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
7:56 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.

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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