David Marash

News Director

Dave Marash is a veteran television news correspondent. He was chief Washington anchor for the global news channel Al Jazeera English from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as a correspondent for ABC News' Nightline, covering wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Rwanda, and disasters from the tsunami in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, to Hurricane Andrew in the United States, where he also did investigative reports on the spread of toxic asbestos from the W.R. Grace co. mine at Libby, MT, and General Motors’  failed Minority Dealership Program Before reporting for Nightline, Marash spent more than a decade in local news in New York and Washington, D.C. From 1985 to 1989, he was a news anchor for WRC-TV, Washington. He was an investigative reporter for WNBC-TV in New York and NBC Sports from 1983 to 1985. Marash anchored the news for WCBS-TV in New York from 1973 through 1978 AND in 1981 and 1982, when he also anchored and reported for an Emmy Award-winning investigative magazine Dave Marash Reporting.  Marash was a correspondent for ABC News’ 20/20 from 1978 to 1980, where he won the first of his 4 National Emmy Awards for his reporting on the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. He has published articles in The New York TimesThe Christian Science Monitor, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Carnegie Reporter, The Journalist, Washington Monthly, Ms. Magazine and TV Guide. He is a founding member, and past Chairman of the The Committee to Protect Journalists. Marash graduated from Williams College in 1964 and did graduate work at Rutgers University.  He currently blogs at http://davemarashsez.blogspot.com/.

Last December, renowned Egypt expert Michele Dunne was invited to Egypt by a government think tank, then prevented from entering the country and forced to take the first plane out by security officials at Cairo airport.  The Obama Administration, she told KSFR'S Dave Marash on HERE & THERE, protested against this, but only very quietly.

Journalist and author Charles Glass has been covering the Middle East for more than 40 years, and has made regular visits to war-torn Syria since civil war broke out there four-and-a-half years ago.  His most recent visit, made during August, showed the balance of power shifting away from the government of President Bashar al-Assad, towards opposition militias.  Since his return to the US, Glass told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE & THERE, the Russian escalation of its intervention in Syria has tipped things the government's way.

No country on earth allows it's pharmaceutical companies as much unregulated use of free market principles in pricing its drugs as the United States.  This is particularly controversial, USA Today medical reporter Liz Szabo told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE & THERE, when the drug in question is an old generic formula, or one on which the expensive research and development was done, not by the company itself, but by university scientists funded by the federal taxpayers. 

Hundreds of former Cuban international medical workers are stranded in Colombia, waiting for visas to the United States, promised under the Cuban Medical Personnel Program, which has lured medical personnel away from Cuba since 2006.  For months, Cuban applicants in Colombia have seen their visas applications stalled.  Al Jazeera America correspondent Sheila MacVicar told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, she went to the US Embassy in Bogota to ask what was causing the problem.

When the NBA player Thabo Sefolosha was arrested and beaten and injured by officers of the New York City Police Department, it got little media coverage.  News editors apparently assumed it was just another NBA police blotter story. Not so.  Sefolosha was offered a sweet plea bargain.  He turned it down, and proved his innocence at trial, and now is poised to sue the NYPD and eight police officers.

When 43 college students were disappeared in Northern Guerrero state of Mexico in September 2014, the crime got immediate global attention.  But a recent investigation lead by reporter Chris Sherman of the Associated Press has found, over the past year, in the same area, at least 292 more people have gone missing.  They are, Chris told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE what he calls "The Other Disappeared."

In the second part of his HERE AND THERE series, Living While Black in Eastern Europe,  journalist Damaso Reyes told KSFR's Dave Marash, citizens of color in Germany, the old West and especially the old East, face a culture and national identity shaped by racism. 

Most of the mixed-race citizens of what was West Germany are descendants of African-American soldiers, who came to Germany as conquerors or occupiers during and after World War 2. But as photo-journalist Damaso Reyes told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that military role had little effect on how they were accepted or rejected by White German society.

When the Board Chair of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations Art McHaffie helped plan a group trip to Turkey he had no way of knowing that, as he told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, he would be leading his group into what was virtually a war zone.

When President Obama announced his "surge" in American forces in Afghanistan at the end of 2009, he made 2 big mistakes, former CIA Afghanistan station chief Robert Grenier told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE: he committed too few troops, for too short a period, to have a realistic chance at success.

As the stream of refugees from the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan has spilled across Europe, every plan by leaders of the European Union for humanitarian aid and shelter has been overwhelmed by the growing size of the migration.  Al Jazeera English Correspondent Rob Reynolds, who has been covering the story, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, what's been driving the massive rush to re-settle in Europe. 

Pope Francis had wanted to enter the United States by walking across the Mexican border.  The White House said no.  So he arrived in the U-S by way of Cuba.  Either entrance, according to journalist and author John Thavis told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, would have been typical of a Pope who is careful to make his every public appearance exemplary of how the leader of the Catholic Church and all of its followers should act.

Would it surprise you to learn that in Qum, the home of Iran's Ayatollah's there is a university department that studies Judaism?  It surprised a lot of top Jewish scholars in the U-S.  But Larry Cohler-Esses of America's leading Jewish newspaper, the Daily Forward in New York, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that's only one example. 

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It has been close to 9 years now, since then-Mexican President Felipe Calderon began his heavily militarized war on drugs.  When he was replaced by Enrique Pena Nieto, the tactics changed, but the war went on.  Has it worked?  Has it reduced the supply or demand for drugs or the profits from them for Mexico's drug cartels?  Researcher Molly Molloy of New Mexico State University, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE 

With global oil prices in the dumpster, the Iraqi National Government is broke.  Worse, it is even more bankrupt when it comes to public credibility and confidence.  To address that issue, US-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has proposed large-scale reforms.  Amman, Jordan-based Iraq analyst Kirk Sowell told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that at least the outlines of what al-Abadi is proposing are known. 

Start with Fentanyl, a well-known pain-killing drug which is both effective and addictive.  Make it so it can be taken as a spray under the tongue and it becomes more effective and potentially even more addictive.  That's a recipe for trouble, as Roddy Boyd for the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that was made even more dangerous when selling it was put into the hands of a man named Alec Burlakoff.