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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WWNO News Reports
1:38 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Mayor Nagin announces budget cuts

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has announced budget cuts he says are to the "bare bones." He said next year's budget approved by the City Council gave him no choice but to slash spending.

Mayor Nagin said City Hall and other offices will be closed on Fridays. Police will have to make do with the amount of fuel it used at levels set last year. City workers will be paying more money for reduced health care.

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Healthcare
12:31 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

NOAH Lawsuit Continues to Appeals Process

Supporters of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital are not giving up the fight to provide in-patient mental health care at the state facility.

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WWNO News Reports
1:46 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Nagin News Conference

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is under fire on several matters that he confronted in a wide-ranging news conference outside City Hall.


It was set up to announce direct flights to Mexico and Honduras. But after only a few questions were posed on that subject, Mayor Nagin stood alone in front of the podium and answered questions about how he's been making the news lately.

About his former technology director, Greg Meffert, picking up the tab for a Hawaiian vacation for the Nagin family in 2004.

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WWNO News Features
12:02 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Krewe of Barkus Parade

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The Carnival parades are under way, with one of the most unusual setting out from Armstrong Park: the canine Krewe of Barkus. Holding court this 17th year in Mardi Gras were King Scrappy and Queen Paris-- both qualified because they are rescue animals.

Roxanne Mentzer cuddled the queen, who donned a cape of feathers and gold lamme and a bow. She's come a long way from the shivering, thirsty Chihuahua found by the side of the road in Kenner, just after Hurricane Katrina.

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Rebuilding
12:20 am
Wed January 14, 2009

College Students stay after volunteering

Hundreds of college students continue to volunteer in rebuilding homes throughout New Orleans, and a few are coming back to stay.

Volunteers who painted a two-story home in New Orleans last week are back home, getting ready to return to college. But there were two at the Broadmoor site last week who are home now. They both signed up for week long assignments last year through the Hillel foundation of Jewish students, and decided to come back for the long-term.

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Healthcare
3:29 am
Mon January 12, 2009

Ochsner Baptist opens ER

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center is now offering emergency room treatment, for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

 

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Church Closings
4:21 am
Tue January 6, 2009

Church occupation ends

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has ended the occupation of two churches where parishioners have been battling plans to permanently close the doors. Police made sure the churches were vacated.

Church Closings
9:21 am
Mon January 5, 2009

Parishioners talk about church closings

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has yet to settle the disputed closings of the Church of Good Counsel and St. Henry Church in Uptown. Parishioners there continue to occupy the churches, hoping a settlement can be reached.

Audubon Zoo
5:29 am
Mon January 5, 2009

Audubon Zoo tapir celebrates historic birthday

The Audubon Zoo is marking a milestone birthday for a tapir called Melon. He's the second oldest of his kind in zoo captivity.

Features
10:23 am
Wed December 31, 2008

Anti-violence street vigil

Pastor John Raphael Jr. of the New Hope Baptist Church has been preparing his New Year's Eve sermon while holding a vigil at South Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street. 

Pastor Raphael had thought his three-day fast and anti-violence vigil would be a solitary experience. But his signs calling for and end to the city's killings have drawn supporters to his encampment on the neutral ground. He chose the spot for its memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King.

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