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 grateful 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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Easthampton Mayor-elect Nicole LaChapelle, center, greets supporters at the Brass Cat in Easthampton on November 7, 2017.
Chris Marion / The Republican

Three new mayors will be sworn in the first week of January in western Massachusetts.

Cash and income tax forms.
Pictures of Money / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/pictures-of-money

For the second straight year, the Massachusetts income tax rate will not automatically drop in 2018.

Cash.
Brett Hondow / Creative Commons / pixabay.com/en/users/Brett_Hondow-49958

For the most part, the minimum wage gap among New England states will narrow in 2018.

On Nov. 27, the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts hosted a summit on church security. Pictured, Assistant US Attorney Kevin O'Regan, left, talks to attendees.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

This December marked five years since the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders and six adults were gunned down. 

Eggs in a carton.
moritz320 / Creative Commons

Thirteen states are suing Massachusetts over a voter-approved law banning the sale of eggs or meat from some animals kept in small cages.

Rep. Richard Neal, left, and Rep. Jim McGovern in file photos.
C-SPAN

Springfield Congressman Richard Neal, like many Democrats and some Republicans, has repeatedly called on President Trump to release his tax returns. 

Cara Rintala is handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom after being found guilty of first-degree murder in Hampshire Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A Massachusetts judge has refused to order NBC to turn over unedited video from a news segment on the Anne Marie Rintala murder. Rintala's wife, Cara Rintala, was found guilty last year of first degree murder.

Cash.
Creative Commons / Ken Teegardin / flickr.com/photos/teegardin

There's no word yet from the Massachusetts Democratic Party on what it plans to do with money it received years ago from Congressman John Conyers.

Mass. State Senator Stan Rosenberg in a file photo.
File photo / State House News Service

Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg of Amherst said he wants to give up the title of Senate president -- at least temporarily.

Milking equipment at Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

As Massachusetts lawmakers ponder whether to give more tax credits to a dwindling number of dairy farmers, those farmers are innovating. One example: a milking robot. We visit Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield.

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