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.

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. 

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.

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