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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While the federal advisory level is 3.5 parts per billion, the amount of dioxane the State of Michigan allows in drinking water is 85 ppb, one of the highest standards in the country.  High levels mean less extensive remediation plans, a boon to industries responsible for the cleanups.  But, could the resulting water pollution negatively impact other businesses, and the local economy in general?  In this installment of  WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at various perspectives on this question.

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Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on America.  The world has changed since September 11th of 2001 in a number of ways, but on this day, it is a time for reflection.  Listen below for the emotional story of how a piece of history came to rest in Ypsilanti. 


Michigan Theater
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The first week of school is wrapping up, so why not unwind with a trip to your local theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater program director Ruth Lednicer about the movie business and all the films hitting the big screen this weekend.


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On July 21st, WEMU partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and 12th District congressional representative Debbie Dingell for a public conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and the area's minority community. With over 500-people in attendance, not all questions were answered, but the panelists agreed to answer those in writing. 

The State of Michigan has languished without passage of a new energy law for well over  a year. In this month's panel discussion on we look at where the legislation stands, where there is common ground and what may happen before the end of the calendar year.


Dr. James Smith became president of Eastern Michigan University on July 1.  As the Fall 2016 semester approaches, he has many issues to address in his first academic year in office.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to President Smith about his plans for EMU's future.


Michigan Theater
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The extra-long Labor Day weekend is coming, so get one last trip to the movies in before school starts.  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 holiday weekend.


Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
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Michigan has a new state park, and it's mostly in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Douglas Koop, executive director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, about the creation Michigan's 103rd state park and its first-of-its-kind partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department.


In our previous 18-installments on the Ann Arbor area’s 1, 4 dioxane plume, we’ve heard from citizens, scientists, and government officials; both locally and from other dioxane sites around the country. Meanwhile, requests for interviews with the “Responsible Party”—Gelman Sciences, Pall Corporation or Danaher, are all met with silence.  In this episode of “The Green Room,” we learn, that wasn’t always the case. 


Michigan Theater
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August can still bring hot and wet weather, so why not spend it in a nice, cool movie theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films heading to the big screen this weekend.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

When considering the expanding 1,4 dioxane plume in groundwater in the Ann Arbor area, money plays a significant role. Further determinations need to be made on how best to clean up the pollution. In this 18th installment on the dioxane plume, Barbara Lucas explores what the clean-up goals should be, how much money is needed and who should pay. 

 


Michigan Theater
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The summer may be winding down, but there's still a lot going on at your local movie theater.  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.


Conan Smith
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There is a hole to be filled on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.     

Ypsilanti's Water Street
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Ypsilanti's city council voted against putting a Water Street debt millage on the November ballot.  The decision was made early this morning during a special meeting. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Good communication between all parties involved is central to productive conflict resolution.  Some say it needs improving when it comes to dealing with Ann Arbor’s dioxane-contaminated groundwater. In this segment of our ongoing series, Barbara Lucas looks at the question:  “What part does communication play in how we move forward?”


Michigan Theater
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It's another hot week in August, so why not spend it in a nice, cool movie theater?  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 movies heading to your local theater this weekend.


Donation Bins
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Community donation bins can be of service but, if left unchecked, they can cause blight and become an  environmental problem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo about what her community is doing. 


Algae Bloom
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Algae blooms have been problematic in Michigan, especially in Lake Erie.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-business Association, about ways to keep algae blooms from growing out of control.


Michigan Theater
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There's still plenty of movies left to see at your local art house and multiplex this summer.  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 coming to the big screen this weekend.


Bee Town Ann Arbor
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Bees have always been beneficial to our ecosystem, but their numbers have declined significantly in recent years.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Eileen Dickinson, representative for the group "Bee Town Ann Arbor," about ways to protect the bee population.


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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Environmental Protection Agency risk assessments indicate that the drinking water concentration representing a one in a 100,000 cancer risk level for 1,4-dioxane is 3.5 parts per billion, and for a one in a million cancer risk it is .35 ppb.  Only three states still have double-digit drinking water guidelines for dioxane:  New York, South Carolina, and Michigan.  Obviously, what is “safe” is subject to subject to interpretation, and is influenced by many variables.  But there is growing awareness that what is safe for you, may not be safe for your children or grandchildren. 


Michigan Theater
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The dog days of summer keep on coming, but so do the movies at your local movie house.  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.


Asphalt
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The city of Ann Arbor recently passed a ban on coal tar sealants for repairing asphalt.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Rebecca Esselman, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about the environment impacts of the ban and why Michigan should consider expanding the ban statewide.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

A plume of 1,4-dioxane has been spreading under Ann Arbor since the 1980s.  During this time, numerous homes on private wells have had dioxane in their drinking water before being hooked up to city water.  Is that the only source of dioxane to consider when weighing body burdens?  In the 15th of our series on 1,4-dioxane, Barbara Lucas looks at other ways people can be exposed to this chemical of emerging concern.


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