About Us

Public Radio East (PRE) is a nonprofit, non-commercial broadcast service licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Board of Trustees of Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina.

Established in 1984 as WTEB, 89.3 FM, PRE now broadcasts 24 hours a day on five frequencies comprising two radio networks, PRE News & Ideas and PRE Classical. Studios are located in Barker Hall, on the campus of Craven Community College.

PRE is a regional broadcast network, the primary public radio service for 17 counties in central Eastern North Carolina, with the mission of enriching people's lives in the region we serve. Cities and communities within this approximately 3,000-square-mile terrestrial service area include New Bern, Greenville, Jacksonville, Washington, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Morehead City, Newport, Kinston, and Goldsboro.

PRE's 89.3 FM frequency is one of only six 100,000-watt public radio transmitters in the United States licensed to a community college. Soon after its founding, WTEB had about 9,000 weekly listeners. Today, over 60,000 Eastern North Carolinians listen to PRE's networks each week, thanks largely to award-winning National Public Radio (NPR) programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and music shows featuring a full range of genres, from classical and jazz to Americana. PRE serves still more listeners, across the nation and around the globe, through its live streams on this web site, and through third-party Internet carriers.

Recognized as a full-service professional public radio service by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PRE is an affiliate of both NPR and Public Radio International (PRI).

Public Radio East's news department has received numerous awards, including "Outstanding News Operation in North Carolina" in 2004 and 2005 from the Associated Press. In 2006, the AP recognized PRE with seven awards, including Best General News, Best Sports Programming, Best Consumer Reporting, Best Health Report, and Best Series. PRE received seven AP awards in 2011 as well, sweeping its division.

PRE staff and volunteers were recognized in 2009 with the North Carolina Coastal Federation's Pelican Award for Community Action, and have led efforts to build an oyster reef and wetland habitat in the White Oak River in Swansboro.

As part of Craven Community College (CCC), Public Radio East adheres to the institution's core values, including supporting a diverse workplace. Additional information here. PRE also observes open meeting requirements for non-profit, public institutions. Dates of CCC Board of Trustees meetings can be found here. EEO public files for the last three years are here, and links to PRE's most recent financial information are at the bottom of this page.

To reach Public Radio East staff, use the directory below. Though email is preferred, we can also be reached by phone by dialing 252-638-3434 or 800-222-9832, and entering the extension number provided.

Ben Donnelly, General Manager: bdonnelly@publicradioeast.org; office ext 7256.

Kelly Batchelor, Program Director: kbatchelor@publicradioeast.org; office ext 7520.

Jared Brumbaugh, News Director: jbrumbaugh@publicradioeast.org; office ext 7257.

Breth Powers, Membership Coordinator, Barker Leadership Circle liaison: bpowers@publicradioeast.org; office ext 7270. 

Anthony Noel, Corporate Sponsorships: tnoel@publicradioeast.org; mobile, 360-496-8280; office ext 9312.