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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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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Electricity rate hike
2:19 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Conn. Electricity Rates Set For January Hike

Most electricity consumers in Connecticut are getting a rate increase on Jan. 1. That’s because state regulators approved higher rates for Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating today.

The reason for the increase is because the cost of getting natural gas to electricity power plants has been rising due to limited pipeline capacity, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Public Utility Regulatory Authority.

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Election 2014
7:54 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nearly $17 Million In Outside Money Spent On Conn. Governor's Race

A government watchdog group in Connecticut says nearly $17 million was spent by outside groups on the state’s tight gubernatorial race.

Common Cause Connecticut has determined that $16.75 million was spent on the race for governor.

We don’t have all the details about that yet. But it will be important to look at how it is that they were trying to influence our elections,” said the executive director of the group, Cherie Quickmire. Much of the money came from out-of-state entities, she said.

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Conn. General Assembly
8:20 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Conn. Senate Picks New Leadership

State Senator Martin Looney (D- New Haven) has been selected to by the next President of the Conn. Senate.
Credit Conn. Senate Democratic Caucus

New Haven Democrat Martin Looney has been chosen to be the Connecticut Senate President in the new session that begins in January.

Looney is one of several leaders of the upper chamber of the state General Assembly selected by their members on Thursday.

He has served as Connecticut Senate majority leader since 2003. He is expected to be officially elected president by the full Senate in January. Looney will replace Donald Williams of Brooklyn, who did not seek re-election.

Looney said he’s honored to have been selected to lead the body .

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