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
4:43 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

An Indication Of Growing Obesity Epidemic: Dialysis Clinics Dot Urban Landscape

The DaVita Clinic at 1205 Marlin Ave., off Elvis Presley Blvd. in Memphis.


Driving south on Elvis Presley Boulevard to get to the DaVita clinic at 1205 Marlin Ave., takes you past Graceland, but it also takes you past a site far more common in the U.S.—a cornucopia of fast-food restaurants. There’s KFC, Burger King, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Little Caesar’s, just to name a few.

“If we can get rid of one or two…one or two fast-food restaurants we’d be okay,” joked Regional Operations Director Doctor Edward Woody who runs this DaVita clinic.  

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Mid-South News
2:29 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Black Novelist Alice Randall Says She Was Happy Fat, But Now She Wants To Be Healthy

Novelist Alice Randall
George Walker


Alice Randall is a successful novelist and country music songwriter living in Nashville, but when she turned 50, she asked herself a tough question—How did I get to weigh over 225 pounds?

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Mid-South News
4:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

State Says New Teacher Evaluations About More Than Grades

Kindergarten Teacher Ashley DeBerry and Performance Improvement Team member Tyler Salyer


On a recent Tuesday morning at Dexter Elementary School, kindergarten teacher Ashley DeBerry and Tyler Salyer sat down to talk. Salyer used to be a teacher, then he joined the Shelby County Schools Performance Improvement Team, or PIT Crew.

“You ready to get down to business?” he asked DeBerry.

This is DeBerry’s first year teaching and she’s getting a lot of help. A more senior teacher at Dexter Elementary mentors her, she collaborates with the other kindergarten teachers, and she checks in with Salyer regularly.

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Mid-South News
4:00 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

County Commissioner Mike Ritz Comes Up With His Own Cost Estimates For Municipal Schools

Commissioner Mike Ritz provided his own analysis of the costs to fund municipal schools in Shelby County.
Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz

Each of the six suburbs outside of Memphis is considering opening its own municipal school district, rather than join the merged Memphis and Shelby County School District in 2013. And they each hired consulting firm Southern Educational Strategies LLC to estimate how much that would cost. Now, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz is questioning those estimates.

Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries says Ritz’s estimates are much higher than the consultant’s report.

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Mid-South News
12:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Wooddale Only TN Team To Qualify For National Rocketry Competition

Wooddale High School seniors Darius Hooker (Left) and Wesley Carter (Right) make adjustments to their rocket before take off.


The Wooddale High School rocketry team practices at the Mid-South Rocket Society launch pad at Shelby Farms Park, across from the bison.

“We’re going in five, four, three, two, one,” said Wooddale High School rocketry team president Darius Hooker. Then Hooker pushed a button. The team’s rocket roared into the air.

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