Eileen Fleming

News Reporter

Eileen is WWNO’s news reporter. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

Her prior experience includes five years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she freelanced stories for U.S. publications. She also worked as a part-time reporter for the Belfast Telegraph during the Clinton-era peace process.

Eileen grew up in the Boston area, and then moved to California where she worked at newspapers throughout the state. Eileen received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University.

Thousands of cases go through the Orleans Parish Criminal Court each year, at the corner of Tulane and Broad. This fall, voters will have the chance to choose one of a dozen judges who hear those cases, after 41-year veteran of the bench Frank Marullo was forced to retire.

Candidates for the bench offered a view of their priorities for the criminal justice system at a recent forum at the Seventh Ward Community Center.

New Orleans Museum of Art

A new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art comes from the personal collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.  And he bought only the best.

New Orleans streets are tough on pedestrians. The Inspector General has some suggestions for improving safety.

As the presidential race gobbles up news time and headlines ahead of next month’s election, legal advocates in New Orleans want to highlight the importance of two local judicial races.

Despite stubbornly high crime rates, the New Orleans Police Department is getting high marks from residents. The New Orleans Crime Coalition survey shows 64 percent of residents are satisfied with department efforts.

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The New Orleans City Council is preparing for a long and emotional debate October 20  on how to deal with short-term rentals. An ordinance is on the table that’s designed to regulate the industry that many credit for letting them make enough money to stay in their homes. Others argue that an abundance of visitors staying in neighborhoods throughout the city is ruining their quality of life.

Bright red streetcars will start running Sunday on the new route on North Rampart Street. The $40 million project took almost two years to complete. Advocates for transit riders see it as an improvement to a system that still needs work.

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Love them or hate them, short-term rentals are booming in New Orleans. On October, the City Council is expected to make its first vote on regulating short-term rentals. It’s considering rules proposed by the City Planning Commission.  One of the biggest points of contention is whole-house rentals. Many locals say that when short-term visitors rent whole homes, it changes neighborhoods.

Auto industry groups are advising consumers to be extra cautious when buying cars in Louisiana. The state estimates at least 100,000 vehicles flooded last month.

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CourtWatch NOLA  has been gathering data on the Orleans Parish criminal justice system. The group found problems that include locking up poor people for failing to pay fines, and widely varying sentences.