John Rash | Star Tribune
Editorial writer and columnist | Opinion

John Rash is an editorial writer and columnist. His Rash Report column analyzes media and politics, and his focus on foreign policy has taken him on international reporting trips to China, Japan, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Lithuania, Kuwait and Canada.. 

Rash's commentary can be heard on WCCO-AM on Friday mornings at 8:10 a.m. and on Wednesdays on "Playing Politics," a podcast from the Editorial Board. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife, two children and a dog.


'A cycle of fear' imperils press freedom worldwide

Pulitzer Prizes, clarity of Mueller report are antidotes to Reporters Without Borders' chilling annual analysis.


Rash Report: India's election a vote of confidence in democracy

World's largest democracy can be a global beacon amid a time of increasing authoritarianism.


Rash Report: Documentary on 'disrupter' Molly Ivins fits film fest's theme

The 38th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival will screen more than 250 films from 77 countries during its April 4-20 run.


Rash Report: 'World Happiness Report' reveals much about true wealth

Annual U.N. study of people polled in 156 countries suggests that while it can help, money doesn't (always) buy happiness.


Rash Report: The humanitarian example of Razia Sultana, an 'International Woman of Courage'

The world needs to match the State Department honoree's intrepid advocacy on behalf of Rohingya refugees.


Rash Report: Oscars should focus its lens on film, not just movie stars

Filmmaking, and the movies themselves, should be the stars of a show that's been shadowed with controversy.


Rash Report: 40 years on, Iran's Islamic Revolution still roils

A juxtaposition of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and an Iran-focused Mideast security conference in Warsaw.


Rash Report: Can Klobuchar connect with voters' 'true north?'

Minnesota senator's expected presidential bid comes amid a polarized, turbulent political environment.


Rash Report: Those who 'shall not grow old' should be remembered

A new documentary from director Peter Jackson uses old footage and voices to renew interest in the sacrifices of soldiers who fought, and won, the "Great War."


Rash Report: World's woes won't wait for Western paralysis

Political stalemates in Washington, London and elsewhere reflect a crisis in governance at a time of rising global challenges.