Josh Rushing, an award-winning journalist and photographer and former U.S. Marine captain will speak Monday night, Oct. 3, 2016, at Gaylord College.
The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7:30 in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium in Gaylord Hall.
Rushing co-hosts Fault Lines, Al Jazeera’s Emmy-winning, investigative, current affairs show. He has also reported breaking news from all over the world, from the Boston bombing to the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. His work has taken him to more than 40 countries on five continents.
A former U.S. Marine captain with 14 years in the Corps, Rushing served as a spokesperson at Central Command in Doha, Qatar, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. When his earnest discussions about war coverage with Al Jazeera reporters were featured in the hit documentary, Control Room, Rushing found himself thrust into the public conscious amidst a whirlwind of controversy.
Rushing left the service so he could speak openly about his role in selling the Iraq war and the US Government’s misunderstanding of Al Jazeera. Eventually, Rushing was hired as part of the original team to help launch Al Jazeera English.
Every major news outlet has covered Rushing’s career: The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The O’Reilly Factor, NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered, Fast Company magazine (cover), GQ, the LA Times (front page), USA Today (front page), The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and countless more.
Rushing released his first book in 2007, “Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World,” published by Palgrave-MacMillan. The book blends his personal story with a unique behind-the-scenes look into the Al Jazeera broadcast networks. Rushing’s photography has been twice awarded first place at FotoWeek DC, featured on the cover of a Center for Fine Art Photography book, exhibited in New York and Washington and published by National Geographic.