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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In this week's Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins meet to discuss movies and the movie business.  Plus, they have a special announcement for Miles Davis fans all over town (No, it's not an early April Fool's joke)!


Rebecca Meuninck
Courtesy Photo / The Ecology Center

The Flint water crisis  is only one of many water quality issues that need to be addressed.  There are numerous threats to the Great Lakes and Michigan's  inland waters.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Ecology Center Deputy Director Rebecca Meuninck about updating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act to better protect these natural resources. 

Roger Rayle / Scio Residents For Safe Water

In the United States, approximately 10 million pounds of 1,4-dioxane are produced each year.  It is being detected in groundwater at dozens of sites across the country.  Once thought to be relatively benign, new science says otherwise.  Costs to clean it up are high, and communities are grappling with how to deal with it.  In this installment of  “The Green Room,” WEMU  explores the experiences of two cities:  Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona. 

 

 

Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive just wrapped, so why not celebrate with a flick?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about the film business and all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend.


Michigan Theater
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Spring is in the air and so is the 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins, and Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director Leslie Raymond preview this year's festival and all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend.


Rebecca Martusewicz
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

The Flint water crisis continues and Michigan residents are still feeling the effects, both physically and politically.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Eastern Michigan University teacher education professor Rebecca Martusewicz about her "EcoJustice" program.


I Voted
James Cavanaugh / 89.1 WEMU

You may have noticed the polls were more crowded than usual yesterday.  Turnout in Washtenaw County was much higher than expected.


Jamie VanEffen
Jamie VanEffen / 89.1 WEMU

From a statewide perspective, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were the winners in Michigan’s presidential primary elections.  The results were a little different in Washtenaw County. 

Pittsfield Township
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It’s a "yes" to more and better parks in Pittsfield Township.  Voters yesterday approved a 10-year, nearly half-mill tax to improve amenities and access to existing parks. 


Marc Breckenridge
Courtesy Photo / ewashtenaw.org

Public safety technology in Washtenaw County is going to improve, according to Washtenaw County's Director of Emergency Services.


Courtesy photo / wikipedia

Remediation of an expanding 1, 4 dioxane plume continues, but the chemical continues to slowly spread towards the Huron river. That's the topic in this month's edition of '1st Friday Focus on the Environment.'  Lisa Wozniak is Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and host of the monthly feature. Her guest is 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The 2016 Oscars have been handed out!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins talk Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards and preview all the movies opening this weekend.


Stephen Raiman
Stephen Raiman / twitter.com/StephenRaiman

Ann Arbor city council will soon be asked to pass a resolution offering support to a specific plan to reduce carbon emissions. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Energy Commission member Stephen Raiman about what the 'carbon fee and dividend' plan. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

80 percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25% in the next five years.  Some is sustainably-grown, some isn’t—and impacts can add up.  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores how the price of coffee can affect far more than your wallet.  


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The 88th Annual Academy Awards will take place this weekend!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins and WEMU's David Fair preview the Oscars and talk about all the new movies opening this weekend.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

The Flint water crisis has led many communities to reexamine water safety.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with  State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) about the push for more funding to fix the crisis and how to improving testing standards for water quality in Michigan.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins talks with WEMU's David Fair about all the big news coming out of Hollywood and the movies opening this weekend.


Mikael Colville-Andersen / Flickr.com

As more residents in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County take up winter cycling, safety is becoming an even greater issue.  In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,' WEMU's David Fair and Ann Arbor Transportation Program Manager Eli Cooper discuss winter and year-round road safety and where the city is headed with its programs. 


Bernie Sanders
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Bernie Sanders brings his bid for the presidency to Ypsilanti today. 

  ve In Rally at Eastern Michigan University."  The event begins at 2:30 this afternoon at the EMU Convocation Center and is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 12:30 pm. The Sanders campaign is asking those planning to attend to RSVP.  You can do so here.

Flint Water
Michigan Public Radio Network

The response to the water crisis in Flint is growing on a daily basis. In this month's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak talks with a scientist who is working at short and long term solutions from the center of the crisis.  Marty Kauffman is a Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, specializing in water resources, urban groundwater contamination and sustainable systems. 


Michigan Theater
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Another Sundance Film Festival has wrapped up.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins discusses Sundance's big winners, plus other movies opening this weekend with WEMU's David Fair.


Marketing Resource Group / mrgmi.com

  A new pipeline will be constructed through several Washtenaw County townships this year. In fact, initial work is to begin in a few weeks time. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," we talk with the President of Marketing Resource Group, Tom Shields, who serves as spokesperson for Wolverine Pipeline Company.  


“Green the Way” Report, Fall 2014: / University of Michigan Urban and Regional Planning Capstone

The Allen Creek Greenway is a three-mile walking and biking trail proposed to run north-south, near the railroad, through downtown Ann Arbor. The city has taken a $200,000 first step, by funding the master plan process. In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores hopes and dreams for the Greenway, whose proponents say, “It’s about time!” 


Michigan Theater
Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins is back from the Sundance Film Festival!  In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat," he talked about his time at the festival, plus other movies opening at in theaters this weekend with WEMU's David Fair.


MaryCarol Hunter
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources

In these cold, winter months, many of us want to stay indoors.  In this week's. 'Issues of the Environment,' MaryCarol Hunter, Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, tells WEMU's David Fair why an "outdoor pill" has demonstrable benefits.


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