Jeff Brady

Jeff Brady is a NPR National Desk Correspondent based in Philadelphia. He covers the mid-Atlantic region and the energy industry.

In this role, Brady reports on the business of energy, from concerns over hydraulic fracturing in Western Pennsylvania to the oil boom in North Dakota and solar developments in the desert Southwest. With a focus on the consumer, Brady's reporting addresses how the energy industry intersects consumers' perspective at the gas pump and light switch.

Frequently traveling throughout the country for NPR, Brady has covered just about every major domestic news event in the past decade. Before moving to Philadelphia in July 2011, Brady was based in Denver and covered the west for NPR.

In 2005, Brady was among the NPR reporters who covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His reporting on flooded cars left behind after the storm exposed efforts to stall the implementation of a national car titling system. Today, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System is operational and the Department of Justice estimates it could save car buyers up to $11 billion a year.

Before coming to NPR in September 2003, Brady was a reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) in Portland. He has also worked in commercial television as an anchor and a reporter; and commercial radio as a talk-show host and reporter.

Brady graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University).

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Energy
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Around the Nation
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

New LGBT Issues Enter Spotlight After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

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After last week's same-sex marriage ruling, gay activists face a big question - what's next? A campaign is underway to ask LGBT people across the country that question. NPR's Jeff Brady attended one of the campaign's forums in Allentown, Pa.

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Law
4:37 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

After Sandusky, A Debate Over Whether Sex-Abuse Law Goes Too Far

The Penn State University campus in State College, Pa. A new state law requires university professors to get a background check every three years and have their fingerprints taken.
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Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:13 pm

University professors in Pennsylvania are upset over a new law that requires them to get a child abuse background check every three years and have their fingerprints taken.

The law was passed after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. In 2012 Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He'll likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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U.S.
5:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Charleston Church To Hold Sunday Service And Deliver 'Message Of Hope'

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:42 pm

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Politics
4:55 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

NAACP Urges S.C. To Remove Confederate Flag From State Capitol

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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5:15 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Despite Attack, Charleston, S.C., Congregation Remains Strong

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:24 am

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A 21-year-old man is in custody after a shooting that authorities call a hate crime. Nine people died last night in Charleston, S.C., in a historically black church. Dylann Storm Roof was arrested today in neighboring North Carolina.

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Animals
3:41 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

It's Spawning Season: Are Horseshoe Crabs Down For the Count?

Drexel Siok, environmental scientist at Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, holds a horseshoe crab that's been tagged on Kitts Hummock Beach near Dover, Del. During the annual count volunteers make a note if they find a tagged crab. Researchers then use the information to learn where crabs are moving over time.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:31 pm

Walk along Mid-Atlantic beaches right now and you may see odd creatures that look like they belong in the dinosaur age. They're horseshoe crabs, and scientists worry their numbers are declining.

To gather more information about what's happening to the crabs, volunteers are dispatched along the coast each year at this time for an annual count.

It's getting dark, and these sea creatures are lined up for miles on Kitts Hummock Beach near Dover, Del., where they come ashore to spawn.

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News
11:28 am
Wed June 10, 2015

During Amtrak Derailment, Engineer Was Not On Cellphone, According To NTSB

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

Workers use perforating tools to create fractures in rock. An EPA study finds that "fracking" to reach and extract deep pockets of hydrocarbons has not caused widespread drinking water pollution.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 8:01 am

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found no evidence that hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — has led to widespread pollution of drinking water. The oil industry and its backers welcome the long-awaited study, while environmental groups criticize it.

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U.S.
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Obama: Camden, N.J., Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

Camden County Police Officer Virginia Matias and Officer Jose Vale often walk together when on foot patrol in Camden. Matias patrols sections of the city on foot so she can strike up conversations with business owners and residents. She says this makes her more familiar with what's going on than she would be if she stayed in her patrol car all day.
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Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 4:36 am

Camden, N.J., has long been known for its poverty and violence. But President Obama gave it a new label this week, calling the city, "a symbol of promise for the nation."

He praised the Camden County Police Department's effort to improve community relations. The city still has a high crime rate, but the president says progress so far makes it a model for others.

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4:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Amtrak Victims Remembered During Memorial Service

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:00 am

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Amtrak trains are running again between Philadelphia and New York. The line was closed for almost a week after a passenger train derailed. Last night, people paused in Philadelphia to remember the dead as NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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U.S.
6:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Amtrak Ordered To Improve Safety Along Northeast Corridor

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 3:59 pm

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U.S.
5:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

At The Heart Of The Freddie Gray Case, Six Officers Remain A Mystery

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

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Economy
5:16 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Oil Companies Look To Fill Employment Gap With More Women

After completing training in 2013, Claire Kerstetter now works as a fluid technician on fracking jobs.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

Look at the oil business and you'll notice it's mostly men. That's a problem for an industry that needs legions of new workers to replace retirees in coming years.

The industry hasn't always treated women fairly, but now it needs them.

The oil business just 30 years ago was a lonely place for the few women who chose to work in it. Rayola Dougher, senior economic adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, says attending industry conferences made that clear.

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Law
4:27 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Baltimore Police Conclude Investigation Into Freddie Gray's Death

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 8:19 pm

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5:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Rapper Wale Holds Town Hall With Baltimore High School Students

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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U.S.
4:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

LGBT Activists Push States To Expand Anti-Discrimination Laws

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:27 pm

Same-sex marriage is legal in most states but so is discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.

Gay-rights activists say this creates a contradiction because in many states someone can legally marry a person of the same gender and then get fired for being gay. They are lobbying state legislatures to add LGBT people to anti-discrimination laws that already include things like race, age, religion and disability.

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Business
3:29 am
Mon April 13, 2015

In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology are learning a technique called "tripping pipe," moving a pipe from a stack into a horizontal position and lowering it down into a well. The students train on a practice drilling rig to learn how to be roustabouts.
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Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 8:00 am

Lower oil and natural gas prices have the petroleum industry laying off tens of thousands of workers. It looks like a decade-long trend of job growth in the U.S. oil business may end.

But there are parts of the country where those job numbers are still rising. Pennsylvania is one of them.

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U.S.
5:41 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

Supporters of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno have launched a campaign to reclaim his legacy, including an initiative to have his statute returned to the university grounds.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 2:23 pm

The Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal rocked Penn State University in 2011, and the fallout from the case continues today. A series of lawsuits are ongoing and, now, a campaign is underway to restore the legacy of the university's former head football coach Joe Paterno.

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4:43 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Philadelphia Police Must Change Tactics, Justice Department Says

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 7:05 pm

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