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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Deer
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Another planned deer cull in Ann Arbor continues to generate controversy.  Last winter, 63 animals were killed in an effort to thin the herd in the city. This year, city council has authorized the killing of up to 100 more animals and the sterilization of up to 60 female deer.  That plan was approved on a 9-2 vote.  David Fair’s guest on this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment" is Mayor Christopher Taylor, who voted against the cull. 


Homeless Man
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'Tis the season for time with family, friends, and loved ones.  It is a shared time of year in which the most fortunate among us feast together and then lay our full bellies and contented hearts to comfortably rest in the warmth of our homes.  There are too many among us that don't experience the holidays, or any days, in that way.


Blood Bag
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For football fans, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus with both teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.  But there is another contest taking place between the schools that actually can make the difference between life and death.


Michigan Theater
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After finishing your Thanksgiving turkey, how about a movie and popcorn this weekend? There are a number of new movie options for you to choose from. Also, in this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins also make their predictions for the Michigan-Ohio State game on Saturday! Who do you think will win? 


Thanksgiving
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While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.


Jerry Clayton
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Prior to the November general election racial tensions were running on high around the country and in Washtenaw County.  Post-election tensions have only increased with incidents of ethnic and racial intimidation growing in numbers.  In this conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Sheriff Clayton discusses ongoing community engagement efforts and the need for more. 


Michigan Theater
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The weather is changing, but don't let that stop you from catching a good movie.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks heading to the big screen this weekend.


White Nose Syndrome
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Bats have a positive impact on Michigan's ecosystem, but a terrible affliction known as "white-nose syndrome" is threatening their population.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with  Dr. Allen Kurta, professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University, about the ecological impacts posed by a decimation in certain bat species. 


Michigan Theater
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America is still processing an unprecedented election.  If you need a break, why not catch a good movie?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks opening this Veterans Day weekend.


Washtenaw County
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Several other races were decided in Washtenaw County. 

Classroom
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These are the results of the many Board of Education races in and around Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County
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Here are the results of various candidate races in Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County
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The following are results of ballot proposals in Washtenaw County.

Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States.  Republicans also control the U-S House and Senate. Michigan Republicans remain in control of both chambers of the legislature andhave a Republican governor in place. What does that mean for the environment? In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets the opinions of  outgoing Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  

*Note:  This interview was recorded live in-studio  at 6:50am.  At the time of recording, some election results were still pending.


Barack Obama
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There is only one more day until voters hit the polls, and the “Get Out the Vote” campaigns continue.

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It's been over a year since state officials in Michigan acknowledged Flint was in the midst of a water crisis and many of the city's children were suffering with high lead levels in their blood. Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha brought the lead concerns to the fore and has remained an advocate for the children and safe water in Flint and around the state. She discusses where we've been and where we're going with David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak . 


Michigan Theater
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Before you head to the ballot box on Tuesday, stop by the box office of your local movie house.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins discuss Hollywood news and new movie openings for the weekend. 


Leaves
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It's that time of year where leaves fall to the ground. What is the best way to dispose of such yard waste?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Master Compost Class instructor Nancy Stone about the ecologically best ways to clean up your lawn debris. 


EMU Student Center
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

A five hour sit-in demonstration on the Eastern Michigan University Campus ended early this morning.  Some 70 students gathered at the Student Center at the 1AM closing time.  When the Student Center re-opened at 6am, the sit-in ended and the students dispersed.  WEMU's David Fair spoke to EMU media relations director Geoff Larcom about the protest.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

For two decades the State of Michigan’s “containment” policy has allowed polluters to leave contamination in place rather than clean it up.  4,000 such “prohibition zones” exist in the state.  In our ongoing look in the Ann Arbor area's 1,4 dioxane plume, we look at the ramifications of that kind of policy.  


Michigan Theater
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Are you ready for a spooky weekend at your local movie theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films coming to theaters this Halloween weekend.


Recycling
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The amount of waste generated in schools per academic year can be staggering.  Fortunately, schools in Washtenaw County seek to change that.  This week, we talk with Randy Trent, director of operations for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about introducing recycling programs in local schools.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

As concern rises and detection methods improve, 1,4-Dioxane is being discovered in water sources across the country. Central to formulating remediation plans is determination of the safe level of exposure to this probable human carcinogen. What constitutes a true hazard as opposed to an “acceptable risk?”  Barbara Lucas goes in search of the answer in this 24th installment in our series on the Ann Arbor area’s 1.4 Dioxane Plume in “The Green Room.” 


Michigan Theater
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The leaves are changing and so are your options for what to see at your local movie theater.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks coming to the big screen this weekend.


Recently, there have been concerns that DTE has not been adequately engaged in the public input portion of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline project.  

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Steven Hohf, manager of natural gas analytics for DTE Energy. They discuss environmental concerns, energy questions and why DTE has decided the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline is necessary. 


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