Ebong Udoma

Senior reporter

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year. In addition to providing long-form reports and features for WSHU, he regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative.

Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon's two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate. He has also reported on 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.

Ebong recently returned from his native Nigeria, where he spent a year helping to establish the international media network Gotel Africa. During his time there, he trained and managed local reporters and covered major stories, such as the presidential election in Nigeria and the government’s offensive against Boko Haram.

Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, Ebong was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post. He also covered political transitions in Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says that his administration has started the process to lay off some state employees to try and help close the state’s budget gap.

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In recent months there's been an uptick in suicide attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and its neighbor to the east Chad. One attack that has been attributed to Boko Haram even occurred in the capitol city, Abuja. The Obama Administration has now increased military aid to the region to help fight Boko Haram by sending advisory troops Cameroon, another neighboring country to Nigeria.

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Voters in Nigeria elected a new president this week.  Muhammadu Buhari won a decisive victory against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, getting almost 55 percent of the vote to Jonathan's 45 percent.  Buhari's victory made history in Nigeria.  He became the first opposition party candidate to win an election.

Ebong Udoma

WSHU’s Ebong Udoma has been an award winning journalist for more than 20 years.

Ebong is our Connecticut State Capitol reporter, and has covered presidential visits, high profile political races, and municipal corruption trials, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland.

He also covered the political transitions in Nigeria in1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

Ebong is back in his native Nigeria for the next few months to work on a new media project called Gotel Africa.

Conn. Comptroller's Office

Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo wants the state to change the way it puts away money for a rainy day.

Much of Connecticut’s rainy day fund depends of a volatile source – the sometimes higher than expected revenues generated by corporations and the state’s wealthiest residents, who make money on Wall Street, and file quarterly returns, Lembo said.

"Historically, the way we make a deposit into the rainy day fund is we wait until the end of the year and we see what’s left and then, maybe, most, or all of it gets deposited into the rainy day fund,” said Lembo.

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