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.

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. 

A crowd gathered at the 'Silent Sam' statue at UNC - Chapel Hill on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Updated 11:45 a.m., August 23, 2017

Three people are facing charges related to a demonstration against a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina.

Protesters hold a sign at an anti-KKK rally in downtown Durham on Friday, August 18, 2017.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Updated 5:13 p.m., August 18, 2017

Several thousand people marched in downtown Durham in a demonstration against racism on Friday afternoon.

A picture of a sale sign in front of a home.
myguysmoving.com / Flickr, Creative Commons

Real estate agent Jessica Wood opens the door to an apartment in the Cotton Mill condo development and leads a prospective tenant inside.

North Carolina F.C. play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary
Rob Kinnan / NCFC

Soccer fans throughout the Triangle can't help but feel a little more euphoric this summer.

Steve Malik, a health-care-technology-entrepreneur-turned-professional-soccer-club-owner, pumped millions of his fortune into North Carolina F.C. and thrust Raleigh onto Major League Soccer's map.

Jason Heilig stands in the doorway of Rodanthe Surf Shop on Hatteras Island, which he owns. He normally counts on the busy season for a big chunk of annual revenue.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Jason Heilig stood in the doorway of Rodanthe Surf Shop on Hatteras Island on Monday.

No customers picked through the board shorts or tried on sunglasses. The trailer of surfboard rentals sat filled to the top. For a normal midday in late July, Heilig would like to see those reversed: an empty trailer and full shop.

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

The Raleigh housing market continues at a white hot pace, driven partly by institutional investors. Real estate analysts with Attom Data Solutions crunched the numbers, and they noticed an interesting trend.

City of Durham flag
Tim Bounds / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/TctYiN

Entrepreneurs with ideas to improve city government can test their innovations through a new effort in Durham.

The Chesterfield in downtown Durham's Brightleaf District will become a medical research building.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

From tobacco to medicine.

One of downtown Durham's last remaining empty buildings will open for business again, and it's attracting medical research this time around.

Rendering of the proposed downtown Raleigh soccer stadium, if North Carolina F.C. is admitted as a franchise in Major League Soccer.
North Carolina F.C.

Triangle soccer fans got to see the stadium plan they've been waiting for.

Gerrymandered districts have given Republicans an edge in recent years
CQ Press / UNC-Chapel Hill

The United States Supreme Court will decide if states may draw voting districts to gain a partisan advantage.

The ruling is not expected until next year but will greatly impact North Carolina's voting districts, which are among the most severely gerrymandered in the country.

Home sales in May. The "Entire Triangle Region" includes all outlying Triangle counties as well.
Triangle Multiple Listing Service / Jason deBruyn

Housing prices continued their rise in May, and also hit a new record.

It's no secret that home prices in the Triangle have shot up. Year over year sales prices have increased for 37 straight months now.

The popular Skyhouse Apartments in Raleigh while still under construction.
James Willamor / Flickr

Apartment demand in Raleigh will grow at one of the fastest rates in the country, according to a new housing report.

In fact, the research estimates that apartment units will increase by 69 percent in the greater Raleigh area by 2030.

A breakdown of the Raleigh fiscal year 2018 budget.
City of Raleigh / Jason deBruyn

Raleigh City Council passed a fiscal year budget that will include a tax increase to give raises to city workers like police officers, firefighters and more.

Property taxes will increase by a little less than one penny per $100 valuation. Put another way, for a home valued at about $200,000, taxes will increase by a little more than $1 per month.

FNV has worked to promote healthy eating habits, including with banners at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Millennials like to think that they eat healthier than their parents. But new research shows they still aren't eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

President Trump nominated Dr. Norman Sharpless of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for the director of the National Cancer Institute.
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center / UNC

President Trump nominated Dr. Norman Sharpless as director of the National Cancer Institute.

Sharpless, who goes by “Ned,” is the director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research at UNC.

The acorn drop in Raleigh.
GRCVB / visitRaleigh.com

Wake County's population grew by 68 people per day last year.

That's according to the latest U.S. Census figures.

Taken as a whole, North Carolina showed robust population growth in 2016, but once again, that growth was concentrated in only a few counties. Population growth in Wake and Mecklenburg accounted for 40 percent of overall growth.

New UNC research ties pharmaceutical industry payments to higher prescription rates.
Flickr

Physicians who receive compensation from pharmaceutical companies for speaking engagements, food or travel were more likely to prescribe cancer-fighting drugs from those companies, according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Horace Robinson of Upper Cutz in Rich Square.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

With the buzzing sound of hair clippers in the background, Horace Robinson, the owner of Upper Cutz barber shop, laments that the last bank branch in his rural town closed.

"Now we’ve got to go 15, 20 miles to another branch in order just to get change," said Robinson, while shaping a client’s mustache and beard.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.
BCBSNC

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina filed to increase Affordable Care Act premiums by 22.9 percent next year.

Richard Topping is the Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

The CEO of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, a company that accepts hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal Medicaid money to pay for the care of mental and behavioral health patients in North Carolina, was overpaid by $1.2 million, and the company’s executives and board of directors enjoyed retreats, chartered flights, Christmas parties and other perks "potentially resulting in the erosion of public trust," according to an audit.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse seen from the light keepers house in Buxton. The lighthouse was put in service in 1870 and is the world's tallest brick lighthouse at 208 feet. Its beacon can be seen 20 miles out at sea.
Cliff Owen / Associated Press

House Bill 2 apparently did not dampen tourism in 2016.

North Carolina recorded a record $22.9 billion in visitor spending last year, according to figures recently put out by the Department of Commerce.

That’s an increase of 4.3 percent from 2015 and supported more than 218,000 tourism jobs, according to commerce.

State Senate chamber
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Updated at 12:53 p.m., June 21, 2017

North Carolina state senators are expected to give final approval to a $23 billion dollar state budget Wednesday afternoon.

A hog farm in Lyons, Georgia.
Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

A fourth veto, and now a fourth override, and now hog farmers are shielded with government protection.

Teachers in North Carolina have seen pay raises
www.audio-luci-store.it / Flickr

North Carolina has leapfrogged some states in rankings of teacher pay.

Teachers here received an average pay of $49,837 last year, according to the National Education Association. While that’s good enough to move this state from ranking 41 to ranking 35, it still lags the national average by $9,000.

Wake County wants to expand and connect the greenways in the county
Ray Rivera / Flickr

The Wake County Parks Department wants to connect hundreds of miles of its greenway trails.

The department is considering a proposal to add more than 270 miles to its network of trails across the county.

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