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.


     The Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority filed legal documents arguing this week that it is not a public body as defined by state law, and therefore is not required to make its payroll information public.

     The Kent County sewer and water utility has refused to share detailed financial information with the public for the past two years, despite numerous requests from citizens.


During tonight’s City Council meeting, a number of departments will be asking for money.

              The Salisbury Police Department is requesting appropriation of $21,000 to pay for emergency repairs to a police tower on Marine Road that was damaged by a lightning strike on Aug. 2, as well as budget amendment to transfer $1,400 earned through their ammunition recycling program from the General Fund into the Fire Department budget.

President Harry Truman came to the oval office after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, and went onto to upset the pundits in 1948 by winning a term in his own right. However, as Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse recalls, his scrappiest moment had nothing to do with the affairs of state.

During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.  

Governor Martin O'Malley issued an executive order, PlanMaryland, that calls for state and local governments to coordinate development.  However, rural legislators and local government officials are opposed with one calling it "a war on rural areas".  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explores the issues with State Planning Secretary Richard Hall and Wicomico County Council member Gail Bartkovich during their appearances on Delmarva Today. 

As the Republican presidential race heads southward, front-runner Mitt Romney's religion could play a role in how evangelical Christians vote. Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has this look back at religion and American presidential politics. 

Delmarva Today 01-20-2012

Jan 20, 2012

This morning, we remember Madeline Perdue.


The first wife of Frank Perdue, she died at the age of 91 last month surrounded by her family at her home in Salisbury.

She met Frank Perdue when both were students at what was then the Salisbury Teacher's College- now Salisbury University.

She helped Frank to build what has become the hall mark poultry business on the Eastern Shore.


Jim Perdue, who now heads up his father's business

Missy Mclaughlin, a friend of some 38 years

The Annapolis Summit

Jan 19, 2012

Don Rush files this report from the recent 2011 Annapolis Summit.

Delmarva Today 01-13-2012

Jan 13, 2012

There some expansion going on at Deer's Head Hospital Center as the Delmarva peninsula works to provide for the local population's medical needs. 


Mary Beth Waide- CEO for Deer's Head Hospital Center

Maureen McNeill, Director of Development at Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care

Tess Iten,  RN- Deer's Head Chief Nursing Officer

Delmarva Today 12-30-2011

Jan 3, 2012

A look back in the year in politics.


Mike Pretl with the Wicomico County Democrats

John Barkovitch, former chair of the Wicomico County Republicans