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 new government dietary guidelines are coming in for some criticism from the American Insitute for Cancer Research. Specifically, the institute takes aim at the allowance for the consumption of alcohol, which it says is based on outdated gender assumptions. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Nigel Brockton, V.P. of Research at the insititute.

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The storming of the Capitol Building has shaken law enforcement and security agencies as they prepare for the upcoming inauguration. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, author of new book, "The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau's Code of Execellence", about the issues now facing authorities in the wake of last week's assault.

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Governor Larry Hogan announced a $1 billion relief package as Maryland struggles with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush on the governor's announcement.

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The coronvirus has left many without jobs. For those over the age of 50 it will take twice as long to find a new position than younger workers. AARP notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found around 45% of job seekers over the age of 55 have been looking for work for six months or longer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with AARP financial specialist Susan Weinstock about about the impact of the pandemic on older workers.

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As Marylanders struggle with the economic impact of the coronavirus Comptroller Peter Franchot has decided to delay the collection of some business taxes and withholding - Part One.

Franchot says that his decision comes with some frustration at the lack of action by both federal and state officials - Part Two.

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The vivid images of the takeover of Capitol Hill this week has stunned the nation and for some has produced a little soul searching. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill says an immediate reaction was one of anger and a clinched fist but he argues we must go beyond that emotion.

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The takeover of the Capitol Building and the subsequent certification of Joe Biden as the next president has produced turmoil within the Republican Party as Trump administration officials resign over the clash. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former Eastern Shore Republican congressman Wayne Gilchrest about what has happened to his old party.

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The nation's Capitol Hill saw the onrush of protesters who took over the structure after President Trump urged them earlier in the day to march on the building.  Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Lloyd Wolf, a Washington D.C. freelance photographer, who was there.

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The Capitol Building in Washington D.C. was overwhelmed by a mob of Trump supporters delaying the certification process that ensured Joe Biden would become the next president of the United States. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about significance Wednesday's events.

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The Chesapeake Bay receives a grade of D+ from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Alan Girard, the Eastern Shore director for the foundation, who pointed to the struggle of the rockfish as a major reason for the poor mark.

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With the new year comes an assessment of what 2020 has brought to the nation's body politic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the impact of Trump's loss and the future of American politics.

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It is the holiday season. But, this year it is chastened by the losses left behind by the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes it is often a season that mixes joy with sadness.

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Health care workers are greeting the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine with relief and hope. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician, about what the future looks like. (Part 2)

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The coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Wicomico County with health care workers and nursing homes the first to receive it. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Olivia Butler, with the Wicomico County Health Department, about how it will distributed in the coming weeks.

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The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP has a new president. Host Don Rush talks with Brante Dashiell about the challenges the organization faces in the future.

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The coronavirus vaccine has arrived on the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Dr. Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about what that means for combatting the virus.

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There is some optimism for downtown businesses in Salisbury with the coronavirus vaccine and the prospect of more federal assistance. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at some of the local businesses as they struggle to make it through the pandemic. (Part 1)

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Even with the announcement of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines, there are still months ahead for many caregivers -- many who never expected to be in that position. Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert at AARP, tell's Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that it is taking its toll.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling for a state stimulus in the wake of the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic. His call comes after some improvement in revenue projections, but he told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush there is still too much suffering - especially for low income families.

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While the nation has been focused on the election and the coronavirus pandemic, there were efforts on Capitol Hill to address police abuse after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Diane Randall, General Secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the failure of congress to approve legislation addressing the issue. (Part 2)

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As the nation gears up for the coronavirus vaccine, many are still in need of financial assistance with the economic hit resulting from COVID 19. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Diane Randall, General Secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the effort to get more financial assistance.

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The homeless not only face with the cold weather, but also the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Bee Miller, executive director of Diakonia, about the impact of the virus on their efforts to provide assistance and shelter to this population.

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This Christmas will be like few in recent memory. And, many will only be seeing their loved ones via Zoom. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill notes that how we have had to reduce such gatherings while pondering his Christmas tree.

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With the federal government about to embark on the distribution of the new coronavirus vaccine, President-Elect Joe Biden has promised to distribute 100 million doses in the first one hundred days of his administration. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Perry Fri, executive vice president of Industrial Relations for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, about the readiness of the system to begin distribution.

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Former Senator Paul Sarbanes who passed away this month at the age of 87 is often remembered for the attention he took to the needs of the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former state Senator and former Ocean City Mayor Jim Mathias about the kind of political figure he was.

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The passing of former Senator Paul Sarbanes has left many remembering a man whose immigrant family put down roots in Salisbury. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman about what she felt shaped his outlook as a political figure.

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With the cold weather now combined with the coronavirus homeless shelters are  seeking help from the local community as they face this winter's perils. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Celeste Savage, executive director of HALO which provides assistance to the homeless, about the community response and the road ahead. (Part 2)

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The passing of former Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes has many remembering him as a steady and pragmatic lawmaker. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest about the man, his importance to the Chesapeake Bay and the coming of a more partisan GOP.

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Former Senator and Congressman Paul Sarbanes has died at the age of 87. His first national moment on the political stage came when he drew up an article of impeachment against then President Richard Nixon. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the late senator's legacy.

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Former Senator and Congressman Paul Sarbanes has died at the age of 87. He spent 30 years on Capitol Hill but as a Salisbury native he never forgot his boyhood roots. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Mike Dunn, President & CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee and former Salisbury City Council President, about that relationship.

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