Ebong Udoma

Senior reporter

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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Jessica Hill / AP

Members of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities say Governor Dannel Malloy’s new report on the level of state aid to cities and towns is unfair. On Wednesday, 25 municipal leaders went to the state Capitol to protest the report.

Ebong Udoma / WSHU

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., says he’ll push for federal disaster relief spending on Houston and other areas of the Gulf Coast, despite the fact that a number of Republican members of Congress from that area did not support similar federal relief for Connecticut following Hurricane Sandy.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., says he’s working with the Trump administration on new “Buy American” legislation despite his strong disagreements with most of President Trump’s policies.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is a nationally recognized leader when it comes to criminal justice reform. Since taking office in 2011, he’s implemented several initiatives, including reclassifying most drug offenses as misdemeanors and enacting bail reform. The state’s prison population has also declined from 18,000 to 14,000. WSHU’s Ebong Udoma spoke with Michael Lawlor, the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisor. Lawlor said that Connecticut’s criminal justice reforms have been a long time coming.  

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House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, a Democrat from Berlin, says an increase in the Connecticut sales tax from 6.35 percent to 6.85 percent is needed in order to balance the state’s two-year-budget. That budget is already seven weeks late.