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.

Dr. William Roper will step down from his positions as CEO of UNC Health Care and dean of UNC School of Medicine in 2019.
UNC Health Care

UNC Health Care CEO Dr. William Roper announced he will step down.

Roper, who also serves as the dean of the UNC School of Medicine, plans to stay on for another year. He will leave in May of 2019, according to UNC officials.

Breakdown of affiliation among Wake County registered voters.
N.C. State Board of Elections

Education spending and affordable housing played major roles in the primary election for seats on the Wake County board of commissioners.

Challengers Susan Evans and Vickie Adamson defeated incumbents Erv Portman and John Burns, respectively. They ran campaigns heavy on funding for education and affordable housing in the county.

Sarah Alsammak stood in front of a grafitti wall on North Carolina State University's campus
Maddy Gray / For WUNC

Sarah Alsammak walked across North Carolina State University's campus pointing out various landmarks. One of her favorite places is the tunnel where students draw graffiti art.

She stopped to pose for a photo – which took longer than it might have, if not for students darting between her and a photographer. She hasn't painted anything on the tunnel walls herself, but said she might before she graduates.

Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), right, smiles at Vice President Mike Pence after a tax policy event in Charlotte on Friday, April 20.
Chuck Burton / Associated Press

On the whole, Republicans have outraised Democrats in North Carolina's 13 federal House races, but Democrats are still hoping to flip a few seats come November.

Teacher in classroom with students.
woodleywonderworks / Flickr - Creative Commons - https://flic.kr/p/auPuAq

North Carolina teachers are expected to get a raise of $891 this year, on average, which would bump the state up two spots when compared to other states.

UNC-Chapel Hill Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham.
Chuck Burton / AP

College athletics is notoriously big business.

photo of a person operating a tractor in a tobacco field
Larry Lamb / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina's farmers are nervous. As an all-out trade war with China looms on the horizon, it's North Carolina's agriculture industry that could bear the brunt.

More in North Carolina have gained health insurance with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Census Bureau / Jason deBruyn

The effects of the Affordable Care Act on the rate of North Carolinians without health insurance has started to plateau. In some counties, it has begun to reverse.

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

Four North Carolina metropolitan areas ranked in the top 35 fastest-growing large areas in the country in 2017.

Together, these areas – Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, and Burlington – added nearly 90,000 people in just one year. Raleigh and Charlotte saw the vast majority of that growth with 80,000 new residents, but Wilmington and Burlington cracked the top 35 because of their year-over-year percentage population growth.

The green map shows the distribution of North Carolina’s  health outcomes, based on an equal weighting of length  and quality of life. The map is divided into four quartiles with less color intensity indicating better performance.
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The more money you make, the better your health outcomes. That's according to new data released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Speedway Children's Charities, a nonprofit founded by Speedway Motorsports owner and chief executive Bruton Smith, receives more National Rifle Association funding than any other school or charity in the nation.
Mike McCarn / AP

The National Rifle Association gave more grant funding to a Concord-based charity than any other school or charity in the nation – by a wide margin.

Speedway Children's Charities received $425,000 from the NRA every year from 2010 through 2016, according to data provided by the Associated Press and analyzed by WUNC.

UNC Health Care CEO Dr. Bill Roper, left, and Atrium Health CEO Gene Woods in August, 2017.
UNC Health Care

UNC Health Care and Charlotte-based Atrium Health called off a proposed partnership.

In August, the sides announced plans to join clinical, medical education and research resources. On Friday, they broke off those talks.

UNC Health Care CEO Dr. Bill Roper, left, and Atrium Health CEO Gene Woods in August, 2017.
UNC Health Care

There appear to be more disagreements than initially thought in a proposed combination of UNC Health Care and Charlotte-based Atrium Health – formerly Carolinas HealthCare System.

In August, the massive health care systems announced a plan to "join their clinical, medical education and research resources ... with the goal of entering into final agreements by the end of the year."

Minorities continue to find it more difficult than whites to qualify for loans.
Elise Amendola / AP

Half a century ago, the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending. But today, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates sometimes far higher than their white neighbors.

Tyri Squyres, Frontier Airlines vice president of marketing, discusses the new nonstop flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Frontier Airlines on Thursday announced six new nonstop flight destinations from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The budget airline will now service Buffalo, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Antonio and San Juan, Puerto Rico. After these additions, Frontier will fly nonstop to 15 cities from RDU.

A screenshot of the cover of the proposal from NC Department of Commerce to entice Toyota and Mazda to build an auto manufacturing facility in North Carolina.
NC Department of Commerce

The N.C. Department of Commerce released the file on its effort to recruit a coveted Toyota-Mazda auto manufacturing plant.

The file contains nearly 400 pages of text messages, emails, and other documents that together paint the picture of how economic development leaders sought to woo the car makers to North Carolina.

Steve Pollard, of  Jackson Springs, N.C., hurt his back while on the job about five years ago. Now, he works in IT but pain medication is still a big part of his life.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Steve Pollard lives in Jackson Springs. It's in rural North Carolina near Pinehurst. About five years ago, Pollard hurt his back while on the job for a NASCAR team.

Frank Allison, the UNC-Chapel Hill Collegiate Recovery Initiatives Program Coordinator
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Walk down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on a Friday night and you're sure to run in to groups of college kids having a good time. For many, drinking is a part of the college experience. For some, however, drinking can lead to more serious problems, including opioid abuse.

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.

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