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
Mon March 3, 2014

Changes To Levee Board Process Opposed By Environmental Groups

Wetlands south of New Orleans. The straight lines are where canals have been cut into the marshes, facilitating their degradation.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Environmental groups say politics, not safety, is priority in changes to levee board process.

A coalition of environmental groups is heading to Baton Rouge to fight legislation aimed at changing how levee board members are appointed. The changes would affect the levee board that is suing the oil industry to pay for repairing wetlands damaged over decades of oil production.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mayors Meet To Find Ways Of Reducing Crime In African American Communities

Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayors' meeting coincides with President Obama's initiative to help young men of color.

Representatives from more than two dozen U.S. cities are wrapping a conference in New Orleans this week aimed at reducing violence among young African American men and boys. It coincides with President Obama reaching out to foundations and businesses to help young men of color reach their full potential.

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Professor Longhair
11:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Major Renovations To Professor Longhair's House Provide Home To Family, Fans

People filled the streets to celebrate the renovation of Professor Longhair's house. The Central City home will house Longhair's family, as well as a place for fans to celebrate the pianist.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The descendants of New Orleans’ renowned rhythm and blues pianist Professor Longhair will soon be back in their Central City house again. A major renovation has made it possible for his family and fans to have a permanent home.

The Stooges Brass Band welcomed dozens of people attending the unveiling of Professor Longhair’s house.

The one and only home ever purchased by the music legend has been renovated. His daughter, Pat Byrd, and grandson Ardell, are moving back in this week.

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7:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

EPA Tightens Reporting Standards For Refinery, Chemical Plant Emissions

EPA settles lawsuit filed by Louisiana and Texas groups.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit on measuring toxic emissions from refineries and chemical plants. The move comes after complaints by community groups in Texas and Louisiana.

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Latest News
5:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

The Mississippi River in Louisiana has reopened to vessel traffic after an oil spill. Mariners are asked to report any oil spotted along the river.

The Coast Guard says more than 31,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a barge that collided with a towboat Saturday. Just over 1,000 gallons of an oily water mix have been recovered.

River traffic between New Orleans and Baton Rouge was blocked, leaving vessels stuck in traffic.

Petty Officer Matthew Schofield says mariners are asked to help locate any oil in the river.

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Latest News
12:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

River Traffic Halted By Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

Weekend collision closes section of Mississippi River.

About 65 miles of the Mississippi River in Louisiana remains closed because of an oil spill, meaning shipping near the site is at a standstill.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Free Ferry Service Ending This Weekend

A ferry arrives at Algiers from Canal Street.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Ferry service is changing.

The days of a free ride across the Mississippi River are coming to an end. Starting Sunday, passengers and cars will have to pay $2 to use the ferry system.

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Latest News
10:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Nagin Sentencing Set For June

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Former Mayor Ray Nagin set to return to court.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be on home detention for several weeks. The federal court set June 11 for his sentencing for public corruption.

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6:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former Mayor Ray Nagin Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin leaving the federal courthouse today after a jury found him guilty of 20 counts of corruption.
Credit Clint Durrett / WDSU.com

Guilty on 20 of 21 counts of corruption.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has become the first mayor in the city’s history to be convicted of corruption. A jury of six men and six women found him guilty of 20 of 21 charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Jury Deliberations To Resume In Nagin Trial

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

The corruption trial of former Mayor Ray Nagin is set to resume today in federal court. A one-day break was called when one juror had a medical issue.

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