Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh joined the PRE staff in May of 2006.  A New Bern native, he's currently a full time reporter and producer for Down East Journal.  His news spots and feature stories can also be heard during Morning Edition.  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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Founder and CEO of Kinston Teens Chris Suggs launched the Adopt A Vacant Lot program earlier this year.  The initiative seeks to transform empty lots into small-scale farms, community gardens and recreation areas. 

Edgecombe County was hit hard by subsequent flooding from Hurricane Matthew as water from the Tar River rose to dangerous levels.  Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is holding a flood insurance workshop on April 5th to help residents with for future disasters.  Jared Brumbaugh has details. 

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Disparities are emerging on what role tourism and property value play in how schools are funded.  A study released this week by the nonpartisan group Public School Forum of North Carolina found wide gaps in school funding between the highest and lowest wealth counties.  Even though a majority of public school funding comes from the state, President and Executive Director Keith Poston says these gaps are apparent when wealthier counties factor in additional resources. 

This week on the Down East Journal, disparities are becoming apparent on what role tourism and property value plays in how schools are funded.  We detail a new study which finds stark gaps in school funding between rural areas inland and wealthier counties along the coast. Plus, we get an update on the Carolina Museum Of The Marine project in Jacksonville from its new Executive Director.  And, artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge will be on display next weekend.  There’s an open house event at the conservation lab in Greenville. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a non-profit group in eastern North Carolina helping kids learn the game of golf and important life skills.  Plus, an update on plans to develop the mainland property at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro.  And, how to get involved in a citizen science project helping meteorologist measure precipitation amounts across the region. 

This week on the Down East Journal, traffic stop etiquette could become part of North Carolina’s Driver Education Program.  We outline House Bill 21.  Also, pick a peck from your own backyard. We detail the State’s Under Dock Oyster Culture Program.  And the New York Theater Ballet comes to eastern North Carolina for a free performance. 

The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina

A non-profit group in eastern North Carolina is helping kids from Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Pitt counties learn the game of golf.  But it’s not just about improving their golf swing or putting skills, it’s about improving as an individual.

“They get honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, perseverance, respect, responsibility, confidence.”

Administrative Assistant with The First Tee of ENC Pamela Boyd.

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Participants with the North Carolina Under Dock Oyster Culture Program can attach up to 90 square feet of oyster "cages" to their coastal dock or pier and harvest their oysters any time of the year.

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This week on the Down East Journal, we detail North Carolina House Bill 251 which would allow concealed carry permit holders to have guns on some college campuses. We get reaction from local schools and students.  Also, from Hurricane Matthew recovery to keeping beachgoers safe this summer, we talk about how state and local governments are depending on drones for emergency response.  And, we hear what's on the menu for Taste of Coastal Carolina in downtown New Bern next week. 

A new House Bill proposal is generating buzz on local college campuses.  Legislation filed last week would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their handguns on to University of North Carolina system college campuses and community colleges across the state.  Some say the measure will allow students and faculty to protect themselves in the event of a shooting, while others fear it will cause more violence and chaos.

“I don’t want to be in fear of my life from not just one person, but everyone at the school because everybody wants to have a gun.”

Commercial fishermen in eastern North Carolina may soon receive a survey from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.  The information will be used in fishery management plans and to develop economic impact models.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

In late January, the division mailed 300 written surveys to commercial fishermen with mailing addresses between Core Sound and the South Carolina border who land fish from state waters.  

“We’re looking for information about their fishing habits”

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Stem cell therapy is a quickly advancing treatment being used across the country.  Now, it’s becoming more prevalent in eastern North Carolina to those living with chronic pain an alternative to surgery.  The minimally invasive procedure is showing results in alleviating back, knee, hip and shoulder pain.  Though stem cell therapy is classified by the Food and Drug Administration as experimental, patients say they’re finding relief.   Meet New Bern resident and a local endodontist Dr. Donnie Luper.  He was skeptical of the procedure at first.

This week on the Down East Journal, we revisit the soon to be built Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The project is top priority for many state and federal lawmakers and a point of contention for environmentalists.  More on a 100+ mile walk along the pipeline's route through eastern North Carolina from Robeson County to the Virginia Border.  Also, some people in eastern North Carolina are choosing stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery to alleviate chronic pain.  We weigh the risk and benefits of the minimally invasive and experimental procedure.

Minor League Baseball is back in eastern North Carolina as opening day for the new Down East Wood Ducks is less than two months away. This week on the Down East Journal, the historical impact of baseball from the City of Kinston and new hopes for success after a six season drought without a team to call its own. Also, proposed shrimp trawling limits move forward at the coast.  And, we talk about a statewide mammal survey already underway in eastern North Carolina. 

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted February 16th to grant a petition for rulemaking and began drafting rules to implement it. If adopted, the rules will limit shrimp trawling in most North Carolina waters.

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The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation will construct a 15-acre oyster reef near the Pamlico Sound.  The restoration project is part of a goal to restore 50 million oysters in North Carolina waters by 2020. 

NC Candid Critter Project

Spring is just around the corner. Since the warmer temperatures in eastern North Carolina cause bears, foxes, deer and other mammals to become more active, now is the perfect time to take part in a massive camera trapping project to help uncover the secrets of local wildlife.  Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Biologist with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University Roland Kays about the statewide project, the largest ever mammal survey of its kind.
 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Goldsboro based historians investigating an obscure but important aspect of the region’s history – former slaves who fought for freedom.  And, a preview of what’s in store for season 14 of the Carolina Chamber Music Festival in New Bern.  

Over 70 local commercial watermen were involved in a project to help remove fishing gear from North Carolina coastal waters.  A fleet of boats collected more than 4-thousand two hundred crab pots during the one and a half week project.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

It’s a Valentine’s edition of Down East Journal this week.  Did you know North Carolina is in the top ten best states for lovers?  Plus, it’s Singing Valentines with the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus.  And, we speak to North Carolina based Burke Uzzle about his 50+ year career as a photographer, including his latest work: "Perceptions and Recognitions" - photographs of local, African-American residents. 

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Next week, there’s a networking event happening at the coast bringing together marine and environmental scientists and teachers.  In its fifth year, SCiREN - an acronym for Scientific Research and Education Network- is aimed at building a relationship between coastal scientists and local teachers.  Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers who attend the workshop can receive free lesson plans based on North Carolina standards – and focused on local research happening at our coast.

Whales and other marine mammals are believed to be impacted by seismic testing.  But what about fish?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a local researcher who recently published the first study ever documenting how fish behave before and during seismic testing.  Plus, individuals struggling with sickle cell disease may be on the cusp of a breakthrough after an international drug trail ended last year.  One of the most active test areas was eastern North Carolina.  And, what to expect at the Antique Show and Sale next weekend in New Bern. 

Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point contractors will be removing old munition-related debris from a former bombing range in Bogue Sound later this month.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

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Seismic testing, a controversial method used to map the ocean floor, has been shown to impact to marine mammals.  But how does it effect fish?  Some local scientist set out to discover how fish react to testing.

More than three months after Hurricane Matthew, residents in Lenoir County are still displaced from their homes.  This week on the Down East Journal, we go to Kinston where local nonprofits teamed up  to help flood victims.  And, we explain what could be causing an increase in the number of whale strandings along our coast.

Recovery is underway in Lenoir County.  Some residents impacted by record flooding are starting to move into new homes, while others are still displaced.

Commercial fishermen gathered in New Bern recently to speak out against a proposal put forward by the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation that would close much of North Carolina's waters to shrimp trawling.

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