Greg Rushford, Editor & Publisher
Veteran Washington investigative reporter Greg Rushford launched The Rushford Report in January 1995. “I believed that there was a need for journalists who write about international economic issues to explain the connections between trade, national security, and foreign policy,” he recalls. “I was also convinced that journalism needed at least one reporter whose basic job was to go around turning over protectionist rocks.” And over the years, Rushford, who lives on a mountain in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains some 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., has turned over his share of such rocks.
Rushford’s targets are bipartisan special pleaders, regardless of whether they are Democrats or Republicans. Rushford also has frequently lampooned anti-globalist activists, observing that many of the critics who accuse the World Bank or the WTO of being non-transparent are not willing to be transparent about their own operations and sources of funding. And while Rushford supports open markets, he has also filed critical reports on corporate special pleaders — notably including major corporations that benefit from international trade, while being unwilling to explain the benefits of trade to the American public.
Rushford keeps a close eye on power centers in Washington, from the lobbyists along “K” Street to Capitol Hill, the White House and federal agencies with jurisdiction over international trade. He also pays close attention to the World Trade Organization — he’s an enthusiastic supporter of the WTO’s role in the multilateral trading system. He travels frequently, and has filed reports from Geneva, London, Brussels, Paris, and other major European cities. Rushford also has a particular interest in Asia, which he has visited regularly for more than four decades. Over the years, Rushford has filed reports from Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), to name just a few of his favorite Asian cities.
Besides his own publication, Rushford has contributed columns over the years for such respected publications as the Wall Street Journal Asia, ForeignPolicy.com, and the Milken Institute Review. He is the author of Appointments with Power: An Insider’s Guide to the Clinton Administration’s Top Business Policy-Makers (1994, Legal Times books). Rushford also edited How Washington Really Works for Dummies (2012, John Wylie & Sons, Inc.).
Earlier in his career, Rushford was a senior reporter for Legal Times. Before turning to journalism in the late 1970s, he ran national-security investigations as a U.S. congressional aide, including a stint on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.
What People Say About The Rushford Report
"Greg Rushford's online journal is a remarkable achievement. We get stories that blend first-rate investigative reporting with an admirable grasp of economic principles way beyond that on display in the USTR or Commerce. I have used The Rushford Report more than any source to teach my students about trade policy in the real world: The Rushford Report is a national treasure." "
---Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics, Columbia University.
"On trade, Greg Rushford has the story---and with an attitude. I like both. From a free trader's point of view, nothing tops The Rushford Report.
---Bruce Ramsey, editorial columnist, The Seattle Times
"When it comes to trade policy, political influence often trumps economic logic. Greg Rushford does a marvelous job at getting the inside story on the politics of trade policy and exposing those seeking special political favors. The Rushford Report provides an important public service and his investigations often yield astounding stories. The Report provides the specific examples of trade politics in action that enliven the classroom discussion, and wake students up to political reality."
---Douglas Irwin, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
"The Rushford Report has less credibility than the National Lampoon."
---anti-globalist activist Lori Wallach, reacting to a Rushford Report article that lampooned her role in misrepresenting a WTO dispute-resolution panel finding against the United States and the "Big Oil" lobby.
"While there are many publications that report on international trade issues, most of these offer only quick summaries of trade disputes and regulations. The Rushford Report is a unique voice in the international trade world, digging deep to find the real story behind the headlines. Simply put, the insights and perspective provided by the Rushford Report are not available anywhere else."
---Simon Lester. A former lawyer with the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Lester is currently president of WorldTradeLaw.net. LLC, which analyzes WTO dispute-resolution panel rulings.