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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3:38am

Fri August 29, 2014
Business

As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 7:55 am

Patrick Roy's company, Coastal Rental Equipment, used to rent these large pumps to offshore divers who work for oil and natural gas drillers. After the BP oil spill, when the government introduced a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Patterson, La., business suffered losses and eventually shut down.
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BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag on for years.

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3:38am

Tue August 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:47 am

The headquarters for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield dominate the Pittsburgh skyline much as they organizations have dominated health care in the region for decades.
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Pittsburgh's dominant health insurance company and its largest healthcare provider are, essentially, getting a divorce.

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4:00pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Energy

Up Close And Personal With A 40-Story Oil Rig In The Gulf

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:29 pm

Shell's Olympus production platform and drilling rig is located about 130 miles south of New Orleans. It is 406 feet tall and weighs more than 120,000 tons.
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The U.S. is in the middle of an oil drilling boom that few people saw coming. After decades of decline, crude oil production is rising again. Technologies such as hydraulic fracturing in places such as North Dakota are getting a lot of attention. But the Gulf of Mexico still accounts for more than one-fifth of domestic oil production.

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5:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Business

Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:14 am

Some 5,000 union members, led by the United Mine Workers of America, march outside the William S. Moorhead Federal Building on Thursday in Pittsburgh. The city hosted two days of public hearings by the Environmental Protection Agency on stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants.
Gene J. Puskar AP

The coal industry made its presence known in Pittsburgh this week for public hearings on President Obama's controversial plan to address climate change. A key element is rules the Environmental Protection Agency proposed in June. They would cut greenhouse gas emissions — chiefly carbon dioxide — from existing power plants. The national goal is 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

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4:15pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Mental Health

Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 4:10 pm

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3:31am

Tue July 15, 2014
Business

Leased Solar Panels Can Cast A Shadow Over A Home's Value

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:11 am

Mark Bortman of Exact Solar in Yardley, Pa., says having leased solar panels on a roof can add an extra step when selling a house. He says typically a buyer will assume the remainder of the lease, but that requires a credit check and some paperwork
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Installing solar panels on a house to generate electricity often costs $20,000 or more, and many homeowners have turned to leasing programs to avoid those upfront costs. But most leases are for 20 years, and that can present problems if someone wants to sell the house before the lease is completed.

Peter Auditore of El Granada, Calif., was happy with the leased solar panels he installed a few years back. When he decided to sell, he found a buyer who also appreciated the environmental benefits of solar panels. But then there was a hitch just as the sale was about to go through.

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7:09pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:31 pm

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last July.
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A fiery oil train derailment in Canada killed 47 people a year ago, prompting regulators and railroads in the U.S. to make changes. Some who live near where oil trains travel are still worried, though.

Amy Roe with the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club lives not far from where tank cars transport and store crude oil. Roe wishes the country would move away from fossil fuels faster. That plays into her opposition to oil trains, but she's also concerned about safety, especially after the accident that happened last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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6:57am

Tue June 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Report: Jerry Sandusky Case Was Unnecessarily Delayed

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:42 pm

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A new report is calling into question how the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation was handled. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys. Now, Pennsylvania's attorney general says Sandusky could have been brought to justice sooner. NPR's Jeff Brady has this story.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Reports that Jerry Sandusky was abusing children at circulated for years. So when he was arrested in 2011, Kathleen Kane had this question.

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4:06pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Education

Philly Schools Teeter On Brink Of Layoffs, Struggling For Funding

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:33 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block. Once again, one of the most troubled school districts in the country is sounding alarm bells over funding. The head of the Philadelphia school district says he needs almost $100 million, and even that, he says, would just maintain a status quo he calls inadequate. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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4:36pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Environment

EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:50 pm

The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

3:27am

Mon May 19, 2014
It's All Politics

Pa. Democrats Aim For Spot To Challenge GOP Governor

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:46 am

Businessman Tom Wolf talks to U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz before the Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate last week in Philadelphia.
Michael Perez AP

Pennsylvania is among six states holding primary elections Tuesday. Gov. Tom Corbett is unchallenged in the GOP primary, but the general election is a different story.

Corbett is considered one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents right now, and a crowded field of Democrats is lined up in hopes of replacing him.

In his first term, Corbett apparently failed to wow Pennsylvania voters; his poll numbers remain consistently low. That has Democrats here optimistic, and one name in particular is becoming a lot more familiar.

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4:03pm

Thu May 8, 2014
Politics

Keystone Pipeline Dispute Muddles The Path Forward On Energy Bill

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 9:29 am

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4:16pm

Mon April 21, 2014
News

A Year From Tragedy, Boston Marathon Laurels Go To American

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:26 pm

The Boston Marathon is back, over one year since bombs rocked its finish line. NPR's Jeff Brady discusses the race, its heightened security and Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win it since 1983.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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4:08pm

Fri April 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:13 pm

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This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Whether the plan can achieve that remains an open question, as NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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