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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After being declared an endangered species in the 1980's, wood stork populations are increasing and spreading across the southeast.  How human intervention, natural instinct and our coastal environment play into the recovery of the wood stork.

Less than a week after becoming the new governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory visited New Bern to talk with constituents and cast his vision for North Carolina's future.

Photo by Andy Danneker / National Park Service

After three years of renovations, the Bodie Island lighthouse will open to the public for the very first time.

We check in with cyclist Dock Hooks who completed his 1,200 mile journey from Emerald Isle to Key West for charity.

The North Carolina Symphony is celebrating their 80th season. We talk to the Senior Director of Statewide Development about their upcoming holiday pops concert in downtown New Bern.

One man from eastern North Carolina is pedaling over a thousand miles to raise awareness and support for substance abuse prevention.

Coastal Insurance

Feb 11, 2013

Nearly a month after Hurricane Sandy, we speak with the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and the state's Rate Bureau about home insurance rate increases and when they might be implemented.

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago. It's still being implemented. Last month a change in the Medicare system is fining hospitals the reimbursement money they get back for their services, if certain patients are readmitted to a hospital within a thirty-day period of their initial admission. Stephen O'Connell has more.

Cigar Box Guitars

Feb 11, 2013

A New Bern man is using cigar boxes to make instruments for playing the blues.

Since human existence, people have been making music using the materials they have lying around – like sticks, rocks, or animal hide.  One of the earliest instruments was a flutes carved from hallowed out bird bones and mammoth ivory. It was carbon dated to be 42,000 years old.  The tradition of using recycled items to create sounds still continues today.  David English, owner of Black Owl Guitars in New Bern is using old licenses plates, peanut can lids and old cigar boxes to build guitars.

We examine a controversial North Carolina rule that some believe has contributed to the deaths of the rare and endangered Red Wolf.

"Coyote" Jerry Murray - photographer/USFWS
"Red Wolf" Ryan Nordsven - photographer/USFWS.

Star Gazing in ENC

Feb 11, 2013

We talk to an astronomy expert about what to look for in the Autumn night sky.

We go to the set of a 1940's radio station - with radio actors, sound effects and a live studio audience. It's Oriental's production of "The Big Guns: Who's Little Lilly is She?"

With the November election days away, we dissect and explain the North Carolina Election ballot.

Storm water runoff from Hurricane Sandy has stopped oyster and other shellfish harvesting across coastal North Carolina.

Feral Cats

Feb 11, 2013

Carteret County is finding a way to control a growing feral cat problem. Farther South in Holden Beach an organization is attempting to populate the island with feral cats.

This week, we focus on the growers responsibility to provide free housing to migrant workers.

This week, we focus on a study that found a third of migrant farmworker camps in eastern North Carolina had contaminated drinking water.

L.C. Morris reports on current gun control laws in the State.

The life and legacy of Ava Garner is explored through heritage tours and screenings of her work with lifelong friend Gregory Peck during the 2012 Ava Gardner Festival in Smithfield.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We talk to a non-profit helping victims of abuse in Jones, Craven and Pamlico Counties. 

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.

Pamlico county officials and military representatives met last night to discuss proposed wind projects and their impact on Cherry Point. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

We discuss the future of the biofuels industry in North Carolina. We talk to researchers and farmers about the potential of growing high energy grasses that can be converted into ethanol.

President Obama announced an executive order this week that would address human trafficking in US government contracting.  We have an update on modern day slavery in our state which is now ranked seventh in the nation.

According to the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report released in June, there are an estimated 27 million slaves around the world. On Tuesday, President Barrack Obama spoke in New York City at the Clinton Global Initiative on the topic of human trafficking. 


Feb 5, 2013

A number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.

Cape Lookout National Seashore is considering ways to facilitate passenger ferry service from Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks, and the lighthouse.

This week on the Down East Journal, new legislation to stop puppy mills in North Carolina is meeting opposition.  We’ll find out from whom and why.  Also, 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.  And, we get a history lesson on the pre-Civil War whaling industry along our coast.

This week on the Down East Journal, LC Morris has a report on the proud and mysterious subculture, Gullah Geechee, and its ties to parts of southeastern North Carolina.  Also, an Edenton home thought to be just 100 years old is instead discovered to be closer to 300...

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.

An increased use of technology coupled with a congressional mandate are being blamed for cutbacks at your local post office. This week on the Down East Journal, we'll talk about the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. And, we continue our "short and sweet" series, Just Desserts. Plus, an investigation is underway to find who is vandalizing underground water lines.