Sam Hudzik, a former political reporter for Chicago's public radio station, WBEZ, has been named news director at New England Public Radio.
Hudzik, who joined the station on July 8, came to NEPR fresh from a year-long Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he was one of 19 journalists selected for the 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's Marketplace and the BBC World Service. Hudzik also worked as deputy press secretary for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington.
"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 graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in political communication, and a minor in journalism.