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
7:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Continue Over Ferguson Decision

About 100 people marched through parts of New Orleans Tuesday night to protest the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports no one was arrested.

The crowd marched from Lafayette Square though Uptown. Police blocked protesters from stopping traffic on Interstate 10.

Officers blocked access to on-ramps.

In Baton Rouge, the Advocate reports about 200 people protested at the LSU campus — without incident.

Latest News
7:55 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Second Audit Supports Accuracy Of BP Claims Process

A second audit into BP damage claims over its Gulf oil spill says the process is correct 99.5 percent of the time.

Nola.com reports the third-party audit was released by claims administrator Patrick Juneau.

It was requested by BP after the first report found last year that the program was running properly.

And a separate court-ordered check found only isolated claims of fraud.

No comment yet from BP.

The oil company has been battling to remove Juneau as claims administrator. It says settlements are tainted by fraud and mistakes.

Latest News
7:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NOPD To Investigate Inmate Death

New Orleans police will lead the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Orleans Parish jail.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble says state police could play a supporting role in the investigation.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Sheriff Marlin Gusman spoke with police Superintendent Michael Harrison yesterday, and agreed the NOPD will take the lead.

The case centers on the death of inmate Willie Lee.

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse determined Lee died in March of a heart attack after a fight. He classified the death as a homicide.

Latest News
7:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Orleans Has Peaceful Protest Over Ferguson Decision

More than 50 people gathered in New Orleans to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports more than 50 people protested the decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The New Orleans group entered the police station on Rampart Street, and then moved on to the entrance to Armstrong Park.

Plans are reportedly being made for upcoming protests.

Latest News
7:19 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Export-Import Bank To Help Louisiana Small Businesses Expand Overseas

Help for small businesses to expand overseas is now available through the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is partnering with the New Orleans business group to provide help with financing, and entrepreneur services.

Trade Center Chief Executive Officer Dominic Knoll says the program is open to small businesses throughout Louisiana.

The Export Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms. Help includes working capital guarantees, and export credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad.

Latest News
7:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Two Bodies Recovered From Lake Pontchartrain Plane Crash

Authorities have reportedly identified two bodies found in Lake Pontchartrain as the victims of a small plane crash last week.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports they are Burt Lattimore and Aftab Rab, who were found hours apart in the lake near 5400 Lakeshore Drive. Lattimore was a flight instructor. Rab was a student.

Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, deputy mayor of public safety, said search and rescue workers found their bodies yesterday morning.

Latest News
7:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Temporary Operator Hired For West Bank Hurricane Protection Structure

The West Bank levee authority has made a deal for a temporary operator at the massive West Closure Complex hurricane protection system.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the authority approved $1.6 million to hire an operator while negotiations continue with local governments over cost sharing.

A company called Pump Station Operators will be responsible for operation and maintenance for one year. It has been involved with the pump station since its inception.

Latest News
7:40 am
Tue November 18, 2014

When Will Cold Weather Go Away?

These bitter low temperatures are sticking around.

The National Weather Service says the frosty weather will continue through Wednesday. It’s blaming the combination of low temperatures and high winds.

It has prompted New Orleans officials and homeless advocates to take precautions for people living on the streets.

The New Orleans Advocate reports all four homeless shelters in the city were opened free of charge and allowed to expand their capacity to take on additional clients.

Latest News
8:01 am
Mon November 17, 2014

NOPD Names Supervisor To Sex Crimes Unit Task Force

A supervisor at the New Orleans Police Department will oversee an investigation into the embattled sexual crimes unit.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports Commander Paul Noel will supervise a task force that will have at least one sergeant and two detectives.

The sex crimes unit was slammed in a report by the city’s Inspector General. The report found the unit failed to properly investigate hundreds of cases.

Five officers from the unit are now on desk duty.

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