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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The University Medical Center is getting ready to open in August. The news media was given a preview of how the billion-dollar hospital is taking shape.

A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered the release of an inmate held in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. He’s the last prisoner in a case known as the Angola Three.

A federal jury in New Orleans has found a former BP executive not guilty of lying to investigators about the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Eileen Fleming reports the criminal case centered on how much oil he said was gushing from BP’s blown out well.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has delivered his traditional State of the City address, focusing on the challenges and progress made in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. The speech had a more personal tone than those in past years.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is preparing to deliver the State of the City Address later this morning. Here's what to expect.

The State of the City Address is traditionally a chance for the mayor to release a report card.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says he expects to hear updates on several subjects.

A Tulane University researcher recently back from Sierra Leone in West Africa says health care workers treating patients with Lassa Fever are taking precautions similar to those used in the Ebola outbreak. But the risk of a Lassa epidemic is much less than the dangers posed by Ebola cases in that region.

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Federal scientists have linked a spike in deaths of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. Environmental groups are calling on BP to stop fighting the findings and reach an agreement for restoration.

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For the next few weeks, Formosan termites can be seen swarming around street lights, business lights — even headlights. The annual mating season is under way.

It’s past the half-way mark in this year’s session of the state Legislature. One political expert sees a change in tone on the way.

So far the legislative action has been in House committees. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LA Politics Weekly, says the second half is being controlled by Senate lawmakers in a much different political situation than their colleagues chairing major House panels.

The New Orleans City Council has approved a major revamp of the city’s zoning plan. The vote came after four years of meetings and several hours of last-minute debate.

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