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Dan Rodricks

Columnist

Dan Rodricks is an award-winning columnist for The Baltimore Sun, writing commentary on local, regional and national news three days a week since January 1979. He is also the host of Midday, a daily talk show on WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore. Earlier, he was host of a talk show on WBAL Radio, contributed feature stories and commentary to WBAL-TV News and produced and served as host of a live television show, "Rodricks For Breakfast," on WMAR-TV.

Recent Articles

  • In post-Freddie Gray Baltimore, the need for body cameras

    In post-Freddie Gray Baltimore, the need for body cameras

    What we have here is a he said/he said story originating with a West Baltimore man's complaint about how police and federal agents treated him one morning two weeks ago. It's the kind of story that, pre-Freddie Gray, I might have skipped, because concluding who's wrong and who's right is too hard....

  • A 'new' O'Malley talking criminal justice reform in Iowa

    A 'new' O'Malley talking criminal justice reform in Iowa

    If he had not been planning to run for president for several years — with many of his decisions and positions as Maryland governor poured into that calculus — I would be tempted to say that Martin O'Malley's views on criminal justice had "evolved," that his current beliefs resulted from a thoughtful...

  • Dan Rodricks: Making homelessness 'rare and brief' a work in progress

    Dan Rodricks: Making homelessness 'rare and brief' a work in progress

    Here's a strange thought from several years ago, when Our Daily Bread, perhaps the best-known of Baltimore's soup kitchens, moved from its original location, a rowhouse on Franklin Street, to a new building at the corner of Franklin and Cathedral. I looked at the new place and wondered why it had...

  • Marylanders who opposed gas tax hike reap its benefits

    Marylanders who opposed gas tax hike reap its benefits

    Here's what I'd like to see, and I know many readers will join me in the wish: a Maryland elected official who stands on principle and refuses to be a hypocrite. That would make my day. How about yours?

  • Martin O'Malley is no Donald Trump, and good for him

    Martin O'Malley is no Donald Trump, and good for him

    Here's a quick study in contrasts from the weekend: Donald Trump, surging in the Republican presidential polls, mocks John McCain's service during the Vietnam War, then refuses to apologize for it, while Martin O'Malley, last in the latest poll on the Democratic side, apologizes for saying "all...

  • Living dangerously in Baltimore, texting while skating

    Living dangerously in Baltimore, texting while skating

    Texting While Skating: I've seen it three times now — most recently Friday afternoon — while waiting for the bus at St. Paul and 23rd in Baltimore: A young guy, fashionably urban, sporting a baseball cap, smartphone in hand, earbuds in ears, texting while skateboarding, living dangerously.

  • Who knew Hogan, Rutherford were such transit geeks?

    Who knew Hogan, Rutherford were such transit geeks?

    It takes something — gall, maybe, but certainly a lack of humility — for a man who has no expertise in public transportation or urban planning to tell those who do that they've got it all wrong. That's what Maryland has in both Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

  • Baltimore crime fight meets battle of pessimism vs. optimism

    Baltimore crime fight meets battle of pessimism vs. optimism

    That the mayor of Baltimore and the new police commissioner want to establish a "war room" approach to curtailing the surge of shootings and killings — that, during another of our crazy-bloody weekends, they called a Sunday evening news conference to announce it — was optically effective. It looked...

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