Author: Pat Batcheller

Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.

Batcheller joined WDET in 2007 after nine years at WWJ, where he was a news editor, producer and reporter. He started his broadcasting career in 1989 and has lived and worked in Michigan his entire life. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. He has won multiple awards for excellence from the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an amateur musician, playing percussion in the Downriver Community Band.

DDOT and SMART Resume Bus Fare Collections, But Pandemic Safety Rules Still Apply

The coronavirus pandemic changed many aspects of life, including the way people get around.  Michigan confirmed its first cases of COVID-19 on March 10, 2020. After that, the Detroit Department of Transportation and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation stopped collecting fares on buses to limit contact between drivers and passengers. One year later, DDOT..