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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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.  

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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.”

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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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Located on the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, New Bern is a water-lovers playground, and during our fall fundraising campaign, Public Radio East wants to give you the opportunity to experience the city from a new perspective.  During this drive, everyone who pledges is automatically entered to win a private scenic cruise package from Cruise the Neuse in New Bern.  This one and a half hour excursion, takes place at sunset with plenty of room for you and six of your closest friends.  No pledges necessary. Call 800-222-9832 to be entered.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission board has approved its first ever plan to manage alligator populations in the state, which could eventually allow alligator hunting.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The plan, developed by the N.C. Alligator Task Force, outlines conditions under which alligators could be hunted in North Carolina. However, approval of the plan did not establish an alligator hunting season in the state.  Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator Allen Boynton.


The Navy is conducting well water testing in the unincorporated town of 558 people, Atlantic, in Down East Carteret County to make sure compounds used in firefighting activities aren’t present.  

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New research points to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet increasing longevity and improving muscle coordination and brain function in aging mice.  Will this new way of thinking about diet and aging buck the trend of the “traditional low-fat diet?”  

City of New Bern

Plans to create New Bern’s largest park on a 55 acre donated tract of land were recently announced.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Wildlife biologist are closely watching the white-tailed deer population due to an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has confirmed 64 cases of Hemorrhagic disease in the western part of the state.  Here in eastern North Carolina, there’s been only six unconfirmed cases this season.  Hemorrhagic disease is a virus transmitted by a small, biting midge fly.  The infected deer can become lethargic and dehydrated with lesions around the tongue and mouth.  District 2 Wildlife Biologist Chris Kent.

Trillium Health Resources

A new mental health-screening tool was unveiled in Pamlico County.


On Thursday, the Grayden Paul bridge, connecting Morehead City to Beaufort, closed for five hours while DOT crews performed emergency repairs.  Adjacent to the aging span, its replacement is still under construction.  Jared Brumbaugh has an update on the bypass project. 

The 65 foot, high-rise bridge is on track to open this fall, at least partially.  Senior Assistant Resident Engineer for the State Department of Transportation Rhett Gerald says the span over Gallants Channel will open for a two lane, two way traffic pattern while crews finish construction.

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The Grayden Paul drawbridge, connecting Radio Island with Beaufort, opened again Thursday afternoon after it was shut down around 9 a.m. for emergency repairs.  Public Information Officer for the Town of Beaufort Rachel Johnson says crews were able to fix the mechanical problem and reopen the bridge in about five hours.

Greenville Utilities

Some local utilities have sent workers to Florida to help restore power for folks affected by Hurricane Irma.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Fifty-four crew members from Greenville Utilities left early Tuesday morning.  The convoy of 16 bucket trucks and post diggers met up with a pair of workers from Kinston Public Services with their own bucket truck to help the hundreds of thousands of people without power in the Orlando area.  Substation Lineman Remington Gaskins considers it an honor to be selected to go.  It's his first time going on a hurricane relief/restoration mission.

A state of emergency is in effect for all 100 counties in North Carolina as Hurricane Irma moves north.  Jared Brumbaugh has more on what local state and federal governments are doing to prepare for the storm.  

“It is too soon to know how North Carolina will exactly be impacted, but it is not too soon to get ready for it.”

Gov. Roy Cooper speaking at a noontime briefing Thursday said the State has already started putting response crews on standby and positioning resources across the state.