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
Tue October 9, 2012

Paul Tough In Memphis To Talk About 'How Children Succeed'

Author Paul Tough's latest book is "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character."
Mary McIlvaine Photography

Author Paul Tough thinks America’s schools aren’t doing a good job teaching character. Tough has covered education for the New York Times Magazine and This American Life. His latest book is How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Tough was in Memphis to speak at a charter school run by the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, which aims to teach character skills—things like zest, self-control, and, yes, grit—alongside math and reading. 

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Mid-South News
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

FedEx To Announce Cutbacks At Express

FedEx

FedEx Founder Fred Smith is expected to announce cutbacks to his flagship Express division at a dinner for investors tonight.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Idlewild To Young Adults: Holla At Us

Idlewild Presbyterian Church on Union Ave.

According to research by the Pew Forum, young people are becoming less religious and many churches are shrinking as a result, but Idlewild Presbyterian Church isn’t one of them. A recent survey found that Idlewild is among the fastest growing congregations within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Here’s The Church: Where Are All The Young People?

The lights are dark and the music is loud at a 5:30 service at Hope Presbyterian Church called The Stirring.

At 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon, the chapel at Hope Presbyterian Church on Walnut Grove has the feel of a rock concert. The lights are dark and the music is loud.

The more staid, traditional service is in the morning, but this late service was designed to appeal to a younger and less conventional crowd. It’s called The Stirring.

When Pastor Eli Morris climbs to the stage he’s wearing jeans and a black t-shirt. Morris isn’t part of the target age-group. He’s 58 with long, gray hair and a goatee, but he clearly enjoys the free-wheeling atmosphere.

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Mid-South News
6:43 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Results In Of An Audit Into The Shelby County Election Commission

The state comptroller examined the Shelby County Election Commission after thousands of Shelby County voters received the wrong ballot during the August 2 election. The resulting eight-page report points to mistakes the election commission made updating its voter rolls after a once-in-a-decade redistricting.

Investigators found that the election commission did not meet early deadlines, at one critical point stopped working for four weeks, and did not have adequate back-up plans.

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