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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Conn. finds money to reopen Bridgeport Head Start
11:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Conn. Head Start rejects gift from Texas billionaire couple

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy holds Michael Hall of Stratford, one of the children enrolled at the ABCD Head Start in Bridgeport
Credit Ebong Udoma

On Wednesday Connecticut stepped in to provide $800,000 to reopen a Head Start program in Bridgeport that’s been closed since last week because of the partial shutdown of the federal government. This means the program is rejecting a gift from a Texas billionaire couple that was made through the National Head Start Association.

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Yale prof wins Nobel
6:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Yale professor wins 2013 Nobel for Medicine

Yale Prof. James E. Rothman speaking at the Yale School of Medicine after it was announced he is one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine
Credit Ebong Udoma

Yale Professor James E. Rothman, is one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize for medicine announced on Monday. The award is for research on how key substances are transported within cells. He shares the prize with Randy Shekman of the University of California, Berkeley and Thomas Sudhof of Stanford University. Rothman credits funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research.

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Federal govt. shutdown affects Conn.
5:42 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Bridgeport head start program gets food donation

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (center) helps deliver Connecticut Food Bank donations to Head Start program at Action for Bridgeport Community Development
Credit Ebong Udoma

A head start program in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is one of many forced to close its doors because of the partial shutdown of the federal government. The program received emergency food aid from the Connecticut Food Bank on Friday.

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Overwelming support for background checks
5:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Poll finds strong support for background checks for gun buyers

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday finds American voters overwhelmingly support universal background checks for all gun buyers by 89 to 9 percent. The result is the same as several other national polls conducted by Quinnipiac in the months after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting last December. 

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Veterans and unemployment benefits still available
6:28 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

For Conn. residents some federal govt. services are still available

Sign on the front door of the Small Business Administration office in Conn.
Credit Ebong Udoma

 Several federal services are still available in Connecticut, despite the government shutdown in Washington. The Veteran's Affairs Department is assuring Connecticut's 52,000 veterans their services will continue. 

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