Author: Russ McNamara

Russ McNamara is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. McNamara has been working in radio since he was 17 - and in news since 2012. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for Wayne State University basketball for seven years. Born in the Upper Peninsula, McNamara is a lifelong Michigander. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Program.

McNamara has been honored by the Associated Press, the Radio and Television Digital News Association, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for his work.

He is an amateur photographer, enjoys backpacking, bonfires and traveling with his wife, Sara.

GOP attempt to award Michigan’s electoral college votes to Trump was criminal, Nessel says 

Republicans who tried to put forth their own electors in 2020 election should face charges, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says. In December of 2020, 16 pro-Trump activists — including Michigan GOP chair Meshawn Maddock — tried to get into the state Capitol to put forth their own slate of electors, but were blocked. They also submitted documents making false claims. The group was not authorized to do anything election related..

Michigan unemployment agency director says state is attempting to recoup money from fraudulent claims 

Billions in fraudulent unemployment claims paid out during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic was the subject of a joint House and Senate Oversight Committee Thursday.    According to an independent audit, of the $8.5 billion paid out fraudulently, some of it went to people impersonating others while the majority went to people using their own name to sign up for unemployment. It’s unclear if those people were attempting to defraud the system or..

Michigan health officials warn state is headed toward ‘very sharp crest’ in omicron surge

Fueled by the omicron variant, infections during Michigan’s sustained fourth wave of COVID-19 continue to rise. Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Elizabeth Hertel says they’re expecting the number of new infections to drop quickly after a sharp peak. We're heading toward what will likely be a very sharp crest in this wave..

Matching IDs for Transgender People Is Life-Saving for the Community, Local Activist Says

Members of the trans community are disproportionately impacted by violence -- and some of the hostility has been state-sanctioned. Governmental entities have outed trans individuals by refusing to acknowledge their gender or chosen name. That trickles down into other areas of their life -- like getting health insurance. Late last year, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced..

Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to Begin Voting on New Legislative Maps

The first iteration of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission was bound to have some hiccups. It’s difficult enough redrawing heavily gerrymandered state legislative districts, but then bad advice by the commission’s legal team led to a 90-minute closed door session and a lawsuit taken to the Michigan Supreme Court.   On Tuesday, the state’s new redistricting commission will start the process of voting..

Whitmer Urges Residents to Get Vaccinated and Booster Shots “Before Omicron Is Everywhere”

Get vaccinated, then get boosted against the coronavirus – that’s the message from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the state deals with an extended fourth wave of the pandemic and the state’s health care system -- and its workers -- have been pushed to their limits.   “We all see the stories playing out of people who have not been vaccinated who desperately ask to be vaccinated..

Highly Contagious Omicron Variant Could Be Beginning of the End of the Pandemic, Doctor Says

The highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19 is in Michigan -- and it won’t be long until it’s the dominant strain.    The omicron is present in 46 of 50 states in the U.S. and across the border in Canada. It’s more contagious than the delta strain, which has already caused a prolonged fourth wave of infections in Michigan.     Some scientists believe that omicron is so infectious practically..