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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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.


EMU
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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Deer
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Another planned deer cull in Ann Arbor continues to generate controversy.  Last winter, 63 animals were killed in an effort to thin the herd in the city. This year, city council has authorized the killing of up to 100 more animals and the sterilization of up to 60 female deer.  That plan was approved on a 9-2 vote.  David Fair’s guest on this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment" is Mayor Christopher Taylor, who voted against the cull. 


Homeless Man
SamPac / flickr.com

'Tis the season for time with family, friends, and loved ones.  It is a shared time of year in which the most fortunate among us feast together and then lay our full bellies and contented hearts to comfortably rest in the warmth of our homes.  There are too many among us that don't experience the holidays, or any days, in that way.


Blood Bag
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

For football fans, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus with both teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.  But there is another contest taking place between the schools that actually can make the difference between life and death.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After finishing your Thanksgiving turkey, how about a movie and popcorn this weekend? There are a number of new movie options for you to choose from. Also, in this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins also make their predictions for the Michigan-Ohio State game on Saturday! Who do you think will win? 


Thanksgiving
Ard Hesselink / flickr.com

While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Prior to the November general election racial tensions were running on high around the country and in Washtenaw County.  Post-election tensions have only increased with incidents of ethnic and racial intimidation growing in numbers.  In this conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Sheriff Clayton discusses ongoing community engagement efforts and the need for more. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The weather is changing, but don't let that stop you from catching a good movie.  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 flicks heading to the big screen this weekend.


White Nose Syndrome
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Bats have a positive impact on Michigan's ecosystem, but a terrible affliction known as "white-nose syndrome" is threatening their population.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with  Dr. Allen Kurta, professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University, about the ecological impacts posed by a decimation in certain bat species. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

America is still processing an unprecedented election.  If you need a break, why not catch a good movie?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks opening this Veterans Day weekend.


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Several other races were decided in Washtenaw County. 

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