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

Correspondent, National Desk

Jeff Brady is a National Desk Correspondent based in Philadelphia, where he covers the mid-Atlantic region and energy issues. Brady helped establish NPR's environment and energy collaborative which brings together NPR and Member station reporters from across the country to cover the big stories involving the natural world.

Brady approaches energy stories from the consumer side of the light switch and the gas pump in an effort to demystify an industry that can seem complicated and opaque. Frequently traveling throughout the country for NPR, Brady has visited a solar power plant in the Nevada desert that lights casinos after the sun goes down. In 2017 his reporting showed a history of racism and sexism that have made it difficult for the oil business to diversify its workforce.

In 2011 Brady led NPR's coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State—from the night legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired to the trial where Sandusky was found guilty.

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 in 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). In 2018 SOU honored Brady with its annual "Distinguished Alumni" award.

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Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Record On The Environment

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Alleged Capital Gazette Gunman Apparently Trapped Victims In Newsroom

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Beachgoers shower off on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. on Thursday. Michelle Gustafson for NPR hide caption

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Casino Comeback: 'Atlantic City's Best Days Are In Front Of It'

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2 Atlantic City Casinos To Open Under New Owners

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Entering the control room at Three Mile Island Unit 1 is like stepping back in time. Except for a few digital screens and new counters, much of the equipment is original to 1974, when the plant began generating electricity. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By Climate Change

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More Than Half Of The Nation's Nuclear Power Plants Are At Risk Of Closing

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Coal stockpiled at a power plant. A draft plan circulating in Washington would require power grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal plants over the next two years to prevent them from shutting down. Reid Frazier/Allegheny Front hide caption

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Johanna Humphrey, left, ended up with 24 boxes of crayons she didn't need. She gave them to teacher Laura Smith, right, through the Buy Nothing Project. It encourages people to share without money changing hands. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Facebook Project Wants You To 'Buy Nothing' And Ask For What You Need

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President Trump speaking at the "Unleashing American Energy" event at the Department of Energy in June 2017. Trump said he wants to reorient toward "American energy dominance." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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After Arrest Of 2 Black Men, Protesters Rally Outside Philly Starbucks

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James Piazza (right) seated with wife Evelyn and son Michael speaks during an interview last year about his son Timothy, a Penn State sophomore who died after a hazing ritual. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Judge Dismisses Most Serious Charges In Penn State Hazing Death

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"Keep it in the ground" activists protesting the Bayou Bridge Pipeline on February 17, 2018 near Belle Rose, Louisiana. Travis Lux/WWNO hide caption

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'Keep It In The Ground' Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom

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