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
4:52 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Consultants’ Report Says Municipal Schools Possible In Shelby County

William McCaig has three kids in Shelby County Schools in Bartlett and he doesn’t want to see those schools merged with the Memphis City Schools. He wants—

“Local control,” McCaig said. And he’s willing to pay more taxes for it.

“Yes, property taxes or sales taxes,” McCaig said.

Vickie Keith doesn’t have any kids in Bartlett schools, but she’d also be willing to pay more taxes for a Bartlett school district.

“Absolutely. No problem,” Keith said.

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Mid-South News
1:18 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Memphis City Schools Plans To Remake Teacher Pay

As part of their work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Memphis City Schools plan to change the way teachers are paid.

The way teacher pay works in Memphis and across U.S. is simple—teachers come in at a base salary (in Memphis it’s about $40,000 a year), and they get a raise every year, and teachers with master’s degrees and PhDs earn a little more. Supporters of this system say it is fair and equitable, but some education reformers and economists think the way we pay teachers in the U.S. is inefficient, and nationwide that’s where most of the money in public education goes.

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Mid-South News
4:54 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

New CEO Gary Knell Takes Control After Tough Year For NPR Top Brass

NPR CEO Gary Knell
Sesame Workshop

It has been a tumultuous year or so for NPR’s top brass as NPR attracted criticism for its personnel decisions, especially from conservatives. And heads have rolled.

“Well, I came here because I wanted an easy job-secure environment,” joked new NPR CEO Gary Knell.

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Mid-South News
5:53 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Busiest Time Of Year For Changing Shipping Industry

Owner Mark Weber behind the counter at The Mail Center.
Eleanor Boudreau

At The Mail Center on Madison Avenue, Mark Weber pours foam peanuts into a box of Christmas gifts. Weber is the only one working this Saturday. He’s also the owner. There’s a steady stream of customers, but Weber can handle it. He says years ago the shop was more frenetic.

“At various times we’d ship 400 or 500 boxes a day out of here,” Weber said. “And let me tell you—with six or seven employees running around—and peanuts everywhere—it was nuts! Pandemonium!”

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Mid-South News
1:00 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Millington Mayor To Be Arraigned On Charges Connected To Gambling

Millington Mayor Richard Hodges left his center seat at the board of aldermen meeting early the night he announced his retirement.
Eleanor Boudreau

Millington Mayor Richard Hodges will be arraigned on two counts of bribery Friday. Early information points to the mayor having a problem with gambling.

Hodges will retire as mayor effective January 13. In a statement Hodges wrote, “I have been told that many residents of Millington are losing confidence in me. I cannot let this stand.” But Hodges is tight-lipped about the charges against him. “My situation is still under litigation and at the advice of my attorney I have no comment,” Hodges said.

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