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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10:30 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Mineral Rights Leases and Gas and Oil Exploration in Scio Township

Scio Township Supervisor Spaulding Clark
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Scio Twp residents living near the intersection of Zeeb and Dexter-Ann Arbor roads have received inquiries about leasing the mineral rights on their property from Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company.

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11:41 am
Thu April 24, 2014

EMU Senior Wins National Titles in Forensics

EMU Senior Patrick Seick wins national titles in forensics tournament.
Credit Eastern Michigan University

Host EMU finishes fifth out of 86 teams

Eastern Michigan University's Patrick Seick has won national championships in two Forensics events. The National Forensic Association Collegiate tournament was held on the Ypsilanti campus April 18-21. 

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Cinema Chat
8:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, Locke, The Lunchbox, The Other Woman and More

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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins present this week's edition of Cinema Chat!

CINETOPIA -- The Best Films From the World’s Best Film Festivals -- June 4-8, Detroit/Ann Arbor

More Screens, More Films!

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9:14 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Landscaping

Residential Rain Garden in Buffalo Grass Lawn
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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment,"  WEMU's David Fair talks with Drew Lathin about the environmental benefits of sustainable landscaping. Lathin is Principal Owner of Creating Sustainable Landscapes.  


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11:19 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Puppies To Provide Final Exams Stress Relief to EMU Students

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Pet a puppy and be happy! You've done it. We've all done it. The Pre-Vet Club at Eastern Michigan University believes petting a puppy is therapeutic in times of great stress. What's more stressful for a college student than final exams?  

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8:24 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Cinema Chat: MTV Movie Awards, Le-Weekend, Under The Skin, Heaven Is For Real and More

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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collings present this week's edition of Cinema Chat!   

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6:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Michigan's Recycling Future

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Michigan ranks dead last among Great Lakes states when it comes to the rate of recycling. Governor Snyder Snyder is taking the first step forward to try and change Michigan's standing. 

In this week's installment of  Issues of  the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Recycling Coalition Executive Director Kerrin O'Brian about where that first step may lead. 

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2:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Winter Returns To Washtenaw County

Snowfall covers the Eastern Michigan University Grounds at 2:30am.
Credit David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

It appeared Spring had sprung. A look outside early this morning might tell you otherwise. 2-3 inches of accumulation is expected before warmer temperatures today begin to melt off the wintry mix.

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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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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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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
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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



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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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.
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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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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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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
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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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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.
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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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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
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  • 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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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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11:08 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ypsilanti and EMU Oral History Presentations Tonight

Ypsilanti Montage
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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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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'
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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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