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
4:51 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

County Commission Divided Over Municipal Schools, Nonetheless Sues

Yard signs urging suburban residents to create their own, separate municipal school districts, rather than send their children to a merged Memphis & Shelby County schools, poke from well-manicured lawns just outside the Memphis city limits. One sign reads simply, “Yes! Bartlett Schools.” Referendums are scheduled for August 2 in all six Shelby County suburbs.

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Mid-South News
2:50 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

School Board Doesn’t Renew Memphis Superintendent’s Contract

Superintendent of Memphis City Schools Kriner Cash's contract expires in 2013. The Memphis and Shelby County school board voted not to renew that contract last night. The vote was 14-8. A similar motion not to renew the contract of Shelby County Schools Superintendent John Aitken, which expires in 2015, did not pass. That vote was 8-14.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

A Small Town Struggles Amid Crime And Decay

Keith Alston stands outside his shop on Main Street in Henning, TN.

The busiest spot in Henning, Tennessee, population 945, is probably the Main Street post office. There is no home delivery in the town, so everyone has to come to the post office to collect their mail.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Roots In Rural America Thinning

Beverly Johnson is related to Alex Haley. She is the Program Director at the Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center.

Henning, Tennessee has a population of 945, and is about an hour north of Memphis. A century ago more than 60 percent of Americans lived in rural areas, like Henning. Today 16 percent do, and as more and more people flock to cities, what used to be the dominant America lifestyle is disappearing.

The most famous resident of Henning was the Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Roots Alex Haley. Haley was born in 1921 in Ithaca, New York, where his father was studying agriculture, but he spent his childhood summers in a blue and white-trim wood house in Henning.

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Mid-South News
8:25 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Commission Says You Can't Get A World-Class School System On Current Budget

The Transition Planning Commission finalizes its plan to merge Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

 

Members of the Transition Planning Commission spent Thursday finalizing a draft of a plan to merge the Memphis and Shelby County School systems. The draft plan has a $57 million budget gap and the commission is recommending that the school board pursue additional funds to close that gap. Even so, there are commissioners who think the new system is not adequately funded.

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