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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Sandy Hook School Shooting
2:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Conn.'s U.S. Senators Renew Call For Gun Control Legislation

Connecticut's U.S. Senators marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting this week by giving speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

In April of last year, a gun control bill that was supported by both senators failed to pass. On Wednesday, both Senators called on their colleagues to pass gun control legislation.

In his speech, Sen. Chris Murphy criticized his colleagues for not taking action even though there have been more shootings at schools across the country since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown.

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Unemployment Tax
7:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Klarides: Conn. Employers Will Pay Highest Unemployment Tax In Country

Incoming Connecticut House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.
Credit Conn. House Republicans

The incoming Republican leader of the Connecticut House is concerned the state labor department is not doing enough to reduce unemployment taxes for businesses.

By January, Connecticut companies will be paying the highest federal unemployment taxes in the country, said Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby.

Connecticut has not obtained a waiver that would have given the state an extension on repaying federal loans it used to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, she said. That’s why she’s written to the state labor commissioner seeking an explanation.

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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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