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.

Ebong Udoma

First Lady Michelle Obama rallied the Democratic Party faithful in Connecticut on Thursday, urging voters to help re-elect Governor Dannel Malloy and calling him an "instrumental partner" to her husband.

Obama was treated like a rock star with screams and cheers as she appeared on stage with Malloy in front of a crowd of more than 2,400 at Wilbur Cross High School. But her speech was interrupted several times by some Dreamers - undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children - heckling her about immigration reform. That prompted this response from the first lady.

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On Tuesday, Federal regulators announced their conclusions on the cause of the Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx last December.

A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls to cause the derailment of the Metro-North Hudson Line commuter train, the NTSB report finds.

The train engineer’s sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed sleep apnea and a drastic shift in his work schedule, it said.

A system that would have applied the brakes automatically would have prevented the crash, according to the report.

The campaign for governor in Connecticut is now in its final week and a number of national political figures are expected to come to Connecticut to help the candidates close the deal. Last night Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley sought votes on opposite sides of state on Monday.

Foley campaigned in southeastern Connecticut with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie helped rally Republican Party faithful at a café in Groton.

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.

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.