Jeff Brady

Jeff Brady is based in Denver where he files reports on the energy industry as well as Western issues, politics and culture. He travels the country for NPR and spent many months covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2006, Brady's reporting helped restart a federal car-titling system that had long been stymied by business interests. Once fully implemented, the Department of Justice estimates the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTS) will save U.S. 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's also worked in commercial television as an anchor and a reporter; and commercial radio as a talk-show host and reporter.

Brady discovered NPR in the late 1980s while running his small grocery store in Southern Oregon. "Customers often wanted to discuss current events. It was interesting, but I didn't know much. So I started reading the paper and listening to NPR to learn more," says Brady.

In 1989, he volunteered at the local NPR member station, Jefferson Public Radio, answering phones during a pledge drive and then running errands for the office staff until they let him in the newsroom.

Brady graduated from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in 1995 and has worked as a journalist since then.

If there’s a specific story you think Brady should consider covering, he can be reached on Facebook and Twitter, where he regularly posts stories related to his beats.

 

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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 9:59 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

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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