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Ebong Udoma

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.

Democratic legislative leaders in Connecticut seem headed for a showdown with Democratic Governor Ned Lamont over a proposed millionaire’s tax in a state with some of the highest income inequality in the country.

Six Connecticut cities have joined an effort by over two dozen cities and counties across the country to reduce gun deaths. The Gun Safety Consortium wants manufacturers to produce safety devices to prevent gun theft, suicides and accidental shootings.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of local activists in New Haven on Thursday to stand up against attacks Asian Americans. The rally was prompted by the recent mass shootings at Asian-owned massage parlors in Georgia and violence in New York City.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut wants the Biden Administration to speed up the processing of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border.

Connecticut lawmakers will consider legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against hairstyles that are associated with African Americans. The hairstyles include braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, and twists.

Only 36% of residents 75 and older in five of Connecticut’s largest cities have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s less than the statewide average of 52%.

John Amis / Associated Press

Connecticut lawmakers will again consider a controversial bill that would get rid of religious exemptions from vaccinations for schoolchildren.

Gov. Ned Lamont says jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney decided to build its new manufacturing plant in North Carolina because of lower energy costs.

“Our energy costs in many ways are twice what they are in the Carolinas," he said Wednesday. "So that’s something we got to look at thinking long term -- how we can stabilize our energy prices and give manufacturing more certainty what that cost is going to be.”

Pratt & Whitney is investing $650 million in the North Carolina plant and creating 800 jobs there through 2027.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Affordable Care Act following the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett would not affect Connecticut law.

Hackers hijacked a virtual campaign meeting for Democratic U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes. They hurled racist slurs at the state’s first Black congresswoman. Political observers view this "Zoom bombing" as an example of how hostile the upcoming election will be.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says the state’s program that encourages minority high school students to become teachers has been expanded to 10 school districts. 

Connecticut has won a $2 million federal grant to support an apprenticeship program in the manufacturing industry for 300 young people from the southwestern part of the state.

Connecticut officials have launched a week of action to get residents in hard-to-reach communities to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census. They are stepping up their efforts now that new cases of COVID-19 are on the decline.

Connecticut is leading a coalition of 51 states and territories that have filed another lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers. They allege the drug makers are defrauding American consumers.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont stood by his handling of the state’s response to COVID-19 during a statewide virtual town hall Monday night. The Democratic governor was taken to task by the Republican minority leader in the state House.  

The devastating April U.S. job numbers are an early insight into the impact COVID-19 will have on state budgets, including in New York and Connecticut.

Connecticut will receive $5.4 million in federal coronavirus relief money to help provide safe polling places and expand mail-in voting. The state’s presidential primary is set for June 2.

Dining out is safe in Connecticut, despite fears of the coronavirus, according to top state officials. Governor Ned Lamont and Attorney General William Tong tried to assure residents of that by visiting a local restaurant.  

Thomas Breen / New Haven Independent

The family of a Connecticut man shot and killed by police in West Haven last month has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the state and city police.

A state police officer shot Mubarak Soulemane at an I-95 exit ramp in West Haven in January. Police had chased him from Norwalk, after he was said to have stolen a car and was armed with a knife.

Voters in a couple of Connecticut towns head to the polls Tuesday to fill two vacant seats in the state General Assembly.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont plans to reintroduce a clean slate bill in the upcoming legislative session. Criminal justice reform advocates say the bill would help ex-offenders get jobs and become more productive.

A former Goldman Sachs partner who worked at the firm during the 2008 housing crash may soon head up Connecticut's economic development office. David Lehman volunteered for the job but he’s yet to be confirmed. Lehman would be expected to turn around cities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis.

Democratic legislative leaders in Connecticut want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana this year. They say the taxes generated from such a move would bring in as much as $100 million a year.

Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont said one of the first things he’ll do after he is inaugurated on Wednesday will be to reach out to state workers.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut said she will champion legislation to lower prescription drug prices when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January. The New Haven Democrat made the promise on Monday.

A couple of Connecticut political scientists are not surprised by speculation in Washington that former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is on the White House short list to replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the most dangerous nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in his lifetime. He said this in a speech on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday afternoon.

The Republican Governors Association is targeting Connecticut as its best chance of gaining a seat in the November election.

A new study by the Wesleyan Media Project finds Republican candidates are praising President Donald Trump at record rates in their advertising for November’s midterm election.

Michael Franz, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, said the study is their first look at national broadcast and cable television advertising for the 2018 midterm and they’ve found even a few red state Democrats are speaking positively about Trump.

In a debate in New Haven Thursday night, the two candidates contesting the Connecticut Democratic Party primary for governor sparred over who would best represent the Connecticut voter. The debate was sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Realtors.