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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Longest serving Conn Senate President
7:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

With the end of the Conn. legislative session Senate President Donald Williams moves on

State Senator Donald Williams (right) speaking in his office in Hartford with WSHU's Ebong Udoma
Credit Sara Karl

The end of the Connecticut legislative session on Wednesday also marked the end the state legislative careers of several members of the General Assembly.

Among them is state Senate President Donald Williams. The Brooklyn Democrat is retiring after 21 years. He is the longest-serving president of Connecticut's Senate chamber and took the job 10 years ago in the political shuffle that followed Governor John Rowland's resignation.

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Legislature Adjourns regular session
6:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

2014 Conn. legislative session comes to a close

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, addresses the House and the Senate at the end of session at the Capitol on the final day of session, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut lawmakers ended this year's legislative session at midnight Wednesday. The highlight of the session was the passage of a revised $19 billion state budget based on an agreement between the Democratic majority in the legislature and Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Deal puts off reinstating some tax exemptions
5:55 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Gov. Malloy and Conn Democratic legislative leaders announce a state budget deal

Conn House Republican Leader Larry Cafero responding to the Democrat's budget plan on Friday
Credit Ebong Udoma

Connecticut’s Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and the Democrats who control the state legislature announced on Friday that they have reached an agreement on a revised budget. The $18.7 billion dollar budget deal follows the disclosure earlier this week that a $500 million budget surplus projected in January had shrunk to $43 million.

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Removals would be allowed after 10 years
7:55 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Conn House votes to allow removal of names from the child abuse registry

Registered sex offenders in Connecticut may soon be able to apply to have their names removed from the state’s child abuse registry. The state House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would allow offenders to do this after 10 years on the registry.

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Drop is blamed on reduced capital gains returns
7:05 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Conn's projected $500 million 2014 budget surplus drops to $43 million

Connecticut’s projected budget surplus has dropped by 90 per cent since January. That’s based on numbers released by state officials on Wednesday. This is going to make negotiating a balanced budget a bit more difficult for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and state legislative leaders.

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