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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On Saturday hundreds marched on Juneteenth Day calling for the removal of the Confederate Statue "The Talbot Boys" from the courthouse lawn in Easton. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush reports that while they celebrate such symbolic achievement as a holiday more substantive issues such as voting rights legislation languish in the Senate. 

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This weekend Ocean City will be holding its annual air show complete with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Delmarva Public Media's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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Video's of Ocean City police officers subduing teenagers last weekend have raised concerns by top Maryland state officials. Indeed, the NAACP has called for an investigation by the state Attorrney General into the incidents. Delmarva Public Media's Essayist and Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin considers the videos in light of many others that have surfaced around the country.

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Many are taking off from work today for Juneteenth. After years of effort by lawmakers and activists President Biden signed the legislation making it a federal holiday that celebrates the day that a union commander came to Galveston, Texas in 1865 to free the last slaves of the Confederacy.

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Congress has just approved legislation  making Juneteenth a federal holiday. It is the day in 1865 when a Union General announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas two years after the Emanicipation Proclamation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Arlisha Norwood, a history professar at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, about the significance of that date.

The full interview can be heard this Friday on Delmarva Today at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM.

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As the nation makes progress in vaccinating Americans against the coronavirus there is still a good deal of hesitancy. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Amy Gutierrez, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for UC Health and a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, about the challenges ahead.

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Maryland state officials are expressing concern and calling for an investigation into incidents on videos that have surfaced from the weekend. One shows an Ocean City officer jamming his knee into the side of a young man who is face down on the ground. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with state Senator Mary Beth Carozza who represents the Lower Shore counties about the incidents.

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The state of Delaware is pushing to dispel some of the myths about the COVID 19 vaccince, especially within immigrant communities. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at what is being done in Delaware to dispel vaccination hesitancy in the Hispanic population. (Part 2)

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As the nation pushes to get more people vaccinated against the coronavirus, there are communities that have lagged behind -- especially those with significant numbers of undocumented immigrants. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the Haitian and Hispanic communities in Delaware beginning with the hurdles many of them face. (Part 1)

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Mayor Jake Day has returned to Salisbury after a year's mission in the Horn of Africa with his National Guard unit. Host Don Rush talked with him about what he saw overseas and how events unfolding over the last year in the United States was viewed from abroad.

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With the end of the coronavirus pandemic in sight, many are beginning to search for work again as businesses open up. But, in a survey by Strayer University over 50 percent of working women are spending up to five hours a day on line searching for a new job. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with university president Andrea Backman about the results and the impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce.

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Mayor Jake Day recently returned from his mission  on the Horn of African with his National Guard unit. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about what it was like to watch events unfold in the United States from afar.

The full interview about his experiences while in the Horn of Africa will be broadcast on Delmarva Today this Friday at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM.

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Sunday marked National Cancer Survivors Day. Over the years there have been major advancements. But for many who survive, it has also meant an uncertain future. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Kim Thiboldeaux, executive chair of the Cancer Support Community, who has written a new book entitled, "Your Cancer Road Map" which outlines measures to take once a patient is cancer free.

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Nearly 2 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Dr. Julie Gralow, chief medical officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology who discussed the progress in treating cervical and prostate cancers.

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It's been fifty years since the founding of NPR. And, four prominent women shaped the content and the sound of the new network. Lisa Napoli has written a new book about them entitled, "Susan, Linda, Nina and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.” Host Don Rush talked with her about their struggles and their legacies.

Author Lisa Napoli will be available via Zoom conducted by Browseabout Books on Monday Afternoon.

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The Democratic primary field is getting crowded in the race to succeed Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) next year. One of those is former state Attorney General Doug Gansler who has announced a second run to the state's top office. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about the campaign ahead and Eastern Shore issues.

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NPR turns 50 this year and there were major voices that shaped the network. Lisa Napoli has written about the women who became some of the major figures in her new book, "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR." Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with her about them and their legacy.

The full interview with Napoli can be heard this Friday on Delmarva Today at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM. The author will make an appearance by Zoom for Browseabout Books on Monday Afternoon June 7th.

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The National Folk Festival has announced the first six acts slated for this September's celebration. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with the festival's local manager Caroline O'Hare and Blaine Waide, associate director for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, about the acts as they listen to excerpts from their perfomances. The full interviews can be heard on Delmarva Today at 9 a.m. Friday on WSDL 90.7 FM.

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The year's long COVID 19 pandemic has taken a toll on businesses and workers alike as they scrambled to adjust. But, it also led to a surge in skilled freelancers who found they could work from home while businesses were able to use their talents. Brent Messenger is vice president of public policy with Fiverr which provides services to independent contractors. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about the impact of the pandemic on this kind of work.

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Salisbury marked the lynching of three African Americans with a sign in downtown. They included  Matthew Williams who was lynched by a white mob in 1931. Jeannie Jones is the great granddaughter of Williams' aunt. During this weekend's ceremony she along with her daughter Jordan recited their poem about the legacy of racism in America.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day returning to Salisbury after a year's tour with his National Guard unit in the Horn of Africa greeted his town during this past weekend's Third Friday. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about his homecoming and what he missed.

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Salisbury unveiled a sign marking the deaths of three black men in Wicomico County. In 1931 Matthew Williams was lynched in downtown Salisbury; another body of a blackman was found believed to be related to the lynching. Garfield King was lynched in Wicomico County in 1898. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush was at the ceremony.

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Downtown Salisbury celebrated Third Friday in a way it had not done in a year -- maskless. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush looks at the relief many felt as they wondered about the venders.

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It's been around a hundred years since the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot that destroy a thriving African American community known as "Black Wall Street." Host Don Rush explores what happened and the search for justice with Scott Ellsworth, author of a new book entitled, "The Ground Breaking: An Amreican City and Its Search for Justice". A congressional subcommittee heard testimony from the last survivors of the race riot.

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With the anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer lawmakers on Capitol Hill are struggling to come up with a police reform measure. One key stumbling block has been what is called qualified immunity which protects officers from being sued for their actions. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jose Santos Woss, legislative manager for Justice Reform and Election Integrity at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the prospects for the legislation.

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This week a congressional subcommittee heard from three of the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot in which whites invaded and destoryed the thriving African American community known as "Black Wallstreet". Scott Ellsworth has been a leader in uncovering what happened in the days of the riot and the search for mass graves. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about his new book, "The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice" which describes his journey in uncovering what happened.

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The deadline may have passed for paying your federal income, but there is still time for Maryland state taxpayers. Comptroller Peter Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that over two million filings have already been processes so far.

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The Biden administration plans would before congress would raise taxes on the top .7 percent of earners in the Maryland and the top .5 percent for those in Delaware. Meanwhile, Chuck Marr with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that a new report finds there would be a major boost for those with children.

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The Biden administration hopes to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the nation's population against the coronavirus. However, there has been some hesitancy toward the vaccine that could put that number in doubt. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Janis Orlowski, Chief Health Care Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, about some of the concerns that many have expressed about the vaccine.

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Awared winning writer Brenda Grodzicki explores the growth of Prudy Hopkins as she struggles to find her place in the world after being raised in an orphanage in her new novel, "Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly."

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