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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Cinema Chat
3:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Summit, Nebraska, Nosferatu, NT Live: Macbeth, and more!

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Bruce Dern, Will Forte and a sneak peak of an Oscar contender!

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Environment
10:21 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues of the Environment: The Asian Stink Bug Heads For Washtenaw County

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
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The "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" is already in 36 states and in the District of Columbia. So far, it has made its way to 12-counties in the State of Michigan. 

In 2010, in the Mid-Atlantic Region the bugs caused some 40-million dollars worth of crop and economic damage. And, be rest assured, you don't want these bugs to invade your home. It's name should tell you all you need to know about that! What can be done?

Listen to WEMU's David Fair explore the issues with Dr. Jamin Eisenbach.  He is an Entomologist and Professor in Eastern Michigan University's Department of Biology.

IOE for 10/23/2013

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issues of the environment
2:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Issues of the Environment: March Against Monsanto

This Saturday, Ann Arbor will again be host to a "March Against Monsanto."  The local march is part of a global effort to bring awareness to the potential environmental and health problems genetically modified organisms create, and to some of the suspect practices of the company.

 

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Community
8:23 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: An Interview With SafeHouse Director, Barbara Neiss-May

Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County provides shelter to women and children in need of protection. It serves those impacted by domestic violence and sexual abuse. There is rarely a time in any given year that the shelter isn't full to capacity. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WEMU's David Fair took occasion to talk with the Executive Director of Safehouse Center. Barbara Neiss-May has made it her life's work to serve those in need.

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Arts and Culture
10:28 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Enough Said, Dumb and Dumber To, Inequity for All, Parkland and More

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After a week away, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins made his return to Cinema Chat, and sat down with WEMU's David Fair to discuss Hollywood news and new movie offerings. 

Cinema Chat for 10/3/2013

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Politics
10:18 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 2nd Ward Candidate Forum

Voters in Ann Arbor's 2nd ward will have three city council candidates to choose in November. Incumbent Jane Lumm is being challenged by Democrat Kirk Westphal and Conrad Brown of the Mixed Use Party. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  all participated in Wednesday night's candidates forum sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Environment
10:11 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Issues of the Environment: LED Lighting in Ypsilanti

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The City of Ypsilanti is getting rid of it's old mercury-vapor streetlights in favor of new and more energy-efficient LED models. 

In this week's installment of Issues of the environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber about the financial and environmental impacts of the switch.

Issues of the Environment: 10/2/13

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Environment
8:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Green Room: Local Access to Local Foods

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When you buy a clove of garlic or jar of honey at the chain grocery store in your town, do you ever wonder where it came from? Chances are, it was produced in China. Think about the amount of fuel, and carbon emissions,  it must take to get those items to your table.  In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",  Reporter Barbara Lucas explores access to local foods and its impact on environment and community.  

The Green Room 9/27/2013

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Arts and Culture
8:25 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Cinema Chat: Don Jon, Enough Said, Plimpton, Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story and More

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There are some quality movie offerings available in the area this week. In This week's edition of Cinema chat, WEMU's David Fair talks with  Michigan Theater Program director Amanda Bynum about the highlights. 

Cinema Chat 9/26/13

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Environment
7:24 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Legislative Agenda with State Senator Rebekah Warren

State Senator Rebekah Warren (D)-Ann Arbor
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As we move toward the end of the calendar year, we started to wonder what, if any, environmental bills would move through the legislature. In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with State Senator Rebekah Warren, (D)- Ann Arbor, about some of the pressing issues being considered in Lansing.

Issues of the Environment w/ State Senator Rebekah Warren. 9/25/13

Movies and more
4:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Cinema Chat: Salinger, Thanks For Sharing, Prisoners and more

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This week's Cinema Chat with David Fair and Russ Collins:

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Arts and Culture
10:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Cinema Chat: Telluride Film Festival, Austenland, The Attack, The Family and More

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Cinema Chat for 9/12/13

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Environment
8:33 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Right-to-Know Pesticide Legislation

Would you be surprised to know that pesticides are being sprayed around you and your neighborhood? Michigan residents could soon be notified when pesticides have been applied near their properties with new right-to-know legislation.  

In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin about House Bill 4841. 

The 53rd District Democrat seeks to pass into law a measure that would give all residents of Michigan the opportunity to register with the State of Michigan, and be notified when pesticides are being used near their property. Right-to-Know pesticide legislation is the focus on this installment of WEMU's weekly feature, Issues of the Environment.

Issues of the Environment for 9/11/13

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Environment
1:36 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: Detroit River Pet Coke

The area of Detroit along the Detroit River
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 The massive pile of black refinery waste that has sat alongside the banks of the Detoit River is gone. The 'Pet Coke' , as it's called, is the waste that's left after heave tar-sands oil is refine. It is not considered hazardous, but it does violate portions of the Clean Air act when it becomes airborne. 

Throughout Detroit and Windsor, the airborne residue can be found throughout nearby neighborhoods.  

Listen in as we focus on the effects of exposure of Pet Coke and the regulations to protect the health of the environment:

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Movies and More
11:28 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Cinema Chat: Europa Report, Prince Avalanche, The Audience, and more!

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Cinema Chat 8/26

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Environment
10:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Local Foods and the Homegrown Festival

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The local foods movement continues to grow throughout the country, and it is becoming particularly prevalent in Washtenaw County. This weekend, Ann Arbor's 6th annual Homegrown Festival will take place at the site of the Farmers market in Kerrytown.

David Fair sits down to talk with the Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Homegrown Festival, Jason Frenzel.

Our guest this week is Jason Frenzel. Jason is Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Homegrown Festival, and also serves as  stewardship coordinator at the Huron River Watershed Council. 

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Environment
7:48 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Protecting Habitat For Endangered Field Birds

Bruce and Shirley Haeussler
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Open natural areas such as meadows, prairies, and "oak openings" are declining habitats, which spells trouble for the species that depend on them.

Barbara Lucas reports:

The August edition of WEMU's "The Green Room"

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Education
7:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Announces Largest Freshman Enrollment In School History

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WEMU's David Fair talks with Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin about a historic Freshman class. 

WEMU's David Fair sits down to talk with EMU President Susan Martin on the record enrollment announcement 8/29

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Environment
8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Bike Sharing Program

Issues of the Environment is a feature produced weekly, and heard exclusively during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

In this week's installment WEMU's David Fair talks with  Heather Seyfarth, Program Supervisor for the Clean Energy Coalition. The Coalition has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to create a large-scale bike sharing program in Ann Arbor. Next spring, there will be 14- bike-sharing stations, and 125-bikes available to members of the public.

Issues of the Environment for 8/28/2013

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Education
7:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of  the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.

Ann Arbor School Board changes ballot language for November tax issue.

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Environment
9:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Butterfly Species in Washtenaw County

Today, we'll  focuses on butterfly species in Washtenaw County. There are more than you might think, and these delicate creatures can be a good indicator as to the health of the local environment.

IOE 08/21/2013

This week's guest is John Swales,  the North American Butterfly Association  population survey coordinator for Washtenaw County and U-M Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. We'll be discussing his long-standing participation with the NABA butterfly counts, and what the surveys tell us about the status of different butterfly species in Washtenaw County. 

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Arts
9:45 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Butler, Jobs, Blue Jasmine, Storm Surfers 3-D, Kick-Ass 2 and More

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend. 

Cinema Chat for 8/15/2013

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Environment
9:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor Trees and City Policy

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To many, Ann Arbor is Tree Town.  In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, we will explore the current health status of Ann Arbor's tree population and the city policies aimed at maintaining its lush canopy. 

David's guest this week is Lynn Borset. Lynn is a founding member of the citizens group, The Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy.  The group is pushing Ann Arbor officials to make a stronger budgetary and policy commitment to the city's trees.

Issues of the Environment 8/14/13

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Movies & More
9:55 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Oscars, Traverse City Film Festival, Elysium, We're the Millers and More

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat" WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins explore a lot of the movies available to you this weekend. 

But, the conversation began with talk of movie awards, specifically, The Oscars and those generated at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Cinema Chat for 08/08/2013

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Environment
8:46 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Urban Farming in Ypsilanti

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The City of Ypsilanti continues to explore how best to incorporate urban farming into it's vision for the future. 

In this week's installment of  WEMU's  Issues of the Environment David Fair talks with Amanda Edmonds. Amanda is the executive Director of Ypsilanti-based, Growing Hope.

WEMU's weekly Morning Edition feature, Issues of the Environment. In this installment David Fair talks with "Growing Hope" Executive Director Amanda Edmonds about urban farming in Ypsilanti.

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