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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Election 2014
5:19 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

US Labor Secretary Perez Campaigns with Malloy

In Connecticut, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is getting help from high profile Obama administration officials for his campaign for reelection. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez made several campaign stops with Malloy in eastern Connecticut on Friday.

The governor is a friend of the administration, Perez said, on a telephone conversation while traveling with Malloy. He said Malloy is someone who’s been able to implement initiatives important to the White House including pushing Connecticut to be the first state to pass a law raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Election 2014
1:09 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Foley a no show at Conn gubernatorial debate hosted by WVIT-TV

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti at the WVIT-TV debate on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2014.

The latest Connecticut gubernatorial TV debate was overshadowed by the elephant who was not in the room — Republican candidate Tom Foley. 

Foley was a no show at WVIT’s 7 p.m. debate Thursday night even though the station left a seat on the stage open for him until 6:45. Foley’s campaign spokesman said he was instead taping a segment for a Sunday talk show on a rival TV station.

That left the stage to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti.

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Election 2014
5:53 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Foley expected to be a no show at WVIT-TV debate

Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley, gestures as he speaks during a debate with incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor in Connecticut, is expected to be a no show at tonight’s televised debate on Connecticut’s NBC affiliate. It’s the second debate in which all three candidates on the state’s gubernatorial ballot are invited.

He’s not taking part tonight because his campaign’s negotiation with the NBC affiliate did not go well, Foley said on WNPR’s Where We Live program on Wednesday.

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Election 2014
6:06 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Both Malloy and Foley promise not to cut state aid to cities and towns

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and GOP challenger Tom Foley speaking at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities convention in Hartford on Oct. 21, 2014.
Credit CT-N Connecticut Network

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut and his Republican challenger, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, are both pledging not to cut state aid to towns and cities.

The candidates, who are in a close race, spoke at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities convention on Tuesday.

Malloy reminded the municipal leaders that he’s kept a promise he made when he was first elected four years ago and looked out for towns and cities.

“The difference between us and other states is we did not balance our budget on the back of our local communities,” he said.

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Election 2014
5:53 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Dems want Foley to release state tax details

Conn. GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley talks with reporters following a transportation forum in North Haven on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

The Connecticut Democratic Party is calling on Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley to give more details about his tax returns.

Foley made a summary of his 2013 tax return available on Friday. It showed that Foley paid $673 in federal taxes for that year.

The wealthy businessman from Greenwich spent $11 million of his own money on his first run for governor in 2010.  

The 2013 tax summary shows that Foley had alimony payments to his first wife and reported business losses of about $117,000. His only federal tax liability was a $673 self-employment tax.  

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