Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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The Talbot County Council turned back on a vote of 3 to 2 an effort to remove the Talbot Boys statue from the courthouse lawn at its meeting on Tuesday night.

The three council members all expressed concern that there had not been enough public input given the restrictions that have been placed on public meetings by the coronavirus pandemic.

Council member Pete Lesher had been looking to fellow council member Frank Divilio for a third vote.

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A memorial ceremony was held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for Bob Culver. He had been in his second term as County Executive when he developed liver cancer. He died at the age of 67. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush attended the memorial and files this report.

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A memorial service will be held Tuesday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for Bob Culver. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about his legacy as County Executive.

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It's that time again for Maryland Shop Tax Free Week. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that residents should take advantage of the state foregoing the usual six percent sales tax especially as many of them prepare for the upcoming school year.

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The academic admissions scandal played out against a background of wealth and privilege. And, it's recounted in a new book entitled "Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal" coauthored by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Levitz about the parents, the children and the prosecution. (Part 2)

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Most high school students must wait anxiously to find out if they have been accepted into their choice of university or college. But, some parents with enough money found a way to guarantee their admission. The end result was the biggest academic admissions scandal in the country. It's all recounted in a new book entitled, "Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal". The book is authored by two Wall Street Journalists Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Levitz about how the scandal came about. (Part 1)

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President Trump and his Education Secretary have been urging schools to reopen this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, about her concerns over such a recommendation.

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With school terms just weeks away educators are settling on how to reopen. Some have opted for online classes while others  are looking at a combination of online and in person. Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, says her organization prefers the online instruction while working on resources to ensure the safety of students and teachers. (Part 1)

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It seems that we live in a maelstrom of events that keep unfolding before our very eyes. Delmarma Public Media's essayist Steve Plotkin writes there doesn't seem to be a moment to rest against the overwhelming tide.

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This week there are so many problems on so many fronts, my
pen experienced sensory overload and simply shut down,
leaving me speechless.

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The battle over a Confederate statue in Easton known as the Talbot Boys is just the latest skirmish in efforts to remove such monuments around the country. Delmarva Pubic Media's Don Rush spoke with Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, associate professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, about these monuments and the current efforts to remove them.

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The death of Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver last Sunday brings the end of an era. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Mike Dunn, President and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee, who remembers a fiesty political leader who fought for what he thought was good for his community.

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The smallest of creatures can often teach us the bigger lessons in life. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill pondered such a revelation while casting his eye on his marigolds.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a travel advisory urging residents to avoid visiting some states with rapidly increasing cases of coronavirus and has also expanded mask-wearing requirements. Hogan on Wednesday announced that anyone older than 5 years old will be required to wear a face covering starting at 5 p.m. Friday in all indoor public areas of businesses and buildings, including churches, offices and restaurants. Hogan’s order also expands the requirement to outdoor spaces when it is not possible to maintain social distance.

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Bob Culver who died of liver cancer on Sunday was only the second Wicomico County Executive. And, during his tenure he developed a strong sense of what the position should be. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with county council membere Josh Hastings about his tenure and his impact on land conservation issues.

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The Talbot County Council is considering removing the Talbot Boys Statue from the county courthouse lawn. An amendment was introduced by council member Pete Lesher which would remove the statue completely. Tuesday's public hearing also drew a crowd outside the courthouse urging the council to take it down. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush was there and files this report.

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Wicomico County is mourning the loss of County Executive Bob Culver who died on Sunday from liver cancer. Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath ran as an independent against Culver in his reelection bid. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Heath about that experience and Culver's legacy.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver lost his battle with cancer this past Sunday. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with a number of officials who knew and worked with him. We begin with State Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-MD)and his relationship with Annapolis lawmakers.

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As the crowds gather in Ocean City for the tourist season local restaurants are still coping with the coronavirus including restricted seating and positive tests among employees. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, says owners are still hopeful despite the virus.

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As tourists flock to Ocean City many of the resort's restaurants reopened for business. But a number of them closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, described for Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush the efforts by these restaurants to keep ahead of the virus. (Part 1)

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These can be stressful times with the coronavirus keeping many at home and eating too much of the wong foods. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Anita Brickman, executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation (knowyourotcs.org), about the current situation that can lead many to experience more heartburn.

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The nation appears to be in crisis. The coronavirus has taken more than 145,000 lives while protests have rocked the country's streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd. And, this week has seen the passing of a generation with the death of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis. Delmarva Public Media Essayist Tom Hehman writes these crises may also be a moment for progress.

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The recent death of congressman John Lewis marks the passing of a civil rights generation. But, Lewis was heartened by the Black Lives Movement and its protesters. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Kirkland Hall, local activist and former president of the Somerset County Branch of the NAACP, about what lies ahead in the wake of Lewis's death.

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The nation has lost a civil rights icon. Congressman John Lewis lost his battle with cancer last Friday leaving behind a legacy that spans his time with Martin Luther King Junior and the march on Washhington to the last public images of him standing with the Black Lives Matter protesters. Kirkland Hall, is a local activist and former president of the Somerset County Branch of the NAACP. He reacts to Lewis' passing and recalls the congressman's visits to the Eastern Shore. (Part 1)

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It's time that many are flocking to the Ocean City even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Kristin Helf has co-authored a book with Brandon Seidl entitled, "Ocean City Oddities". Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Helf about what one might see as they visit the resort.

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With the ever increasing number of coronavirus cases in the United States much is being learned about the diesease, particularly its after effects which can be long lasting. In the second part of Delmarva Public Media's Hall Wilson  discussion with emergency physician Mike Murphy they look at what is known for those who survive.

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The city of Salisbury held its first Third Friday event in downtown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush reports there was a sparse crowd but many felt a sense of relief from the restrictions of the past few months.

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With the coronavirus deaths now topping 140,000 in the United States scientists are racing to find medicines to reduce the severity of the virus as well as racing to finding a vaccine. Delmarva Public Media's Hal Wilson talked with emergency physician Mike Murphy about what has been learned about the disease. (Part 1)

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Having celebrated July 4th the nation still finds itself divided over what its true meaning is. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Glenn Aparicio Parry author of "Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again" about the Native American roots of the nation's democracy and what can be learned from those traditions. 

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Despite the passing of years we often forget their impact on our lives. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill had one such experience while taking a walk with his cane.

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Washington's football team is now contemplating what name to choose to replace The Redskins. After years of resistance corporate pressure along with the nationwide protests over  the death of George Floyd has finally moved the team's owner Daniel Snyder to act. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is looking at a run for governor, says it is about time.

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