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David Fair

News Director

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.

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Sue McLeary

Nature can provide a lot of artistic inspiration, especially when looking at flowers.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Sue Mcleary, who owns and operates Passionflower, an Ann Arbor-based business that specializes in wearable floral arrangements.


Chip Smith
Ann Arbor Local Wiki / localwiki.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair welcomes 5th Ward Ann Arbor City Council member Chip Smith to discuss the recent resolution to power 100% of the city's municipal government operations with clean and renewable energy sources by 2035.


Pittsfield Township / http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/

The arts create a pathway to community growth and enhanced quality of life.  That is the contention in Pittsfield Township where arts are an official part of the overall master plan.  Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal explains why including the arts is vitally important as the featured guest on this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 


Courtesy Photo / Transforming Justice Washtenaw-https://www.facebook.com/TransformingJusticeWashtenaw/

There are plenty of ways to participate in local civics this week.  Tonight, Ann Arbor City Council is prepared to vote on formation of a task force to create an oversight board for the police department.  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, for a discussion on that and other important topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council / environmentalcouncil.org

Through the course of this week, Governor Rick Snyder has released some ambitious plans for environmental policy for his final year in office.  WEMU’s David Fair caught up with James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, to discuss the plans and whether any of it will actually make it into policy. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater and State Theatre executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films hitting the silver screen this weekend.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, and Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was watching.  Mayor Taylor shares his perspective on the potential impacts of proposed policies introduced in the address in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Debbie Dingell
U.S. House of Representatives / congress.gov

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was in attendance.  She spoke to WEMU's David Fair about her thoughts on the speech, including such issues as the automotive industry and immigration.

Ari Weinszeig, Zingerman's
Courtesy photo The Ann / theannmag.com

For some, it might seem incongruous to try and run a business from the perspective of an artist.  It's exactly that perspective that has made the Zingerman's Community of Businesses such a success. In this week's 'creative:impact," we explore the artistic vision of Zingerman's co-founder and co-owner, Ari Weinzweig, and the business model it helped create that is being imitated around the world. 

City of Ann Arbor / https://www.a2gov.org/

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's all about the Academy Award nominations this week---and the Golden Raspberries, too!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the films you can check out at your local movie house this weekend.


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

Governor Rick Snyder gave his last State of the State address on Tuesday night, and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak gave it her full attention.  Wozniak spoke to WEMU's David Fair about the environmental factors--or lack thereof--of the governor's speech.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Democrats / senatedems.com

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his final State of the State address on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) to get her thoughts on the governor's speech and what the year ahead may bring. 


Anna Stefanopolou
University of Michigan / umich.edu

The North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, and automakers have used this to announce major developments in advancing cleaner automotive technology.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Anna Stefanopoulou, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Research Center Director at the University of Michigan, about what she thinks about these developments.


While Toyota is among the automakers displaying its new and future vehicles at the Detroit International Auto Show this week, its presence continues to be felt in Washtenaw County.  The car company is a major employer and is investing in area students and cultural organizations.  That's the focus of our "creative:impact" conversation with Toyota North American Community Relations Consultant, Praveena Ramaswami. 


The Ann Arbor Public Schools will be among those putting forth a ballot question in May.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will put a question before voters in August.  There are ways to get involved beyond voting.  Those are a few of the issues WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan cover in this weeks edition of Civic Matters.


On January 29th, The Arts Alliance will hold its annual event dedicated to honoring those making contributions in the creative sector.  In this week's "creative:impact," you'll hear from the recipients of the 2018 "Excellence in Philanthropy Medal." 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A lot is going on the movie world, including the results of the 2018 Golden Globes!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Air Pollution
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The federal government plans to end the Clean Power Plan, and that may have negative consequences on the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Kindra Weid, Coalition Coordinator for MI Air MI Health, about how Southeast Michigan's air quality could be impacted by this executive action.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The arts community around southeast Michigan is excited about new leadership in Lansing.  Omari Rush has been named chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Rush also serves as executive director of CultureSource after years as Vice President at the Ann Arbor Art Center.  Rush discusses his plans for the council with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, in this week's edition of 'creative:impact'. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Public Sector Consultants / http://www.publicsectorconsultants.com/

The new year brings a number of environmental challenges in Michigan.  Governor Rick Snyder is in his lame duck year, and mid-term elections could impact legislative priorities.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you'll get a sense of where we're headed. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's a New Year, which means a lot of new movies are on the horizon!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new and returning films coming to the big screen this weekend.


New Year
Pixabay / pixabay.com

We all make resolutions for the New Year, whether it's improving our health or our finances. But, what resolutions can we make to improve the environment?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Melissa Cooper Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, about ways to make 2018 more environmentally friendly.


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