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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The LEGO Group's U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Conn.
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The town manager in Enfield, Connecticut, said officials are willing to talk to toy-maker LEGO about possible incentives to keep as many employees there as possible.

Denmark-based LEGO Group announced this week it would cut some 1,400 positions worldwide, but has not said how many cuts would affect its U.S. headquarters in Enfield, which employs 715 people.

The LEGO Group's U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Conn.
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LEGO plans to cut about 1,400 jobs worldwide. The toy company, whose U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Connecticut, saw revenue drop 5 percent for the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

Peace activist Frances Crowe poses for a portrait Dec. 2, 2016, in her Northampton home.
File photo / The Daily Hampshire Gazette

The American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts has raised enough money to continue its activism, although under a new name.

A school bus in Worcester.
File photo / MassLive

Worcester's mayor said he's hoping school bus drivers in his city vote on Wednesday to accept a five-year contract.

The bus drivers nearly went on strike this week, which could have delayed the first day of school in Worcester. But Mayor Joseph Petty said he asked union leadership to keep talking.

They did and now have a deal, although union members still must approve it.

"My understand [is] it's a good contract," Petty said. "So hopefully they will ratify it, and we won't have to worry about the buses...not running."

The American Red Cross facility at 150 Brookdale Drive in Springfield, Mass.
File photo / The Republican

Several dozen Red Cross volunteers from Massachusetts are already working in Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, with more on the way.

Kim Goulette of the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts said volunteers go through extensive training and could serve in several roles, depending on their expertise.

"They can do...sheltering, and some would be experienced in feeding," she said. "We would have our mobile feeding units down there."

Four volunteers from central Massachusetts are already in Texas.

In a photo from April 2017, the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

Susannah Whipps, during a meeting with the Springfield Republican editorial board.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

This is a big week for Massachusetts' new marijuana industry. The makeup of the five-member Cannabis Control Commission will be finalized.

Governor Charlie Baker announced his pick last week -- state Senator Jennifer Flanagan. She's a Democrat and opponent of legalized pot.

As we do most Mondays, we checked in with State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy for the details.

Author and poet Rich Michelson owns an art gallery in Northampton, Mass.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette

By the late 19th Century, Hebrew was a language spoken only in prayer. But one man in Jerusalem, Ben Yehuda, went to great lengths to bring it back into common use among Jews around the world.

The sign outside Meekins Library in Williamsburg, Mass. It normally lists hours of operation.
Meekins Library / Facebook

The small white sign outside the library in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, usually just lists the library's hours. That changed after the white nationalist rally earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Susannah Whipps, during a meeting with the Springfield Republican editorial board.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

A Massachusetts state lawmaker representing the North Quabbin said she's leaving the Republican Party.

Susannah Whipps has served in the state House since 2015, part of the small Republican minority in the Democratic dominated legislature.

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