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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Race
7:13 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

In New Haven, Conn., Hundreds Join National Protest Against Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Men

Demonstrators lay flat on their backs on the pavement in front of Yale Law School on Wall Street, in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Dec. 5, 2014. The four and half minute "die-in" was to honor the four and half hours that 18-year-old Michael Brown lay dead on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, after being shot by a white police officer. The demonstration was organized by Yale Law School students.
Credit Ebong Udoma

More than 300 demonstrators in New Haven, Connecticut, joined protests around the country on Friday over recent police killings of unarmed black men.

They chanted “black lives matter” in front of the New Haven Superior Court.  Prior to that, they formed a four-block-long human chain from Yale Law School to the court house.

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Government
11:48 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Independent Hospitals In Conn. Fear Being Squeezed Out Of Business

Stuart Marcus, CEO of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, testifies before an informational hearing of the Conn. Legislative Leaders’ Hospitals & Health Care Roundtable at the state Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
Credit CT-N Connecticut Network

A group of small independent hospitals in Connecticut say the increasing cost of providing health care coupled with lower reimbursement rates from insurance providers and the government is making it harder for them to survive. 

The Value Care Alliance is an association of seven of Connecticut's smaller hospitals.  Members of the alliance say they are finding it hard to compete with the state's two large teaching hospital systems and a for-profit national chain.

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Campus sexual assault
8:56 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter Wants US Colleges To Expel Students Found Guilty Of Rape

Yale President Peter Salovey (on the left) listening to former President Jimmy Carter (on the right). The former president was at Woolsey Hall at Yale University on Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, to discuss his latest book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power,” published earlier this year.
Credit Courtesy Yale University

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is urging college administrators around the country to expel students found guilty of committing rape on campus.

The former president made the call in a speech at Yale University in New Haven on Tuesday.

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Budget
6:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Conn. Could Be Facing More Than $1B In Deficits Over The Next 3 Years

Despite an improving economy, Connecticut could be facing budget deficits of more than $1 billion over the next three years.

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget office and the General Assembly’s non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis told lawmakers this on Friday.

“Employment is increasing, our income is rising, retail sales are growing, and the economy is on the rebound,” Karen Buffkin, of the governor’s budget office, explained to members of the Appropriations Committee.

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Immigration Reform
1:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

In Conn., Mixed Reaction From Immigrants To Obama's Executive Action

About 50 people gathered at Neighbor's Link in Stamford, Conn. to watch President Obama's speech on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Undocumented immigrants held viewing parties all over the country Thursday night to watch President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on immigration.

In Stamford, Connecticut, about fifty people gathered in the community room at a social service agency in the city. They watched intently as President Obama delivered his 10-minute speech. When it was over, there were some cries of joy, and some of pain. The agency’s director, Catarina Horak, explained why.

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