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
3:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Amendment To Bullying Bill Is A Win For Proponents Of Municipal School Districts

A bill passed by the state legislature Monday is a win for proponents of municipal school districts here in Shelby County--a provision of the bill  allows the suburbs outside of Memphis to hold referendums on whether or not they want to create their own, separate school districts this year. The rest of the bill is about school bullying.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with it,” said Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries.

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Mid-South News
12:06 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Tennessee’s Teachers About To Get Their Grades Under New Evaluation System

Alisa Bledsoe teaches a lesson at Highland Oaks Middle School.

When the evaluator walked into her classroom, Alisa Bledsoe was teaching her sixth grade science class about the difference between a food chain and a food web. 

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Mid-South News
12:06 am
Mon April 23, 2012

High Stakes Tests Begin For Memphis Students And Teachers

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash

 

Students across the state will sit down and take a set of state tests called the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), starting this week, and for the first time their scores on those tests will factor into their teachers’ evaluations and their own second semester grades. 

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Mid-South News
12:06 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Opens 'The Tempest' With A Colorblind Cast

Actor Johnny Lee Davenport (Prospero) and Actress Amelia Hammond (Miranda) rehearse a scene from 'The Tempest.'

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s version of The Tempest opens tonight in the outdoor amphitheatre at Shelby Farms Park

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Mid-South News
2:24 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

New State-Run School District Is Facing An Old Problem

Pizza was served at a parent meeting at Westside Middle School.

 

Come August, the state will be calling the shots at Frayser Elementary, Corning Elementary, and Westside Middle. The schools are the first to be announced in Tennessee’s Achievement School District. The achievement district was created as a part of the state’s application to get federal “Race to the Top” money and it is a state-run district for low performing schools.

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