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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Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

MGM Springfield suffered a setback in April, with revenue dropping 15 percent from March. That's according to the latest numbers from Massachusetts casino regulators. 

The library at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Creative Commons

Updated 4:47 p.m. 

Two dozen staff at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, are losing their jobs, and about 60 faculty will also be impacted. 

The vacant Elm Street block in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

MGM says it's "fully committed" to help redevelop a long-vacant building on Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

UMass defenseman Cale Makar.

The NCAA men's hockey tournament gets underway Friday. UMass and American International College both made the bracket. 

With a giant inflatable rat in the background, Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman (right) addressed the crowd at the rally outside the Stop & Shop in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on March 20, 2019.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

The union representing Stop & Shop workers held a rally Wednesday outside the store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The workers have been without a contract since late February, and continue to threaten a strike.