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:  Longtime local Morning Edition host, David Fair, will also serve as news director at 89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station.  News director responsibilities were previously handled by Program Director, Clark Smith, who remains in that position.  Fair will guide and direct the news coverage provided by reporters, Andrew Cluley, and Bob Eccles (also local host of NPR’s All Things Considered), along with student reporters and interns.

 "David has a deep knowledge of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities after being an integral part of our news team for 18 years as Morning Edition host,” said General Manager, Molly Motherwell. We're looking forward to him applying that knowledge to shaping and directing our local news coverage as news director." Having David as news director gives WEMU's local news effort the kind of solid focus that it needs,” said Smith. “It's a great move for day to day news operations, for growth, and, most importantly, for our listeners.” "I'm looking forward to serving as team leader for a small, but dedicated and talented staff to increase WEMU's news presence in the community,” said Fair. “Ultimately, we serve at the discretion of listeners and contributors. Being proactive in identifying and addressing the interests and needs of our stakeholders is paramount. As good as the WEMU News Department is now, we all embrace the opportunity to enhance our service to the community." 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. In addition to hosting the program, Fair has also developed two popular local segments:  Issues of the Environment heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. and Cinema Chat with charismatic co-host, Russ Collins, Executive Director of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater, Thursday at 7:40 a.m. (rebroadcast at 5:35 p.m.). Fair also co-produced WEMU’s 2011 award winning documentary 9-11, A Community Looks Back, and has produced countless long form features and reports. WEMU is a listener-supported, NPR affiliate with a format of jazz, local news, and blues in addition to network news, information, and cultural programming.  The station broadcasts to an eight county area that includes all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Lucas (OH), webcasts live 24 hours a day and operates a second HD channel, WEMU2, an un-hosted mix of roots, blues, and Americana programming. 

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WEMU News
12:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Power Outage Numbers Continue To Climb in Washtenaw County

DTE crews working on down wires along Fuller Court, near the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Windy conditions continue today and it's causing an increasing number of power outages. DTE Energy spokesperson Alejandro Bodipo-Memba tells WEMU about six-thousand Washtenaw County customers are without electricity. 

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Community
11:47 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Residents Looking For Housing After Apartment Fire

Fire damage at the Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed.  A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable, but for the time being those residents have also been required to leave.

Resident Mark Whitaker says the future for the complex is uncertain but all residents are looking for housing in the short term.  

Towsley Apartments resident Mark Whitaker discusses the uncertainty following this morning's fire.

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WEMU News
7:14 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Fire in Ypsilanti Township Displaces Residents and Destroys Several Units

Ypsilanti Township Firefighters battle an early morning blaze at an apartment complex
Credit Courtesy Image / Ypsilanti Township

One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed.  A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable. 

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Issues of the Environment
4:29 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Environmental Benefits To Passage Of Proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Millage

Carbon Pollution levels would improve with passage of AAATA millage proposal on May 6th
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

  

Overview

On May 6th, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will weigh in on a ballot proposal for new 0.7 mill property tax to pay for expanded public transportation services, primarily AAATA busing.

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WEMU News
5:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

B.B. King Headed for Ann Arbor Concert Amid Sketchy Reviews

B.B. King performing in 2009. He'll be live in concert at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on June 1st.
Credit Wikipedia

Legendary Bluesman B.B. King is scheduled to perform at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on June 1st. He heads to town amid a rather sketchy performance in St. Louis over the weekend. Keep in mind, King is now 88-years old.  

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Construction
10:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st

Phase One detours for upcoming Ann Arbor-Saline road improvement project
Credit Washtenaw County Road Commission

Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp.  The detours for this phase of the project will be as such: 

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

First Friday Focus On The Environment: Standing Opposed To A Gravel And Mining Pit Near Chelsea

Map of Waterloo Recreation Area
Credit arborwiki

MLCV Executive Director Lisa Wozniak explores the potential repercussions of a proposed gravel and mining pit near the Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Area.

Lyndon Township officials will soon be tasked with deciding upon a special land-use permit which would allow for  a new gravel and mining pit. 

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The Green Room
8:13 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County

Chimney Swift in flight
Credit Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

In nature, Chimney Swifts nest in large hollow trees, but when the logging of Michigan did away with those, the swifts adapted to large chimneys.  

Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling.  In the March installment of The Green Room​, Barbara Lucas looks at what we can do to help out.

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Cinema Chat
9:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cinema Chat: The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah and More

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  The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway and will run through Sunday. In this week's edition of Cinema Chat, most of the discussion centers on all you can see and experience at this years festival. 

    

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Politics
4:43 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Ypsilanti Attorney Seeks Democratic Nomination in 12th Congressional District

Former Ypsilanti-Willow run NAACP Branch President Raymond Mullins seeking Democratic Nomination for 12th District Congressional seat.
Credit Courtesy Photo / http://attyraymullins.com

A prominent Ypsilanti Attorney will seek to fill the vacancy being created by the retirement of U-S Representative John Dingell. Democrat Raymond Mullins has announced his candidacy for the 12th District Congressional seat that’s been held by the 87-year old Dingell for nearly 60-years.  

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Environment
6:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Issues of the Environment: The Impact of Road Salt in the Huron River Watershed

Mounds of road salt for use in winter
Credit Sgt. Jorge Intriago / U.S. Air National Guard Photo

    

Overview

  • The Washtenaw County Road Commission reports laying down 50% more road salt this winter than last year and using twice as much as in 2012.
  • Although thus far no ill effects from salt in Huron River watershed have been detected, road salt has a number of environmentally destructive effects impacting water, soil, wildlife, and public health, and if extreme winter weather conditions become the norm the effects could escalate.
  • Ric Lawson, Watershed Planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, implements watershed plans in Washtenaw County and monitors water quality for salt and other sediments in our waterways.

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WEMU News
4:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

DTE Energy to Begin Weekend Meter Readings Saturday

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The long and harsh winter has yet another early spring implication. DTE Energy will have to conduct weekend meter readings, in addition to the regularly scheduled weekday visits to your residence. 

DTE has hired the company Olameter to conduct the weekend readings. Beginning tomorrow, the readers will be deployed to all portions of the utility's service region. they will be out reading meters every Saturday and Sunday through April 12th. DTE employees will continue to conduct the weekday readings. 

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Michigan News
3:06 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Labor Market Has Lowest Rate of Unemployment in Michigan

State's January unadjusted joblessness 8.1 percent   LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At five-percent, the rate of joblessness in the Ann Arbor labor market qualifies as lowest in the state. The Highest rate of unemployment is in the northeastern lower peninsula at 13.2 percent. 

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WEMU News
11:08 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ypsilanti and EMU Oral History Presentations Tonight

Ypsilanti Montage
Credit Wikipedia

History is best told by those who have lived it.  Tonight, the recent history of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University will be shared by those who have gained perspective by being immersed in the city/campus culture.   

The VISION Volunteer Center and the EMU School of Social Work have teamed up to host, " Ypsi Lives: Sharing Our Stories at Eastern Michigan University"

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#SupportWEMU
6:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

StoryCorps' David Isay on the Importance of Public Radio storytelling

89.1 WEMU's David Fair chats with StoryCorps Founder, David Isay about the value of intimate storytelling on public radio. Programs like StoryCorps provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

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Ann Arbor
2:21 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Ann Arbor Woman Unseats 'Jeopardy" Champion

Diane Peloquin of Ann Arbor wins on 'Jeopardy'
Credit courtesy photo

An Ann Arbor woman is the new champion on the television game show "Jeopardy."   Diane Peloquin last night earned  $15,700 to win the night. The Law and social work graduate student unseated  Arthur Chu who had been reigning champion for 12, days. Last night he earned no money and finished in last place.  

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WEMU News
6:45 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Winter Weather Forces School Closings, Slows Morning Commute

With 6-9 inches of snow expected today, all public school districts in Washtenaw County closed for the day. There is a long list of private and parochial closings, as well. The entire list for Washtenaw and surrounding counties can be found here: 

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Weather
4:31 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 3PM, 6-9 Inches Of Snow In Washtenaw County Today

6-9 inches of snow expected in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan Wednesday
Credit TeppoTK / flickr

Washtenaw County is among the many in Michigan under a Winter Storm Warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning, to be in effect until three this afternoon. Storm snowfall totals could reach between 6-9 inches.  

According to the NWS Hazardous Weather Statement, the peak of the snowfall is expected between six and 10am, with up to one-to-two inches of snowfall per hour.  

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Issues of the Environment
2:57 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume

State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, (D)-53rd District
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As Concerns About the Pall/Gelman Plume Linger, Rep. Jeff Irwin Pushes House Bill to Require the MDEQ to Align Contaminate Clean-up Standards with EPA Standards

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WEMU News
2:11 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

State Senator Rebekah Warren Will Not Seek Congressional Seat

State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) will not run for the 12th Congressional Seat now held by retiring U-S representative John Dingell
Credit David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

There will be a new Representative in the 12th Congressional District next year, but it won't be current State Senator Rebekah Warren. The Ann Arbor Democrat posted the following statement on her Facebook page:  

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Environment
7:22 am
Fri March 7, 2014

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines

Enbridge oil pipeline that burst and spilled more than 800-thousand gallons of oil in The Kalamazoo River
Credit National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center

Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state, perhaps it's the most important. We are also spoiled with an amazing network of inland lakes, rivers and streams that enhance our quality of life in a myriad of ways. So, protecting this resource is something we think about often.  

Invasive species, pollution and water levels are some of the frequent conversations we engage in. What we discuss less frequently is vast number of oil pipelines that run through the state of Michigan near, and sometimes under our precious waterways. That's the topic in the March edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.  

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Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Beth Wallace, Community Outreach Coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation's great Lakes Regional Center discuss the hazards of so many oil pipelines around Michigan's waterways.

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Community
4:49 am
Fri March 7, 2014

EMU Professor Leading Way In National Day of Unplugging

Christine Tracy, a media ecologist and communications scholar at EMU
Credit Eastern Michigan University

An Eastern Michigan University educator wants people to give themselves a 24-hour break from smartphones, text messages and other media-based technology. Professor Christine Tracy is urging students, faculty and others on the Ypsilanti campus and in nearby communities to spend today celebrating the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging.   

Tracy teaches digital journalism and media ecology. She says people have a "mostly unconscious dependence on technology" and a "daylong respite is just the first step toward more enlightened use of" digital tools.

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Issues of the Environment
12:33 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Issues of the Environment: The Snowy Owls in Washtenaw County

  

Snowy Owls don't make it to Washtenaw County every winter. They made it this winter in greater numbers than usual. Why? Where might you see one?  In this week's installment of WEMU's Issues of the Environment, David Fair seeks out answers to those questions.

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Washtenaw County
4:47 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Sizemore Won't Seek Re-election To County Board

5th District Washtenaw County Commissioner Rolland Sizemore Jr. The Democrat will not seek re-election in 2014.
Credit Washtenaw County

One of the longest serving members of the Washtenaw County Board of commissioners will not seek re-election in 2014.

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Politics
11:18 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ypsilanti Republican Joins Race in 12th Congressional District

Terry Bowman- Republican Candidate for Michigan's 12th Congressional District
Credit Terry Bowman

United States Representative John Dingell (D-Dearborn) has announced he will not seek re-election this year, after serving in Congress for nearly 60-years. His wife, Debbie, last week announced she will seek the Democratic nomination to fill the 12th Congressional seat. Today, an Ypsilanti man announced he will seek to replace the 87-year old political legend, as a Republican.

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