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.

Connecticut is likely to have digital credentials for COVID-19 vaccines available by the end of the month. Officials said it would make it easy to scan and verify vaccination status.

Connecticut has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, but emissions from transportation and buildings are up. That’s according to a state environmental report.

Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure would be significantly improved by the federal infrastructure bill negotiated by the Biden Administration.

A panel will consider who takes part in Connecticut’s legalized pot market by using drug arrest data since the early days of the Reagan administration.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health “strongly recommends” wearing masks in public. But Governor Ned Lamont is not ready to impose a statewide mask mandate.

Connecticut Department of Public Health now recommends people who live in or visit Hartford, New Haven and New London counties wear masks in public places. That follows CDC recommendations for communities with “substantial transmission” of COVID-19.

Governor Ned Lamont said Connecticut schools could follow the latest CDC guidance that students wear face masks to combat the new Delta variant.

In Connecticut, the voting rights of 4,000 former incarcerated citizens were restored when Governor Ned Lamont signed the state’s new two-year budget into law this week.

Connecticut lawmakers did not consider the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative plan this year. But Governor Ned Lamont said he’s optimistic that Connecticut would eventually join the initiative.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is closing the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers three weeks earlier than planned.

Connecticut lawmakers are likely to end their regular legislative session tonight with unfinished business. That would require them to return for a special session. This year it’s not the budget that has lawmakers running down the clock.

The Connecticut House is to take action on the state’s next two-year budget on Tuesday — just 24 hours before the legislative session ends. That leaves little time to debate contentious bills that are pending, including marijuana legalization.

With only nine days left in the Connecticut legislative session, Governor Ned Lamont is pushing lawmakers to approve his proposal to have the state join a multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI).

The Connecticut House Republican leader has criticized Democratic Governor Ned Lamont’s offer of a $1,000 bonus to those who have been long-term unemployed if they get hired before the end of the year. 

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommending a pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations.

With warmer weather now here, Connecticut restaurants say they are safe for customers despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the state — three weeks after dining-out fully reopened.

Connecticut’s Democratic governor and Massachusetts’s Republican governor have collaborated on legislation they say would reduce the cost of prescription drugs for their residents.

Connecticut public education is to get $1.1 billion from the federal rescue package. Governor Ned Lamont said he wants to use “a fair amount” of the money for summer school and children’s mental health services.

Connecticut is now the eighth state to have a law that prohibits discrimination against anyone because of the way they choose to wear their hair. Governor Ned Lamont signed the CROWN Act into law at a ceremony in Hartford on Wednesday.

The state official in charge of Connecticut’s vaccine rollout believes Governor Ned Lamont’s decision to switch to an age-based plan is the quickest and most equitable way to get shots in the arm.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants lawmakers to support constitutional amendments that would allow for early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots.

Governor Ned Lamont said Connecticut’s priority for COVID-19 vaccinations will now be based on age instead of essential workers. He said starting next Monday the rollout will extend to residents 55 and older.

Eversource Energy is expecting regulators to allow the utility company to charge customers to pay back millions of dollars in costs from their response to Tropical Storm Isaias last summer.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont received his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

Connecticut will open COVID-19 vaccinations for residents 65 and older starting Thursday. Governor Ned Lamont said this would allow providers to immediately begin to use any extra vaccine doses on that group.

Connecticut health officials expect to administer the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to all state residents who are 75 and older within the next three weeks.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and state lawmakers would have enough revenue to balance the state’s next budget without raising taxes.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says President-elect Joe Biden’s administration should include more money for pedestrian and bicycle lanes in its federal transportation proposals.

Connecticut officials anticipate the largest number of voters in state history to cast ballots in next Tuesday’s election. The state now has 2.3 million registered voters — 700,000 more than four years ago.

Governor Ned Lamont has called Connecticut lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session this week to consider allowing local election officials to begin processing absentee ballots the Friday before Election Day.

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