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 Features
2:23 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

John Jeremiah Sullivan Talks 'Pulphead' And The South's Tragic Spell

John Jeremiah Sullivan is the southern editor of The Paris Review. He is one of the best magazine writers alive. He’s written about the blues, The Real World, the end-time for man brought on by animal onslaught—and a good many things in between. His new book “Pulphead” is a collection of the colorful, mind-bending, and literary essays that have made him famous.

Mid-South News
2:31 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

New Airport Tower Towers Over Old Tower

The roof of the old FAA tower at Memphis International Airport as seen from a catwalk near (but not at) the top of the new tower.
Eleanor Boudreau

There’s a new traffic-control tower at Memphis International Airport. Memphis is the busiest cargo airport in the country, and the 2nd busiest in the world. The tower’s function is to guide all of those cargo planes, as well as the passenger planes, in and out of the sky. The tower is 336 feet tall and it’s one of the tallest buildings in Memphis. From an airy room ringed with windows at the very top, air-traffic manager Michael Baker says, “The view from up here is like the Penthouse on the city of Memphis.”

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Big Changes On The Way For Shelby County Schools, Municipalities Say Too Big

Merger will triple the size of Shelby County Schools and it will change the district from largely suburban to much more urban.

Memphis and Shelby County Schools might be on their way to consolidation, but sentiments on the matter are far from unified. The transition team and the unified school board charged with planning and executing school consolidation have met less than a handful of times, but already five of the six municipalities surrounding Memphis are thinking about creating their own municipal schools districts, rather than send their kids to a merged Shelby County Schools, and their concerns about consolidation may not be something the people captaining the merger can overcome, no matter what they do.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Former L.A. Superintendent Shares Advice For Large School Districts

LAUSD Superintendant Ramon Cortines chats with a fourth grader at Gulf Elementary School in Wilmington.
Brad Graverson/Daily News Los Angeles

One of the main concerns about the merged Shelby County school district is its size. Ramon Cortines has been superintendent of school districts of all sizes, including New York City and Los Angeles—the two largest in the country. And he’s got some advice.

Mid-South News
6:31 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Millington Mayor Arrested--Residents Hope For A New Day

Millington Mayor Richard Hodges in the city council chamber after the first board of aldermen meeting following law enforcement raids of his home and office in August.

Millington Mayor Richard Hodges was arrested on bribery charges this afternoon. Millington is best know as the home of singer/actor Justin Timberlake, but for almost a year, the small town has been the target of a massive investigation into government corruption and the Shelby County District Attorney says that investigation will continue.

Over the past months, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation excavated papers from city hall and the mayor’s house, and dug a hole with a back-hoe outside Transmission Doctors, a Millington auto shop.

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