Ebong Udoma

Russia Seen Moving New Missiles To Eastern Europe

In what could mark an escalation of tensions with the West, commercial satellite images suggest that Russia is moving a new generation of nuclear-capable missiles into Eastern Europe. Russia appears to be preparing to permanently base its Iskander missile system in Kaliningrad, a sliver of territory it controls along the Baltic coast between Lithuania and Poland....

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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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With the 2016 election over, analysts are poring over data to try to figure out what the electorate has said. In Connecticut returns show a closer race than had been anticipated, especially in the state Assembly races where the minority Republicans gained seats in the state House of Representatives and are now tied in the Senate.

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Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are concerned that Donald Trump is appointing his campaign CEO Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist and senior counselor. Senior Senator Richard Blumenthal says it’s wrong for Trump to give a position of authority to Bannon, who is the chairman of the controversial Brietbart News website.

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Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy says he believes he can work well with the state’s GOP lawmakers who’ve won enough seats to now have a rare 18 to 18 tie in the state Senate.

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At a post-election news briefing in Hartford on Wednesday, Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy says he’s looking forward to some of the programs Republican President-elect Donald Trump is promising. “I want to see an infrastructure infusion that would be beneficial to our state. Both Democrat and Republican candidate for president advocated infrastructure. I hope that is going to be part of incoming President Trump’s financial policies.”

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Much of the energy in this year’s general election has been taken up by the presidential campaign between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. This has overshadowed several contested Congressional races in our area. WSHU’s Senior Political Reporter Ebong Udoma has been looking at these races and joined Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser to talk about what he learned.

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