Don Rush

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

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media.  Before coming to Salisbury, he spent 12 years in Washington, DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau.  During the 1980s, he was News Director at KFPK in his hometown of Los Angeles.  He also worked for the Los Angeles-based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW.

Locally, he is an award-winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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With the January 6th storming of the nation's Capitol Building by Trump supporters around the claim that the presidential election was stolen, the question of political legitimacy has arisen. In Arizona, there is already a recount by a private firm which has sought the question the official state results. Host Don Rush talked with Phillip Lebel, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Montclair State University and author the new book "Risk and the State", about the political turbulance the nation is now experiencing.

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Activists have filed suit seeking the removal of the Talbot Boys statue that currently stands in front of the courthouse in Easton. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Richard Potter, president of the Talbot County Branch of the NAACP, about the impetus behind the legal action.

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Mother's Day is coming after a year of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Beth Battaglino, an RN and Covid 19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convener and CEO of Health Women, about precautions to take during this weekend's celebrations.

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The race for an Eastern Shore state senate seat is underway. Salisbury City Council member Michele Gregory announced that she would make the effort to unseat Republican Mary Beth Carozza who defeated the popular Jim Mathias continuing the GOP's consolidation on the Eastern Shore. Gregory told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that she understood it would be a tough fight to bring the seat back into the Democratic party fold.

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The recent videos of African American men dying at the hands of police officers have spurred legislative efforts at police reform on the national and state levels. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Haneef Salaam, the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware's manager of the Campaign for Smart Justice, who says that there needs to be new civilian oversight and a reorientation of law enforcement. (Part 2)

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The numerous videos of police abuse have led to police reform efforts at both the national and state level. Delmarva Public Media's Don  Rush talked with Haneef Salaam, American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware manager of the Campaign for Smart Justice, about those efforts beginning with his own recent encounter with the police. (Part 1)  

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The Maryland Comptroller's office has processed some 2 million tax returns so far. But Comptroller Peter Franchot tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that taxpayers should be on the lookout for scammers.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is currently a candidate for governor.

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During his address to a joint session of congress President Joe Biden might have been declaring that big government was back as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. The president offered up several trillion dollars in spending plans appealing directly to the middle class. Delmarva Public Media's Don  Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about this shift in tone from the Clinton era.

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Adrienne Roberson has become the first woman to be the permanent public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. But, it does not come without some controversey with the abrupt departure of its former announcer Ryan Wagner. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with East Coast sports writer Mike Lure about the announcement.

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The deadline is approaching to benefit next month from expanded health care coverage from American Rescue Plan approved by congress. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with CMS Regional Administrator Darryl Means about the benefits of getting in before the end of April.

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The verdict in the Derick Chauvin has put a spotlight on police abuse in the African American community. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with James Nolan, a former Wilmington Police Officer who now teaches socialology at West Virginia University. Nolan says much of the problem lies in the strictly law enforcement approach to the community by officers.

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This week saw the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill sees the verdict as a step in the healing of the nation's soul.

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While the nation has been picking up speed with the vaccination effort against COVID 19, there are some hurdles ahead. Host Don Rush talks with Dr. Mike Murphy, emergency room physician at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about reports of blood clots, vaccine hesitancy and other issues facing the rollout.

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With the nation rapidly putting shots into arms in the vaccination effort against COVID 19, there is a growing number of appointments going unfilled. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about the hesitancy by many not to get the vaccine. (Part 2)

Full interview can be heard on Delmarva Today 4/23/21.

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Today marks Earth Day and it's been over 50 years since it was first observed. Here on the Eastern Shore much has been done to improve the region's environment including cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Delmarva Public's Don Rush talked with Alan Girard, the Eastern Shore director with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, about the efforts and progress that has been made.

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Around 25 percent of the nation's population has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. But, issues have arisen with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about this latest development. (Part 1)

Full interview will be aired on Delmarva Today on Friday at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM.

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African American women are 2-and-half times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy, delivery or following pregnancy. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is developing a new initiative to reduce the disparities in maternal health by as much as 50 percent in the next five years. Delmarva Public Media's has this report.

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There was cheering and jubilation outside the Minneapolis courthouse yesterday afternoon when it was announced that former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Kirkland Hall, former president of the Somerset County Branch of the NAACP, told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that the verdict was expected and believes it will mean a change in law enforcement.

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The coronavirus pandemic has begun to reshape the classroom with many teachers forced to remotely instruct their students. As schools reopen Ted Dintersmith founder of What School Could Be sees this as an opertunity to transform and innovate in the current education system. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about his initiative that focuses students on projects they want to create.

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With the surge in undocumented immigrants -- especially children coming to the U.S./Mexico border -- the nation has seen many images from those being detained. Warren Binford has compiled a book entitled, "Hear My Voice: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States" for Project Amplify. Amidst colorful drawings Binford laces in what she and others have heard from the children. Host Don Rush talks with her about the book and her experience at the border.

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