Sam Hudzik

News Director

Sam has overseen local news coverage on New England Public Radio since 2013.

Before joining NEPR, he held a few positions at WBEZ Chicago – political reporter, newscast editor and newscast producer. Prior to that, he covered local angles on the federal government from Washington, D.C. for public radio stations in Illinois and Indiana.

Sam is proud to have edited his colleagues’ stories, including those recognized by the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the AP Broadcast Association of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Radio Television Digital News Association’s Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) and the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Award. Sam’s reporting has been recognized by the Illinois AP Broadcasters Association and the Murrow Awards.

He graduated from George Washington University and grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, and is thankful for his time in 2012-13 as a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan.

Before realizing he ought to be a reporter, Sam worked at a political research firm and as an aide to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.

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Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in "A Quiet Passion."
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NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

A promotional graphic used by UMass in the two days between Pat Kelsey agreeing to become the new head basketball coach -- and when he backed out of the deal.
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UMass officials seem to have a learned a lesson, after the school's first choice for men's basketball coach backed out of his deal.

Shortly before his introductory press conference last month, coach Pat Kelsey told UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford that he'd changed his mind and didn't want the job.

That evening, a clearly distraught Bamford told reporters that Kelsey had signed a memorandum of understanding -- essentially a pre-contract -- and might owe UMass a lot of money for backing out of the deal.

Farmer Caroline Pam's booth at the Greenfield Farmers Market, in 2014.
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The Lord Jeffery Inn is owned by Amherst College.
Karen Brown / NEPR

With the selection of the Mammoths as the new school mascot, Amherst College has mostly closed the book on the controversial "Lord Jeff." One exception: a hotel owned by the school.

It's been 14 months since Amherst College decided to get rid of the mascot and rename the Lord Jeffery Inn, which sits next to the town common.

Lord Jeffery Amherst was a British general who suggested biological warfare against Native Americans.

June Powell, an Air Force Veteran from Holyoke stands on South Street on March 29, 3017, to welcome the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Jules Hauterman Jr., who was killed in North Korea in 1950.
Dave Roback / The Republican

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Graphic of an Amherst College baseball cap on the skeleton of a Columbian mammoth, which is on display at the school's natural history museum.
Screen shot from mascot video / Amherst College

Amherst College said its new mascot will be the Mammoths. The selection replaces Lord Jeff -- which the school's board banished from campus 14 months ago.

The search for a new mascot followed protests on campus last school year. One demand from protesters was to get rid of Lord Jeff, named after Lord Jeffery Amherst, a British General who suggested using biological warfare against Native Americans.

UMass says it's hired a men's basketball coach. The announcement comes almost a week after the school's last pick backed out of the job.

If it all goes smoothly this time, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Matt McCall will take the job. He's led the Chattanooga Mocs for two seasons now, earning a 48 and 18 record. His team made it to the NCAA tournament last year, losing in the first round.

McCall, who's 35 years old, arrives at UMass with fewer years of head-coaching experience than the school's first choice -- Pat Kelsey of Winthop University.

The campus of UMass Amherst.
File photo / The Daily Hampshire Gazette

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A promotional graphic used by UMass in the two days between Pat Kelsey agreeing to become the new head basketball coach -- and when he backed out of the deal.
Screen Shot / Email from UMass Athletics

No word yet from UMass on whether it will try to force Pat Kelsey to pay a $1 million buyout contained in his agreement with the school.

Kelsey signed a letter of intent  last week to lead the UMass men's basketball team, but backed out of the job just a half-hour before an introductory press conference Thursday afternoon.

UMass Athletic Director Ryan Mamford told reporters he didn't know if or when the university will get that money.

In Gilbertville, Mass., Democratic supporter Neil Noble (right) and Bob Bousquet have a few words regarding their opposing political views about the recent election.
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On this episode of NEPR News Now:

  • In Central Mass. Towns, Trump Supporters Say He’s Delivering On His Promises
  • 'Taking The Risk To Be Myself'
  • Springfield Armory Looks To Recreate Its Historic Landscape
  • A Book Club For Foodies In Stockbridge, Mass.

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

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