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
7:40 am
Thu January 8, 2015

New Orleans Houses Its Homeless Veterans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city has completed a pledge to house its homeless veterans. He says it’s the first major city to reach the goal set by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Arts & Culture
5:51 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The New Orleans Museum of Art reveals two new international additions to its sculpture garden

London-based artist Yinka Shonibare's Wind Sculpture V evokes a bolt of African batik fabric blowing in the wind.
Credit New Orleans Museum of Art

There are two new additions on display at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden: Caduto a Ragione by Mimmo Paladino and Wind Sculpture V by Yinka Shonibare.

WWNO’s Eileen Fleming met up with New Orleans Museum of Art Director Susan Taylor outside the garden to discuss the donations made by the Besthoffs.

Susan M. Taylor, NOMA's director, says the two new sculptures enhance the international stature of NOMA and the garden:

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Latest News
7:32 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Texas Abortion Appeal Set For Hearing In New Orleans

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans is hearing two Texas cases that are drawing local and national attention. One later Wednesday involves restrictions on abortion clinics, and another set for a hearing Friday involving same-sex marriage.

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Latest News
7:40 am
Tue December 30, 2014

French Quarter Signs Posted To Help Prevent Attacks

French Quarter residents are warning people to walk in groups to avoid violent crime.

They posted signs in the neighborhood that say, “Caution. Walk in Large Groups. We (Heart) NOPD. We Just Need More.”

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says he’s temporarily assigning an eight-person task force to the Quarter. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says state and federal agencies should contribute more resources. He says the area generates sales tax that benefits the state, and is a national historic district.

Latest News
7:36 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Scalise Doesn't Recall Speaking At White Supremacy Meeting

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise says he doesn’t remember a 2002 appearance he made at a meeting of white supremacists.

He tells Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, “I detest any kind of hate group.”

Scalise was in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

Now he is the third-highest ranking House Republican in Washington.

Scalise says he was asked by several groups to speak about his opposition to a tax plan he opposed at that time.

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Latest News
7:32 am
Fri December 19, 2014

More Trouble At NOPD Sex Crimes Unit

The embattled New Orleans Police Department sex crimes unit is facing more criticism.

The unit commander tells a city council committee that more than 400 rape kits remain untested.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the announcement comes from Commander Paul Noel. He had been praised in the past for clearing a backlog of 800 kits gathering dust in the evidence room.

But he left that job in 2011. He says the backlog has grown in his absence.

The unit was slammed last month in an Inspector General’s report that found hundreds of cases were not investigated.

Latest News
7:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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Features
7:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger In New Orleans

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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Latest News
7:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tulane Researching Post-Katrina Public Education Reforms

Tulane University has announced a comprehensive study on public education reform that’s taken hold in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The plan is to share what has been learned in the radically overhauled school system.

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Latest News
7:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Civil Rights Activist Rudy Lombard Dies

Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.

He was 75.

The one-time mayoral candidate’s conviction for a sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Lombard spent the past 20 years or so in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a research scientist for NorthShore University HealthSystem, focusing on prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease a decade ago.

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