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
Mon November 5, 2012

Shelby County Votes On President, Sales Tax And Municipal School Boards Tomorrow

The presidential contest is expected to drive voter turnout across the nation and the state. Almost 1.5 million Tennesseans cast ballots early. That’s the second-highest early voting turnout in state history, just shy of 2008 totals.

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Mid-South News
4:46 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

State's Highest Court Will Arbitrate Dispute Over Voter Photo ID Law

After the presidential election, the Tennessee Supreme Court will get involved in a dispute between the state and its largest city, Memphis, over a law that requires voters show a photo ID, but in the meantime, the court says that new Memphis Public Library cards, which include a picture, must be accepted at the polls today (the last day of early voting) and Election Day November 6.

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Mid-South News
6:45 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Letter Latest Salvo In Dispute Between State And Memphis Over Voter Photo IDs

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A letter lawyers for the City of Memphis wrote to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper today demands “immediately advise the Shelby County Election Commission to accept photo library cards issued by the City of Memphis Public Library.”

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Mid-South News
5:22 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Suburbs Hold Municipal School Board Elections, Wait For Judge’s Ruling

Collierville school board Position 2 candidate Margaret Kasperbauer and her husband hold a sign outside the Collierville Church of Christ early voting location. Kasperbauer is one of five candidates in the Position 2 race.

All six suburbs in Shelby County are holding municipal school board elections. Enthusiasm for these races is very high outside of Memphis. In total, 64 candidates are running for 32 positions. The most contested race, Collierville school board Position 2, has drawn five first-time candidates despite the fact that a federal judge could throw out the results if he finds that the state law, which is allowing these elections to happen, is unconstitutional.

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Mid-South News
4:52 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

State Appeals Ruling That Memphis Library Cards Can Be Used To Vote

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett was displeased by a Tennessee Court of Appeals decision yesterday that said Memphians can vote with library-issued photo IDs. He appealed that decision to the Tennessee Supreme Court today.

The Court of Appeals decision was unusual because the court didn’t just issue an opinion, it also ordered Hargett to “immediately advise the Shelby County Election Commission to accept photo library cards issued by the City of Memphis Public Library.”

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