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
7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Lower 9th Ward Village Scrambles For Funding

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center building.
Credit Screen capture from Kickstarter

Ward "Mack" McClendon talks about financial problems hitting the Lower Ninth Ward Village.

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center has fallen on tough financial times. Supporters are looking for help in small ways, because big promises of funding have fallen apart.

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BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

BP Asking US Supreme Court To Modify Claims Process

BP heading to US Supreme Court.

BP is asking the US Supreme Court for relief from a damage claim process enacted after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company has lost several court battles to modify the deal.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Report: New Orleans A National Leader In Infrastructure Jobs

New Orleans ranked 14th on a list of 100 metropolitan areas with strong infrastructure economies.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

Brookings Institution study reviewed several industries under a new "infrastructure" designation.

A report released Friday by the Brookings Institution shows New Orleans as having one of the leading workforces in infrastructure business in the nation. The jobs that fall under that new category are paying high wages and are expected to last for several years.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Holy Cross Project Heads To New Orleans City Council

Holy Cross residents plan to fight a proposed mixed-use development.

A controversial development proposed for the Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward heads to the New Orleans City Council later today. Neighbors are fighting a 13-acre development they say threatens riverfront neighborhoods throughout the city.

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Latest News
4:54 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Mitch Landrieu Begins Second Term As Mayor Of New Orleans

File photo of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Credit Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has taken the oath of office for his second term. The mayor must find a way to pay for mandated reforms, as well as for recovery projects launched after Hurricane Katrina.

Mayor Landrieu took the oath of office with other elected city officials at a ceremony in the restored Saenger Theater — a location selected for its own backstory.

“Look no further than this spectacular theater; $53 million renovations," Landrieu said. "Now the nicest theater in America.”

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion Explories Ties Between Brazil And New Orleans

Sergio Cesar makes miniature versions of Brazilian favela communities from cardboard and recycled materials — with a keen architectural approach.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There’s a new cultural element in this year’s Jazz Fest — organizers concentrated on showing off ties between New Orleans and Brazil.

Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator Valerie Guillet says the two regions have much in common.

“These are really manifested in music and parades, in carnival and a lot of different ways,” she says. “It’s like cousins, very far apart geographically but amazingly similar culturally.”

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bill Aimed At Protecting Domestic Violence Victims' Housing Rights

Senate Bill 233 would include domestic violence victims in groups protected against housing discrimination.

Fair housing advocates in New Orleans are supporting legislation that would protect domestic violence victims from eviction. Apartment management groups want to make sure the rules are clear.

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Environment
7:30 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Barataria Bay, 4 Years After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for Audubon's Louisiana Coastal Initiative, examines the remains of a Forster's Tern found on Cat Island. The island shows scant signs of life four years after the BP oil spill.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

As Sunday’s four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, environmental groups headed out into one of the areas most heavily oiled in the disaster. There, they looked at what effects that oil could be having on wetlands, and inspected the latest damage from coastal erosion, ongoing before and after the spill.

It takes about a half-hour on John Stubbs’ 22-foot fishing boat to get from the Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish to Bay Jimmy in Barataria Bay.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill

Oiled beaches in coastal Jefferson Parish after the BP oil spill.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

National Wildlife Federation experts warn Gulf species are still suffering from oil spill effects.

This story has been updated with a response from BP.

As the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, a leading environmental group is warning that the event is far from over. Increased deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other injured species are signs of continuing contamination.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Groups Working To Connect 9th Ward Split By Industrial Canal

Historic photo of the St. Claude Ave. bridge. Community activists are pushing for a dedicated lane on the bridge to help residents without cars traverse the Industrial Canal.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The lack of a dedicated bike lane is highlighted in effort to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward over the Industrial Canal.

Several environmental and advocacy groups are working to unite the 9th Ward by improving ways to cross the Industrial Canal. A weekend bike ride highlighted the problem of getting from one side to another with no dedicated bike path.

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