Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East.  His news spots and feature stories can also 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, mountain biking, camping, fishing and paddle boarding.  

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Nearly 3,500 crab pots were removed from North Carolina coastal waters during a one and a half week cleanup effort.

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City of New Bern

The City of New Bern is gathering public input on the proposed Master Plan for Martin Marietta Park.  

The 880 acres of donated land, along South Glenburnie Road, was acquired by the city last September.  A public input meeting was held in January for folks to share ideas on what types of amenities and programs to include the park’s Master Plan. Ronald Sage, a New Bern resident of 20 years is most excited about the possibility of an outdoor amphitheater.

National Endowment for the Arts

State and local arts organizations and military communities will hold a conference in Jacksonville this weekend to create a community-based arts programs for military personnel, veterans and their families.

Creative Forces

State and local arts organizations and military communities will hold a conference in Jacksonville this weekend to create a community based arts programs for military personnel, veterans and their families. 



Even though thousands of colonoscopies are done every year with minimal side effects, a new study from the University of North Dakota finds that the procedure may be linked with an increased risk of developing appendicitis.  

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project continues to move forward with the approval of an air quality permit Tuesday for a compressor station in Northampton County. 

The State has awarded $700,000 to more than 70 counties and city governments to support local management programs that help residents recycle televisions and computers. 


The Navy held a second public meeting in Down East Carteret County Wednesday evening to explain a new round of drinking well water testing in areas near Marine Corp Outlying Landing Field Atlantic.  

Widespread flu activity continues in North Carolina.  Seventeen more people have died from the flu, the fifth straight week in which more than 10 people have died from the virus.  

Duke University

The U.S. Department of Defense is funding a study to determine how drones could help the military mitigate storm damage and monitor forest fires at training facilities along the North Carolina coast.  

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Communities along the North Carolina coast turn to beach nourishment as a way to deal with shoreline erosion.  Now, there’s a new approach that speeds up the review of beach nourishment projects and their impact on wildlife. 

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has fined the owner of a Jones County swine farm after an investigation revealed nearly a million gallons of wastewater was discharged into a nearby wooded area. 


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting Thursday on an intersection improvement project in New Bern.


Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Across the country and right here in eastern North Carolina, the flu season is hitting hard.   95 deaths in our state have been attributed to the flu so far, and the season is still gaining intensity.  Jared Brumbaugh reports on how local hospitals are impacted by a virulent strain of influenza called H3N2, and why it’s being blamed for a more deadly season.


Progress is being made on the passenger only ferry that will take tourists from Hatteras directly to Ocracoke Village during the busy summer travel season.


In response to listener requests, News & Ideas programming is being restored to 91.5 WBJD effective Monday, March 12 at 0600.

Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me... all your favorite News & Ideas programs will be heard on both 89.3 WTEB and 91.5 WBJD.  We’re making this change to better serve you with programming from NPR, PRI, APM, PRX and all your favorite shows from our News & Ideas network. 

Nonprofits in eastern North Carolina have until March 1st to submit grant applications to the North Carolina Arts Council for funding.


A local medical center is joining 10 other hospitals in the region who have set visitor restrictions to protect patients from potential exposure to the flu.  

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The opening of the new Gallants Channel high rise bridge has caused some major delays for commuters in and around Beaufort.  Now, adjustments have been made to relieve traffic congestion.

An elementary school in Craven County is still experiencing a drop in attendance after two cases of the flu and case of norovirus were confirmed last week. 

City of New Bern

New Bern Parks and Recreation is seeking comments on how to develop 55 acres of land in the city. 


There's a new way to travel between Beaufort and Morehead City.  The long awaited Gallants Channel Bridge in Beaufort is finally complete and set to partially open this weekend. 

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Ten hospitals in eastern North Carolina have set visitation restrictions for children due to the flu epidemic.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

To protect patients from potential exposure, Vidant Health announced yesterday that children 12 years of age and younger are prohibited from visiting at this time.   The restrictions are in place at all hospitals in the system, except for Vidant Roanoke-Chowan in Ahoskie.  Medical Director of Infection Control Dr. Keith Ramsey says the temporary change will be in place until the flu subsides.

Duke Energy

A program awaiting approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission could make installing solar panels more affordable for homeowners, churches, schools and other non-profits.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Two campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest remain closed due to significant damages from the winter storm earlier this month.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Cedar Point Campground near Cape Carteret and Flanner’s Beach Campground just south of New Bern could remain closed for the remainder of the month. Temperatures in the single digits caused multiple pipe breaks inside the walls of sanitary facilities, the porcelain to crack on toilets and damage to showers.  Recreations Program Manager for the Croatan National Forest Jeff Kincaid.

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The annual crab pot cleanup project started Monday and runs through February 7th.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The removal period allows derelict and abandoned crab pots and fishing gear to be removed from internal waters.  The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is in its fifth year and is funded primarily by the General Assembly.  This year, 76 commercial watermen will participate in the cleanup effort which creates jobs for them while the no-potting period is in place.  Coastal Education Coordinator with the Coastal Federation Sara Hallas. 


The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority is asking customers to check their plumbing for leaks after historic high demand is being reported across their service area due to the recent winter storm.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

ONWASA normally pump around 7.5 million gallons of water every day during the month of January.  According to CEO of ONSWASA Jeffery Hudson, the rate of demand has nearly doubled to 14 million gallons of water over the last several days.


A four month bridge replacement project is underway in Carteret County, prompting a road closure near N.C. 58.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The bridge over Hadnot Creek north of Cape Carteret was in constant need of repairs making it functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.  Communications officer for the State Department of Transportation Divisions 2 and 3 Brian Rick says the span was built in 1961 to standards no longer used today.


Approximately 15 people are diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease every day in the United States. There is no cure, but a promising study from a Canadian research facility shows one medication used to treat a chronic and severe mental disorder may improve quality of life for those with ALS.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.