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John Rash

Kazakhstan 2013
The Star Tribune
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John Rash writes the Rash Report column, which explores the intersection of media, culture, society and politics. He is also an editorial writer and a member of the Star Tribune’s Editorial Board. He teaches Mass Media and Politics at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, where he majored in political science and minored in French. His commentary on media, politics and pop culture can be heard on “The Rash Report,” which runs Monday-Friday at 7:50 a.m. on WCCO-AM (830), the CBS radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the Editorial Board he was a senior vice president, director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun, a Minneapolis-based national advertising agency. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and two children.

Rash was awarded a prior fellowship with IRP, reporting from Rwanda in 2011. 


  • Kazakhstan’s Lesson for Iran

    Due to the diplomatic deal reached in Geneva, the theocracy running Iran has half a year to decide if its potential nuclear-weapons program would make the regime more, or less,...

  • Famine Relief: Using the Web to Tell the Story

    Given East Africa's geopolitical importance, as well as Minnesota's burgeoning population of immigrants from that region, any month would be an appropriate time for the Minnesota International Center's "Great...

  • Rwanda: Recovering. Restrained. Resilient.

    John Rash   In Rwanda, they sweep the dirt. Women and children -- or, just as commonly in Africa's most densely populated country, women with babies strapped to their backs --...

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