Eileen Fleming

News Reporter

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. 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.

A study by the University of New Orleans shows the regional economy is robust in some sectors. But, there is some room for improvement.

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New Orleans is bracing for the heavy rains generated by Hurricane Harvey with a pumping system that is still not fully operational.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a press conference today, saying he's confident the pumps will handle the deluge. He says crews have been working 24-hours a day to repair pumps that failed during heavy rain earlier this month. Some neighborhoods sustained several feet of standing water. He says the system is now operating at 92 percent.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has released its final city budget. Landrieu touted a surplus, announced plans for a rainy day fund and continued an emphasis on beefing up the police department.

Researchers at Tulane University are getting $12 million dollars to develop drugs to fight a deadly virus in West Africa, the 'Lassa virus. Researchers will be headed from New Orleans to Sierra Leone and Nigeria to help. 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu used his final State of the City address Thursday night to highlight achievements, ongoing problems and what the city should do next.

A coalition of community groups is leading a petition drive to recall New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.

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A team of more than a dozen University of New Orleans students and experts are heading  to Austria this summer to help locate the remains of a Tuskegee pilot missing since World War Two.

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The fight to preserve one of three Confederate monuments set for removal is heading back to court.

More than 1,400 local, state and federal officials from around the country are in New Orleans this week to focus on hurricane response. Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the group that good communication is vital. Mayor Landrieu said there have been dramatic improvements in disaster response since the days after Hurricane Katrina. “I’m a FEMA fan now. FEMA’s gotten a lot better,” he said. He said people working on hurricane preparedness, response and rebuilding often coordinate with other agencies.

Justice advocates are recommending changes at New Orleans Criminal Court. One suggestion is not locking up victims who refuse to testify. The annual report from CourtWatch NOLA says prosecutors should consider that victims can be afraid of retaliation if they appear in court.

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