Ang Santos


Ang Santos began his career in news journalism at WBGO in January 2014 as an intern. His love for telling stories about Newark's history landed him a position as a feature reporter. Before his time at WBGO, Ang was an overnight jock at Brookdale Public Radio on the Jersey Shore.

Since joining the news team, Ang prides himself on the ability to report on everything in any situation; hyperlocal stories, political conventions, major league sports teams, music. He's contributed reports to WHYY in Philadelphia and NPR news.

Outside of WBGO, Ang enjoys vegan cuisine with his loving girlfriend and tends to the needs of his many cats.

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The city of Newark will create the Equitable Growth Advisory Commission, consisting of 15 members from academic, community, and business sectors.  Its members will make recommendations on land use, housing, and other related matters. 

“It’s intentionally structured to be a collaboration.  A cross sector of voices that help shape policy and serve as an equity compass,” said Aisha Golver with the economic revitalization non-profit Newark Alliance.

Governor Phil Murphy says he’s ready to bolster the state’s commitment to clean energy and rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  RGGI Board of Directors Secretary Ben Grumbles says their working with state environmental officials to put policies in place to have New Jersey rejoin the initiative by the year 2020.

Doug O’ Malley with Environment New Jersey says it’s critical to maximize clean energy investments through RGGI.

A phone app is teaching kids how to responsibly manage money before they are old enough to enter the workforce.  

BusyKid was created to help teach children financial responsibility.  App creator Gregg Murset has 20 years’ experience as a certified financial planner.  He says it’s designed to give kids real life job experience.

December 1st is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV. It’s also about putting an end to social stigma associated with talking about the disease.

“This has been highlighted in the #MeToo movement, as a culture we don’t equip people with the knowledge or suggest that is ok and necessary to talk about how one protects themselves,” said David Johns, executive director of National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization and advocate for the LGBTQ community.

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Public health officials expect the number of people diagnosed with illnesses related to the World Trade Center attack to keep growing.  A New York Representative is still pushing for permanent financial aid for survivors 17 years later.

“At first they don’t’ see the symptoms but since then many have died, many more will become sick each day and are not able to work,” said New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “It’s important that we give them their health care and compensation for what they did to save others.”

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The 'Bronx Action Plan' dedicates 8-million-dollars to increase neighborhood addiction treatment services.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says another million will go towards an ad campaign warning about the dangers of fentanyl.  

“We’re in the middle of a battle against opioids.  This has gotten harder, not easier over the years, especially because of fentanyl. But what this city decided to do is take this battle head on,” de Blasio said.

The latest National Climate Assessment was recently released, a congressionally mandated review detailing the impacts of climate change in America.  Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences director Robert Kopp says its fundamental message is to stabilize the climate by bringing greenhouse gas emissions down to zero, and then mitigate the impacts being experienced now.

State snow storm response, Amazon, immigration policy are some of the topics addressed on this edition of  Ask Governor Murphy.

Nancy Solomon is the host of Ask Governor Murphy,  a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

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Downtown Cranford, NJ was recently voted one of the best in the Garden State.  

WBGO's Ang Santos visits the municipal building to talk with Gabe Bailer, director of Downtown Business and Economic Development in Cranford.  They discuss why the downtown district has attracted so much attention and the importance of Small Business Saturday.   

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Governor Phil Murphy says there were about 1,800 plows and salt spreaders ready to clear the roads, but the snowstorm hit much harder than anyone predicted.

“Unfortunately, the worst of the storm coincided with the early dismissals from schools and workplaces. Meaning that when we needed our road crews and all of that equipment out there the most, they were competing with folks, understandably by the way, trying to get back home at the same time as well,” Murphy said.

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The New Jersey Attorney General's office is suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company deceived consumers about the dangers of its opioid painkillers.  It’s the first such case brought by the Office against a pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey.

“We allege that Janssen masterminded a public relations campaign to undermine accepted medical practices.  It used a network of sales representatives to push it’s misleading marketing.  It quietly funded front organizations that peddled it’s bogus theories,” said NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

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Veterans Day 2018 marked the centennial anniversary of the end of WWI. 

“It was 100 years ago today on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month that guns fell silent and the first world war came to an end,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressing dozens of veterans.  “Of course, no one knew then when the bells tolled that it would be the first world war.  It was known only as the great war.  Some called it the war to end all wars.  How we wish they were right.”

Gloria Coino says members of her family served in every American war.  

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill he says is the country's strongest ban on so-called ghost guns.  

The law prohibits selling, manufacturing or owning firearms without a serial number.  New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says that includes guns made with a 3D printer, 

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Many New Jersey voters encountered long lines and malfunctioning machines at the polls yesterday.  

A lot of voters who mailed in ballots in 2016 had to use provisional ballots at the polls this time. That’s because a new law signed by the governor this year that automatically lists them as mail-in voters.  It caused problems at the polls, but Murphy says it expanded voter participation.

“While it may have brought some confusion, four hundred thousand people, over four hundred thousand people voted by mail, a third of them we believe are new voters.”

When the federal corruption trial surrounding Democratic Senator Bob Menendez ended in a hung jury, he sent a shot out against those seeking his seat.

“To those who were digging my political grave so they can jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you,” he said during a press briefing after the trial.

Republican Bob Hugin has spent close to 30 million dollars to remind voters that Menendez was on trial.  Still the democrat says that a jury of his peers didn’t find him guilty.

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A moment of silence was held in commemoration of the lives lost when a man drove a truck onto a bike path a year ago today, killing eight people and injuring a eleven others.  

“There’s been an extraordinary sense of solidarity from New Yorkers for all of the families that lost loved ones," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.  "That day could have gone very differently.  It could have been much worse had our first responders not done their jobs so extraordinarily well, so bravely.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded New Yorkers for staying brave in the face of terror.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is calling on the legislature to introduce more measures that would tighten New Jersey’s already strict gun laws.  He calls the package of bills ‘Gun Safety Package 2.0.’

“These latest bills will focus on gun trafficking, tightening the regulation of ammunition, speeding the accessibility of smart gun technology, and expanding community-based violence intervention,” Murphy said.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to create a memorial in The Olde Town of Flushing Burial Ground in Queens.  

Now part of New York City’s parks department, it’s said up to 1,000 people were buried on site in the 1800’s.  Death records from the period show a majority of them are African American or Native American.

The 14th annual Hub City Jazz Festival comes back to New Brunswick this week.  

The multi-day Hub City Jazz Fest is a celebration of the music’s contemporary performers.

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Several high-profile incumbent politicians have been reluctant to participate in debates in recent weeks.  Montclair State University Political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison says it’s a tactic that could benefit their bid for re-election as challengers lose an opportunity for free media coverage.

“They need the name recognition.  They need to get their name in front of voters.  They want to make people aware of their stances, particularly the difference between them and the incumbent.”

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Former Essex County Democratic Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla is endorsing Republican Bob Hugin for US Senate.  He recently changed his party affiliation to independent.  In supporting Hugin, he made a note that he still supports democrats.

“I can tell you that I also voted for and supported our democratic governor. It’s not blue, it’s not red, it’s about people who I think are genuine in addressing the issues.”

Hugin calls his democratic opponent, incumbent US Senator Bob Menendez, a career politician with no interest in the people of New Jersey.

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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was at Rowan University to talk about his vision for the future of the Republican Party.  He hasn’t taken his eyes and ears off of Garden State politics since leaving office, taking shots at current Democratic Governor Phil Murphy.

“I have not spoken about my successor for nine months.  My successor can’t stop talking about me.  Other than Tammy, I’m the second most popular name that comes out of his mouth over the course of the last nine months,” Christie said.

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New Jersey Transit, in partnership with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris unveiled a public art project at Newark Penn Station to bring awareness to the impacts mental illness has on families.  

Five black and white portraits makeup the new public art space on track one at Newark Penn Station. 

Voter excitement for candidates will play a role in how many registered voters make it out to the polls.  Ben Dworkin with the Rowan University Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship says voter registration numbers in New Jersey have been trending towards democrats over the last decade.

“This is going to be a big help for democratic candidates because when you are registered to vote you’re obviously more likely to actually vote.  If you’re not registered, most of these politicians simply don’t care, and why should they.”

The report from the Center for Responsible Lending says New Jersey residents carry a total outstanding student loan debt of about $41 billion dollars.  Diane Standaert with the research organization says some students are victim of bad practices from loan servicers, and currently there’s not much they can do about it.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says an investigation is underway into sexual assault allegations against a former administration official.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Katie Brennan, now the chief of staff with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, says she was assaulted by Albert Alvarez, in April 2017. Alvarez, served as Murphy’s campaign director of Latin and Muslim outreach and most recently worked for the state’s School Development Authority. He recently left that job but denies Brennan’s allegations.

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A recent independent study of Newark’s water supply showed a portion of the system as ineffective against preventing lead exposure to residents.   

“Those folks that are affected in areas of the city will be getting a filter until we put the right chemical to provide the necessary corrosion control in people’s lead service line’s, so they won’t be affected by the lead that enters into their water at all,” Mayor Ras Baraka said.

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New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur is calling for the federal government to open Nevada’s Yucca Mountain Repository to take in nuclear waste from 39 states. It comes on the heels of the recent shut down of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in Lacey Township. Nevada’s U.S. Senators remain vehemently opposed to opening the site. Since there is no permanent nuclear waste storage site available, spent nuclear fuel will have to remain in Lacey.

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A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective is urging state lawmakers to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Brandon McKoy with New Jersey Policy Perspective is encouraged by Governor Phil Murphy's economic plan to increase the minimum wage, but he says it should happen this year.

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Governor Murphy says New Jersey should consider high wage innovation sectors that will bring the most jobs and investment into the state.  

“Clean energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, advanced transportation and logistics, information and high tech, film and digital media, and finance and insurance.”

Murphy hopes to create 300,000 new jobs by the year 2025.