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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Movies and more
8:28 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Cinema Chat

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a Grande Ballroom documentary, Razzie results, new openings, and special screenings on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
11:32 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Biofuels may not be as useful as first thought.  Hear more on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
12:31 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Cinema Chat

Everything you want to know about the 50th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
9:26 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Reducing waste and energy use on a major college campus.  This week's guest on Issues of the Environment is Eastern Michigan University's Manager of Energy and Sustainability, Stephen Moore.

Environment
9:09 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Building rain gardens to protect our rivers and streams.  Susan Bryan from the Washtenaw Water Resource Commissioner's office is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
9:19 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Cinema Chat

Oscar nominees and winners opening downtown; new releases at the cineplexes, special screenings, and an Ann Arbor Film Festival preview on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
9:18 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Issues of the Environment

There's an incredible amount of waste in the production and delivery of food in America.  Find out more on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
9:39 am
Fri March 2, 2012

First Friday Focus on the Environment

This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Governor Snyder's budget proposals and how they might impact the health of Michigan's environment.

Movies and more
9:34 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Cinema Chat

Oscar review, Oscar winners at the Michigan,  new openings downtown, and at least a couple of new releases on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Movies and more
8:32 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Cinema Chat

Oscars this weekend!  Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins makes his picks on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
8:50 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Series on local food movement continues.  

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Higher Education
9:21 am
Fri February 17, 2012

EMU President Weighs Pros and Cons of State Budget Proposal

Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin says Governor Snyder's budget proposal for higher education fails to recognize EMU tuition restraint and other factors.

Movies and more
8:37 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Cinema Chat

Oscars coming up, film festival winding down, and a tremendous variety of special screenings coming your way on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Host David Fair sits down with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a most entertaining conversation on movies, culture and live events to be experienced in the local area.

Issues of the Environment

Find Issues of the Environment each week on 89.1 WEMU.

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Environment
8:50 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Growing the local food movement.  Our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU is Jane Bush, owner of Apple Schram Orchard near Lansing, and a business development consultant for food and farm systems.

Movies and more
8:39 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Cinema Chat

More Film Festivals than you can count!  New openings downtown, and new releases too.  Cinema Chat from WEMU features the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins.

Environment
8:48 am
Fri February 3, 2012

First Friday Focus on the Environment

This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines new plans to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission, Tim Eder. 

Movies and more
10:25 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Cinema Chat

Oscar nomination details, new openings downtown, and the latest releases at the cineplexes on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
9:10 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Issues of the Environment

New CAFE standards are doable, according to Charles Griffith, the Climate and Energy Program Director at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor.   He's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
8:39 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Cinema Chat

All the news from the Sundance Film Festival!

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Environment
8:26 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Re-skilling for a low-energy use lifestyle.  Laura Smith is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
8:48 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Cinema Chat

The Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor checks in from the Sundance Film Festival for this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Legalizing Marijuana
10:03 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Effort Underway to Legalize Marijuana in Michigan

Voter-approved medical marijuana law under attack; group wants pot fully legalized.

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Movies and more
10:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Cinema Chat

Awards nominees...and more awards nominees top this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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