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Josh Rushing

Award-Winning Journalist

Biography

Josh Rushing is an award-winning journalist, former Marine officer, documentary movie star, author, blogger and leading voice in international affairs.

A former US 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, enjoyed theatrical release across the world and continues to affect audiences on DVD.

Rushing currently co-hosts Fault Lines, Al Jazeera English's flagship current affairs program about the Americas. Read More >

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.  His 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 US military. Multiple trips to Afghanistan saw him embedded with US 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 continues to provide unique coverage of the war in Iraq from the perspective of having been there from the beginning in 2003 as a Marine to recently returning from his sixth trip in which he went to cover an election, but instead found a civil war brewing.

Rushing released his first book in 2007, Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World. The book blends his personal story with a unique behind-the-scenes look into the controversial Al Jazeera broadcast networks. He also blogs for The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera English Blogs.

Journalism schools across the world use Control Room and Mission Al Jazeera as key curricula in opening students minds about the power of international journalism.  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 Los Angeles Times (front page), USA Today (front page), The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and countless more. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Correspondent for Al Jazeera

Speech Topics

The Power of Transformation: How the US Marine Corps Taught Me to Change Myself & the World

America, The Global Brand: Returning to the American Dream

Six Steps to a New America: How the US Can Reconnect with the World

Mission Al Jazeera: My Journey from Being the Face of America as a US Marine Spokesperson on Al Jazeera to being the face of Al Jazeera English in America

What's Wrong with American News? And Why It's Your Fault!

Holy Warriors: How Christian Extremists are Turning the US Wars into the New Crusades

Spin: The Art of Selling War

America & Al Jazeera: What's at Stake

Cast Away: The Criminalization of the Mentally Ill in America

How to Succeed in a Post-American World

Bridges to the Future: Lessons in Global Leadership

Global Communicating: Succeeding in a Hyper-Connected World

Human Rights: Can America Lead the Way?

Ethics: The Pathway to Continued Success

Ethics: From the Marine Corps Crucible to International Spotlight