Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East.  His news spots and feature stories can also 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, mountain biking, camping, fishing and paddle boarding.  

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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.

This week on the Down East Journal, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will add another vessel to their fleet.  The new ferry is being built in Swansboro and will take passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village.  And, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is expanding a federal supplemental food program to reach senior citizens in Onslow County. 

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina announced that they are expanding their federal supplemental food program to reach more senior citizens in eastern North Carolina.  Mac McKee speaks with the Senior Manager for Communications Jessica Wichard about the program which provides vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and dairy to seniors in need in Wake, Durham, Orange, Halifax and Onslow counties. 


Construction has begun on a new passenger only ferry that will take visitors from Hatteras to Ocracoke Village.  The ferry is expected to be operational by Memorial Day weekend 2018.

U.S. Navy special boat teams will be conducting training exercises in and around Cherry Point waterways.  Surface direct live fire operations will take place at Marine Corps Bombing Targets 9 and 11 in the eastern Pamlico Sound.  Cherry Point Public Affairs Officer Mike Barton.

“What that basically means is they’re out there using heavy machine guns blasting holes in some of the targets.  It gives them an opportunity to train on the water, do some target training on the water.”

Wolf Haven International

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two meetings in eastern North Carolina this week to discuss the future management of the red wolf recovery effort.  Residents who live in the red wolf recovery area, which includes Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde and Beaufort counties, are encouraged to weigh in on an environmental assessment focusing on potential changes to the management of red wolves under the National Environmental Policy Act.

This week on the Down East Journal, we look back at Operation Bumblebee, a highly classified missile testing program on Topsail Island during the late 1940's.  And, a bird watching trip takes place this Sunday at the North River Preserve in Otway.  The restored wetland area serves as a habitat for more than 240 bird species. 

We look back at Operation Bumblebee, a highly classified missile testing program on Topsail Island during the late 1940's. 

This week on the Down East Journal, the Opioid Epidemic is hitting eastern North Carolina hard.  We focus on Carteret County. Plus, is it time to take away the keys?  How to broach the subject with older adults who put other drivers at risk.  And, the 3rd Annual Top Shelf Fishin' Festival is next Friday in New Bern where 50 Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans will enjoy a day of fishing on local waterways.


Is it time to take away the keys?  How to broach the subject with older adults who put other drivers at risk.

Emily Woodward, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

The coastal town of Beaufort is part of collaborative research project with marine scientists to study the impact of stormwater on the Rachel Carson Reserve.

This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on the town of Beaufort and the unique stormwater challenges it faces.  Local scientists are involved in a three year effort to identify how runoff from the town impacts local waterways.  And, we hear what's in store for the 2nd Annual Funk Festival in Kinston next weekend.  

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore is going green.  The park holds a ribbon cutting on May 16th to acknowledge a new photovoltaic system that provides renewable power to the remote barrier island.  Until now, the historic site was powered by a combination of diesel generators and shore power.  Now, the lighthouse area and keeper's quarters are entirely off the grid and independent of fossil fuel energy.  This week, Jared Brumbaugh speaks with maintenance supervisor Steve Sabol about the new solar project which went online last month.

This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is going green.  A new solar project is providing renewable power to the lighthouse, keepers quarters and utility systems on the remote barrier island. Plus, with the official start of hurricane season only a couple of weeks away, we have predictions and preparedness tips for 2017.  And, what's in store for the Beaufort Music Festival next weekend.

Some Pamlico County residents who were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease have found hope in a new type of therapy; using exercise on tandem bikes to delay the progression of the disease.

This week on the Down East Journal, people with Parkinson’s disease have a promising new treatment.  We go to Oriental where tandem bikes are being used to help slow the progression of this neurodegenerative disorder.  Plus, there are deserts in eastern North Carolina, food deserts, areas with limited accessibility to fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.  We talk about locally affected areas and how folks in Kinston and Greenville are trying to turn that around.  And, an upcoming theater performance called Warrior Women tells the story of being female on active duty in the military

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail a new citizen science program that aims to document alligator encounters throughout eastern North Carolina. Plus, we talk about the siege of Washington and the role colored troops played in that historic battle. And, a free lecture in Oriental next week highlights the unique architecture of pre-Civil War homes in Pamlico County.  

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission launched a new citizen science program where anyone who spots an alligator in the wild can upload and share their photos with biologist.  


Many residents and business owners in New Bern are opposed to the idea of parking meters in the downtown area.  City officials weigh in and talk about revitalization in the colonial capital.

This week on the Down East Journal, many residents and business owners in New Bern are opposed to the idea of parking meters in the downtown area.  City officials weigh in and talk about revitalization in the colonial capital.  And, we speak to an East Carolina University researcher about a six-month study focusing on African Americans' higher rate of diabetes in comparison to other populations. 

North Carolina Strawberry Association

Spring means strawberry season is upon us.  It should be a solid season for North Carolina strawberries. Some farmers are even getting an early start.  Chris Thomas has more.

The weather in eastern North Carolina is notoriously fickle – something farmers like Steve McLawhorn are acutely aware of. He’s co-owner of Strawberries on 903 in Winterville and recalls what excessive rain did to his crop last year on his 3 acre farm.