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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In Leicester, Massachusetts, Cultivate workers help customers at the counter during the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts cities and towns are negotiating some big money for marijuana businesses. Some regulators say it's perhaps too much money. 

Massachusetts State Senate President Karen Spilka speaks with Governor Charlie Baker in a newly refurbished Senate Chamber.
State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers and Governor Charlie Baker have taken their oaths — but don't look for a lot of legislative action anytime soon.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In the new year, Massachusetts politicians are going to have some extra disposable income.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker sits down to sign the "grand bargain" bill on June 28, 2018, flanked by Democrats including incoming Senate President Karen Spilka, House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Sam Doran / SHNS

The minimum wage is going up in four of the six New England states next year.

Round bales of hay in a field that have been harvested by dairy farmer Pete Williams in Shelburne, Massachusetts. He is having trouble selling them this year.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The minimum wage in Massachusetts goes up a buck to $12 an hour starting January 1, 2019. But there's a group of workers who won't get that increase.