Russ McNamara

russ mcnamara img 0041 Russ McNamaraLike many at WWJ, I took a non-traditional route to get here. Growing up in the small UP town of Newberry, I was always a news junkie and am forever fascinated with weather. So, of course, I spent most of my professional career in sports broadcasting. The love of broadcasting – and especially radio – took me to Central Michigan University where I graduated in 2002.

From there I worked in sports talk radio as a producer, reporter and update anchor for 10 years. After spending a glorious five months unemployed, I started here at WWJ in 2012 as a part-time sports anchor. I quickly became addicted to the fast-paced action of a newsroom and quickly made the transition to hard news. After a short tenure as a reporter/editor, I currently anchor evenings from 7 to midnight.

While I miss the UP, I certainly have enjoyed my 10+ years here in Detroit. Currently, I live in Ferndale with my very understanding wife Sara, and my incredibly hyper dog Finnegan. When I’m not working, I enjoy photography, cooking and running.

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WWJ’s Russ McNamara Interviews The New York Times’ Jessica Bennett [PODCAST]

The New York Times has just started an ongoing feature called ‘Overlooked’ – obituaries for women whose deaths should have been covered by the Times – but weren’t.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/09/2018

‘Scripted Answers, Editing’ Leaked Draft Strategy For Trump’s Outreach To African-American Community In Detroit

Yamiche Alcindor says Trump sounds more controlled in the script she obtained.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/01/2016

Russ McNamara: Temps Dip Before Tigers Opening Day

Tune in for weather updates on the 8s on WWJ Newsradio 950 HERE or click on the weather page on for real-time radar, a seven-day forecast, and more.

CBS Detroit–03/28/2016

Bid Is In For City Of Detroit To Host 2019 College Football National Championship Game

The game would be at Ford Field, but some of the other events could easily slide over into Comerica Park and the new Red Wings arena.

CBS Detroit–05/27/2015

Asian Carp, Is It What’s For Dinner?

Start thinking white meat, the other, other, other white meat. Carp.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/25/2015

DIA Bans Selfie Sticks For ‘Protection Of The Art’

“Most people who come to the museum love it and they respect the art,” DIA spokeswoman Pamela Marcil says.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/09/2015

Guards Protest At Prison Saying State Cuts Jeopardize Safety Of All

Prison guard Kevin Ott was left with a fractured skull and stabbed multiple times after being attacked by an inmate with a lock hidden inside a sock.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/23/2014

Red Cross, Volunteers In Suburban Detroit Helping In Clean-Up Efforts

Monday marks one week since torrential rains flooded streets and freeways, trapping cars and sending rushing water into thousands of basements.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/17/2014

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