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.

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7:21 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Debris Found In 17th Street Canal Levee

Workers pump cement slurry into the foundation of the 17th Street Canal in March 2011.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers says there is no major threat from debris found inside the 17th Street Canal levee.

Corps critics aren’t so sure.

Chunks of concrete, bricks and glass were discovered during work to install sheet piling.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District—East has been assured by the Corps that the material is being removed.

Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org after the catastrophic levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.

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7:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin entering federal court before his sentencing.
Credit Clint Durrett / WDSU.com

New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.

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5:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption

Former mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

Federal prosecutor Matt Coman talks about the sentence.

Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

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7:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today

Former Mayor Ray Nagin is set for sentencing today for corruption conviction.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

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8:19 am
Wed July 2, 2014

National Program To Help Minority Entrepreneurs Will Debut At Essence Fest

This year’s Essence Festival will be enhancing the empowerment component of the event that’s become known as the “party with a purpose.” The 20th annual Essence Festival includes the kickoff of a national drive to help minority entrepreneurs succeed.

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7:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

McAllister May Not Be Leaving Office After All

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister.
Credit Vance McAllister's Congressional Office

Republican Congressman Vance McAllister may be having second thoughts about keeping his job.

He’s holding what his staff is calling a “special press conference” later this morning in Monroe. McAllister was in his eighth month in office when he was caught on video kissing a staff member.

He announced that he would not seek re-election.

McAllister was serving the final year of the two-year congressional term of Rodney Alexander, who abruptly announced his resignation in August 2013.

Republicans, including Governor Bobby Jindal, called on McAllister to resign.

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7:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Suspects Remain At Large

New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. 

The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.

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6:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Leaves Nine Injured

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured nine people, two critically. Two men opened fire, injuring bystanders.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says three officers were patrolling the area when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning.

He says it started with two men arguing, then opening fire. He says eyewitnesses are being interviewed and video surveillance tapes are being reviewed. The shooting was only a few blocks from Jackson Square and among several popular bars on the crowded street.

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11:20 am
Sat June 28, 2014

BP Asking Court To Order Some Claim Repayments

BP takes issue with claims process.

BP is stepping up efforts repayment of claims it finds unjustified.

The company is battling the system established to cover damage caused by BP’s oil spill four years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

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7:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Town Of Jean Lafitte Honoring Its Namesake And Community

The Town of Jean Lafitte is unveiling an official state historical marker Saturday.

Local officials are proud of the community named after the smuggler who became a military hero in the war of 1812.

Say what you will about Jean Lafitte — smuggler, pirate, scoundrel — but his name still draws a crowd. There’s the bar in the French Quarter, and the Jefferson Parish town with his name.

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