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
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hundreds Pack Mandeville Fracking Hearing

Several hundred people packed the gym at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville Wednesday night for a meeting about a hydraulic fracturing well proposed about a mile away.

The Helis Oil and Gas project is designed to use a process known as fracking, and is strongly opposed by some residents. They’re worried about the underground well contaminating the community water supply. And they say it’s an inappropriate use of the land.

Helis wants to tap into shale with a 13,000-foot well on 960 acres near the high school.

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Latest News
6:54 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Grief Counselors At School Where 3 Students Killed In House Fire

Grief counselors are on hand as students return to the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in Broadmoor today. 

Three of the school's students died in a fire early yesterday that killed five people. They were in their home that’s just steps from the school.

The victims included 12-year-old Jade Anderson, 11-year-old Jason Anderson and 7-year-old Jala Anderson. The adults were 77-year-old Martha Anderson and 33-year-old Christina Squire.

The school is also working on a fundraising drive for the family. Information is available on the school website.

Latest News
7:34 am
Tue November 11, 2014

World War II Museum Marking Veterans Day

Artist rendering of the Liberation Pavilion at the National World War II Museum.
Credit National World War II Museum

It’s Veterans Day.

The National World War II Museum is offering free admission today to all veterans.

Special events start at 10 a.m., with all veterans receiving a hand-knitted scarf in the “Knit Your Bit” program.

In 2006, the museum reached out to get hand-made knitted scarves — similar to programs enacted during World War II.

So far, the museum has received 30,000 scarves. They will be handed out to veterans from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Latest News
8:07 am
Mon November 10, 2014

FBI Expands Investigation Into State Film Tax Credit Program

The FBI is widening its investigation into possible fraud in the state’s film tax-credit program.

The New Orleans Advocate reports producer George Kostuch is suspected of bilking the state over inflated production costs.

Two filmmakers pleaded guilty last year to federal wire fraud charges, and are now cooperating with federal investigators.

The FBI wrote in a search warrant application that the scheme was carried out on the motion pictures Xtinction: Predator X, Sports Trivia Clash and Mysterious Island.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Orleans Veterans Launch Business Startup Program

The VetLaunch website.

As the nation plans events to honor veterans on Tuesday, a New Orleans nonprofit is kicking off a program aimed at helping them establish their own businesses. Five will be selected in December.

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Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

New Orleans Names Chief Resiliency Officer

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has named the city’s head of the redevelopment authority to be the new Chief Resiliency Officer. The new position is part of a program involving 100 cities across the country that is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Latest News
7:31 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Civilian Patrols Approved For French Quarter

Civilians will soon be helping to keep the peace in the French Quarter.

The New Orleans City Council okayed an arrangement with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to start the program called “NOLA Patrol.”

The New Orleans Advocate reports a voluntary hotel tax will raise $1.6 million this year and $2.3 million next year to pay for the service.

The money will fund unarmed civilian patrols to enforce traffic, zoning and other neighborhood rules. It’s hoped they will give more time for regular police officers to handle more serious matters.

Latest News
7:40 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Edwards Supporter Was Once A Juror On His Corruption Case

One of the people celebrating election returns with Congressional candidate Edwin Edwards goes way back with the former governor.

All the way back to the federal courtroom where — in 2000 — Edwards was convicted of corruption.

Victor Durand played a key role in that trial. He was known as “Juror 68.”

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Durand has been supporting Edwards in his current campaign to represent Congressional District 6.

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Latest News
8:07 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Landrieu, Cassidy In Runoff

The US Senate race is still not over in Louisiana. Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is gearing up for a runoff with Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy.

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Politics
10:14 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Northshore Polling Place Changes

A series of Northshore polling place changes were brought to our attention this morning:

Precinct 304

Changed from St. Tammany Education Center to Hwy 36 Fire Station

Precincts 306 and 310

Changed from Northlake Christian to Northpark Fire Station

Precincts 307 and 312

Changed from Northpark Fire Station to Northlake Christian

Precincts 502 and 503

Changed from Bush Recreation Center and Bush Community Center

Precinct 814

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