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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Michael Skakel trial
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Skakel cannot be immediately released from prison while awaiting a new trial

Michael Skakel at his hearing before Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop on Wednesday Nov. 6
Credit Ebong Udoma

A Connecticut judge ruled on Wednesday that Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel cannot be immediately released from prison while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of his neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club. The judge did lift a stay clearing the way for Skakel to seek bail at a later date.

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Harp wins in New Haven
12:21 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Harp will be the first female mayor of New Haven

Toni Harp giving her victory speech at Kelly's Restaurant in New Haven on Tuesday night.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Connecticut State Senator Toni Harp has easily won election to become the first woman mayor in New Haven’s history. Harp is also the first new mayor in New Haven in two decades.  

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Conn. Municipal Elections 2013
6:48 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Majority of Conn. cities and towns holding municipal elections

A voter prepares to insert his marked ballot into an electronic scanner to register his vote in a municipal election in North Haven, Conn., (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Bob Child

Voters are casting ballots in municipal elections in several Connecticut cities and towns on Tuesday. New Haven is the largest city in the state in which a mayor’s office is at stake. 

Tuesday’s municipal elections in Connecticut are the first in which voters will be allowed to register and vote on the same day.  Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says this is good news for voters who previously would have been locked out of the process.

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Election 2013
12:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Haven mayoral candidates in a last push for votes

State Senator Toni Harp (left) stumps for votes at a rally in New Haven on Friday November 1st. Alderman Justin Elicker (right) at his New Haven mayoral campaign headquarters on Friday November 1st.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Tuesday’s election for mayor in New Haven, Connecticut, pits a veteran state politician against a relative newcomer. Sixty-six year-old state Senator Toni Harp, a New Haven resident for the past 40 years, hopes her 20 years of experience at the state Capitol will help sway voters her way. Thirty eight-year-old city Alderman Justin Elicker has lived in New Haven for six years. He hopes his newcomer status will attract enough voters to swing the election his way.

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Audit finds inadequate background checks
6:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Conn. GOP leader criticizes state health department

The leader of the GOP minority in the Connecticut House of Representatives is criticizing the state health department over an audit that finds faulty background checks on day care providers. Lawrence Cafero, a Norwalk Republican, says this raises questions about the management of the agency.

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