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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Severe weather on Monday spawned reports of hail damage in Eastern North Carolina. Lee Jenkins reports.

Craven and Pamlico County were pelted with hail caused by Monday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service says the City of Havelock took the brunt of it. Minnesott Beach, Charles Street, and the Cherry Point marine base had reports of golf ball sized hail, two inches in diameter. Gumbranch Park in Havelock had hail the size of baseballs, and sixty-five mile-per-hour wind gusts were recorded near Cherry Point.

  This week on the Down East Journal, we travel to Craven Correctional Institution and speak with inmates who are training dogs from local animal shelters, part of the statewide New Leash On Life program.  And, a picture of the Tar River Legacy Plan, which seeks to develop Greenville’s waterfront.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Dr. Craig A. Harms, NC State University

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is allowing offshore energy exploration to take place along the East Coast, using controversial seismic air guns to find gas and oil deposits.  A feature about the surveys and the safeguards in place to mitigate impacts to marine life.

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We speak with highly praised and often used background singer Lisa Fischer about her Oscar award winning documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" and her performance in Raleigh on Saturday, July 26th.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is allowing offshore energy exploration to take place along the East Coast, using controversial seismic air guns to find gas and oil deposits.  This week on the Down East Journal, a feature about the surveys and the safeguards in place to mitigate impacts to marine life.  And, sought after background vocalist Lisa Fischer talks with us about her career and her Saturday night performance at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

A recently released study found that upgrading highway 70 could bring economic prosperity to eastern North Carolina. 

North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission will accept public comments on its proposed oil and gas development regulations. Lee Jenkins reports.

The regulations were drafted in response to the Energy Modernization Act, which legalized fracking. The Commission is currently allowing citizens to offer suggestions and feedback to the proposed rules via written and oral comments. While the commission will examine all comments, it will more heavily consider suggestions with a strong factual basis. Commissioner Jim Womack:

The City of Washington will soon resurvey its Historic District using grant money from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund.  The grant amounts to 11,000 dollars, and the District is one of the largest of its kind in the state. According to Washington’s Community Development Planner Jennifer Brenan, the survey may take up to a year to complete.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about how upgrading highway 70 could bring economic prosperity to eastern North Carolina.  And, everything you need to know about the new CD “Traditional Duets” by Raleigh’s Lynda Dawson and Greenville’s Pattie Hopkins can be found in its title.  Hear the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

The Coastal Plain Baseball League is holding its All-Star game tonight, and Governor Pat McCrory plans to attend. Lee Jenkins Reports.

The game starts at seven in Big Rock Stadium. The top players from all of the league’s teams will be participating. Morehead City city manager David Whitlow states that, while he’s unsure as to why Governor McCrory’s attending, he’s certainly glad to have him at the game.

Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services

The Down East Journal has a new theme song composed by ECU grad Joshua Tomlinson.  He recently finished up his masters degree in music theory and composition.  Now he's enjoying his summer break and preparing to start a doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma.  We caught up with Tomlinson this week to tell him the good news.

Thank you to all of the student composers who submitted ideas for the contest:

Isaac Ward


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Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the Pamlico Opry summer series.  It starts this weekend at the Turnage Theater and is sponsored by the Beaufort County Arts Council and the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association.  Kicking off the series is Raleigh based bluegrass/americana band "The Outliers" this Saturday at 8pm.  Mac McKee speaks with band member Julie Brown about her beginnings in music and her career with The Outliers.

Bath is celebrating its pirate heritage this weekend with its “There Be Pirates in the Port” event, featuring a historical re-enactment of the report of Blackbeard’s death and two lectures examining the life of Blackbeard and other pirates. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a living history program in Bath explores the infamous pirate Blackbeard and his ties to the town.  Plus, music and conversation with a member of the North Carolina based bluegrass/Americana band “The Outliers” ahead of their weekend performance at Turnage Theater. And, we debut the new Down East Journal theme and talk to its creator.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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When vacationers leave the beach, they often end up throwing away unused food.  But a program that started last month called Second Helping collects unwanted food and donates it to local food pantries. 

It’s peak time for vacation season at the beach. And now a new program is collecting leftover food from vacationers as they exit the Crystal Coast. Mikel Peterson has more.

Jared Brumbaugh

A program that saved the red wolf from extinction could come to an end.  This week, we talk to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official about the experimental Red Wolf Recovery Program and the review that will determine its effectiveness.

  A program that saved the red wolf from extinction could come to an end.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official about the experimental Red Wolf Recovery Program and the review that will determine its effectiveness.  And, the summer concert series “Swanfest” continues at the coast this Sunday with a special Independence Day weekend offering.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina.  We explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.

 The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.  And, the statewide Juneteenth tour, showcasing North Carolina’s copy of the 13th amendment takes place at Tryon Palace this Saturday.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Coal ash ponds are making headlines in North Carolina, and the news isn’t good. Lee Jenkins has more on new proposed legislation and the state of coal ash pits in the eastern part of the state.

Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services

Public Radio East collaborates with students at East Carolina University’s School of Music to change the way Down East Journal sounds.

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Help Public Radio East pick the new theme song for Down East Journal.  Please choose your favorite from the following three finalists.  All selections  were composed by students  in East Carolina University's Department of Theory, Composition and Musicology.   The project started last Fall and wrapped up before students left for summer break. 

Listen to all three selections. Each are numbered 1 through 3.  Choose your favorite and email the corresponding number to Public Radio East by clicking here.  Thank you for your participation.  All emails must be received by July 10, 2014. The winning theme will be debuted on Down East Journal on July 11, 2014.

  This week, Public Radio East collaborates with students at East Carolina University’s School of Music to change the way Down East Journal sounds.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

This week, the 56th Annual Big Rock Tournament is in full swing in Morehead City.  On the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about how the event got started and how it “reels” in both tourism dollars and money for local charities.  And, D.E.J. spotlights an eastern North Carolina organization introducing young people to theater arts. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

North Carolina Coastal Reserve

On June 12th, volunteers and staff with the NC Coastal Reserve helped plant 4,500 marsh grass plugs which will help provide habitat and  stabilization to the shoreline of Carrot Island.

Access to locally caught seafood is a hallmark of the coastal region, but it's getting harder to find.  This week on the Down East Journal, why North Carolina's commercial fishing harvest is experiencing a decline.  And, bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year; in yards, in trees and even swimming across the Neuse River.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Carlos Kowalczewski

Bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year, in yards, in trees, and even swimming across the Neuse River.

 Monday, May 12th, riders on the Cherry Branch- Minnesott ferry witnessed something peculiar during an afternoon crossing. 

“We just left Minnesott Beach and as soon as we leave, we always look to the front of the ship.”

Carlos Kowalczewski is a ferry crew man with the North Carolina Ferry Division.

E. Woodward/UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition.  The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels.  After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion.  Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week.  On the Down East Journal, we talk to local emergency management officials about how they’re preparing ahead of the official start of hurricane season.  And, the 15th Annual Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival is next weekend.  We speak to one of the original founders about the celebration of art, culture and heritage.  Don’t miss the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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