 20, 2019 and watching the two teams play in the ACC Tournament semifinals this past spring.
Hilburn-Trenkle graduated from UNC in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and a History Degree minor.
“Having covered sports for three years at UNC, I look forward to expanding my coverage to local government as well as learning more about the pulse of the community,” Hilburn-Trenkle said.
In addition to covering sports for The Daily Tar Heel, Hilburn-Trenkle interned at Baseball America in the summer of 2018 and was credited for his research in the company’s book, “Before They Were Stars.” Hilburn-Trenkle also has bylines at mlb.com.
In his spare time, Hilburn-Trenkle enjoys reading, exercising, listening to podcasts and watching any sporting event on ESPN, even those including his pathetic Baltimore Orioles and Charlotte Hornets.