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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Gulf Oil Spill
7:33 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Interior Secretary Opens Gulf Lease Sale, Then Visits Business Hurt By BP Spill

The Interior Department is reviewing more than $700 million dollars in bids to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the major bids in the first sale since the BP oil spill last year, and then visited a business still reeling from the spill.

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:03 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Interior Secretary Conducts Gulf Oil Lease Sale

The Interior Department has conducted the first sale of leases on drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP spill last year. It comes after environmental groups failed to block the sale.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled to New Orleans to announce bids on leases for the western Gulf off Texas. He says deepwater drilling is now safer than it was before the BP well exploded, spilling more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.

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Occupy Wall Street
8:08 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Occupy NOLA Ousted From Duncan Plaza

The Occupy New Orleans protest no longer occupies Duncan Plaza. A federal judge allowed the city to clear the encampment outside City Hall.

The federal judge refused to issue an order sought by Occupy NOLA. The group has been staying at the park since early October as an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement for economic equality.

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Occupy Wall Street
7:59 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Federal Ruling Expected on Occupy NOLA

The order allowing Occupy New Orleans to remain in Duncan Plaza expires later today. It's unclear what's next for the group.

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Occupy Wall Street
8:19 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Occupy NOLA Protests Outside Mayor's Home

Occupy New Orleans protesters have taken their complaints to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's home. Several speakers are demanding help for the city's homeless.

About a dozen protesters are calling for help in housing homeless as well as keeping the Occupy New Orleans encampment in place outside City Hall. Spokesman W. C. Johnson says the mayor's eviction of the camp last week is illegal.

"We are here at his home to let him know that he cannot get away from the wrong that he inflicts on the citizens in the city that he claims that he loves."

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University of New Orleans
8:16 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Incoming UNO President Wants Better Marketing of UNO Brand

The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors has unanimously selected Peter Fos as the new president of the University of New Orleans. 

Fos graduated from UNO in 1972. He's now the director of health policy and system management at LSU Health Sciences Center. After he was selected at the supervisors' Baton Rouge meeting, Fos said his first priority is improving the UNO brand.

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University of New Orleans
6:52 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

New UNO President Selected

The University of New Orleans has a new president, selected by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors from UNO's own community.

Board members meeting in Baton Rouge announced that Peter Fos will be the new president. Fos graduated from UNO in 1972. He's currently program director for health policy and systems management at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Fos says there are two items on his immediate to-do list.

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WWNO News Reports
6:50 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

NOPD Officer Convicted of Lying About Convention Center Shooting

A New Orleans police officer has been convicted of lying about a deadly shooting in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The the officer's partner has been acquitted.

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Occupy NOLA
9:04 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Occupy NOLA Asking Court to Block Eviction

Occupy NOLA is asking a federal judge to block its eviction from Duncan Plaza. Protesters want a temporary restraining order and injunction that would allow them to stay.

Many of the tents outside City Hall are gone, but a few dozen remain as protesters object to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's call to clear out the overnight encampment. Spokesman Derrick Morrison said at a news conference in front of City Hall that Landrieu has no right to order them out, many of whom are homeless with no place to go.

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Occupy NOLA
8:18 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Occupy NOLA Wins Restraining Order After Eviction

The Occupy New Orleans protest is being allowed to return to the city park cleared by police Tuesday morning. Eileen Fleming reports the group can stay for at least a week.

About 150 New Orleans police officers evicted the same number of protesters before dawn. The eviction came hours before a hearing was scheduled in federal court. Protesters wanted a temporary restraining order from the eviction that Mayor Mitch Landrieu was threatening to enforce. The judge said he wasn't happy that the city acted before the hearing was held.

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