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
4:49 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

I'll Take You There: Using Music To Revitalize Soulsville

The home of bluesman Memphis Slim, a historic site next to the Stax Museum. A partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra plans to turn this house into a place where musicians can practice and record.

More than 50 years after a small recording company moved into a rundown movie theater on East McLemore Avenue and took the name Stax Records, a partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is attempting to revitalize the neighborhood around Stax using what the area is best known for—music.

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Mid-South News
6:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Goodbye, Mr. Chuck: Beloved WKNO Host Dies At 80

Charles Scruggs was better known as “Mr. Chuck.” His educational children’s television show Hello, Mr. Chuck! aired on WKNO from 1997 until 2009.
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Charles Scruggs was better known as “Mr. Chuck.” Scruggs’ educational children’s show Hello, Mr. Chuck! aired on WKNO from 1997 until 2009. Dressed in his signature captain’s hat, Scruggs entered the living rooms of thousands of children in the Mid-South. The beloved Memphis host died this morning. He was 80 years old.

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Mid-South News
4:33 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Jeb Bush Talks Education With Governor Haslam

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. After stepping down as governor in 2007, Bush created the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which advocates for school choice and higher standards in public education.

In Nashville today, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sat down for what was billed as “a candid conversation” on education. Jeb Bush has built a reputation as an education reformer. 

After stepping down as governor in 2007, Bush created the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which advocates for school choice and higher standards in public education.

“[Education] is the common denominator of a successful life,” Bush told Haslam.

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Mid-South News
3:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Standoff Touches Money in Memphis

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CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Robert Fockler sees what he describes as a “bubble” of charitable giving this year.

Last year, the foundation received $28.9 million in donations. This year, donations inflated to $50.8 million by mid-December, “and we’ve seen significant gifts since then,” said Fockler.

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Mid-South News
4:17 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Trucking Companies Recruit Veterans To Fill Driver Shortage

Student David Day (L) pulls onto Interstate 40 under the watchful eye of his Swift Driving Academy instructor Jimmy Seaton (R). Both men are veterans.

After Dave Carter retired from the Air Force, he started driving an 18-wheeler. When Carter is on the road (which is most of the time now) he sleeps behind the steering on a twin bed in the small cab of the truck, and it reminds him of his time in the military, “A lot of veterans are attracted to this line of work, because the living conditions, sometimes are austere, Spartan in some degree, and for vets, it’s like being deployed,” Carter said.

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