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. 

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This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University about a recent allegation of rape at a fraternity on campus.  More on Greek life in the east and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

A new trail has been created here in eastern North Carolina and will serve as an additional option for people seeking to hike across the state.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The Coastal Crescent Trail is part of the 1,000 mile Mountains to Sea Trail and will take hikers through Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, Bladen, Pender and Onslow counties.  Executive Director of Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Kate Dixon says the route allows hikers to explore natural and historic sites like Bentonville Battlefield, Suggs Mill Pond and Moores Creek Battlefield.

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We examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise.  Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years.  What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?

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  Eastern North Carolina has been the setting for movies, television shows and commercials.  But when the decision to do away with the North Carolina Film Incentives program was announced, some producers decided to move out of the state.  “Sleepy Hollow” which wrapped up their second season filming in New Bern last week announced that they will be moving production to Georgia.  It’s not all bad news for the industry.  This year, North Carolina will offer a $10 million film and entertainment grant to productions that want to film here.

This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise.  Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years.  What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?   Hear the first airing of the Down East Journal Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And the re-broadcast Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  If you’ve missed a Down East Journal installment, hear it online at

First Colony Foundation

The disappearance of settlers at Roanoke has remained a mystery for hundreds of years, but a clue from a 16th century map is helping researchers determine what happened to the colonists.  Mac McKee speaks with the President of the First Colony Foundation Phil Evans about how a "map patch" has lead them to dig in Bertie County where artifacts dating to that time period have been found.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

The coast of North Carolina is giving up some of its treasures… large timbers thought to be from a century old shipwreck have appeared on Cape Lookout National Seashore, and archeologists are narrowing down where the pieces may have come from.

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True Justice International, an anti human trafficking organization based in New Bern held a proclamation signing event at Union Point Park on Sunday designating the week of January 25th through the 31st to be Human Trafficking Awareness Week.  I spoke with Executive Director and founder of True Justice International Sarah Tellis about this weekend’s event and how their organization is fighting human trafficking around the world.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic has buried thousands of vessels over the past centuries.  Now pieces of a shipwreck, possibly from the 1800s, have emerged from the deep.  This week on the Down East Journal, more on the large pieces of timber washing ashore near Cape Lookout.  And, new clues to the fate of the “Lost Colony.” The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

The local African American community Dryborough  is close to getting national recognition as a historic landmark.

This week on the Down East Journal, the local African American community Dryborough  is close to getting national recognition as a historic landmark.  And, a call for volunteers to help pack more than 17,000 meals during a Stop Hunger Now event in Winterville.  We have more  this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

Students with Craven Early College take their poetry from the classroom to the stage. We visit during an open mic night event in New Bern.

Three local poets are hoping to restore a once vibrant poetry community in New Bern.  Sam Love is a semi-retired yoga instructor who lives in the colonial capital.

“New Bern was nicknamed the Athens of the South because there was so much poetry activity here.  That’s how the Athens Theater got its name. Local papers carried poets on a regular basis.  Sometimes, the poets would get into like verbal battles with each other.”

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Mac McKee speaks with the next North Carolina poet laureate Shelby Stephenson about his plans to bring a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry to the state.

This week on the Down East Journal, a conversation with the next North Carolina poet laureate Shelby Stephenson.  We hear about his plans to bring a greater appreciation for reading and writing of poetry to the state.  And, students with Craven Early College take their poetry from the classroom to the stage. We visit during an open mic night event in New Bern.  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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This weekend, Toy Trains of Belhaven, a popular Christmas exhibit in Washington County, will showcase a miniature winter wonderland dotted with buildings, villagers, lights and tracks.  But the star of the show is a collection of tinplate toy trains running through the elaborately decorated holiday villages.  Mikel Peterson has more on the elaborate set up that's sending young and old alike to the "Birthplace of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway."

ECU News Services

East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter.  This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina.

East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter.  This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina.  And, we speak with Tryon Palace about their Saturday Christmas candlelight tour.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina, 20,000 strong in the state.  We talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state.

Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina...20 thousand strong in the state.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state.  Plus, a historic weekend tour in Edenton celebrates the holidays by opening the Wessington House for the first time in six years.  Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

North Topsail Beach

Some homes at North Topsail Beach are in trouble.  Electricity, water and sewer have been disconnected at 20 structures due to erosion.  Details on how a project that starts next week could help slow the tide.

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