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
8:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Community Frustrated With Slow Speed Of NOPD Reforms

Frustration was the general message at a Central City meeting with residents and federal monitors reviewing reforms at the New Orleans Police Department. Most of the speakers say the process is too slow.

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Politics
7:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Orleans Coalition Forms To Fight Citizens United Campaign Spending Ruling

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case that allowed corporations to greatly increase their political spending. A grassroots movement is forming in New Orleans to reverse the decision.

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Education
8:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Orleans Public Schools Getting New Superintendent

The Orleans Parish School Board has selected a new superintendent.

East Feliciana Parish Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis will run the public schools in New Orleans that remain under its jurisdiction.

The post has been vacant for almost three years.

The vote was unanimous and greeted with applause by the public.

The 40-year-old Lewis said he was humbled by the decision.

Lewis got the job also sought by Debbra Lindo. The 62-year-old has spent much of her career in  northern California, most recently as superintendent of the Emery system.

Latest News
8:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

BP Trial Begins Final Phase

Lawyers for BP and the government are set to begin the third and final phase today of the trial over its 2010 oil spill. A Tulane University expert on maritime law says there are billions of dollars at stake.

Federal judge Carl Barbier has been overseeing the complex litigation over the 2010 disaster.

Tulane law professor Martin Davies is director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center. He says that process has proven much faster than scheduling jury trials. Barbier has already made key rulings in the case.

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Latest News
7:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Delgado Reaches Deal To Ease Transfers To Loyola University

It’s getting easier for students to transfer from Delgado Community College to Loyola University.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the two schools signed a deal that allows students who complete prescribed courses in any of 10 programs at Delgado to transfer their credits to one of 28 programs at Loyola.

Eligible Delgado programs include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, fine arts, humanities, mass communication, social science, biological sciences and physical sciences.

Latest News
7:24 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Bonds Approved For New Terminal At Armstrong International Airport

The State Bond Commission has kicked off the start of funding a new airport terminal in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports it approved $650 million in borrowing to pay for a 650,000-square-foot, three-story terminal. It will be built on property now used by Louis Armstrong International Airport — but closer to Interstate 10.

Airport Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad says plans to revamp the facility have been discussed since 1974.

It opened in 1946, but the way it evolved has proven troublesome.

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Latest News
8:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Port Of New Orleans Completes Move Of 718-Ton Tower

Fracht USA/Germany supervisors were on hand to assist in the transload of the 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower onto Roll-Lift's self-propelled modular transporters at the Port of New Orleans' Louisiana Avenue Terminal operated by Coastal Cargo Company.
Credit Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans has completed one of the heaviest cargo lifts in its history.

It moved a 718-ton tower from a ship to a barge.

The absorption tower is bound for a major plant expansion in Donaldsonville.

The 164-foot-long unit arrived at the port January 10 from Shanghai, China. It was moved at the port this week at the Louisiana Avenue wharf.

Port president Gary LaGrange says the operation shows the port’s ability to handle large and complex cargo.

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Latest News
7:47 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Smoking Ban Debate Heads To New Orleans City Council

A town hall meeting lasting more than two hours at New Orleans City Hall Wednesday night put smokers and non-smokers at odds over a proposed ban on lighting up citywide. Much of the debate centered on businesses having a right to opt out, versus second-hand smoking effects on employees.

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Economy
8:09 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Loyola Study Finds Families Struggling To Meet Basic Needs

A Loyola University report finds nearly a quarter-million families in Louisiana are struggling to meet basic needs.

The school’s Jesuit Social Research Institute finds low wages, high housing and health-care costs and scarce child care are to blame.

Researcher Ali Bustamante says a Louisiana single parent with one child needs $45,840 a year  to meet a family's basic needs. That bracket needs a $22 hourly wage.

The three metro areas with the highest costs of living in Louisiana are — in order — New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

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Latest News
3:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

French Consul General Says Paris Terror Attack Shows War On Freedom Continues

Consul General Gregor Trumel attends plaque unveiling in honor of French General Jean Humbert's service in the Battle of New Orleans.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The French Consul General of New Orleans took part in a ceremony Thursday marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. The bravery being remembered from the War of 1812 was brought forward into the present-day war on terrorism.

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