Eleanor Boudreau

Reporter

I love living in Memphis, but I'm not from the city. I grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I spent many hours at a highly tender age listening to NPR as my parents crisscrossed that city in their car, running errands. I don't amuse myself by musing about the purity of destiny, but I have seriously wondered how different my life would be if my parents preferred classic rock instead of Car Talk.

I studied English at Harvard then spent a year dry-cleaning and writing poems. I went back to school because of my love for public radio journalism and got a master's in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.

I never seriously considered T.V. or print. I love conversation above images, or even words. I spent a summer working as an intern on NPR's opinions and editorials. When it came time to find a job, I mailed a slim envelop from D.C. to WKNO. Inside was a CD. I passed a breezy lunch break sitting in some grass, chatting with Candice and Dan on my cell-phone and when my internship was over, I drove halfway across the country. The rest, as they say, is history -- or, at the very least, it's archived on WKNO-FM's website.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Memphis Doctor Counsels Obese Seniors On Weight Loss

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A provision of the Affordable Care Act requires that Medicare pay for obesity counseling by primary care physicians. The federal health insurance program for people 65 and older has long paid for costly treatments of some of the chronic diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, but in what many viewed as a contradiction, Medicare refused to reimburse doctors for the work they did helping patients lose weight.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pet Company CEO To Help More Tennesseans Fetch A College Degree

Randy Boyd is the CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, a pet company. He's also a special adviser to Governor Bill Haslam on issues of higher education.

Randy Boyd is a somewhat unlikely pick as a special advisor to Governor Bill Haslam on issues of higher education. Boyd is the CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, a pet company best known for their brand names Invisible Fence, Pet Safe, and Sport Dog.

“It seemed it was natural to go from animal welfare to higher education,” Boyd joked, “[but] there is one segue between animal welfare and dog products and this current educational initiative.”

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Money & Mentors For Teenagers Who Want To Attend Community College

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Astawusegne Desalegne is a senior at Kingsbury High School with big dreams, “I would like to be the first generation in my family to go to college,” he said. “Make my dad proud.”

He already has a four-year college picked out—Middle Tennessee State University, or MTSU. Desalegne feels MTSU is more cloistered than other schools he has considered. “I like this picture of a circle and the buildings inside of it. There is nothing but the university. I feel like UT Knoxville is too spread out,” Desalegne said. “MTSU is one place only for MTSU.”

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Mid-South News
3:48 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

NPR’s Andy Carvin On Tweeting Revolutions

NPR's Senior Strategist, Social Media Desk Andy Carvin.
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In Tunisia on December 17, 2010, government inspectors confiscated the fruit cart Mohamed Bouazizi used to support his family. An hour later Bouazizi stood outside his local government office in the town of Sidi Bou Zid, and lit himself on fire.

That act touched off a wave of protests across Tunisia, videos of which circulated on Twitter with a single hashtag: #sidibouzid. NPR’s Andy Carvin located one of these videos and sent out this tweet: “Arabic speakers: Can someone summarize the protest chants in this video? http://youtu.be/DTOZEJjhWHU thanks! #sidibouzid #tunisia.”

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Mid-South News
5:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Schools Merger Will Have A Special Master

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays will appoint a special master to oversee the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools. “It will be someone who can really get into the weeds, so to speak, with the school system on the logistics of meeting this merger target date,” said Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries.

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