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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With the Republican primary just three weeks away, all five GOP candidates for Connecticut governor tried to differentiate themselves at a debate at Sacred Heart University Tuesday afternoon.

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The first public poll to be released before Connecticut’s August 14 party primaries finds Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton leading the field in the GOP race for governor. The survey of Connecticut Republicans has Boughton with 34 percent support.

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Connecticut’s insurance commissioner says 10 health insurers have filed requests for rate increases in 2019. The hikes are for plans offered to individuals and small groups, including the state health insurance exchange.  

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Connecticut’s Commissioner for the Department of Children and Families, Joette Katz, is seeking an independent review of the safety of children at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Middletown.

The commissioner made the announcement on Thursday in response to the suicide of a pregnant 16-year-old girl there last month.

Katz says the independent review will be conducted by experts in maintaining a safe environment in psychiatric treatment facilities, like the state’s children’s hospital in Middletown. It will also assess staff training, emergency protocols and equipment.

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Two Republican candidates running for governor of Connecticut used a GOP gubernatorial debate at Fairfield University Wednesday night to argue over which one of them is a real Republican.

Four of the five candidates contesting Connecticut’s August 14 Republican Party primary took part in the debate. The candidates did not differ much on policy including cutting taxes, renegotiating state employee contracts and seeking public-private partnerships to stimulate the economy.