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.

Photo: North Carolina Supreme Court
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The N.C. General Assembly overrode Gov. Cooper's first veto.

So, in coming elections, voters will again see party affiliations next to the names of judges.

A young soccer fan poses for a photo in front of a giant inflatable soccer ball outside of WakeMed Soccer Park prior to the NCAA Women's College Cup final between Penn State and Duke in Cary, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Ben McKeown / AP

Legislators have spent much of the past year - even the last few weeks - posturing on House Bill 2's pros and cons, without any action. But perhaps the most tangible impact of the law has been on the business front.


Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch hears senators' opening statements on Monday for the first day of his confirmation hearings. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch hears senators' opening statements on Monday for the first day of his confirmation hearings.
Associated Press

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 18 hours of questioning over two separate days.

Still, the proceedings are not finished.

Doha Altaki and her husband Majd live in Greensboro after fleeing from Syria in 2013.
Courtesy of Majd Altaki

For the past few years, Doha Altaki and her husband Majd were without a country to truly call home. They are Syrian refugees and fled their home in 2013 after the war began.

Firefighters battle the downtown Raleigh fire
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated 11:43 a.m., 3/17/2017

An under-construction apartment building in downtown Raleigh went up in flames Thursday night.

Protesters at RDU Airport demonstrate against President Donald Trump's temporary freeze on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

A house for sale in Stokes County, N.C.
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North Carolina homeownership rates increased noticeably in 2016, the first year since the Great Recession to show a significant upward trend.

What remains to be seen, however, is whether this uptick will hold.

Several local service and faith organizations hosted a multicultural Thanksgiving Dinner to welcome immigrants and refugees.
Reema Khrais / WUNC

Across the Triangle, more than 32,000 students were absent from school on Thursday, Feb. 16.

That's a full 15 percent of the total population, or about three times the absent rate for an average day.

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North Carolina entrepreneurs raised more than $800 million in funding deals last year, the second-highest annual total since CED began tracking investment funding.

Figures were released by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, which tracks business investments flowing into North Carolina.

A wrecked car in Mecklenburg County, which had the highest total number of fatal crashes in 2012.
W. Robert Howell via creative commons

Traffic fatalities again increased in North Carolina, a trend of growing concern to safety watchdogs.

Last year, this state recorded 1,419 motor vehicle fatalities, up 11 percent from just two years ago, according to N.C. Department of Transportation data.

Fayetteville math teacher Kenneth Williams creates a life-sized right triangle in his classroom.
Jess Clark

Over the past few years, teachers across North Carolina received highly publicized pay raises.

The increases were generally met with few objections and heralded as long overdue.

Left out of the press releases, however, was a shift that reduced teaching assistant positions, something that will hurt disadvantaged students across the state.

For North Carolina, 181 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Hotline in 2016, which included 130 cases of sex trafficking and 41 cases of labor trafficking
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Reports of human trafficking in North Carolina jumped 62 percent in 2016, the biggest year-over-year increase in recent memory.

A family takes a stroll on the Reedy Creek Trail at William B. Umstead State Park.
Courtesy of North Carolina State Parks

Attendance at North Carolina’s state parks has been on a steep rise in the past three years.

In 2016, the N.C. State Parks centennial year, attendance set a record for the third straight year with 18.8 million visitors. That’s up 9 percent from 2015 and a whopping 32 percent just since 2013. In the years prior to 2014, parks attendance had barely fluctuated for five straight years.

House Under Construction
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Workplace fatalities in North Carolina hit a six-year high, according to preliminary data released by the N.C. Department of Labor.

An image of Duke Campus
Duke University

University endowments across the nation took a hit last year, and North Carolina’s universities were not spared.

Among North Carolina universities, six of the seven largest endowments declined in value. Duke University experienced the largest decline as its endowment fell 6.3 percent to $6.8 billion as of June 30, 2016, the end of the fiscal year.

U.S. Representative David Price held a press conference on Monday, January 30, 2017 to denounce President Trump's executive order. Holding a sign is Mimi Fatuma, 50, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who arrived in the U.S. in early 2015.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Upated 1:11 p.m., February 2, 2017.

North Carolina Congressman David Price said on Monday he will introduce legislation to immediately rescind President Donald Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham is part of the University of North Carolina System.
NCSSM

University leaders say too many of North Carolina’s top high school students choose out-of-state colleges, and they want to do something about it.

Abortion rates in North Carolina and the United States
Guttmacher Institute

North Carolina's abortion rate has inched up since 2011, even as the national rate continues a long and steady decline, according to new figures released by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion.

UNC System President Margaret Spellings, left, and UNC Board of Governors chairman Louis Bissette
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

North Carolina's public universities will likely increase tuition and fees for new students.

Even after a 2 percent tuition increase, however, North Carolina public universities would still rank among the cheapest when compared to respective peers.

Prescription pills
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Note: this program is a rebroadcast from December 15, 2016.

President Obama signed legislation this week allocating $1 billion dollars to address the nation's worsening opioid crisis. Overdose deaths are on the rise, and current policies are inadequate in addressing the issues. 

Media flock North Carolina Courage officials
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Professional women’s soccer will return to North Carolina.

Steve Malik, owner of the Cary-based men’s soccer club North Carolina F.C., announced Monday that he acquired a team to play in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Durham resident Brandon Koch finishes shoveling
Jess Clark / WUNC

Updated 1:12 p.m. 1/9/2017

Another day of low temperatures will likely leave snow and ice on the roads. The National Weather Service says it will stay below freezing on Monday for most of central North Carolina.

Winter weather hits Forest Hills Park in Durham
Brent Wolfe / WUNC

Some areas of the Triad received more than half a dozen inches of snow, but power outages were worst around the Charlotte area as winter weather hit North Carolina overnight.

There were more than 25,000 power outages and 260 vehicle collisions around the state, according to Gov. Roy Cooper, who held a press conference Saturday morning. He thanked North Carolinians for mostly staying indoors, saying damage could have been worse.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Just as a new Republican-led Congress on Capitol Hill is discussing how to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, North Carolina's newly elected governor pledged to implement portions of the ACA that had been left behind in this state.

Photos of Selena, the daughter of Louise Vincent
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

This is the final of three stories in a series looking into North Carolina's opioid drug epidemic. Read the first and second stories.

Louise Vincent believes her daughter, Selena, would still be alive today if a harm reduction treatment method were more widely accepted.

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