Dan Rodricks is an award-winning columnist for the Baltimore Sun newspapers, (established 1837), and host of the Roughly Speaking podcast for baltimoresun.com. He was previously the host of Midday, a two-hour, daily talk show on WYPR FM 88.1, the NPR station in Baltimore, and the host of "Rodricks For Breakfast" on WMAR-TV, (Channel 2.1), "The Dan Rodricks Show" on WBAL Radio (1090 AM) and a long-time contributor of features and commentary to WBAL-TV, (Channel 11.1).
After arriving in Baltimore from New England in the mid-1970s, Rodricks started writing a column for the former afternoon paper (published since 1910), The Evening Sun in 1979. The column has appeared at least twice per week, but most often three times per week, ever since. The column moved to the newly consolidated morning and evening editions of The Sun in 1990.
Rodricks' "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 (established by Gannett Newspapers) and the 2005 "Public Service Award" from the Chesapeake Associated Press. Thousands of ex-felons and current incarcerated prisoners over the years contacted Rodricks seeking help in post-prison employment. Rodricks has won national awards, including the "National Headliners Award" for commentary and the "Heywood Broun Award" from the Newspaper Guild for columns that championed the underdog. His columns have won numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. Rodricks has frequently been cited as "best columnist" by readers of the longtime metro monthly periodical, Baltimore magazine and the weekly alternative newspaper, the Baltimore City Paper.
From 1989 until 1993, Rodricks hosted a nightly talk show on WBAL-AM (1090), as well as a five-hour Saturday morning radio show that ran until 1995. His radio documentaries won the "Silver Medal" in an international broadcast competition in 1993. Rodricks weekly hosted a live, local-interest Saturday morning television show, "Rodricks For Breakfast" on WMAR-TV from early 1995 until late 1999. His Midday show ran on WYPR-FM succeeding long-time host/moderator Marc Steiner, from 2008 until 2015, when Rodricks created the Roughly Speaking podcast for the Baltimore Sun. A collection of Rodricks' columns, “Mencken Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” was published as a book in 1989.