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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Mayor Jake Day told an audience during his State of the City address last night that Salisbury had achieved much in the past year despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Mayor also announced that a street will be named after the outgoing President of Salisbury University Charles Wight. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the Mayor after his address about the pandemic's impact on the city.

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Much of the nation has been consumed with the coronavirus pandemic and the struggles over getting enough people vaccinated. This has diverted attention from other vaccines. Karen Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, is urging African Americans to get one of the two new vaccines that are being developed for pneumonia. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with her about the new development and vaccine hesitancy in the African American community.

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The issues of race, gender and class have become more prominent in the United States as demographic changes have stirred up a great deal of anxiety. Host Don Rush talks with Minal Bopaiah, author of her new book, "Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives", about the conflicts we are now seeing in American society.


Globalization has seen many corporations move their operations overseas to avoid tax liabilities. But, Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin notes the nations of the world are beginning to take action.

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With schools boards beseiged by parents who object to their children wearing masks, a new study by the ECRI Institute has found that cloth masks can be effective against COVID 19 in school settings. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the organization's President and CEO Dr. Marcus Schabacker who says that in conjunction with other efforts such as social distancing the masks can reduce the spread of the virus.

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Harriet Tubman has become a national symbol of the Underground Railroad which funnelled many slaves out of the South before the Civil War. Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is author of Bounded for the Promised Land: Portrait of an American Hero." Delmarva Public Media's Peter Solomon talked with her about what we know about her life and some of the misconceptions about her efforts.

Dr. Larson will be the keynote speaker at the annual Beach to Bay Heritage Area conference on Oct. 28th at the Henson Center on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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Sea level rise is threatening the coast of Delaware and on Monday a conference was held in Lewes with local and European officials on the impact of climate change. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with Lewes Mayor Ted Becker to talk about what his city is doing to combat the rising waters.

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The Seaford City Council recently tabled a measure that would have required the remains from abortion to be either buried or cremated. The legislation comes just as Planned Parenthood is opening a facility. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Mike Brickner, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, which sent a letter to the city council expressing legal concerns about the measure.

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Even before these politically divided times Robbie Bach began writing his new novel, "The Wilkes Insurrection: A Contemporary Thriller", about domestic terrorism. Host Don Rush talks with him about the novel and the times inwhich we live.

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The Maryland Coastal Bays Program gave the region a C+ in its latest envrionmental report. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Roman Jesien, science coordinator for the program, who said that there was a slight decline in some areas but largely remained the same overall.

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Across the country thousands celebrated National Coming Out Day with even President Joe Biden marking LGBTQ event. The Salisbury PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) held their event at the Ward Museum last night. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the organization's executive director Mark DeLancey about the change in public opinion over the years.   

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With the coming of COVID 19 vaccines the cruise ship industry is coming back to life with Baltimore being one of the major ports on the East Coast. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Tom McAlpin, President & CEO of Virgin Voyages, about what is being done to ensure passenger safety and the outlook for the coming year.

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A deal has been cut to temporarily lift the debt ceiling through December. The nation has seen this kind of showdown before that could have forced the U.S.into default. Michael O'Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, examines what these kinds of standoffs mean.


After the announcement that State Senator Ernie Lopez intends to retire, Delaware's 6th District could very well turn blue. Jack Bucchioni has become the first Democrat to announce his intention to succeed the Republican. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about his prospects and the issues in the district.


The U.S. and U.S. Women's Chess Championships are taking place in St. Louis this week. And, among those doing commentary is Maurice Ashley, the first African American Grandmaster of the game. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about what he sees as the growing interest in the game within the African American community.

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Thousands of women marched on Saturday in towns across the country. This time their focus was on the Texas law that effectively bans abortion in the state. Around a hundred gathered in front of the government building in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Media's Bailey Morris was there and filed this report.

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Some have called this a Christian nation. And while the founders refrained from embedding that into the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights, there is no doubt that Christian groups have dominated American scene. Host Don Rush talked with Khyati Joshi, about her new book, "White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America", about the nature of religion in the United States.

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A new survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that only 18% of colleges and universities require students to complete foundation courses such as history and government. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jonathan Pidluzny, vice presdient of the organization, about the decline of liberal arts and its impact on society.

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Maryland tax revenues saw a hefty $2.5 billion balance with a major boost from federal moneys aimed at curbing the effect of the COVID 19 pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Comptroller Peter Franchot about the surplus which he emphasized is a one time event.

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Delaware Governor John Carney announced that teachers will be required to either be vaccinated or undergo regular testing beginning next month. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Shelley Meadowcroft, spokesperson for the Delaware State Education Association, who praised the new regulations.