New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Hudzik to the position of news director. Hudzik is a former political reporter for Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ. He comes to NEPR fresh from a year-long Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was one of nineteen journalists selected for the prestigious program.
As a political reporter at WBEZ, Hudzik covered the election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the arrest and corruption trials of former governor, Rod Blagojevich. Hudzik’s five-year tenure at WBEZ also included stints as editor and producer/reporter at the station’s news desk. His reporting has been recognized by the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
“We’re excited Sam will be joining us,” says Helen Barrington, NEPR’s Executive Director for Programming and Content. “He has had a variety of experiences covering news: at the local, state and national levels, across issues and topics, and is an excellent editor.”
Before working at WBEZ, Hudzik was an independent producer/reporter in Chicago, filing features, newscast spots and other material to NPR newscasts and All Things Considered, APM’sMarketplace and the BBC World Service. Hudzik also worked as Deputy Press Secretary for Washington’s US Senator, Maria Cantwell.
“I hope to expand our online news presence while keeping a focus on what NEPR is known for: engaging and informative radio stories,” said Hudzik when asked about his newsroom priorities.
Hudzik graduated cum laude from George Washington University in Washington DC with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication, and a minor in Journalism.
He officially joins New England Public Radio today, July 8.