David Marash

News Director

David 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/.

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.

Chinese government hacks of US Government sites has been going on for a long while.  It is espionage as usual.  But Shane Harris, the national and Cyber Security Correspondent for thedailybeast.com told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, when Chinese government hackers hacked the website of an American business, they crossed a line in the sand.  It's all about a chemical called titanium dioxide.

The internment in concentration camps of well over 100-thousand Japanese-Americans for almost three years during World War Two is one of the darkest chapters in American history.  In his new book INFAMY, author Richard Reeves details the many injustices inflicted on Americans of Japanese ancestry.  He told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, among the most damaging were almost unintended indignities of life for the detainees in the camps.

Although most observers speak of the situation in Ukraine as "a frozen war," the former US Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, secessionist forces, supported by Russia have become more and more aggressive in the south and east of the country.  He says the US and the West need to be tougher on confronting this.  But he says, when it comes to the crucial matter of reforming Ukraine's politics and economy, there are reasons for real optimism.

In his encyclical and on his three-nation tour of South America, Pope Francis preached that humanity and the environment cannot be separated, and that both are due higher levels of protection and care.  But, veteran Catholic News Service Vatican Correspondent John Thavis told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the Pope also had a second message:  of inclusion, of bringing all people of good will, -- gays and straights, the married and divorced, -- into the family of the Roman Catholic Church.

The recent PBS Frontline documentary Rape on the Night Shift revealed an apparently widespread problem of unpunished sexual predation in the national janitorial services industry.  To tell this story, Producer Daffodil Altan (All-TAHN) told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, she had to find victims who were credible, coherent, and willing to tell their painful stories in the presence of cameras and microphones.


As the negotiations with Iran over restraints on the next 10 to 15 years of nuclear developments hover ever-closer to the finish, fewer and fewer details have been leaking out.  Al Jazeera America's Ali Velshi, host of the business and economic news program On Target told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, there are some important things about the talks that no outsiders know.

Last week Boston Marathon Bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for the 2013 attack called one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history.  3 people were killed and 268 were injured.  During his sentence the 21 year old bomber broke a long silence, apologizing for his actions saying he was quote “sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done. Irreparable damage.

Basketball star Jamaal Wilkes has lived a life of many changes. His very successful athletic career was ended prematurely by a devastating knee injury.  And, he told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, his spiritual life, begun under the tutelage of  a father who was a Christian minister, moved through Islam and a touch of Buddhism, back to Christianity today.

If several groups of plaintiffs' attorney and Federal investigators have it right, a massive fraud helped place inferior counterfeit spinal rods and screws inside hundreds of unsuspecting patients, some of whom say they are in pain, and some doctors add, may be in real danger.  Investigative reporter Karen Foshay OF AL JAZEERA AMERICA told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, as many as 15 surgeons and 17 hospitals may have been involved in a scam that allegedly bilked insurance companies of hundreds of millions of dollars.