Since launching the show in 2009, Rushing’s work has focused on the human toll of systemic injustice through issues such as economic disparity, gun violence, immigration, criminal justice and racism. His reporting has taken him to more than 60 countries on five continents, with dozens of trips to Afghanistan and Iraq, though more recently Rushing has turned his lens toward the perils of misinformation and conspiracy both on screen and in podcasts, interviewing true believers, purveyors and psychologists. Fault Lines has been awarded multiple Emmys, Peabodys and a DuPont, among other honors.
His book, Mission Al Jazeera, was published by Palgrave MacMillan and optioned by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. His photography has been published around the world by the likes of National Geographic. Rushing has appeared on the cover of Fast Company magazine and in the pages of GQ. He’s been a guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross (1, 2) and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Rushing is a lecturer for The University of Texas, his alma mater. Prior to launching Al Jazeera English, Rushing served in the US Marine Corps for 14 years, rising through the ranks from private to captain. Rushing’s role as a spokesperson for US Central Command during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was captured in the highly praised documentary film Control Room. He’s married to his college sweetheart, and they have five children. Portrait Credit: Neil Collier.