Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East, covering health and the environment.  His news spots and feature stories can be heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  Jared is the recipient of five North Carolina Associated Press Awards for "Best Feature," "General News," "Best Health Report," "Best Weather Report," and "Best Consumer Report." When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, traveling and honing his culinary skills.

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We report on the recent proposal to send fracking waste water to eastern North Carolina for storage.

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team - Universtiy of Washington

An unusual number of arctic birds called dovekies are turning up along the coast often injured and malnourished.  We speak with a local wildlife sanctuary about this phenomenon and why the birds are dying after being rehabilitated.

It’s a sign of spring and warm weather… birds returning to eastern North Carolina after spending the winter down south.  But for one species, making the journey back home has become perilous.  The dovekie, a small arctic bird resembling a penguin only stands an average eight inches tall, but it makes a thousand mile journey every spring.

This week on the Down East Journal, we report on the recent proposal to send fracking waste water to eastern North Carolina for storage.  Also, an unusual number of arctic birds called dovekies are turning up along the coast often injured and malnourished.  We speak with a local wildlife sanctuary about this phenomenon and why the birds are dying after being rehabilitated.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Bea

Just in time for Easter, Eddy Browning shares an authentic southern recipe that you may never heard of.

A feature report on the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.

Stroke – it’s feared, its deadly, and it’s debilitating.  As far as statistics are concerned, you’re more likely to have a stroke if you live in the South.  In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in North Carolina.  And our state is considered to be the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt, which includes several states in the southeast part of the country where stroke death rates are significantly higher than the rest of the United States.

This week on the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.  And, how to grow your spring vegetable garden on a budget.  Those stories and more, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kinston- Goldsboro, and 88.1 in Greenville.

Local governments, schools and military bases are bracing for the impacts of sequestration.  We explore how the series of automatic cuts will impact eastern North Carolina.

The series of automatic cuts to government spending called sequestration will total more than a trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years.  The expenses of those savings is now beginning to ripple through our area, as L.C. Morris explains.

It's a fascinating look at 3D printers; how they work, and how they're being used at East Carolina University.

We talk to a local nonprofit on their efforts to open a shelter to help young boys victimized through sex trafficking.  The Greenville home would be the first of its kind in the country.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to a local nonprofit on their efforts to open a shelter to help young boys victimized through sex trafficking.  The Greenville home would be the first of its kind in the country.  And, a fascinating look at 3D printers; how they work, and how they're being used at East Carolina University. 

This week on the Down East Journal, local governments, schools and military bases are bracing for the impacts of sequestration.  We explore how the series of automatic cuts will impact eastern North Carolina.  Plus, we speak with a local chef who is in the running  for a top honor  in the food business.  Those stories and more, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.

Crews are on site today repairing a water main that caused a 20 foot wide sinkhole in Havelock. Jared Brumbaugh reports.

The incident occurred when a connection between an old water line and a newer pipe gave way around 7 pm last night.  The sudden release of water created a sinkhole  20 feet across and 15 feet deep near the bridge on Pineview Street and Joe’s Branch.  Public Information Coordinator with the city of Havelock Diane Miller says crews were at the site today pumping water from the problem area to initiate the repair.

Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh speaks with North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin about the homeowners rate increases that will take affect July 1st.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk with Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin about the homeowners rate increases announced earlier this week. 

And, we explore the plight of the Greene County Animal Shelter.  Local animal advocates are rallying around the organization to prevent its closure.

We explore the plight of the Greene County Animal Shelter.  Local animal advocates are rallying around the organization to prevent its closure.

Greene County is having financial problems this year that affect its local government as a whole. Interim county manager for Greene County, Richard Hicks, says they have a major deficit.

Some say sparsley populated Hyde County is the perfect site to test unmanned aerial vehicles.   The county is in the process of submitting a proposal to be one of six FAA approved testing sites for drones.

At some point before Friday at midnight, the President is expected to order across-the-board budget cuts to save $1.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Congressman G.K. Butterfield about how sequestration could impact eastern North Carolina.

“It appears it’s too late, that it’s definitely going to happen.”

If the sequestration goes forward, most of the effects could be felt in our area immediately.  Butterfield says military readiness and middle class families would be hit the hardest.

5,000 gallons of wastewater has spilled into a creek in Jacksonville, following more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday.  The City’s Maintenance and Utilities Superintendent Pete Deaver was at the site Thursday afternoon testing the water.

“There is nothing else we can do.  The rain water helps it dilute the affluent that reaches the waters.  We have made some repairs to the man hole where the overflow occurred.”

Hyde County, it’s sparsely populated and some say the perfect site to test unmanned aerial vehicles.  This week on the Down East Journal, Hyde County is under consideration to be one of six FAA approved testing sites for drones.  We get an update on the project this Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kinston- Goldsboro, and 88.1 in Greenville.

Plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern called Five Points.  The project would create local jobs, and attract new businesses to the area.

The new, documentary film “Freedom Lost: Restoration" explores an often forgotten piece of history about life for African Americans in New Bern and James City in the time surrounding the Civil War.  The free screening takes place at 6pm Wednesday, February 27th at Craven Community College's Orringer Auditorium.

This week on the Down East Journal, a Goldsboro development group tries a variation on the “flash mob” theme to try and boost the presence of downtown businesses.  And, plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern.  The project would create local jobs and attract new businesses.  More on the revitalization of Five Points, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.

From now until April 15th, AARP is offering a free tax preparation service for low to moderate income tax payers, especially those 60 and older.  The program is in locations across eastern North Carolina.

To find a tax aide location near you, click here: http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

Imagine… advancing through school hiding the fact that you don’t know how to read.  Here's the inspiring story of Earl Mills, who read his first book at age 48, published two books of his own, and has a passion to support literacy in eastern North Carolina.

“...My heart has been enriched, my heart held at bay

When we’re together, in that special way

Help me to hear what your heart has to say

Not being selfish, wanting my way...”

Imagine… advancing through school hiding the fact that you don’t know how to read.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with a New Bern man who read his first book at age 48, and has since published two books.  On this week’s program, he shares his passion to support literacy in eastern North Carolina.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.

Puppy Mills in ENC

Feb 11, 2013
Photo by Frank Loftus / The Humane Society of the United States

A bill will likely be introduced in the next couple weeks that will impose regulations on commercial dog breeders that sell directly to the public. The bill is part of a growing effort to put a stop to puppy mills in North Carolina. Groups, such as the American Kennel Club, and the North Carolina Federation of Dog Owners believe the legislation may affect responsible dog owners in a negative way.

We explain the new ferry tolls, which are set to go into effect this summer.

We continue our Black History Month series with a profile of cabinet maker Thomas Day who owned the largest furniture business in North Carolina during the height of slavery.

As part of our Black History Month series, we hear about the life of the successful cabinet maker Thomas Day.  He was much more than just a cabinet maker.  He also handcrafted ornate, decorative pieces for the home and highly sought after furniture.  During the height of slavery, he owned the largest furniture making business in the state. Director of the Thomas Day Education Project Laurel Sneed.

A private company in Elizabeth City is manufacturing a lighter than air technology called a tethered aerostat. They're being sold to governments and are the worlds only company devoted entirely to the production of these unique products. We recently toured the massive facility.

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the controversy over proposed wind energy turbines possibly interfering with Cherry Point base operations. Some say the wind projects planned for Pamlico and Beaufort counties may play into possible BRAC base closures.

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