NPR: 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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5:33am

Sat October 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Unions Assume A Support Role For Occupy Movement

Union posters can be found all over the Occupy Philadelphia protest site near City Hall. Protesters and local union leaders meet regularly to discuss tactics and how to involve labor.

Jeff Brady NPR

Attend just about any of the Occupy Wall Street-inspired protests across the country and you're likely to see a group of people dressed in matching union T-shirts somewhere in the crowd. Typically, they're older than your average Occupy protester but no less enthusiastic in their chanting.

"I've been doing this [protesting] for five decades," said Mike Wisniewski at a recent Occupy Philadelphia protest at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Wisniewski says he's a university library employee and has been a union member since 1972.

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12:01am

Thu October 13, 2011
Business

Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life To Steel Industry

Chapman Corp. is expanding to take advantage of extra business it expects to get in coming decades because of increasing production in the Marcellus Shale play.

Jeff Brady NPR

A natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania is helping the economies of Rust Belt cities long accustomed to bad news. Drilling requires steel — lots of it — and that has manufacturers expanding and hiring new workers.

While much attention has been paid to the environmental risks of drilling into the Marcellus Shale, the economic benefits have been less prominent in the national discussion. But in Youngstown, Ohio, locals have been watching an old industry come back to life.

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8:06am

Sun October 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Wall Street Protesters Plan Long-Term Occupation

A protester marches on Friday in New York City as part of larger demonstration focused on corporations, wealth and income distribution.
Mario Tama Getty Images

A protest in New York dubbed "Occupy Wall Street" appears to be settling in for the long term. Twice a day, protesters leave the tents, makeshift kitchen and free bookstore set up in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan and begin a slow march down the sidewalk.

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3:00pm

Fri September 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Pa. May Change Electoral College Allocation Rules

Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's Legislature want to change how Electoral College votes in the state are allocated. Changing from a winner-takes-all system to a proportionate one based on congressional districts could help the GOP candidate gain a few extra votes in 2012. But the plan is controversial — even among Republicans.

2:40pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Around the Nation

As Water Recedes, Clean Up Of A Soupy Mess Begins

Employees at Barber's Farm in Windburgh, N.Y. shovel muddy tomatoes left in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Irene.
Jeff Brady NPR

Much of the nation may have moved on from last week's hurricane, but about two million people are still without electricity in the northeast. And now that flood waters from Hurricane Irene have mostly receded, residents are shoveling muck from their houses.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo estimates damage in his state at about $1 billion.

"Over 600 homes destroyed. Six towns inundated. One hundred fifty major highways have been damaged. Twenty-two state bridges closed," reported Cuomo at a press conference.

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4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Irene Spares Jersey Shore From Major Damage

Residents along the New Jersey Shore were expecting the worst from Hurricane Irene. Many there boarded up windows and put sand bags around front doors. But the region was spared all but minor damage.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

New Jersey Shore Empties Ahead Of Irene

On the New Jersey Shore, officials have ordered mandatory evacuations and residents are preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

4:58pm

Fri August 26, 2011
U.S.

Hurricane Irene Cuts Short Jersey Shore Summer

Rain from Hurricane Irene has started falling off the coast of the Carolinas. All the way up to Maine, residents are preparing for the storm, which is expected to pound much of the East Coast this weekend.

On the Jersey Shore, Cape May County officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation.

The small community of Stone Harbor sits on a barrier island and early Friday morning, the sounds of tourists were replaced by drills as business owners covered windows with plywood.

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4:09pm

Wed August 17, 2011
Politics

Pa. Senator On Deficit Panel A Tea Party Favorite

The legislation that finally resolved the debt-ceiling debate earlier this summer also created a panel of 12 lawmakers charged with finding more than $1 trillion in cuts to the federal deficit.

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, dubbed the "supercommittee," has a big job to finish by a Thanksgiving deadline.

Among the six Democrats and six Republicans appointed to the group is Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), a Tea Party favorite who was swept into office with the GOP tide last year.

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12:05am

Thu August 11, 2011
Energy

Energy Panel Wants Answers On Gas Fracking

Originally published on Thu August 11, 2011 12:01 am

A Department of Energy panel hopes new recommendations — if implemented — will restore the public's trust in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for natural gas.

In the last few years, fracking has brought new life to old gas fields around the country. Most of the increasing production comes from dense layers of shale deep underground. By pumping huge deep underground amounts of water, along with smaller amounts of chemicals and sand, drillers can force gas out of shale.

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6:20am

Sat July 30, 2011
America's Mayors: Governing In Tough Times

In Tough Times, Philadelphia Bucks The Trend

Part 3 of a 6-part series

More than two years after the recession officially ended, mayors across the country are still struggling to balance their budgets.

Philadelphia avoided the big public employee layoffs seen in other cities by bucking national trends and doing what many consider unthinkable: raising taxes.

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9:50am

Sun July 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Same-Sex Couples Exchange Vows in New York

New York is now the sixth state, along with the District of Columbia, allowing same-sex marriages.

Across the Empire State, couples exchanged vows shortly after midnight. At Niagara Falls, gay marriage activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were wed in front of the rainbow-lit falls just a second or two after the clock struck 12.

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12:01am

Wed July 13, 2011
Environment

As Focus On Fracking Sharpens, Fuel Worries Grow

Originally published on Wed July 13, 2011 10:38 am

A controversial technique for producing oil and natural gas called hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — has led to drilling booms from Texas to Pennsylvania in recent years. But there are concerns that it may be polluting drinking water.

As policymakers in Washington discuss how to make fracking safer, there is concern that fracking itself has become a distraction.

In the U.S., pretty much all of the oil and gas that was easy to get to is gone. Fracking makes it possible to extract petroleum from hard-to-reach places — say, a mile underground in dense layers of shale.

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4:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
Business

Obama Releases Oil Reserves To Counter Lost Crude

Originally published on Fri June 24, 2011 7:01 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And you can expect lower gas prices this summer. One reason: The White House is tapping the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Over the next month, the administration will sell 30 million barrels of government oil.

NPR's Jeff Brady has more.

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4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Business

Pilots Vote Will Decide Frontier's Future

Pilots at Denver-based Frontier Airlines are voting whether to reduce their pay and benefits to keep their employer in business. In exchange, they'll get a stake in the airline, which NPR's Jeff Brady says has been losing a lot of money.

4:03pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Around the Nation

40 Years Later: Collectors Keyed Up Over Ford Pinto

This year, the Ford Pinto turns 40 and fans of the much-maligned economy car are celebrating with a drive from Denver, Colo., to an auto show in Carlisle, Penn.

Leading the caravan this week are Norman and Louise Bagi. Louise will be behind the wheel of her 1976 Pinto Runabout. It has a V-6 engine and air conditioning, making it a top-of-the-line Pinto.

"The seats have the upgraded, blue and orange plaid," says Norman Bagi, "It's almost like the Brady Bunch threw up in that car, its wonderful!"

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4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Atchafalaya Basin Waits For Mississippi Flood Waters

Residents in small towns below the Morganza Spillway are still waiting for the big flood to arrive. While water has inundated nearby forests and swamps, it's yet to reach the few communities in the Atchafalaya Basin.

7:17am

Sat May 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Louisiana Refinery, Residents Gird Against Flood

The National Guard constructed a 2-mile temporary levee around the ALON USA refinery in Krotz Springs, La., and a neighborhood on the south side of town.
Jeff Brady NPR

In Krotz Springs, La., preparations continue as residents wait for an expected flood below the Morganza Spillway.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says there are 592 oil- and gas-producing wells in the path the water is expected to follow down the Atchafalaya Basin.

"Operators are typically reporting that they are making preparations as they would for a hurricane event," says department spokeswoman Anna Dearmon.

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5:45pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Sports

Veterans Compete For Gold At Warrior Games

The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is hosting 220 servicemen and woman who are wounded, injured or ill this week for the 2nd Annual Warrior Games.

"We have the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and Special Operations Command all participating," says Charlie Huebner, chief of paralympics for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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4:00am

Fri May 13, 2011
Business

Oil Company Executives Defend Tax Breaks

CEOs from the major oil companies were on Capitol Hill Thursday, being grilled by Democratic senators. Members of Senate Finance Committee asked the executives to testify about the tax breaks their companies receive.

7:13am

Sun May 8, 2011
Economy

As Oil Prices Fall, What's Happening To Gas Prices?

Oil prices took a steep dive this week, falling by nearly 13 percent. On Tuesday, the spot price for West Texas Intermediate crude delivered in Cushing, Okla., was $110.60 a barrel. By Friday, it was selling for just over $97 a barrel.

But don't expect cheaper prices at the gas pump right away. It will take some time for cheaper crude to make its way through refineries and to your local service station.

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9:15am

Wed May 4, 2011
History

Zoot Shooters Bring Gangster Style To The Gun Range

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:59 am

Steve "G-Man" Fowler — a real-life police detective and "good guy" in both Zoot Shooters capers and cowboy action shooting competitions — poses with his Tommy gun.
Darcy Varney for NPR

The world of competitive shooting can get pretty intense. But a Colorado business wants to lighten it up a bit. The American Zoot Shooters Association combines gangster costumes from the early 20th century with marksmanship.

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4:22pm

Thu April 21, 2011
Around the Nation

$4 A Gallon Gas Prices: Who's To Blame?

Gasoline prices are closing in on $4 a gallon. Department of Energy data show the average price for regular gas in the U.S. is $3.84 per gallon. That's 98 cents higher than a year ago, and just an "average." In California, the average price is $4.20 per gallon.

It's tempting to blame speculators for the price run-up. In March, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder established a task force to investigate potential fraud in energy markets.

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12:01am

Tue April 19, 2011
The BP Oil Spill, One Year Later

Oil Firms Seek To Prove They Can Contain Spills

One year after a deadly blowout at BP's Macondo oil well, deep-water drilling companies in the Gulf of Mexico are just now getting back to work.

They're doing so under a tough new regulator and with a lot more rules governing them. Now oil companies must prove they can contain an out-of-control well before they start drilling.

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11:13am

Fri April 15, 2011
Environment

Students Strive For Fuel Economy In Vehicle Contest

High school and college students from across North America are in Houston for the annual Shell Eco-marathon, where teams compete to see who can build the most fuel-efficient vehicle.

Among the 70 teams this year are six girls dubbed the "ShopGirls" of Granite Falls High School in Granite Falls, Wash.

Their squat, one-person car is the same one their school entered last year, with upgrades.

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