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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Ypsilanti March
Courtesy Photo / facebook.com

When the Women’s March on Washington was announced, a pair of Ypsilanti women decided they needed to make a call for unity here at home.  One black, one white, and both pregnant and worried what kind of world their children would be born to.  Desirae Simmons and Mariah Zeisberg made the call to the community to join them, and the event was born.  One of the respondents was Erica Cavell.  Erica took on the role as a member of the steering committee for the Ypsilanti March.  She joined WEMU’s David Fair this morning to talk more about it.


Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of Michigan / plannedparenthood.org

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and many of his Republican colleagues are, again, pushing an agenda that would include de-funding Planned Parenthood.  The effort is nothing new, but now there is a new, and unpredictable, president assuming power. 89-1 WEMU’s David Fair looks into the situation with the President of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Lori Carpentier.  


U.S. Capitol
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Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C.  The gathered are calling for equality and equity for all Americans with an end to discrimination in all its forms.  Former Ypsilanti Mayor Cheryl Farmer set out for the nation's capital early this morning and made time to talk with WEMU’s David Fair. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater spokesperson Amanda Bynum about the movie business and all the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Google
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Sam Arons,Strategic Negotiator for Datacenter Energy at Google, about the tech giant's plans to operate completely on renewable energy sources by the end of 2017.


Bicyclists
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

When drivers and bicyclists don't share the road, there can be terrible consequences.  So, the City of Ann Arbor took action.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Bradley Parsons, a board member for the Washtenaw County Biking and Walking Coalition, about a new measure designed to reduce accidents involving bike riders.


Ecology Center
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

2017 has begun, so it's time to make some resolutions, especially for your personal and environmental habits.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Melissa Cooper Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, about tips for being and healthier and more environmentally responsible for the New Year.


Money
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The New Year has arrived.  Among the changes for 2017 is an automatic pay raise for thousands of workers across Michigan.  The state's minimum wage has increased by 40 cents to $8.90 an hour.  There is a lot of conversation on the longer-term impacts of higher wages.


Champagne
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

New Year's Eve is right around the corner.  For many, it's a time to gather friends and family and celebrate into the early morning hours.  Many of those celebrations are accompanied by indulgence in alcohol.  Ringing in 2017 in that kind of environment can pose serious difficulties for those struggling with addiction.


Michigan Theater
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2016 is coming to a close, so let's look back at the best that the world of cinema presented this past year.  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 that have made an positive impact in 2016.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Recycle Ann Arbor
Courtesy Photo / recycleannarbor.org

The holidays are all but wrapped up, but now you have deal with a lot of trash and unwanted decorations.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor, about the best ways to reduce your holiday waste.


Recycling
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's been an adventurous year in Ann Arbor when it comes to recycling.  Perhaps it's better characterized as a year of misadventures, as the city continues efforts to revamp the recycling program.


Naloxone
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Throughout the 2016 year, you've heard the staggering reports on heroin and opioid overdoses and deaths.  Washtenaw County is no exception.  Here's a look back, and look ahead, at dealing with the problem here at home.


Ann Arbor
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After years of discussion and action, affordable housing remains a pressing issue in our area.  Washtenaw County officials have been working on a long-term plan, and part of that includes creation of more affordable units in Pittsfield Township and the City of Ann Arbor.


Menorah
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

While the majority of families will gather for Christmas Eve on Saturday evening, a significant Jewish community will light the first of eight candles to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.  Most folks have some idea of the story of Christ, but less know the origins of the annual Jewish tradition.


Eagles
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Eastern Michigan football team is winning this season, both on and off the field.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The long holiday break is upon us, so let's celebrate with a trip to the movies.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business all of the flicks coming to the big screen this holiday weekend.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor about environmental accomplishments in 2016 and the goals and objectives for 2017.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Golden Globes nominations have been announced, and it's time to return to a certain "galaxy far, far away!"  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films coming to your local movie house this weekend.


Snow
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Weather variability and climate both contribute to winters in southeast Michigan.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair explores what kind of winter we may see and what factors play into the forecasts with University of Michigan professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, Dr. Richard Rood.


Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Race and diversity are issues on college campuses across the country. Eastern Michigan University is no exception. We address a variety of related topics with EMU President, Dr. James Smith. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

WEMU's top movie experts are back!  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 heading to the big screen this weekend.


Female Scientists
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Innovations in enviromental science happen all the time.  However, it has mostly been a male-dominated field.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Liesl Clark, who is president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, co-founder of 5-Lakes Energy, LLC, and a board member of Advancing Women in Energy, about the need for a diversity of voices in the clean energy sector, especially with a new president about to take office.


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