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
3:29 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Zurich CEO Says PGA Event Complements Company Goals

The 2015 Zurich Classic officially kicks off today at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.

Zurich Chief Executive Officer Martin Senn says the golf tournament the company has titled since 2005 has proven a good fit for its overall business plan.

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Coastal Desk
9:11 am
Mon April 20, 2015

A million dead birds and five years later, scientists still struggling to assess BP spill's impact

Brown Pelicans nesting on an island in Cat Bay. Scientists are still charting the impact of the 2010 BP oil spill on birds in South Louisiana.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

Five years ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the Louisiana coast. Scientists are still studying the effects of more than 3 million barrels of oil that a federal court determined gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. And those evaluating the effects on birds are still unsure what to expect.

Oil-covered pelicans became the icons of what happened when the oil seeped into the marshes on the Louisiana coast. That damage was clear.

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Latest News
7:16 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Deficit Looms Over State Budget Session

The Louisiana Legislature gets back in session Monday. The number one problem facing lawmakers is how to come up with $1.6 billion to balance the budget.

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Latest News
1:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Durst Indicted On Weapons Charges By Orleans Parish Grand Jury

Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst will remain in New Orleans for a while. He’s been indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges.

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Latest News
7:47 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Loyola Law Students Offering Tax Help

Federal taxes are due next week. Loyola University law students are helping people make that filing deadline.

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Latest News
10:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Maritime Traffic Resuming After Collision On Mississippi River

Maritime traffic along the Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting back to normal after three ships collided about 60 miles west of New Orleans. The Coast Guard is escorting ships between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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Latest News
5:37 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Darren Sharper Appears In New Orleans Federal Court On Drugging And Sexual Assault Charges

Former NFL player and broadcaster Darren Sharper has pleaded not guilty in Louisiana to charges of drugging women he then raped. Sharper is expected to change that plea to guilty in a deal involving three other states.

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Latest News
10:15 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Glover Death Reclassified As Homicide

The New Orleans coroner has labeled the death of a man shot by police after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a homicide. The man’s family has long fought to remove the official cause of death that had been listed as undetermined.

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Latest News
8:45 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Environmental Defense Fund To Monitor Restore Act Projects

As the five-year anniversary approaches later this month of the BP oil spill, the Environmental  Defense Fund is gearing up for monitoring how restoration money is used to repair damage.

The Restore Act sets aside 80 percent of the still-undetermined billions of dollars in fines BP will be ordered to pay in Clean Water Act fines.

Some projects are already drawing critics. The Gulf Restoration Network is suing to block the money from being used for an Alabama convention center.

Natalie Peyronnin is director of science policy for the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Latest News
7:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Affordable Housing Still Challenging Nearly 10 Years Since Katrina

As the 10-year anniversary approaches marking Hurricane Katrina, community experts are assessing the progress and challenges of recovery. Housing was one topic reviewed at a daylong forum at the University of New Orleans.

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