Eleanor Boudreau


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.


Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Suburbs Vote On Municipal Schools Amid Disagreement Over Costs

Candidate for Bartlett Alderman Jason Sykes plants a sign outside the Bethel Church early voting site. Sykes would like to see Bartlett form a separate school district.

The ballot question in Bartlett asks voters whether they want to form a separate school district and whether they are willing to pay for it. 

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Mid-South News
5:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Problems At The Polls In Shelby County

Some voters in Bartlett and Collierville showed up at the polls on Monday to vote in municipal schools referendums and received an unpleasant surprise: questions about forming a municipal school district did not appear on their electronic ballots.

The Shelby County Election Commission was able to straighten that problem out for angry voters.   

“But any time that you have a problem,” said Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries, “the question is always how many people had this problem, but maybe didn’t notice, or just walked away.”

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Mid-South News
7:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Judge Mays Says Municipal Schools Referendums Can Go Forward

Federal court Judge Hardy Mays ruled Thursday that residents in all six of the suburbs outside of Memphis will vote on whether or not they want to form municipal school districts. The ruling comes a day before the start of early voting.

Lawyers for the Shelby County Commission tried to halt the referendums. They argued that the creation of municipal school districts would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which protects against racial discrimination, and two provisions of the Tennessee Constitution.

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Mid-South News
5:59 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Bill Clinton Visits St. Jude

12-year-old Markell Gregoire talks with former President Bill Clinton at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Cancerous tumors were surgically removed from 12-year-old Markell Gregoire’s leg Monday. But he was having a much better day Friday.  Gregoire sat in a crowded cafeteria at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and jawed with former President Bill Clinton.

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Mid-South News
4:18 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Can Tennessee Afford A Good Deal On Health Care?

Last week's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act left Tennessee and other states with a choice—expand Medicaid, or don’t. If Tennessee chooses to expand TennCare, the federal government will foot the entire bill for three years. Then, after three years, the federal government will pay for 90 percent of the expanded coverage.

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