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.