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.

The suspect in the Lafayette movie theater shooting had a criminal record dating back decades. John Russell Houser was denied a concealed weapons permit.

Law enforcement officials in Lafayette, Louisiana, are asking the public for information about an apparent drifter who opened fire in a crowded movie theater. The shooter killed two people, wounded nine and then turned the gun on himself.

Police in Lafayette have identified the man they say opened fire at a movie theater, killing two others and wounding nine before turning the gun on himself. Little is known about the suspect and his motive.

The New Orleans Inspector General’s office has issued a scathing report on the city’s parking enforcement.

It cited two officers who spent their shifts in coffee shops, using free wi-fi and their private cell phones while on duty.

The report found that after the businesses complained, the officers issued tickets to the business’ employees and customers.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is meeting in New Orleans this week. The gathering has drawn protesters from around the country demanding relief from student loans at for-profit schools they say were deceptive and expensive.

New Orleans police are again planning a funeral for an officer killed in the line of duty.

Officer Vernell Brown has died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a car on Interstate 10 while investigating a car fire.

Last month, officer Daryle Holloway was shot while driving a suspect to jail.

Brown had been in a coma after the highway crash. Superintendent Michael Harrison announced his death over the weekend.

He says steps are being taken to help the department deal with the loss.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has authorized the National Guard to protect military facilities. 

New Orleans has landed in the number two spot for U-S cities with households spending more than half their income paying rent.

Miami is number one.

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies says about 11 million of those rental households spend more than half of their paycheck on rent and utilities -- up 37 percent from 2003.

Financial advisers recommend people spend less than a third of their pay on housing costs.

A pop-up job fair drew more than 125 people seeking work in the tourism industry. The event also highlighted a new venue – the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City.

A scathing new report from the Save the Children foundation says children are falling through cracks when there’s a disaster. It found 11 recommendations made after a study of the Hurricane Katrina response are still not being implemented.