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
6:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Navy Senior Chief Looking Forward To Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe in his barracks room at the Navy base in Millington.

There are many reminders of Valentine’s Day in Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe’s small barracks room on the Navy base in Millington, including a teddy bear and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. And Beebe says he has one more reason to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. On Monday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the military will expand benefits to same-sex military couples who sign a pledge stating they are “in a committed relationship and intend to remain so indefinitely.”

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Mid-South News
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Educators Gather In Memphis To Push Tough Standards

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The job description of Tennessee teachers has changed in the past few years. As the result of education reform work in the state, half of every teacher’s yearly evaluation is now based on quantitative data like student test scores and graduation rates. And more changes are ahead as Tennessee implements a tougher test aligned with the national benchmarks known as Common Core Standards.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Surviving A School Shooting And Acting In Her Own Story

“The Warriors” is a collaboration between Chicago actress Mary Hollis Inboden (L) and her friend Evan Linder (R), a playwright. The play’s main character bears more than a passing resemblance to the real-life Inboden.
Credit Courtesy of Mary Hollis Inboden and Evan Linder.

When the play “The Warriors” opens, an actress named Mary Hollis Inboden is on a date in a Chicago restaurant. As is often the case in the 21st century, her date has typed her name into Google, and he’s discovered something he wants to talk about—an NPR interview she did a few years ago.

“They introduced you as school shooting survivor Mary Hollis Inboden,” her date says. “That’s unreal.”

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Mid-South News
4:36 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wharton Talks Vision For First Full Term

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton delivers his state-of-the-city address at the Pink Palace Museum.

In his first State of the City address since being elected to a full term in office, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said his measures to fight blight, crime, and gangs are working, “The state of our city is sound and continues to improve.”

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Mid-South News
3:55 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

School Board Probes Allegations Of Ethics Violation By One Of Their Own

The countywide school board launched its first ethics probe of a board member in recent history yesterday. The probe is the result of a complaint filed by school board member Martavius Jones in December against fellow board member David Pickler.

Jones believes Pickler violated the school board’s code of ethics when he voted for a budget that included $12 million for the Tennessee School Boards Association trust. The trust employs Pickler’s financial services firm.

Pickler denies he did anything wrong.

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