Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh joined the PRE staff in May of 2006.  He currently the  full time reporter and  producer for Down East Journal.  His news spots and feature stories can also be heard during Morning Edition.   

A New Bern native, Jared graduated from Craven Community College with an Electronics Engineering degree.  When not at the station, he enjoys playing drums, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and hockey.  

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ENC Features
11:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

ENC Residents Weigh In On Proposed Seismic Testing

Seismic survey vessel towing an air source array and acoustic receivers called hydrophones.
Credit International Association of Geophysical Contractors

This week, Governor Pat McCrory expressed before Congress his support for environmentally safe and responsible offshore energy exploration.  He testified on President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan that would open areas off the North Carolina coast to oil and gas drilling by the year 2022.  Before development can take place, seismic surveys will determine tracts of land that are conducive for offshore drilling.  Deputy Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Walter Cruickshank says the surveys will update information that’s four decades old.

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ENC Features
11:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Emergency Dredging At Oregon Inlet Continues

Special Purpose Vessel CURRITUCK
Credit US Army Corps Of Engineers Wilmington District

On April 2nd, emergency dredging began at the Oregon Inlet channel.  An underwater survey on March 27th showed the channel with a depth of less than two feet seaward of the Bonner Bridge.  Today, on the Down East Journal, I speak with Chief of Physical Support Branch with the Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District Donnie Potter who says the dredging project is on track, despite a delayed start.

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ENC Features
11:37 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Sleep Problems Prevalent Among Military

We know it’s important to get the recommended eight hours of sleep to maintain our health and wellbeing.  We’re also familiar with how difficult it is. If sleep problems affect the general population, how much more do those same problems affect our military service men and women?  Today, Mac McKee speaks with Wendy Troxel and Regina Shih of the RAND Corporation.  They published a study that finds sleeping problems are prevalent among service members.

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The Down East Journal
11:55 am
Wed April 22, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/24/15)

Overcrowding at public schools is a growing issue across the state and here in the East.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the impact of overcrowded schools in Pitt and Onslow counties and how they are addressing the issue.  And, efforts are underway to replace a valuable nautical marker and data collecting buoy in Onslow Bay.  The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

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The Down East Journal
9:05 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/17/15)

Though early in the regulatory process, companies who want to explore for potential oil and gas reserves off the Carolina coast are already receiving a lot of criticism. This week on the Down East Journal, we sample comments from a recent public hearing in Morehead City and speak to the International Association of Geophysical Contractors about pending surveys. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

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ENC Regional News
11:03 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Fatal Shooting At Wayne Community College In Goldsboro

UPDATE -  Tuesday 4/14/15  7:50 am   The suspect in the shooting death of Wayne Community College employee Ron Lane has been apprehended.  20-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III was arrested in Florida early Tuesday when he was spotted sleeping on the beach.  Officials are working to extradite Stancil to North Carolina to face charges.

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ENC Features
10:50 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Hammocks Beach State Park Expansion Announced

Credit R. Evans, NC State Park System

Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro recently announced  it's acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction.  We explore the history of Hammocks Beach, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation. 

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ENC Features
9:37 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Wings Over Wayne Airshow Planned May 16-17

F-15 Flying Over Atlantic Beach
Credit Jared Brumbaugh

The 2015 Wings Over Wayne Airshow will be held on May 16 thru 17 aboard Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. The Airshow which is a free event to the public is being described as one of the biggest events in North Carolina this year. Mikel Peterson has more.

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The Down East Journal
9:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/10/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the history of Hammocks Beach in Swansboro, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation.  The State Park announced this week its acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction.  Plus, the Wings Over Wayne Airshow takes place in Goldsboro next month.   The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

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ENC Features
10:27 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Local Marine Lab Uses Drones For Marine Debris Research

photo of Azores coastline from the research drone
Credit Duke University Marine Lab, Dave Johnson

Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world.  We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina.

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ENC Features
9:57 am
Tue April 7, 2015

NOAA Proposes Expanding Right Whale Critical Habitat

Credit Sea to Shore Alliance - NOAA

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in our coastal waters, and, while we are making progress in recovering this species, it still faces numerous threats. Studies over the past 20 years have increased our understanding of right whale ecology and habitat needs. Based on this research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing to expand the existing critical habitat areas. Sarah Finch has more.

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ENC Features
9:24 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Nominations Open For North Carolina Award

Credit North Carolina Arts Council

In 1961, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor in the state.  Since its inception, more than 250 notable men and women have been honored by the state of North Carolina.  The Department of Cultural Resources is looking for nominations for this year’s awards.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with web content manager Jeff Miles.

To submit a nomination, click http://www.ncdcr.gov/NCAwards/Nominations/Submit

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The Down East Journal
9:08 am
Wed April 1, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/03/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world.  We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations. 

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ENC Features
9:49 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Natural Gas Pipeline Planned for ENC

Example of natural gas pipeline construction
Credit Dominion

We detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.”  Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment.  We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.

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ENC Features
9:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Upcoming Art Festival In Jacksonville

The Jacksonville/Onslow Council for the Arts is presenting their first ever arts and crafts festival.  The event, Uptown Art Block, will feature demonstrations, interactive arts, and entertainment.   Today, Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Connie Wenner about the festival happening Saturday, April 18th.

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The Down East Journal
11:09 am
Wed March 25, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/27/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.”  Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment.  We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.  And, the first ever Art Block event in Jacksonville.  The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.  

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ENC Features
11:58 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NC Scientist Discovers Faster Method For Testing Shellfish

Dr. Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, examines water samples in her lab taken from a beach near Morehead City.
Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

A new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Noble about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.

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ENC Features
11:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Highway Improvements Planned For ENC

Credit NC Department of Transportation

We detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements.  Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.

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The Down East Journal
12:50 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/20/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, a new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Nobel about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.  And, we detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

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ENC Features
10:14 am
Mon March 16, 2015

"Musical Ear" Explained

Do you sometimes hear music or ringing?  Sounds when it's dead quiet?  Well, you're not alone.  We learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.” It’s thought that classical composer Robert Schumann may have had the condition.  He heard entire symphonies in his head and used the melodies as inspiration for his works. While no one knows exactly why musical ear syndrome occurs, it is more likely to affect women and people with hearing problems.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with Director for Hearing Loss Help in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania Dr.

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