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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Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers have their work cut out for them as they try to negotiate a final criminal justice bill.

PawSox players in the dugout in 2014.
Eric Kilby flickr.com/photos/ekilby / Creative Commons

Worcester is making a serious pitch to be the new home of the top minor league team for the Boston Red Sox. But the Paw Sox of Pawtucket may have other plans. 

The Berkshire Museum in a file photo.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

Updated Nov. 11, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

A Massachusetts appeals court judge has blocked the auction, scheduled to start next week, of dozens of works of art owned by the Berkshire Museum.

Congressman RIchie Neal speaks during a meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee, on Nov. 9, 2017.
Screen-shot / C-SPAN

By a party-line vote, the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday passed a Republican tax overhaul, sending it to the full House.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass., saw light turnout on Sept. 26, 2017, for a preliminary election for mayor.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Voters in some Massachusetts communities will go to the polls Tuesday to elect local government and school officials. In the four westernmost counties, five cities have contested mayoral elections.

Easthampton mayoral candidates Nicole LaChapelle, left, and Joy Winnie smile as they are introduced at the start of a debate at Easthampton High School.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Easthampton is one of three western Massachusetts cities, along with Agawam and North Adams, with open mayoral races on Tuesday. 

Former Holyoke City Councilor Jay Ferreira (left) and Mayor Alex Morse.
File photo / MassLive

Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city of about 40,000 residents, has been led the last six years by Alex Morse, who was a senior at Brown University when he first ran.

Musician Gabriel Kahane met and talked with people on the train after the U.S. election. He took notes, and then wrote some songs.
Gabriel Kahane / Courtesy of the artist

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

Hampden County Jail in Ludlow, Mass.
File photo / MassLive

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday begins debate on criminal justice legislation designed to reduce the number of people incarcerated. But there's uncertainty over what it means for the state budget.

John H Gray / Creative Commons

This week on Beacon Hill, lawmakers hear from western Massachusetts residents who say the region needs to be connected to Boston and Worcester by high-speed rail. 

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