Dan Rodricks is a native of Massachusetts, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun newspaper, and host of Midday, a two-hour talk show on WYPR FM 88.1, a public radio station in Baltimore. He formerly was on radio WBAL as the host of Rodricks On The Radio and co-host of The Buzz with Chip Franklin and Clarence Mitchell IV.
Rodricks's "Dear Drug Dealers" series in The Sun, a public call for an end to criminal violence in Baltimore won the 2006 Excellence in Urban Journalism Award from the Freedom Forum and the Enterprise Foundation and the 2005 Public Service Award from the Chesapeake Associated Press. Thousands of ex-felons contacted Rodricks seeking help in post-prison employment. Rodricks won the 1984 Heywood Broun Award from the Newspaper Guild. Three times in recent years, including 2002, his columns were named "Best in Show" in the annual competition of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.
In 2006, the City Paper criticized Rodricks' WYPR radio show, calling it the "Best Reason to Turn Off WYPR," referring to his style as "oddly defensive." The show has not been distinguished by any awards.
From 1989 until 1993, Rodricks hosted a nightly talk show on WBAL-Radio, as well as a five-hour Saturday morning show that ran until 1995. His radio documentaries won the Silver Medal in an international broadcast competition in 1993. Rodricks hosted a live, local-interest television show, "Rodricks For Breakfast" on WMAR-TV from early 1995 until late 1999. A collection of Rodricks' columns, “Mencken Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” was published in 1989.