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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The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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It's a tough time to be a state trooper in Massachusetts -- at least if you're a state trooper accused of falsifying overtime paperwork.

The remains of a home that collpased on Chickering Road in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on September 13, 2018.
Melissa Hanson / MassLive /

Officials and residents in three eastern Massachusetts communities spent the weekend dealing with cleanup and recovery after natural gas problems triggered fires and explosions.

Plans for the proposed sports complex and water park resort in Palmer, Massachusetts.
Submitted / Palmer Sports Group

The developers of a proposed $650 million sports and water park resort in Palmer, Massachusetts, are looking to the state to cover some costs.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
U.S. Department of Justice

Updated at 2:24 p.m.

Federal Judge Mark Mastroianni on Wednesday signed off on a plea deal for Alexander Ciccolo that will send the 26-year-old Adams, Massachusetts, man to prison for 20 years, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Ciccolo pleaded guilty in May to an ISIS-inspired plot.

The seven Democratic candidates for the 1st Franklin District in the Massachusetts House met for a debate at Deerfield Academy on August 7, 2018.
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Rural western Massachusetts versus Beacon Hill: that's the theme in the crowded Democratic primary to replace state Rep. Steve Kulik. The district includes 10 communities in Franklin County, as well as some hill towns to the south.

Congressman Richie Neal (left) and attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud met August 22, 2018, for their first debate ahead of the Democratic primary.
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The two Democrats running for the westernmost congressional seat in Massachusetts met Wednesday for their first debate.

MGM executives and campaign supporters try to get their message out on July 16, 2013, when the city held its referendum on the casino deal.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican /

In July of 2013, less than a week before Springfield voters would decide whether to approve MGM’s casino offer, the company held what it called “career prep workshops.”

Gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez, left, and Bob Massie attended a Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee event.
File Photo / The Republican /

It's crunch time for Massachusetts candidates -- many of whom are just hoping voters know they exist.

A monkey bakes a cake for a contest, and every possible thing goes wrong. This same monkey is invited to perform a trick at a school, but he has to battle crazy weather and ends up juggling cows.

These stories make up the first two books in the Mr. Monkey series by Northampton, Massachusetts, author and illustrator Jeff Mack. 

An artist's rendering of the dynamic sign below the MGM Springfield marquee and other signs on the casino's parking garage facing Interstate 91.
MGM Springfield via MassLive /

Massachusetts casino regulators have delivered a rare setback for MGM Springfield. The company wanted to play videos on a large sign visible from interstate 91, but the gaming commission worried about distracting drivers.