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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Michigan Theater
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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 flicks coming to the big screen this weekend.  Plus, special guest Leslie Raymond offers a preview of the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival!


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Nearly a million Michigan residents lost power in yesterday’s wind storm.  At its peak, DTE Energy reported 700,000 customers without electricity in southeast Michigan. 

There are roughly 48,000 on-site septic systems in Washtenaw County, according to the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.  State statistics show that at any given time 10% of those systems are leaking and in need of repair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s David Cotton about the growing number of these systems and how to protect our land and waterways.


Michigan Theater
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Another Oscars ceremony is in the books, and it's one people will talk about for years to come.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the flicks heading to the silver screen this weekend.


Adam Zemke
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Since the Flint Water Crisis we have all, at some point, questioned the safety of our water.  That crisis is still being addressed and serves as a cautionary tale for what can happen around the rest of the state.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with 55th District State Representative Adam Zemke about the health of our water and what needs to be done.


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A fire early this morning forced evacuation of a residence hall on the Eastern Michigan University campus. According to EMU Vice President of Communications Walter Kraft, the incident was first reported in a first floor lounge of Phelps Hall shortly before 1:20 this morning.

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Every parcel slated for development comes with a host of environmental considerations, from stormwater control to cleanup of soil contamination.  Two of the considerations most hotly debated in the Ann Arbor area are greenspace and density.  In this month’s “Green Room” segment we look at the question, “How does density impact our quality of life, and the health of our environment?”  


Residents and city officials are on alert in Ypsilanti. Today, Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance takes effect. Among other things, it offers more protections to undocumented immigrants. Meantime, several residents have reached out to city officials, and WEMU, reporting sightings of federal immigration enforcement officials working in the area.  CLICK THROUGH FOR UPDATE:


Michigan Theater
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The 2017 Academy Awards are just a few days away.  Who will be the big winners, and what will be the big surprises?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater spokesperson Amanda Bynum about the movie business and the films coming to your local movie theaters this weekend.


Citizens Climate Lobby, Ann Arbor Chapter

Concerns about federal leadership and proposed rollbacks in environmental protections have led to increased levels of activism.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Ginny Rogers, leader of the Ann Arbor chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, about the challenges ahead. 


Jelly Bean
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Jelly Bean lived a long, full life. When the Corgi passed away in 2015 she was 17-years old.  Jelly Bean spent a lot of time running with her human. Those experiences, and memories, have inspired  a future of service work in her honor. This month marks the 2nd annual 'Jelly Bean Jump Up!' 


Average rainfall in the area is expected to increase in the years to come.  There will also be more frequent periods of drought and more severe weather events.  It is climate change, and measures of adaptation are being adopted to protect the Huron River Watershed.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Watershed planner Rebecca Esselman about the present and future of the Huron River. 


Michigan Theater
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Catch a flick with that special someone this Valentine's Day weekend!  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 heading to the big screen this weekend.


Corn
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The value of biofuels has long been a subject of debate. Corn-based ethanol is in our gasoline and, along with biodiesel, is a part of the nation’s long-term energy plan. Last week, WEMU spoke with a University of Michigan researcher whose team has declared that biofuels are causing more environmental damage than gasoline.  On this week’s ‘Issues of the Environment,’ you’ll get an entirely different perspective.

 


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President Trump has put forth his nominees to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Lawmakers, pundits and advocates alike are trying to assess what direction  environmental policy will take. 


EMU Student Center
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Eastern Michigan University president James Smith has announced all sanctions against those disciplined for a fall sit-in -protest, have been dropped.  Read the statement from Smith and the joint statement from leaders of campus student groups below. 

Michigan Theater
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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins discuss this weekend's feature movie offerings.  Additionally, listen for announcement of of a significant award presentation given the leader of Ann Arbor's movie palace! 


Ethanol
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In August of 2016,  University of Michigan Energy Institute scientists, led by John DeCicco, released an 8-year study.  It estimated powering an American vehicle with ethanol made from corn increased carbon pollution more than using gasoline.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment,” David Fair talks with Professor DeCicco about the findings and what it means to future policy.


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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined with 160-others in the U-S House in sponsoring legislation taking aim at the Executive Order on immigration and refugee policy. The 12th District Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair this morning to discuss what's next. 


Rebekah Warren
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Two proposalsaimed at eliminating Michigan's income tax have come before the state Legislature. WEMU's David Fair speaks to state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) about her thoughts on these proposals.


Michigan Theater
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The 2017 Oscar nominations have been announced, and the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins about the movie business and the films available to you this weekend.


Solar Array
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The Ann Arbor Solar Club is a cooperative effort aimed at adding 500 new solar installations throughout Washtenaw County this year and in each ensuing year.  In this week's “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU's David Fair talks with Nate Geisler, an Energy Programs Analyst with the city of Ann Arbor, about the initiative. 


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The University Musical Society has existed since 1879. For the last 30 years, Ken Fischer has served as its president. Fischer retires on June 30th, and, on July 1st, the tenure begins for just the 7th president of the organization.  I caught up with Mathew VanBesien  shortly after the public announcement:


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The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, activists participated in "women's marches" all over America and across the globe.  Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor each served as host to such gatherings.  WEMU's David Fair and Lisa Barry took time this morning to look back on the gathering in Ann Arbor. 


Ypsilanti March
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When the Women’s March on Washington was announced, a pair of Ypsilanti women decided they needed to make a call for unity here at home.  One black, one white, and both pregnant and worried what kind of world their children would be born to.  Desirae Simmons and Mariah Zeisberg made the call to the community to join them, and the event was born.  One of the respondents was Erica Cavell.  Erica took on the role as a member of the steering committee for the Ypsilanti March.  She joined WEMU’s David Fair this morning to talk more about it.


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