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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Court Rejects Mature Minor Doctrine
6:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Conn. High Court Rules Against Teen Refusing Cancer Treatment

Jackie Fortin of Windsor Locks, Conn., speaks outside the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, shortly after the court ruled the that state child protection officials aren't violating the rights of her 17-year-old daughter by forcing the girl to undergo cancer chemotherapy she doesn't want.
Credit AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb

The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected what’s called the mature minor doctrine. The doctrine holds that some minors are mature enough to make their own health care decisions. The ruling came on Thursday in the case of a 17-year-old girl, known in court documents as Cassandra C.

The high court ruled that the state of Connecticut is not violating Cassandra C’s rights by forcing her to undergo cancer chemotherapy that she does not want.

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State of the State
11:15 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Malloy's State Of The State Focuses On Plan To Overhaul Transportation Infrastructure

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy smiles as he delivers the 2015 State of the State address in front of a joint session of the legislature in the House Chambers at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy used his state of the state speech on Wednesday to push for a 30-year plan to overhaul the state’s entire transportation infrastructure.

The comprehensive plan would cost billions of dollars but Malloy says the state cannot afford to wait.  The Democratic governor gave the speech shortly after being sworn-in for his second term.

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Crime Victims Rights
10:54 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Conn. Panel Wants Timely Court Notifications For Crime Victims

James Clark, Executive Director of Victims' Rights Center of Connecticut, at the Victims' Rights Enforcement Advisory Commission meeting at the state Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit CT-N Connecticut Network

A Connecticut victim’s rights commission wants state legislators to pass a law that gives crime victims the right to be informed about details of court proceedings.

The Victims' Rights Enforcement Advisory Commission agreed to the recommendation on Wednesday.

The new law was recommended by James Clark, the executive director of the Victims' Rights Center of Connecticut. The new law is needed because prosecutors often fail to notify crime victims about court proceedings in a timely manner, preventing them from exercising their right to attend court proceedings, he said.

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Conn. Supreme Court
11:58 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Conn. Supreme Court: State Law Violates U.S. Second Amendment

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning people from transporting weapons between residences violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The ruling was in a case involving a former Army medic arrested in 2010 when police seized a collection of knives and swords from his SUV.

In 2012, former Clinton, Connecticut resident Jason DeCiccio was convicted by a jury of two counts of having weapons in a motor vehicle and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

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Environmental regulations
1:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Conn. Municipalities Oppose Storm Water Regulation Draft

About a third of Connecticut’s cities and towns are rejecting proposed state regulations for dealing with storm water runoff.

Leaders of the municipalities are denouncing the draft regulations.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities represents most of Connecticut’s towns and cities. It says the new draft regulations by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection dictate the frequency of street sweeping and the cleaning of storm water drainage systems that run into municipal sewers. And this imposes costs that towns and cities simply cannot afford. 

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