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
1:00 am
Mon October 3, 2011

'The Memphis 13' Premieres On 50th Anniversary Of School Desegregation

On October 3rd, 1961, thirteen African-American children walked into formerly all-white schools in Memphis. Unlike other cities, Memphis schools desegregated without violence; and first-graders—not high-schoolers—broke the color line. There’s a new documentary out about the event. Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles is in the movie. Kyles remembers bringing his daughter to the doors of Bruce Elementary School 50 years ago today.

Mid-South News
11:27 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Yasir Qadhi On Being Muslim And American In Memphis

Yasir Qadhi is one of the most influential Muslim clerics to lecture in English. He was born in Houston, Texas, and  studied in Saudi Arabia and at Yale. Because of his vast knowledge, he's been sought out both by high ranking counter-terrorism officials and young Muslims contemplating violence. He sat down with Eleanor Boudreau to talk about the sometimes fraught cultural position he navigates being Muslim and American.

Mid-South News
7:12 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Tennessee Origins Of Value-added Education Data

"Differences in teaching effectiveness was the single largest factor affecting student academic progress," Sanders said.

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Mid-South News
6:04 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Businessmen Want To Be Governor

Nashville, TN – Tennessee's two main candidates for governor both tout their credentials as businessmen, but--as businessmen go--they are competing from near opposite ends of the spectrum. Republican Bill Haslam's Pilot truck-stop company employs thousands. That dwarfs Democrat Mike McWherter's 50 person operation as a beer distributor.

At a business luncheon in Jackson, contractor David Watlington said any business experience is helpful, whether the company is big or small.

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