Jeff Brady

Jeff Brady is a NPR National Desk Correspondent based in Philadelphia. He covers the mid-Atlantic region and the energy industry.

In this role, Brady reports on the business of energy, from concerns over hydraulic fracturing in Western Pennsylvania to the oil boom in North Dakota and solar developments in the desert Southwest. With a focus on the consumer, Brady's reporting addresses how the energy industry intersects consumers' perspective at the gas pump and light switch.

Frequently traveling throughout the country for NPR, Brady has covered just about every major domestic news event in the past decade. Before moving to Philadelphia in July 2011, Brady was based in Denver and covered the west for NPR.

In 2005, Brady was among the NPR reporters who covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His reporting on flooded cars left behind after the storm exposed efforts to stall the implementation of a national car titling system. Today, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System is operational and the Department of Justice estimates it could save car buyers up to $11 billion a year.

Before coming to NPR in September 2003, Brady was a reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) in Portland. He has also worked in commercial television as an anchor and a reporter; and commercial radio as a talk-show host and reporter.

Brady graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University).

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6:08am

Mon August 3, 2015
Environment

Obama Aims To Tighten Restrictions On Plants' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 5:29 pm

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5:28pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Around the Nation

As Lightning Strikes Spike, Myth-Busting Often Means Safety

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:42 pm

Deaths from lightning strikes are up sharply this year, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some myths about lightning, or avoiding it, and tips on how to actually stay safe.

This story initially aired on July 17, 2015 on Morning Edition.

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Shots - Health News

'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:19 am

You don't have to be outdoors to be hurt or injured by a nearby lightning strike, like this one in New Mexico. The pain for survivors can be lifelong.
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Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That's higher than the average for recent years, the service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning, it turns out, are not struck directly — instead, the bolt lands nearby.

That's what happened to Steve Marshburn in 1969. He was working inside a bank and says lightning somehow made its way through an ungrounded speaker at the drive-through window to the stool where he was sitting.

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4:31pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Law

Obama Proposes Changes To Criminal Justice System

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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4:30pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Energy

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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4:37pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Law

After Sandusky, A Debate Over Whether Sex-Abuse Law Goes Too Far

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:13 pm

The Penn State University campus in State College, Pa. A new state law requires university professors to get a background check every three years and have their fingerprints taken.
Gene J. Puskar AP

University professors in Pennsylvania are upset over a new law that requires them to get a child abuse background check every three years and have their fingerprints taken.

The law was passed after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. In 2012 Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He'll likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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5:44pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Politics

NAACP Urges S.C. To Remove Confederate Flag From State Capitol

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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3:53pm

Wed June 10, 2015
Animals

It's Spawning Season: Are Horseshoe Crabs Down For the Count?

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:31 pm

Drexel Siok, environmental scientist at Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, holds a horseshoe crab that's been tagged on Kitts Hummock Beach near Dover, Del. During the annual count volunteers make a note if they find a tagged crab. Researchers then use the information to learn where crabs are moving over time.
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Walk along Mid-Atlantic beaches right now and you may see odd creatures that look like they belong in the dinosaur age. They're horseshoe crabs, and scientists worry their numbers are declining.

To gather more information about what's happening to the crabs, volunteers are dispatched along the coast each year at this time for an annual count.

It's getting dark, and these sea creatures are lined up for miles on Kitts Hummock Beach near Dover, Del., where they come ashore to spawn.

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11:28am

Wed June 10, 2015
News

During Amtrak Derailment, Engineer Was Not On Cellphone, According To NTSB

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4:33pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 8:01 am

Workers use perforating tools to create fractures in rock. An EPA study finds that "fracking" to reach and extract deep pockets of hydrocarbons has not caused widespread drinking water pollution.
Brennan Linsley AP

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found no evidence that hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — has led to widespread pollution of drinking water. The oil industry and its backers welcome the long-awaited study, while environmental groups criticize it.

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