Josh Rushing co-hosts Fault Lines, Al Jazeera English's flagship
current affairs program about the Americas, he just returned from
Kirkuk, Iraq, where he went to film an election preview, but instead
discovered a brewing civil war.
As an international correspondent, Rushing has hosted and produced
programs all over the world--from war-torn Iraq to drug-fueled
Colombia to bomb-laden Laos. Rushing's coverage in 2009 tackled issues
such as the criminalization of the mentally ill in America by
reporting from one of the nation's largest psychiatric units, the
Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas, and the rise of dominionist
Christians in the U.S. military. Multiple trips to Afghanistan saw him
embedded with U.S. Marines in the Helmand Providence on the eve of
Afghanistan's historic national elections and later in the Wardak
Providence to challenge reports that the Taliban's control had reached
the "Gates of Kabul".
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 controversial Al Jazeera broadcast
A former U.S. Marine captain with 15 years of service, Rushing served
as a spokesperson at Central Command in Doha, Qatar, during Operation
Iraqi Freedom. Unbeknownst to him, an independent film, Control Room,
captured his efforts to communicate the American message on Al
Jazeera. The documentary debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004
and enjoyed theatrical release across the world.
Every major news outlet has covered Rushing's career: The Today Show,
Anderson Cooper 360, 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 has 3 sons, 1 daughter and a very understanding wife.