Jason deBruyn

Data Reporter

Jason deBruyn is the WUNC data reporter, a position he took in September, 2016.

In the role, Jason investigates story lines hidden in data to uncover untold issues that matter to North Carolinians. He is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless and using data to shine a light on disenfranchised groups who have been taken advantage of.

Prior to joining WUNC, Jason covered the business of health care and pharmaceuticals for Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, an affiliate of the American City Business Journals network. His reporting roots trace to the Enquirer-Journal, a community newspaper in Monroe, North Carolina.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York.
Mark Lennihan, File / AP

Raleigh made the first cut to become the city Amazon chooses as its second headquarters.

Amazon announced Thursday morning it whittled its decision down to 20 cities. Raleigh was the only city from North Carolina to make the list. The closest contenders geographically were in northern Virginia, Nashville and Atlanta.

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, left, and Mazda Motor Corp. President Masamichi Kogai. The rivals will build a joint manufacturing plant in Alabama.
Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

When auto manufacturers Toyota and Mazda build a $1.6 billion joint manufacturing plant in Alabama, it will mark another miss for economic developers in North Carolina.

North Carolina was a finalist for the plant, which will add 4,000 manufacturing jobs near Huntsville, but ultimately lost out in the final stages of negotiations.

Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

With the New Year, Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden became UNC Health Care's 13th affiliated hospital.

As part of the agreement, it also changed its name to become UNC Rockingham Health Care.

UNC-Chapel Hill's Lauren Gaydosh studied the physical health effects of minorities from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete college.
UNC-Chapel Hill

Upwardly mobile minorities enjoy improved mental health, but the daily stresses they face take a toll physically, according to new research from UNC-Chapel Hill.

County by county map of the disparities in cardiovascular disease death rates.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). US Health Map. Seattle, WA: IHME, University of Washington

It's a testament to modern medicine. Death rates from heart disease around the nation have been cut in half.

But new research sheds light on the wide disparities in cardiovascular death rates depending on geography.

The acorn drop in Raleigh.
GRCVB / visitRaleigh.com

North Carolina's population – predictably – increased in 2017. This marks the 65th consecutive year of growth and puts North Carolina at nearly four straight decades in which it significantly outpaced national growth.

Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Community hospitals play an important role. Think, for example, of where your children were born. You probably have a good association with that hospital.

These hospitals, particularly in rural communities, are crucial not just for health, but for a community's whole ecosystem, according to Chris Ellington, UNC Health Care chief finance officer.

The News and Observer building in downtown Raleigh will be redeveloped.
c/o News and Observer

The Raleigh News & Observer sold its downtown Raleigh headquarters. California-based real estate investor Acquisition Group plans to redevelop the site.

Steve Malik talks with reporters
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Triangle soccer enthusiasts learned Wednesday that Raleigh is not on the short list to become the next home of a Major League Soccer franchise.

In a silver lining, however, Raleigh could still win a bid in a future expansion round.

Total vehicle-animal collisions in North Carolina by year.
N.C. Department of Transportation

With temperatures dropping and daylight saving time over, it's again time to watch for reindeer on roads.

OK. Maybe not reindeer, but regular deer, at least.

Shorter winters mean fewer days between the first and last freeze in any year.
Duke University via Duke Today

Winter is coming, later and later. And then spring comes ever earlier.

Analyzing freeze dates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the days between the first freeze of fall and the last freeze of spring are shrinking.

Protesters with the #DefendDurham movement outside the Durham County Courthouse
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

About two dozen protesters with the #DefendDurham movement called on District Attorney Roger Echols on Tuesday to drop criminal charges against nine people connected to the toppling of a confederate monument.

An air ambulance lands on the helipad at UNC Hospitals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dan Sears / UNC

UNC Health Care will acquire Morehead Memorial Hospital out of bankruptcy. In July, the nonprofit hospital in Eden filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sought bids to be acquired.

DPAC, Durham, Broadway, Durham Revitalization
HuthPhoto

Durham taxpayers will get $1.6 million from the Durham Performing Arts Center, a figure down slightly from last year, but roughly equal to other years in recent history.

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies continue to try to gain influence with medical providers.
AP

North Carolina's doctor offices are awash in pharmaceutical and medical device industry cash. These financial relationships are starting to raise questions about prescribing habits and other conflicts of interest.

Already, some large pharmaceutical companies have paid millions to settle allegations of kickback schemes, and watchdog groups are asking questions about deep relationships between some doctors and drug and medical device companies.

2017 North Carolina State Fair
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The North Carolina State Fair wraps up this weekend, capping off its celebration of the 150 anniversary.

Attendance halfway through the fair was strong at close to 548,000, but would need a significant uptick through the weekend to break the record of nearly 1.1 million set in 2010. At the current pace, attendance would rank in the top five in history.

President Donald Trump listens to questions during news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Donald Trump is expressing support for an agreement struck by two leading lawmakers to extend federal payments to health insurers.

Mladen Vouk is the N.C. State associate vice chancellor of research development
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Across academia, faculty and graduate students perform all kinds of research. Their findings lead to new medicines, better understanding of space and time, or how the brain ticks. Universities brag about the economic impact their research has. Every year, for example, North Carolina schools bring in more than $3 billion of research funding.

UNC Athletics faced no penalty after an NCAA investigation into paper courses
Jon Gardiner / UNC-Chapel Hill

The NCAA report released Friday closes a chapter for the University of North Carolina. Here's a look at the three-and-a-half year investigation by the numbers:

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Updated 5:49 p.m., October 13, 2017

An NCAA infractions committee decided it will not punish UNC as it relates to "paper courses" attended by students, including student athletes.

North Carolina State Fair
c/o NC State Fair

The State Fair kicks off on Thursday, celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Along with the usual staples like the giant pumpkin and watermelon competitions – in 2014 the pumpkin weighed a whopping 1,404 pounds – are some new treats for fairgoers to try. There's deep fried pumpkin pie and Cheerwine funnel cake, a booth that takes old-time photos, and an ostrich rider.

North Carolina drivers designated as organ donors by years.
Donate Life North Carolina

North Carolina drivers hit a milestone recently by surpassing 5 million organ donors.

Dr. Graham Snyder, director of the WakeMed emergency department
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

At WakeMed Health and Hospitals, the emergency department stays busy around the clock. More than ever, it's not just chest pain or trouble breathing that brings people in.

Interstate 40 traffic
Dave DeWitt

The N.C. Department of Transportation began distributing nearly $148 million to more than 500 cities and towns across the state to help with maintenance of local roads.

downtown Raleigh skyline
NCDOTcommunications / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/bbmA6K

By several measures, the North Carolina economy is humming along nicely. But a deeper look at the data shows the benefits of the strong economy are concentrated among fewer people, leaving more winners and losers and an ever widening gap of income inequality.

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Three confederate monuments on the state capitol grounds will stay up for now.

Unaffiliated voters have been gaining on Republicans and Democrats for years.
N.C. Board of Elections / Jason deBruyn

Voters in North Carolina are increasingly ditching their political affiliation, but political observers say that doesn't necessarily mean these voters are any more open minded.

Darnell Wilson sits on his side porch and shows off a picture of his daughter.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Darnell Wilson lives off Gorman Street near N.C. State University. He is less active than he used to be – a result of health problems that include congestive heart failure and gout.

He tries to lightly exercise each day and eat vegetables. "I normally sit right here every day. This is my sittin' spot," he said.

A houses is surrounded by water as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
David Goldman / AP

Even as Hurricane Irma pummeled the Florida coast and Texans began to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, more North Carolinians stare potential financial disaster right in the face.

UNC Health Care
UNC Health Care / UNC Health Care

Updated 2:43 p.m., August 31, 2017

Two major healthcare organizations in North Carolina are planning a merger. UNC Health Care of Chapel Hill wants to join with Carolinas Health-Care System of Charlotte. 

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