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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Representative Andy Harris has drawn national attention with his effort to overturn results of the electoral college and the storming of the Capitol building. Salisbury City Council Vice President Muir Boda, who quit the GOP to rejoin the Libertarian Party, is now considering a challenge to the Eastern Shore Republican. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about Harris and what may lie ahead. (Part 2)

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The Republican Party has found itself in disarray as it grapples with the post-Trump presidency. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury Council Vice President Muir Boda who quit the GOP and has returned to the Libertarian Party. As he contemplates a run against Republican Congressman Andy Harris we talked about what has happed to the GOP. (Part 1)

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With an aging population dementia and Alzheimer's has become of increasing concern. Officially, there is no cure or prevention for the condition. But, Dr. Timothy Smith has written a new took entitled, "Reversing Alzheimer's: How to Prevent Dementia and Revitalize the Brain". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Smith about what people can do to prevent the disease.

The pipeline that will bring natural gas to Somerset County got a final license approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the project and the surrounding environmental controversy.

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The Biden administration has announecd that it will be pushing for more electric powered vehicles to combat climate change. The Washington-based Environmental Defense Fund says that while heavy-duty trucks account for only 4% of vehicles on the road, they are responsible for a major portion of pollution into the atmosphere. Jason Mathers, director of Vehicle & Energy at the organization, says it's time to move toward electric powered trucks and buses.

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The 2020 election is over. President Joe Biden has been sworn in pledging to work toward unity. For Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill there is calm and relief with this final act.

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The Wicomico Environmental Trust will be holding an eductional event in the Salisbury City Park over the next four weekends. It's called Bundle Up and Get Out featuring art made from natural materials and stories for the children. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush has this report.

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It is a time of change with the inauguration of a new president and the passing of Mike Miller, the long time president of the Maryland state Senate. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about this changing of the guard.

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The nation marked the Martin Luther King Junior Holiday amidst turbulent times. The nation saw the Capitol building stormed by a mob of Trump supporters that included white supremacists and the Confederate flag. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Brante Dashiell, president of the Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP, about her thoughts as the inauguration nears for President-Elect Joe Biden in Segment One.

In Segment Two we discussed what the future holds for the country.

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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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