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.

James and Jennifer Crumbley Arrested in Detroit

This is a developing story. Come back to WDET.org and tune into WDET 101.9 FM for the latest updates. The parents of the teenager who shot 11 people at Oxford High School this week have been arrested in Detroit. James and Jennifer Crumbley were found hiding in a commercial building on the city’s east side early Saturday morning. Following their capture Saturday..

Michigan Senators Clash in Debate Over Gun Control

Restrictions to gun ownership and improvements to firearm safety are again a hot topic in the state Legislature following Tuesday’s mass shooting at Oxford High School.   The Michigan Senate held an intense session Thursday with emotions raw over Tuesday’s shooting that killed four students and wounded seven more people, including a student who remained in critical..

Shirkey Criticizes Whitmer’s COVID-19 Response Amid Surge of New Cases, Hospitalizations

The state’s top elected Republican is criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her response to this latest wave of COVID-19.   Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) says the governor has been inconsistent with her approach.     “Last year when we were being I believe overtly mandated and restrained across the board it was all under the guise of ‘follow the science,’”..

There Are Many Ways to Redistrict Michigan: ‘This is Not Like a Recipe For Soup’

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) must follow specific guidelines and directives in completing its task. One of the biggest hurdles is threading the needle of adequate representation of minorities. Redistricting expert and Michigan State University economics professor Jon Eguia was one of the authors of an analysis looking at the maps put forth by..

Michigan to Receive Billions from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Billions of dollars are headed to Michigan following the passage and signing of President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. There’s language in the law to spur quick spending.   U.S. Rep Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), who was in Hamtramck Monday touting the recent infrastructure legislation, says with this latest influx of cash, Michigan will have to use..

After Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict, Detroit Activists Rally at Clark Park

After Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted last week in the fatal shootings of three anti-police brutality protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about 100 activists showed up Saturday to Clark Park in Southwest Detroit to rail against what they see is an unfair justice system in the U.S.  Tristan Taylor is an organizer with social justice group Detroit Will Breathe. He says the verdict is another example of the current political system being..

President Biden Talks Up Infrastructure Bill, Makes Pitch for Social Spending Plan During Detroit Visit

After signing his $1 trillion infrastructure investment bill into law earlier this week, President Joe Biden visited General Motors’ electric vehicle plant Factory Zero on the Detroit and Hamtramck border Wednesday to highlight that accomplishment and drum up support for his social agenda.  Biden said the infrastructure legislation is delivering real results -- like the $7.5 billion..