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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Mississippi River Dredging
8:28 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Maritime Businesses Say Mississippi River Clogging With Silt

A new study released at the Port of New Orleans says sediment in the Mississippi River is building up at rates that could severely clog commerce. Eileen Fleming reports maritime interests say more dredging is essential to the U.S. economy.

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City Curfew
10:59 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Louisiana Justice Institute Challenges New Curfew

A non-profit civil rights group is organizing young men to test the city's new 8 p.m. curfew for those 16 years old or younger. Eileen Fleming reports the effort is aimed at challenging the new restriction.

The Louisiana Justice Institute is sending what attorney Tracie Washington says are testers of the 8 p.m. curfew.

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City Curfew
10:33 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

New Orleans City Council Lowers Curfew for Minors Around French Quarter

The New Orleans City Council has approved an 8 p.m. weekend curfew for 16-year-olds and those younger in the French Quarter and in the area around Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny.

The move comes as officials try to curb shootings involving minors. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he supports the move.

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Football Playoffs
9:57 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

New Orleans Braces for Saints and BCS Championship Crowds

Football will be taking over New Orleans in the next few days. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others are asking the public to plan for heavy traffic and massive crowds.

The Saints are getting ready for tomorrow's first-round playoff game with the Detroit Lions, while crowds continue celebrating ahead of Monday's BCS Championship. Mayor Landrieu says residents must be prepared to accommodate the quarter-million visitors.

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Disaster Preparedness
10:24 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Tulane Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Help Establish Disaster-Relief Network

Tulane University is getting a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help universities in areas prone to disasters establish education and development programs.

Ky Luu is executive director of Tulane's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. He says New Orleans has experience dealing in natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and man-made ones, including the BP oil spill. That experience will be shared with centers in Thailand and another in east Africa.

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WWNO News Reports
9:31 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Forms Midnight Basketball League to Fight Crime

The city of New Orleans is launching a midnight basketball program at the St. Bernard community center. Eileen Fleming reports it's part of the Save Our Sons initiative designed to keep young men out of trouble.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the midnight basketball league is linked to his Crime Action Summit held last September, where residents suggested that young people have recreational options for using their spare time.

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Levees.org
8:11 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Levees.org Continues Drive for Federal Markers at Katrina Levee Breaches

A state advisory panel has voted against an effort led by the grassroots group Levees.org to mark two spots where levees breached during Hurricane Katrina. However, the drive continues, despite the opposition.

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Sugar Bowl
7:36 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

GNO Inc. Predicts Economic Windfall From Sports Events in New Orleans

Tomorrow's Sugar Bowl means more than just victory for Virginia Tech or Michigan. It also generates huge economic development opportunities for the entire New Orleans region.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. President Michael Hecht says the Sugar Bowl and other upcoming sports events are expected to add $400 million to the local economy.

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Saenger Theatre
8:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Mayor Landrieu Signs Deal To Reopen Saenger Theatre

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed off on a deal that he says will reopen the Saenger Theatre within two years. Plans to reopen the Canal Street landmark seem to have cleared hurdles that have delayed the project.

Mayor Landrieu assembled members in his office of the public-private partnership that he says is putting the Saenger Theatre project back in action.

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WWNO News Reports
7:06 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Investigators Checking What Caused I-10 Pileup

Two people were killed and more than 60 injured in a pre-dawn multi-vehicle pileup in New Orleans East that shut down a busy stretch of the I-10 for most of the day. Drivers say heavy fog covered the area.

Louisiana officials are investigating what triggered the 40-car pile-up that closed Interstate 10 and left dozens critically injured. A responding tow truck driver says he heard screams from people pleading for help.

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