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, camping, fishing and paddleboarding. 

Ways To Connect

A new community shelter recently opened in Greenville, providing safe housing for more than 60 residents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Executive Director Bob Williams about the high-tech 2.2 million dollar facility and their mission to help the less fortunate in Pitt County.  Also, we hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  And, a native of Lenoir County whose efforts in multiple American wars, including as a major figure in the state during the Civil War, have been lost to history has his story told by a fellow nativ

R. Evans, North Carolina State Parks

Parks and museums across the state have begun preparing for Governor McCrory’s Connect NC investment program and the funding it would provide them.  Lee Jenkins spoke with the directors for Hammocks Beach Park and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum about what the program would mean for their facilities.

Byron Toothman, North Carolina Coastal Reserve

Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  

It’s a “growing” problem.  Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

Following eight shark attacks this summer, another seaside town is enacting fishing restrictions. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Effective today, Pine Knoll Shores is banning all fishing at ten heavily used beach access location. Town Manager Brian Kramer says the plan designates a 200 yard area at each site for swimming only. He says anglers will have to move to the right or left of these restricted areas in order to fish.

"Most fishermen we think do that already out of courtesy, but we don't want to have bait in the water while folks are swimming."

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

It's summer-time, the flowers are in bloom and butterflies and bees are doing what they’ve always done.  But there’s been a decline in their numbers here in North Carolina and around the United States.  A new federal plan aims to reverse trend with an “all hands on deck” approach. Sarah Finch has more.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Black sea bass are making a comeback in North Carolina after the species was overfished a decade ago.  We visit the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City where they’re using ear bones from hundreds of black sea bass to learn which habitats along our coast best support the fishery. 

State officials advise residents to wear their life jackets when boating. Lee Jenkins has more.

Boating Safety Coordinator Major Chris Huebner says the most important safety measure any boater can take is to wear their life jacket. The primary cause of death in boating accidents is drowning, which life jackets go a long way towards preventing. Huebner says that even with a drunken operator or in bad weather, a life jacket would likely save lives.

School districts across the state have suspended their Driver’s Ed programs. Lee Jenkins has more.

Budget disagreements between the House and Senate have left financing for the programs up in the air. The Senate seeks to cut funding to high schools and have the community college system provide the classes, while the House seeks to maintain the program as it is.

U.S. Coast Guard

When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax.  Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think.  Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013.  Sarah Finch has more.

It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting a five week book group offering local veterans a place to share experiences  and connect with veterans in discussion of literature related to war and homecoming.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Paula Watkins about the bi-monthly program at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

We visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations.

“I want to be a pediatrics orthopedic surgeon.  So I’m here for like the feel of the field.”

The unmanned drone plummeted in the Neuse river yesterday afternoon during a routine training exercise. Cherry Point officials do not yet know what caused the drone to crash. First Lieutenant Maida Kalic says the Cherry Point Fire Department has been conducting searches alongside the Township Nine Fire Department.

Here at the coast, false distress calls have landed a Beaufort man prison time and a hefty fine.  This week on the Down East Journal, how the Coast Guard handles fake mayday calls and the costly impact it has on their operations.   Plus, we visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

International Association of Geophysical Contractors

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has approved the last of four applications from companies interested in conducting seismic surveys off the coast. Sarah Finch has more.

After three swimmers were attacked by sharks along the southeastern coast of North Carolina, the Town of Oak Island is considering a ban on shark fishing at their pier. Town officials have discussed a temporary ban that would prevent fishermen from luring sharks close to the pier until at least after Independence Day. Other piers across the coast, like Emerald Isle’s Bogue Inlet Pier, already restrict shark fishing for a variety of reasons. Assistant Manager Rhonda Wagner says it disrupts other kinds of fishing.

E. Woodward/ UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.

Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.  

Fortunately, dangerous interactions between humans and sharks are extremely rare.  The fact that three unprovoked shark attacks have happened along our coast within days of each other is also very unusual.   Now, many beachgoers are scared to enter the water.

Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.  And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection. 

Scott Taylor - Duke Marine Lab

We take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.

From Amazon’s package delivery drone to the Air Force’s mighty MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. At the coast, marine scientists are working on new ways to apply the technology, with promising results.

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