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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 a podcast, called Roughly Speaking, on baltimoresun.com. He is the former 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, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, and he produced and served as host of a live television show, "Rodricks For Breakfast," on WMAR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore. He is the winner of several national and regional journalism awards, and the author of two books.

Recent Articles

  • One of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever

    One of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever

    A look back at Plessy v. Ferguson, one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history. The court upheld a Louisiana law that required racial separation on passenger trains, preserving and furthering segregation ("separate but equal") throughout the nation well into the 20th Century.

  • Investing in more of Baltimore, one small loan at a time

    Investing in more of Baltimore, one small loan at a time

    A man told me he was shocked by what he saw when he made a wrong turn during a drive through Southwest Baltimore. “It was like a third-world country,” he said, a pejorative often uttered by white visitors as they drive by vacant rowhouses or rowhouses occupied by what appear to be poor black families....

  • Frank Robinson and the legend of the Orioles 'HERE' flag

    Frank Robinson and the legend of the Orioles 'HERE' flag

    One Sunday in a long-ago spring, sudden lightning cracked from Frank Robinson’s bat, and in a few electric seconds, one of Baltimore’s greatest legends was born. Robinson hit a home run that cleared the left-field bleachers, the ball flying high over spectators, and landing in the parking lot beyond....

  • Mueller could have some say about a Hogan challenge of Trump

    Mueller could have some say about a Hogan challenge of Trump

    Pundits who dismiss the idea of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan running for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination make an assumption — that Donald Trump will still be in office a year from now. As assumptions go, that’s a fairly big one. It means Trump survives the Mueller investigation. I only...

  • Wanted: Maryland millionaires to keep the BSO world-class

    Wanted: Maryland millionaires to keep the BSO world-class

    In Baltimore, we do not stick the adjective “world-class” to many things, but the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is certainly one of them. Aside from Johns Hopkins University and hospital, no institution is more commonly referred to as world-class. It’s a source of pride for people who don’t even...

  • Dan Rodricks: Maryland GOP loses some ground after a Trump (or Hogan) bump

    Dan Rodricks: Maryland GOP loses some ground after a Trump (or Hogan) bump

    Nobody asked me, but I wonder: Is the Republican Party growing in Maryland because of the popularity of Larry Hogan, the first GOP governor to win re-election here in more than 60 years, or are Maryland Republicans leaving the party because of the Trump presidency? I looked at the numbers from...

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