Down East Journal

Fridays, Noon - 12:30pm on both networks; Saturday at noon on The News and Ideas Network
  • Hosted by Hosted By: Jared Brumbaugh
  • Local Host Jared Brumbaugh

The Down East Journal is PRE's weekly news magazine program. Each week the program
features a variety of news, information, and feature stories with a focus on Eastern North Carolina.

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear an update from the Greenville non-profit Restore One as they break ground this Fall on the first shelter in the country for male victims of human trafficking.  And, we follow-up on the results from this summer’s use of new imaging technology by conservators working with artifacts recovered from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

 The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.  And, the statewide Juneteenth tour, showcasing North Carolina’s copy of the 13th amendment takes place at Tryon Palace this Saturday.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  This week, Public Radio East collaborates with students at East Carolina University’s School of Music to change the way Down East Journal sounds.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

This week, the 56th Annual Big Rock Tournament is in full swing in Morehead City.  On the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about how the event got started and how it “reels” in both tourism dollars and money for local charities.  And, D.E.J. spotlights an eastern North Carolina organization introducing young people to theater arts. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Access to locally caught seafood is a hallmark of the coastal region, but it's getting harder to find.  This week on the Down East Journal, why North Carolina's commercial fishing harvest is experiencing a decline.  And, bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year; in yards, in trees and even swimming across the Neuse River.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week.  On the Down East Journal, we talk to local emergency management officials about how they’re preparing ahead of the official start of hurricane season.  And, the 15th Annual Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival is next weekend.  We speak to one of the original founders about the celebration of art, culture and heritage.  Don’t miss the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Even though tobacco remains the number one cash crop in North Carolina, there’s been a significant decrease in the amount of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade.   This week on the Down East Journal, we’ll explore the future of the state’s tobacco industry.  And, The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office takes a proactive step in response to rising numbers of incidents involving heroin and other opioids.  Those stories and 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.

This week on the Down East Journal, a local non-profit in Greenville is using horses to treat people with physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities.  And, the latest attempt to survey the Neuse River for remnants of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse was scuttled this week. What archeologists hope to find when they FINALLY get on the water.  Those stories and 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.

  This week, local researchers embarked on a 10-day mission off the coast of North Carolina to map the ocean floor.  The new data may reveal areas where offshore wind energy development could occur with minimal impacts to sensitive fish habitats and ocean resources.  We’ll have more on the research project, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Hundreds of people are displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed during last week's tornadoes.  This week on the Down East Journal, an in-depth review of the storm that impacted eastern North Carolina and the efforts underway to help residents recover.  And despite a cold winter, experts are predicting a bumper crop of strawberries this season.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  Protecting shorelines with natural, vegetative barriers is not only better for the ecosystem, it’s a more effective means of slowing shoreline erosion.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a local researcher about her work with “living shorelines.”  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  April is National Poetry Month and this week on the Down East Journal, a conversation with North Carolina’s poet laureate Joseph Bathanti.  And, in the final year of the 150th anniversary commemoration, more stops to the North Carolina Civil War Trails guide have been added.  We’ll talk about the most recent additions and local sites closer to home.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  This week on the Down East Journal, State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture.  And, a former reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News steps into the world of crime fiction with book one in a series featuring a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent based at Camp Lejeune.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a non-profit in Greenville reaching out to veterans and disabled seniors who live at home.  This weekend, Rebuilding Together Pitt County holds a community outreach and home remodeling event in Greenville.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on two East Carolina University breakthroughs.  One seeks to confirm Gulf War Illness through a blood test, and the other increases the intelligibility of speech for those with Parkinson's disease.  This week, we speak to experts about advancements in treating Gulf War illness and the device doing double duty for stutters and Parkinson's sufferers.

This week on the Down East Journal, coastal scientists are hoping to deploy two buoys later this month to explore wind energy potential off the North Carolina coast.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Public Radio East is teaming up with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to repopulate the waters of eastern North Carolina with striped bass.  This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the project and how it will promote a healthier fishery and create more opportunities for anglers.  Catch the Down East Journal Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  This week on the Down East Journal, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is using futuristic simulation technology to train students and give experienced physicians a place to refine their skills.  We speak with experts about the new simulation lab and explain how it works.  And, a living history program this weekend in Beaufort focuses on the signs that served as markers for the Underground Railroad.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Vitamin E may be a new therapy in slowing the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with a Brody School of Medicine Physician about the new treatment and risks associated with consuming vitamin E in high doses.  And, Spring is just around the corner.  On the Garden Journal, the right and wrong way to prune shrubs and trees.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, we remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.  And, conversation and music with Cabaret singer Deborah Boily about her upcoming benefit concert this weekend for the New Bern Civitan Club.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

It's been an unusually active winter season with four snow storms so far.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with local meteorologists about the reason why we're experiencing an increase in winter weather and find out what impacts the snow could have on our homes and vehicles.  And, the doldrums of winter are a great time to start planning for your spring vegetable garden.  Anne Edwards has tips during the Garden Journal.  Hear the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations and Saturday and noon on News and Ideas.

Commercial fishing license fees are set to go up by 25 percent next month to fund the NC Division of Marine Fisheries' Observer Program. This week on the Down East Journal, we explain the program and explore how the fee increase may affect local commercial fisherman.  And, we remember a forgotten community in New Bern that served as the social and cultural center of African American life in the early 1800’s.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, a workshop on February 20th aims to connect K-12 teachers with local environmental scientists to help students learn coastal biology lessons.  We visit a 3rd grade class at the Tiller School in Beaufort where scientists are teaching students about coastal ecology and food chains.  And, the North Carolina Symphony will make a stop in New Bern next week where they will perform one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written, Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

  The bidding process to place a new high rise bridge linking Beaufort to Morehead City is underway.  Construction begins this Spring to replace the current Gallants Channel drawbridge.  This week on the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about the project with the DOT and Beaufort Mayor Richard Stanley.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  The bidding process to place a new high rise bridge linking Beaufort to Morehead City is underway.  Construction begins this Spring to replace the current Gallants Channel drawbridge.  This week on the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about the project with the DOT and Beaufort Mayor Richard Stanley.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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