Josh Rushing is an award-winning, multi-talented, seasoned journalist who has reported from across the US and around the globe. Josh takes you along, simplifies the complicated, and, masterfully, compels you to care.
Whether he’s scouting cocaine labs with Colombian special forces in narco-controlled jungles; patrolling for Taliban fighters with US forces in the deserts of southern Afghanistan; or grilling lobbyists in their swank Washington offices, Josh finds the human story that all audiences can relate to. In the US he’s covered everything from Obama’s campaign to the plight of the elderly in US prisons. He’s been live on-the-scene at such breaking events as the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Fort Hood.
Along the way he has been Tasered at an arms show in Amman, pepper sprayed and gassed in student riots in Santiago, and shot with the US Army's latest weapon, the Pain Ray, in the fields of Quantico.
Josh is a vanguard of the convergence of old school journalism and new world social media. When he’s on assignment as the host of Fault Lines--Al Jazeera English's flagship current affairs program about the Americas--he often fuses his award-winning photography with in-depth blogging to create multi-media reports that span social media platforms. For example, after following the story of a condemned inmate in Oklahoma for two years, Josh created “Anatomy of an American Execution”, consisting of a half-hour episode of Fault Lines, a news package (which AJE has just submitted for consideration for a Peabody award), original photography, a blog post about actually witnessing the execution, the full transcript of an exclusive interview and a body of statistics for an infographic--all of which was pushed out to millions of followers on Al Jazeera’s and Josh’s many social media accounts.
When not on the road, Josh brings his hard-won years of experience to the anchor chair of Al Jazeera English’s daily, live, social-media-driven program, The Stream, as its back-up host.
Josh’s journey has forged a truly unique storyteller leading him through 14 years serving as a US Marine to gaining international acclaim in the hugely successful documentary film, Control Room, to authoring his first book, Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World. His photography has been published by the likes of National Geographic and exhibited in New York and Washington, DC. Fault Lines was recently nominated for an emmy.
Every major news outlet has covered Rushing's career: The Daily Show, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's Fresh Air and All Things Considered, The O'Reilly Factor, GQ, Fast Company (cover), the LA Times (front page), USA Today (front page), the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and countless more. Here is some of what they had to say:
- “Mr. Rushing as a sort of AlJazeera Anderson Cooper: the same earnest emotiveness, the same blue-eyed magnetism.... He has that charisma—a presence that pops....” The New York Observer
- “What's the opposite of the Ugly American? Josh Rushing fills the bill.” Wall Street Journal
- “AlJazeera’s Matt Lauer” GQ Magazine
- “Open, earnest, articulate—characteristics that should make any American proud.” LA Times
- “Earnest and thoughtful, a patriot and a skeptic—with shrewd observations…” Salon.com
- “His star turn made blue-state audiences swoon and marked him as a matinee idol for the nervous new century: a U.S. Marine, clean-cut, thoughtful, culturally sensitive....The hunk of war.” The New York Observer