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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Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation are out in force pretreating the roads before the freezing rain and snow start falling here in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Changes are in the air for 2018 here at Public Radio East!

Beginning Monday, February 5th, all News and Ideas programming will move to 89.3 WTEB .  And all of Public Radio East's classical music broadcasts will be heard on 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 90.3 WKNS  Kinston-Goldsboro and 91.5 WBJD at the coast. 

That means more classical music for classical music fans on Monday, February 5th - when it's ALL CLASSICAL - ALL DAY.

UNC Research

A company in Carteret County is recognized as the 2017 Rural Entrepreneur of the Year by the North Carolina Rural Center.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Ferry Division will be reducing the number of runs on some ferry routes over the holiday.  The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Hatteras-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher ferries will be on a alternate holiday schedule December 24th and 25th:

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Ellis Airport

More improvements are on the way for a county owned, public use airport in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Residents of Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties can now call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at a Hurricane Matthew Housing Application Center.  The centers, known as ReBuild NC Recovery Centers, opened November 30 in the four counties most severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Residents in these areas who suffered damage to their homes from Matthew may be eligible for assistance.  When disaster survivors visit the centers for their appointments, application specialists will meet with them in person to guide them through the full application.

AAA Carolinas estimates a record breaking 3.1 million North Carolinians will travel this holiday season.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Ten thousand medication disposal kits are headed to the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse for distribution.  As Jared Brumbaugh reports, the kits are an effort to get rid of unused opioids. 

The disposal kits help prevent people from becoming addicted to opioids by providing a simple and easily accessible way to dispose of unused medications.  Communications Director with Trillium Health Jennifer Mackethan says the Deterra Drug Deactivation System works by combining water and activated carbon to neutralize any organic medications containing opioids.

Changes to entry procedures are causing traffic delays for commuters going to Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune during the morning rush hour.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Corning Inc.

A materials science company has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art facility in eastern North Carolina and expand manufacturing operations in the Piedmont.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Audubon North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina’s annual Christmas Bird Count begins today and runs through January 5th.  For the 117th year, birders across the state help provide census data that researchers, biologists and wildlife agencies use to help assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action.  Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina Kim Branch says last year, record numbers of loons were recorded along the coast.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Record salinity levels revealed in the Neuse River early this month are just now approaching normal levels.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is shutting down one of the major connectors to the Outer Banks for a week while crews repair the swing-span drawbridge.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems will be expanding their operations at the Global TransPark in Lenoir County. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The company, which manufactures components for the Airbus A350 aircraft, plans to invest nearly $56 million in Kinston over the next five years.  The project was made possible in part by a performance-based incentive grant from Lenoir County up to $1.5 million.  Lenoir County Executive Director of Economic Development Mark Pope.

After nearly a decade of planning, Onslow County Commissioners broke ground on an air traffic control tower at the Albert J. Ellis Airport. Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

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Local research is changing the way we understand insulin resistance and problems with metabolism in middle age.  Dr. Maria Torres sheds new light on cell mitochondria and its impact on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, especially in women.

NC Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released the economic development tier rankings for 2018, and three counties in eastern North Carolina will be changing their designation in the New Year. 


With record breaking numbers of people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, the State Department of Transportation is doing their part to make travel safer and more efficient.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Low income and uninsured people in Onslow County can now receive dental treatment at a new clinic in Jacksonville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

NC Parks

The State of North Carolina is evaluating the suitability of a state park on the Black River in parts of Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties. 

Roughly a year after Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of eastern North Carolina, the State is employing experts to conduct studies on four rivers in the region.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

National Spinning Co. Inc

National Spinning Company recently announced that they will shut down their plant in Duplin County by the end of the year.  Now, state and local officials have started the process of attracting another business to the area.  

Chris Hannant Photography

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking commercial watermen for their annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project.  


The North Carolina Department of Transportation gathering public input on a proposed widening project in Greenville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is switching to a winter schedule today for one of its popular summer routes.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

During the peak summer months between Memorial Day and mid-September, the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry offers 36 round trip departures per day. Now, Public Information Officer for the Ferry Division Tim Hass says they are cutting the number of runs in half.


The State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting November 8th on a proposed roundabout in Carteret County.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.        

The NCDOT has developed a design concept for the roundabout project, would be located in Beaufort at the intersection of US 70 and N.C. Highway 101.  In North Carolina, crashes of all types have been reduced by almost half where roundabouts have been installed at existing intersections.

“It will be one of the three key entry points to our community.”

Arizona State University

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  The neurodegenerative disease affects over five million people in the United States.  That number is expected to grow to 16 million by 2050.  With no cure and no long term treatments, new studies are focused on early detection.  This year, researchers discovered a way to detect Alzheimer’s even before the onset of symptoms in people at genetic risk for developing the disease.  


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has requested modifications to the way the Atlantic Coast Pipeline crosses some streams in the state.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

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