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 Sheffield, Massachusetts, town line.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/auvet

The district attorney in Berkshire County said a house fire Wednesday morning in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was the scene of a murder-suicide that left a family of five dead.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

It's been more than six months since the MGM casino in Springfield opened its doors to thousands of gamblers, and curious pedestrians. Here’s a look at some of the casino’s early successes and challenges, and what it all means for Springfield and the state of Massachusetts.

MGM Springfield held its grand opening parade on August 24, 2018. These are MGM Springfield employees in the parade.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts casino regulators are pressing MGM to provide more detail about the diversity of the staff at the company's Springfield casino.

Cathy Judd-Stein is the new chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The new boss at the Massachusetts Gaming commission chairs her first meeting this week with no shortage of issues to tackle.

Following acquittal by the Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, President Clinton accepted responsibility for "the great burden" his words and deeds had visited on the nation and Congress.
SCREEN SHOT AND CAPTION / C-SPAN / C-SPAN.ORG

Some Democratic activists are pushing House leaders to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. 

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