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 energy issues, climate change and the mid-Atlantic region. 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 reported on the Texas oil business hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the closing of a light bulb factory in Pennsylvania and a new generation of climate activists holding protests from Oregon to New York. 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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Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Restrictions On Methane Emissions

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Pump jacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M., in 2015. The Trump administration is lifting an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting emissions of methane, a potent climate-warming gas. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Trump's Methane Rollback That Big Oil Doesn't Want

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Not your grandmother's nuclear reactor. A drawing of Oklo's proposed Aurora nuclear power plant, which would produce enough electricity for about 1000 homes. Oklo hide caption

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Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules

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Essential Workers Hold Protests In National 'Strike For Black Lives'

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President Trump Announces Changes To National Environmental Policy Act Regulations

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Trump, Biden Approach U.S. Job Infrastructure In Vastly Different Plans

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President Trump proposes changes to the National Environmental Policy Act at the White House in January. The final rules aims to speed approval of pipelines and other infrastructure. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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This photo from a trip last November shows the friends and family members whom Danielle Zonis (third from right) has chosen to quarantine with during the coronavirus pandemic. She started a Facebook group for others to discuss the choices they're making to stay safe. Courtesy of Danielle Zonis hide caption

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Coronavirus Etiquette: Conflicts About What's Safe Are Straining Relationships

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Federal Court Orders Dakota Access Pipeline To Shut Down And Be Drained

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Long-time partners Ann Willoughby, left, and Barb Goldstein, from Durham, North Carolina, leave the Durham County Register of Deeds office in downtown Durham on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, comforting each other after being denied a marriage license. Harry Lynch/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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5 Years After Same-Sex Marriage Decision, Equality Fight Continues

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President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Denver. Gerald Herbert/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Absent From Stimulus Packages: Overhauling Energy, Climate Programs

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High Court: Ban On Sex Discrimination Applies To LGBTQ Employees

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President Trump proposes changes to the National Environmental Policy Act in January. His latest executive order allows agencies to waive requirements of the bedrock law to speed up infrastructure projects. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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New Executive Order To Waive Environmental Protections For Federal Agencies

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After years of protests against the Constitution Pipeline, New York recently denied a key water quality permit for the project. A new EPA rule would make it harder for states to do that. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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