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 chaotic year of 2020 is coming to a close. It saw a divisive presidential campaign amidst a pandemic with a rising death toll. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes that he still sees hope as this year passes into history.

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Much of the work by local historian Linda Duyer who recently passed away focused on the pride and the struggles of the African American Community on the Maryland Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush looks at her work beginning with the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury. (Part 2)

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Local historian Linda Duyer passed away this month, leaving behind a body of work that records much of the unsung history of the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush explored her work with those who knew her. (Part 1)

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While many of us will be sitting down with family for Thanksgiving, there are those without a home or family. Host Don Rush talks with Anthony Dickerson, executive director of the Christian Shelter in Salisbury, about his organization's plans and how the homeless cope with the holiday season -- especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A new survey finds that with the recent changes on the U.S. Supreme Court there is some concern about the future access to birth control. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Gillian Sealy, interim CEO of Power to Decide which conducted the survey, as the nation marked Thanks, Birth Control Day.

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While the election of Joe Biden to the presidency found many in Europe celebrating, there has been the emergence of an authoritarian streak in Europe. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Todd Becker, retired foreign service officer who now teaches at Salisbury University, about the battle for democracy, the United States and Europe. (Part 3)

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A leading Delaware social activist has found her lawn vandalized with the name TRUMP using weed killer. Charlotte King, founder of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, says that authorities are now investigating the incident but are refusing to call it a hate crime. But, King told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that is exactly what it is.

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When it was announced that Joe Biden was now president-elect, Europeans celebrated after four years of the Trump Administration. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Todd Becker, a retired foreign service officer who now teaches at Salisbury University, about what this means especially for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (Part 2)

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Shop Local. That's the word from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who is urging holiday shoppers to help out their local businesses who have been hit by the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.  Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he saw this as a citizen effort to help out now that the federal stimulus package has essentially run out.

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With the election of Joe Biden to the presidency Europe gave a sigh of relief. But, for Russian President Vladimir Putin his man Donald Trump will soon be gone. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Todd Becker, a retired foreign service officer who now teaches at Salisbury University, about the Russian leader's approach to the new president. (Part 1)

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With coronavirus cases surging Pfizer has announced it has a vaccine that may be effective in the fight against the pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Robert Cain, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, about the pandemic and their efforts to train medical students in the fight against the virus.

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Birds of prey can often bring solace to those with PTSD -- especially U.S. military personnel who recently have endured numerous tours in war zones abroad. Delmarva Today host Don Rush talked with Dava Guerin who has coauthored with Terry Bivens a new book entitled, "The Eagle on My Arm: How the Wilderness and Birds of Prey Saved a Veteran's Life." It details the journey of one Vietnam veteran who found comfort and stability from those birds.

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This past weekend, Salisbury lost a historian. Linda Duyer was known to write about the city's past -- sometimes the difficult past -- and especially the African American community.

Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, who says her columns opened up a whole different understanding of the city he thought he knew.

On her Facebook page, she last wrote, "I'm wishing everyone I've known all the best."

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The presidential election is now over. Joe Biden is set take the oath of office on January 20th. But, the Trump era will not soon be forgotten. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill believes that while government agencies have been battered over the last four years, they have survived.

With Joe Biden the projected winner in the presidential race all eyes now turn to the two Senate runoff races in Georgia. Biden could be faced with a strong Republican Senate and a Democratic Party squabbling amongst its members in the House. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Joseph Pika, James R. Soles emeritus professor at the University of Delaware, about what the new administration may expect from Capitol Hill. (part 3)

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The 2020 presidential election could be an inflection point for both parties as they look to the future. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jospeh Pika, James R. Soles professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, about the implications for the changing electorate.

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For many, Joe Biden is a national figure rising from the Senate and going onto to become President-Elect.  But for Delmarvans he a local guy who made good. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Joseph Pika, a James R. Soles professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, to take a look at the man himself. (Part 1)

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The election of Joe Biden to the presidency and the defeat of Donald Trump caused many Democrats to celebrate. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is expected to run for governor, tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he hopes there will be more bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

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When the projected victory of Joe Biden was announced on Saturday crowds gathered across the country including in front of the White House. But, even as the celebrations disappeared eyes began to turn toward Capitol Hill and the Republicans in the Senate. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about that outpouring and what the future may hold for the GOP. (Part 2)

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On Saturday Joe Biden was projected to win the presidency over President Trump. That night, he and his running mate Kamala Harris took to the stage to declare their victory while the president launched a number of lawsuits. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the Biden's apparent victory. (Part 1)

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The results of the presidential election shows a nation divided with former Vice President Joe Biden now inching his way to victory with leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania. But, President Trump and his allies are already casting doubt on the electoral process itself. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Salibury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin, Wicomico County Republican John Bartkovich and former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman on what the results mean for the nation.

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Over the last four years there have been attacks on the credibility of public institutions with allusions to the deep state and fake news. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the long histry of the growing public doubt. (Part 2)

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President Trump has cast doubt on the counting of the ballots in this year's election, sparking protests by his supporters across the country. Beyond the 2020 election one question is what impact does that have on the public trust for the electoral process. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about what this portends for the future. (Part 1)

No Blue Wave Election

Nov 4, 2020
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The nation still awaits the outcome of the presidential election with a number of states counting ballots in key areas that would could swing the election. But, one thing that did not emerge last night was a Blue wave that would sweep across the electoral map. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about what has become a Red-Blue divide.

An Inflection Election

Nov 3, 2020
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Win or lose this presidential election could be a political inflection point for the country. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the future of the two parties as they emerge from the voting.

Voters Go To The Polls

Nov 3, 2020
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Voters are going to the polls this morning to determine the fate of the nation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with voters as they cast their ballots at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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Voters in District 3 on the Sussex County Council will be faced with the candidacies of former Mayor Mark Schaeffer and a write-in Patti Drago on Tuesday. Delmarva Puble Media's Don Rush looks at the race and the top issue of landuse.

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Voters are going to the polls in Wicomico County to decide who will fill the District 2 seat on the County Council. Incumbent Republican Nicole Acle is being challenged by Alexander Scott on the Democratic side. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the two candidates about the controversies and issues.

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Oct 30, 2020
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The nation is coming to the end of one of the most tumultuous election seasons. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill wonders whether we have lost our ability to communicate with one another amidst the loud voices that have dominated the last year.

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With the coronavirus entering yet another wave pharmaceutical companies are searching for a vaccine. But, in many vaccine trials seniors can be left out. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Sue Peshin, president of the Alliance for Aging Research, who said that in the current search for a covid-19 vaccine seniors are to be very much in hte mix. (Part 2)

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