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
4:43 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Environmental Groups Continue Fight Against New Coal Terminal

The Sierra Club is coordinating an air and water sampling program to fight a third coal terminal proposed in Plaquemines Parish.

The Sierra Club is leading a testing program to fight the addition of a third coal terminal in Plaquemines Parish. The state Office of Coastal Management is recommending the terminal be allowed.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Habana Outpost Restaurant Nears Final Approval In French Quarter

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Vieux Carré Commission is approaching final approval for Habana Outpost.

The Vieux Carré Commission is allowing a controversial restaurant proposed for the French Quarter to move forward. But there are still roadblocks.

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Tulane University
7:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Tulane Arranging 750,000 Hours Of Community Service To Honor Scott Cowen

Tulane University calling for community service volunteers.

Tulane University is launching a call for volunteers to perform 750,000 hours of community service as a tribute to retiring school President Scott Cowen. The project is open to Tulane students, faculty and the community at large.

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French Quarter
7:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

French Quarter Battles Habana Outpost Restaurant Proposal

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Habana Outpost owner is set to argue for his restaurant approval from the Vieux Carré Commission.

The Vieux Carré Commission is scheduled to hold a final hearing Wednesday on a restaurant proposed for the French Quarter. A year-long battle with residents over the project will likely continue, no matter what’s decided.

Sean Meenan wants open a two-story open-air Cuban restaurant at North Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue. He operates two similar establishments in New York City and one in Malibu, California.

But neighbors of the proposed Habana Outpost say it’s too big, and it doesn’t belong where the Quarter also borders the historic Tremé and Marigny neighborhoods.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Gentilly Family Home Finally Repaired 8 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Vanessa Ross cuts the ribbon to her family's renovated Gentilly home.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Ross family is finally able to be home, eight years after their home flooded in Hurricane Katrina.

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, John and Vanessa Ross are finally able to return to their Gentilly home. It’s the 500th homecoming party provided through the St. Bernard Project since the storm.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Governor Jindal Slams BP As Gulf Coast Restoration Plan Is Approved

A general blueprint is approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

Five states and leaders of several federal agencies have unanimously approved a blueprint to repair the Gulf of Mexico with BP fines pending over the 2010 oil spill. Governor Bobby Jindal’s comments in New Orleans about BP and his support for Mississippi River diversions drew immediate criticism.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Recovery Plan Set For Release

Report outlines projects to be funded by BP oil spill fines.

The federal Commerce Secretary is presiding at a meeting in New Orleans Wednesday afternoon on how to spend billions of dollars to fix damage caused by the BP oil spill. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be opening the forum.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Faith Groups Challenging Louisiana's High Incarceration Rate

Faith-based groups gathered at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Tremé to spread information about the state's high incarceration rate.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Faith-based groups are working on political strategies for solving the state's high incarceration rate.

An interfaith coalition is calling on elected leaders to cut the number of people incarcerated in Louisiana. The group is highlighting prison population numbers as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights.

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Education
11:30 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Justice Department Sues Louisiana Over School Vouchers

Vouchers in districts under desegregation orders at issue.

The Justice Department is suing Louisiana for issuing school vouchers to students in districts under desegregation orders. The federal government says the system is undermining racial balances in public schools.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

River Interests Want Deeper Dredging To Accommodate More Vessels

New report by maritime interests shows economic gains of deeper Mississippi River.

A new economic study released at the Port of New Orleans argues the benefit of deepening the Mississippi River. The numbers come as ports around the country get ready for more business from a major expansion of the Panama Canal.

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