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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Latest News
7:32 am
Fri December 19, 2014

More Trouble At NOPD Sex Crimes Unit

The embattled New Orleans Police Department sex crimes unit is facing more criticism.

The unit commander tells a city council committee that more than 400 rape kits remain untested.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the announcement comes from Commander Paul Noel. He had been praised in the past for clearing a backlog of 800 kits gathering dust in the evidence room.

But he left that job in 2011. He says the backlog has grown in his absence.

The unit was slammed last month in an Inspector General’s report that found hundreds of cases were not investigated.

Latest News
7:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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Latest News
7:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tulane Researching Post-Katrina Public Education Reforms

Tulane University has announced a comprehensive study on public education reform that’s taken hold in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The plan is to share what has been learned in the radically overhauled school system.

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Latest News
7:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Civil Rights Activist Rudy Lombard Dies

Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.

He was 75.

The one-time mayoral candidate’s conviction for a sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Lombard spent the past 20 years or so in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a research scientist for NorthShore University HealthSystem, focusing on prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease a decade ago.

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Politics
7:35 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cassidy Victory Signals Longtime Shift In Louisiana Politics

The defeat of incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu after 18 years in office could indicate a major shift in Louisiana politics. One expert sees Republicans taking charge for at least a generation.

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Latest News
7:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Disability Activist Jonah Bascle Dies At 28

Disability advocate, mayoral candidate and comedian Jonah Bascle has died.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Bascle died of heart failure on Tuesday.

He was 28.

Bascle made headlines in 2010 when he ran for New Orleans mayor. He joked that he lost in a close race — by more than 68,000 votes.

Bascle lead a drive to make the St. Charles streetcars wheelchair accessible. The historic landmark is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act and remains inaccessible.

He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 12 years old.

Latest News
7:46 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Inspector General Says Electronic Monitoring Program A Waste Of Money

The New Orleans Inspector General says the electronic monitoring program is a waste of money.

A report released this morning finds the ankle monitors are not properly supervised.

The inspector general’s office reviewed all 281 active program participants from April 1st, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

It found 79 percent of the records contained mistakes. The ankle monitors blocked only 2 of 37 defendants with “stay away” orders from actually staying away from their victims.

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Latest News
7:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Civil Rights Trial Set For Mardi Gras Scuffle Involving State Troopers

A trial date has been set for a civil rights case against state police who tackled two young African American men during last year’s Mardi Gras.

The federal case drew claims of excessive force and criticism of the troopers involved.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the incident was captured on surveillance video two days before Mardi Gras.

It prompted an internal State Police investigation that cleared all the officers involved.

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Latest News
7:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Tense US Senate Debate Ahead Of Saturday Runoff

The final debate has been held in the race for the US Senate seat for Louisiana. Both candidates fired strong shots at each other.

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Jane Chu, Chair Of The National Endowment For The Arts, Visits New Orleans

Jane Chu, NEA Chairman.
Credit Kauffman Center for the Arts

Jane Chu became the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in June. She spent a few days in New Orleans recently to discuss the NEA, how it's working in New Orleans and what the city can teach the country about cultivating culture.

We spoke with Chu at the Lyons Recreation Center.

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