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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An investigation is ongoing into what caused wastewater to discharge into the Trent River at a swine farm in Jones County.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The spill was reported last week to the North Carolina Division of Water Resources.  A water quality team from the division’s Washington Regional Office was sent to the farm, located near the town of Comfort, which found the wastewater discharge had traveled two miles from the facility eventually ending up in the Trent River.  Spokesperson for the Division of Water Quality Bridget Munger. 


The new simulation laboratory on wheels will travel around eastern North Carolina providing training to medical professionals in rural areas in an effort to improve patient outcomes.  


A local researcher wants to raise awareness of bacteria and viruses lurking in the stagnant floodwaters in Texas.  

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North Carolina is sending five swift water rescue teams to Texas to help with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson Keith Acree said 92 people from various fire departments around the state have left for College Station, Texas.

“They’re equipped with small boats and other equipment to affect water rescues and remove people from houses that are surrounded by water from other situations where they’re stranded by water.”


Being prepared before a tropical storm or hurricane impacts eastern North Carolina can help keep you and your family safe.  Here's information on forming emergency/evacuation plans from the National Hurricane Center:

Prepare A Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Cyclone 10 is currently off the coast of North Carolina and moving northeast at 17 mph.  The storm will increase in speed over as it moves away from our area. Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph with higher gusts.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin a safety improvement project on more than 11 miles of roadway in Lenoir and Jones Counties.  NCDOT has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Barnhill Contracting Company of Rocky Mount to mill, resurface and reconstruct shoulders on four sections of U.S. 70 between Mt. Vernon Park Drive in Kinston and Dover Road in Jones County.  Milling and resurfacing improves both traction and ride quality on the road, which is especially important during inclement weather.


After being placed on hold in November 2014 due to funding restrictions, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is resuming the Kinston Bypass Project.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The bypass covers a 20 mile segment of U.S. 70 from LaGrange to Dover in Lenoir, Jones and Craven Counties.  There are twelve alternatives being studied for the project.  NCDOT Project Engineer Maria Rogerson says the Kinston bypass is now programmed and funded in the NC State Transportation Improvement Plan. 

Onslow County has launched a new mass communication safe citizen program.  Jared Brumbaugh has details.

NC Department of Public Safety

A community design workshop is planned in one of towns hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew.  


Thousands of people in eastern North Carolina were treated to partly cloudy skies and great viewing of the Great American Eclipse.

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Shoaling is occurring at the eastern end of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks.  Boaters navigating that area are being asked to exercise caution.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

A damaged transmission line on the Outer Banks late last week led to blackouts on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and prompted a mandatory evacuation of 50,000 visitors during the coastal tourist town’s  busiest time of year. While businesses on Ocracoke and Hatteras will begin welcoming back tourist at noon Friday, they will still have to tally the economic loss.  Those in the know say Ocracoke’s loss may be a very short term gain for Crystal Coast businesses.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.   


East Carolina University doctors used a life size 3D printed rib cage to perform a life changing surgery for a Goldsboro man suffering from chronic pain.

NC Ferry Division

Power restoration may be a little sooner than first thought.  Crews have been working on two solutions to restore main-line transmission service to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands: repair of the underground cable and construction on an overhead transmission line.  Attempts to dewater the trench at the site have been unsuccessful, so Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative will work to complete the overhead transmission line.  The restoration timeframe is one to two days, with plans to have power back by Saturday.  The new line will need to stay energize for several hours while the cooperative test


North Carolina's Transportation Department is reminding drivers of a lower speed limit on an Outer Banks bridge to protect purple martins, which roost annually on the span over the Croatan Sound. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The speed limit on the William B. Umstead Bridge in Manns Harbor is 20 mph at dusk and dawn to protect the more than 100,000 purple martins that roost on the west end of the bridge as they prepare for their annual 3,000 mile migration to Brazil.

“It’s one of the biggest roosts in the eastern U.S.”

Gov. Roy Cooper was in Greenville yesterday, to sign a new state school bus law. The new law allows counties to adopt ordinances and cite motorists by using cameras installed on the stop-arms of buses. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy is holding a public meeting this evening in Morehead City for proposed training and testing activities which could include the use of active sonar and explosives.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The latest proposed option supports less activity within the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing area off the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.  The draft Environmental Impact Statement considers two action alternatives and one no action alternative.

Wolf Haven International

Big changes could be coming to the way the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the world’s only wild red wolf population in northeastern North Carolina. 

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

We’re half way through the sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast and biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are saying it could be another banner year.  

A maintenance area boat ramp at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro is now open to the public.  Language in the recently approved state budget requires any park that includes an existing boat ramp suitable for launch of motorized watercraft to ensure the ramp is accessible to the public during operating hours.  Superintendent of Hammocks Beach State Park Sarah Kendrick says the small service ramp, used to maintain the park’s ferries, opened Saturday.

A new study finds taking high doses of vitamin D supplements may increase the risk of kidney stones and cancer.  

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is investing $4.5 Million to support jobs, infrastructure and property upgrades across the state.  The town of Ayden in Pitt County will receive $500,000 to renovate a two-story building built in 1915 to house a quilt shop.  In Bertie County, a $25,000 grant will help restore a 3,500 square foot building in Windsor that’s been vacant for 12 years.

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear some of my favorite stories.  We take a road trip around eastern North Carolina to visit some of the best spots for whole hog, wood smoked  barbecue.  We hear about a 19th century settlement called Diamond City that was once on the east end of Shackleford Banks.  And, we learn about the dialect and vocabulary of Harkers Island. 

The town of North Topsail Beach will soon begin requiring an access pass to enter a highly used 4x4 permissible driving area. The area, known as Onslow County Beach Access #3 is located at the end of River Road and consists of approximately 12 acres of shoreline along the New River.

On the next Down East Journal, rip currents have been making headlines this week with the death of a teen in Emerald Isle.  To help keep you and your family safe this summer, we speak with local officials and emergency responders about rip current safety and how to break the grip of the rip.  And, hear what’s in store for the 57th annual Old Homes and Gardens Tour. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration says it can provide help to residents and business owners in Sampson County recovering from severe storms and straight line winds that struck May 29.  The damaging thunderstorms toppled trees, blocked roads, damaged agricultural property and caused major damage to at least 25 homes and businesses in Sampson County. It was the second time in a week that severe storms impacted the county.  Homeowners and business owners can apply to the SBA for low-interest federal loans of up to $200,000 to help them repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.

A new report shows the estimated economic impact for the 2017 Wings Over Wayne Airshow was in excess of $20 million dollars.  The report, by the Travel & Tourism Department for the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County quantified the economic benefits generated from overnight travel and day visitors.  More than half of the visitors attended Wings Over Wayne for their first time in 2017, and nearly 65% of all visitors travelled more than 50 miles.  Saturday's crowd estimate was 130,000 visitors, with an additional 100,000 people visiting on Sunday.

A second round of state grants will provide $10 million dollars to help with infrastructure repairs in several eastern North Carolina communities hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.  The recovery grants are part of $200 million in funding provided by the state legislature to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to address rural economic development and small business needs.  Snow Hill will receive more than $244 thousand to relocate and replace an existing pump station outside the floodplain.