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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Students across Eastern North Carolina will soon be in school.  Long hours in a classroom can be especially hard for children with attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder.  One researcher at East Carolina University in Greenville is in the process of developing a video game to help kids with ADHD excel in the classroom.  

UNC Research

The North Carolina Shellfish Initiative was officially launched at a public event in Morehead City.  

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

President Trump is holding a news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte has been in the office for a few months. His approach to government in Italy has been compared to that of Donald Trump in the United States. Italy has recently hardened its approach to immigration, for instance, and challenged European Union partners. Trump, for his part, has expressed support for Conte, at one point tweeting that "the people of Italy got it right!" Watch the news conference live.

National Montford Point Marine Association

A ceremony honoring the first African Americans in the Marine Corps was held in Jacksonville on Wednesday.  

Water samples collected at sites in Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico counties last week have come back with elevated levels of E. coli and other bacteria. 

NC Coastal Federation

Nearly $2 million dollars in state and federal funding will bolster oyster habitat at the mouth of the Neuse River.   

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

An experimental model is forecasting significantly low dissolved oxygen levels in the Neuse River Estuary, which could trigger algal blooms and fish kills.  

ECU News Services

East Carolina University researchers are conducting a survey to assess community health needs in Pitt and Onslow counties.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Mary Lide Parker/ UNC Research

One of the longest running shark surveys in the world is taking place off the coast of North Carolina.  For the past 45 years, researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences have been catching and tagging a variety of shark species in an effort to determine the health of the ocean and measure changes in shark populations.

NC Coastal Federation

A new pervious parking lot at Swansboro Town Hall is designed to absorb rainwater, reducing the amount of stormwater that ends up in nearby waterbodies.  


The State Division of Water Resources is urging people in the northeastern part of the state to avoid contact with bright green or blue colored water in the Chowan River. 

East Carolina University

Researchers at East Carolina University are interested in identifying the genes that enable Lyme disease causing bacteria to move from host to host.  Their findings could eventually lead to the development of an antimicrobial medication for the disease.

Kathy Wilson

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.  

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The State Department of Transportation announced Thursday that a new intermodal transportation facility is coming to Edgecombe County.  The project could create more than 1,300 jobs in the region. 

Jared Brumbaugh

Three new application centers are opening in Eastern North Carolina on Thursday to help people whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew. 


The State Department of Transportation along with several Pitt County municipalities held another public meeting Monday evening on the Southwest Bypass project.  


A new passenger ferry that will provide service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands is in the final stages of construction. 

State Emergency Management last week announced more than $8.5 million in mitigation grants to help homeowners recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Seymour Johnson AFB Public Affairs

A new medical clinic opened Friday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.  The Thomas Koritz Clinic will feature 24 clinics including flight medicine, family health, pediatrics, women’s health and pharmacy for active duty and retired military members and their families.  The new clinic is named in memory of a flight surgeon who was killed during a bombing mission during operation desert storm.  Construction of the clinic began in August 2014 and cost about $55 million to construct.

Creative Commons

Governor Roy Cooper along with several Atlantic Coast governors are opposed to a bill that would require states to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to block offshore drilling from happening off their coasts. 

NC Emergency Services

More than a dozen gauges that warn residents and communities in the event of dangerous flood conditions will soon be installed along several local waterways.  


Camp Don Lee

East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is hosting a summer camp for children with chronic illnesses and those who lost siblings.  

NC Public Health

Tobacco use among North Carolina teens continues to rise, according to the statewide 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey released last week.  

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is responsible for twice as many deaths in North Carolina than heroin, according to a report from the State Chief Medical Examiner Office. 

Creative Commons

Park officials at Cape Hatteras National Seashore say two more people have died while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.  That's the third death in the past week. 

Creative Commons

Researchers are developing a nasal spray formulation of esketamine, part of the ketamine molecule, that can rapidly treat depression and suicidal thoughts. 

June 1st marks the official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  

J. McCord / UNC-CSI

Local anglers and divers are needed for a new citizen-scientists project to collect information for shark research and conservation.  


Transportation officials will hold public meetings around the state next month to get feedback on the State Transportation Improvement Plan.