Ebong Udoma

Senior reporter

Ebong is WSHU’s award winning Connecticut State Capitol reporter.  He worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative and he is a regular contributor of spot news to NPR.   Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon's two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. He has also covered 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. He also covered political transitions in Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News. Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, Ebong was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post.

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Surplus up from a month ago
5:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Conn 2014 fiscal year surplus revised upward to $121 million

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, left, talks with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin during a break at the New England Governors and eastern Canadian Premiers 38th annual conference, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Bretton Woods, N.H.
Credit AP Photo/Jim Cole

Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Tuesday that the state ended its fiscal year in June with a $121.3 million budget surplus. The surplus is now nearly four times what the Malloy administration had projected just a month ago.

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First of two debates before Aug. 12 primary
6:18 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

First Conn GOP primary debate between Foley and McKinney is feisty

Republlican candidates for governor Tom Foley, left, and John McKinney square off during a debate held at the Hartford Courant building Thursday, July 17, 2014, for the two Republicans running for governor in Connecticut. Foley is a businessman from Greenwich and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland. McKinney, of Fairfield, is the Senate minority leader in Connecticut.
Credit AP Photo/Hartford Courant, Brad Horrigan, Pool

The Republican primary for Connecticut governor has taken on a feisty tone. Greenwich businessman Tom Foley and state Senator John McKinney questioned one another's fiscal values in a debate on Thursday.

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500 Africans are in the US for Obama's initiative
5:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Twenty-five of President Obama's Young African Leaders study at Yale this summer

Some members of President Obama's Young African Leaders at Yale at a block party with local residents at the Stetson Library in New Haven on Wednesday July 9, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

An app that helps doctors keep in touch with patients in Uganda, another that helps teachers keep up with technology in Zambia, and a website that tells the stories of Rwandan genocide survivors. These are just some of the businesses that have been developed by a group of young African entrepreneurs, sought out by President Obama.  The entrepreneurs are part of the president’s Young African Leaders Initiative – in which 500 hundred sub-Saharan Africans between the ages of 25 and 35 have been brought to study at US universities this summer.

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Ex-Im Bank charter set to expire in September
6:11 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Reps Larson and Courtney push for Congressional vote on renewal of Export-Import Bank charter

Two members of Congress from Connecticut are pushing back against tea party Republicans who want to see the demise of a federal agency that provides help for US exporters. U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney and John Larson, both Democrats, held an event in Hartford on Monday to call on the GOP-led House of Representatives to vote to renew the charter of the Export-Import bank.

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Federal Highway trust fund could soon be insolvent
6:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

US Transportation Secretary warns states about federal highway fund running out of money

Credit AP Photo/Skip Peterson

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is warning states of the danger of letting a federal fund for road and bridge repairs run out of money.  Unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund, used to reimburse states for highway and transit projects, is set to become insolvent later this summer. Foxx met with Governor Dannel Malloy and members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation in Hartford today on Thursday. 

   

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