Ebong Udoma

Senior reporter

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year. In addition to providing long-form reports and features for WSHU, he regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative.

Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon's two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate. He has also reported on several state and municipal corruption trials in Connecticut, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland. Ebong keenly follows developments with Native American tribes in Connecticut and produced an award-winning feature on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Ebong recently returned from his native Nigeria, where he spent a year helping to establish the international media network Gotel Africa. During his time there, he trained and managed local reporters and covered major stories, such as the presidential election in Nigeria and the government’s offensive against Boko Haram.

Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, Ebong was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post. He also covered political transitions in Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

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Jessica Hill / AP

On Monday, MGM Resorts announced plans for a $675 million dollar casino development in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Promoters say their goal is to bring economic development to the city and create 7,000 jobs. But opponents says it’s a long shot move to get Connecticut to agree to a non-Indian casino.

Jessica Hill / AP

Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has said he will veto a Republican budget that was passed by the Connecticut General Assembly over the weekend. In stunning political move, three Senate Democrats and six House Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the bill.

Johnathon Henninger

In a surprise move, the Connecticut General Assembly has voted in favor a Republican budget proposal. The bill passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 78-72 early Saturday morning and the Senate by a vote of 21 to 15 on Friday.

This is a major defeat for state Democrats. They hold a majority in the House and an 18-18 tie in the Senate, with Democratic Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman as a potential tie breaking vote.

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

 

An attempt by Democrats in the Connecticut legislature to pass a budget collapsed late last night. 

Democratic leaders had high hopes on Thursday of finally being able to pass a budget that’s more than 2 months overdue. After lawmakers spent the whole day at the capitol waiting for the debate to begin, by 11:30 p.m. it was evident that the Democrats were not able to bring up the bill.Senate Democratic President Martin Looney of New Haven says they couldn’t get the documents prepared for a vote.

Andrew Harnik / AP

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are among 16 Senate Democrats who’ve declared support for Vermont Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” single payer healthcare insurance bill.

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