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
4:40 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Memphians Can Vote With Library-Issued Photo IDs

The state Court of Appeals says Memphis Public Library photo IDs can be used to vote.

“The Memphis library photographic identification card is acceptable under the law as sufficient proof of identification for voting,” the ruling read.

The City of Memphis sued the state over a law that requires citizens show a photo ID at the polls. The appeals court upheld that state law today, but reversed an earlier court ruling that said the library-issued photo IDs weren’t acceptable for voting.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Sales Tax Referendum Enflames Tensions Between Memphis And Its Suburbs

The Agricenter early voting location in Memphis.

Early voting is underway and residents in Memphis and the unincorporated county are voting on a half-cent sales tax increase.

Outside the early voting location at the Agricenter, Nancy Ream said she and her husband voted for the sales tax increase, “my understanding is that it is supposed to go for Pre-K money and this is a community that really does need money for Pre-K, for kids under five. We need to get those kids in school as fast as possible.”

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Mid-South News
5:45 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Early Voting Underway In Shelby County

Signs outside Collierville Church of Christ, an early voting location.

Today is the first day of early voting. In addition to the Presidential election, there are two important local issues on ballots in Shelby County: municipal school board elections in the suburbs; and a countywide half-cent sales tax increase in Memphis and the unincorporated areas of the county.

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Mid-South News
10:04 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Cutbacks At FedEx Express Part Of A Larger Trend


FedEx announced plans to increase profits by $1.7 billion a year at a two-day meeting for investors this week. Most of that increase will come from cuts to the company’s oldest and largest division—FedEx Express.

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Mid-South News
12:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

After Cuts To Express, FedEx Hopes To Gain $1.7 Billion A Year

FedEx Express planes.

FedEx Founder Fred Smith will cut costs at his flagship Express division. Smith made his announcement at a dinner at the Hilton Memphis where investors ate barbeque and banana pudding, then Smith stood up and told them his goal is to increase profits by $1.7 billion a year.

Smith will offer thousands of Express employees voluntary buyouts, close facilities, and increase automation.

“We are revamping the FedEx Express cost-structure through a combination of cost-reductions, efficiency improvements, and service repositioning,” Smith said.

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