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.

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..

COVID-19 in Michigan Is “Critical Right Now” as Cases and Hospitalizations Hit All-Time Highs

Michigan is still leading the country in new coronavirus infections, and now over 21% of all people hospitalized in the state have COVID-19 -- a new record.   “Michigan continues to trend in a deeply concerning direction,” Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel said Friday at a news conference.  Chief Medical Executive..