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
7:06 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Bill Gates, In New Orleans, Pledges Millions To Fight Ebola And Malaria

Thousands of scientists from around the world jammed into a New Orleans hotel ballroom to hear remarks by former Microsoft President Bill Gates about medical advances his foundation is funding to stop contagious diseases. Some who could not attend were also cheered by their colleagues.

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Latest News
7:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Medical Conference Sparks Ebola Concerns

As the nation grapples with containing the Ebola virus, thousands of medical experts are traveling to New Orleans next week to discuss the response. Louisiana health officials are asking anyone who has recently traveled to a region affected by Ebola to cancel their visit.

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Latest News
7:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Question Of Clout Triggers Spiritied Exchange In Final Senate Race Debate

The three main candidates for US Senate squared off in the final debate before the November 4 election. A spirited exchange was triggered over the question of clout.

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Politics
7:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Senator Landrieu Defends Her Bipartisan Record

Senator Mary Landrieu.
Credit Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is acknowledging her opponents’ efforts to link her with President Obama. But Landrieu is standing by her bipartisan record.

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Politics
8:04 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Orleans Officials Backing Ballot Measures

Business and community leaders joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in endorsing three ballot measures on the November 4 ballot. The initiatives will affect city financing for the future.

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Latest News
7:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Orleans Man Monitored For Ebola Exposure

A New Orleans man is being monitored for Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta notified state health officials about the man, who just returned from a country affected by Ebola.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that state officials say the man has no symptoms, but will be staying home through November 5.

He is being observed under the same conditions as an LSU employee who returned to Baton Rouge earlier this month, after training Liberian police officers on Ebola safety procedures.

Education
8:03 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Three Catholic Schools Set To Close

The Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Wednesday that it will close three schools because of low enrollment.

Nola.com/the Times Picayune reports the schools that will shut at the end of the current school year are the Holy Ghost in New Orleans, St. Agnes in Jefferson and Our Lady of Grace in Reserve. 

The schools will continue with full staff for the rest of the academic year. 

Roman Catholic school enrollment dropped 25 percent in the greater New Orleans area from 2003 to 2013.

The archdiocese closed more than 20 of its 100-plus schools during that decade.

Latest News
7:40 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Mayor's 2015 Budget Proposes More Police Officers

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has presented a budget that includes a 5 percent pay raise for police – the first in eight years.

Landrieu says the city is collecting more money that’s owed, and attracting more retail business – so revenue is up.

The mayor has held community meetings to establish budget priorities throughout the city on how that money should be spent.

He says public safety remains the top concern.

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Latest News
7:15 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Harrison Named Permanent New Orleans Police Chief

New Orleans now has a permanent police chief.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that interim Superintendent Michael Harrison officially has the top job.

Landrieu made the announcement at an Algiers event marking the Night Out Against Crime.

Harrison was promoted in August when Superintendent Ronal Serpas retired. Landrieu said at that time that Harrison would likely get the job permanently.

Harrison is a 23-year veteran of the force. He had most recently been district commander of the 7th District.

Politics
7:13 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Senate TV Debate Highlights Campaign Complaints

The three main candidates for Louisiana’s Senate seat squared off Tuesday night in a televised debate. The comments reflected what candidates have been saying in their ad campaigns.

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