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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Elections
7:55 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Election Day in Washtenaw County

As far as elections go, today is going to be a light day in Washtenaw County.

Ypsilanti Township has four tax questions on the ballot.

  1. Proposition "A" would generate revenues to replace some of the fire service revenues lost due to decrease in property values.
  2. Proposition "B" would generate revenues to replace some of the police services revenue lost due to decrease in property values.
  3. Proposition "C" would raise money for the purpose of providing revenues for recreation and park facilities, bike paths, the repair of sidewalks and roads and general operating purposes.
  4. Proposal "D" Would provide money for waste collection and environmental protection.

In Ann Arbor, there are two contested, Democratic primary races for city council.

  • In the 3rd Ward Julie Grand is looking to unseat Incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
  • In the 4th Ward. Marcia Higgins seeks to fend off a challenge from Jack Eaton. The winners today will be unopposed in November, barring a write-in campaign.


 Voters in the Whitmore Lake School District will decide a $12.3 million dollar bond issue. If passed, the district would sell bonds to raise money to remodel and update school facilities.
   

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has a look at anticipated voter turnout today.

Election Day Preview

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Taxes
11:36 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Voters to Decide Whitmore Lake Schools Bond Issue

The Whitmore Lake Public School District has one issue before voters on Tuesday. 

As WEMU's David Fair reports, the district is seeking approval of a $12.3 million bond issue.

Whitmore Lake Public School District seeks approval of 12.3 million dollar bond issue.

Environment
8:54 am
Fri August 2, 2013

1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Fracking

On the 1st Friday of every month, WEMU allots nearly 20-minutes to dedicate to a topic of environemtnal importance.

David Fair co-hosts the segment with Lisa Wozniak. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  Their guest, this time around, is Jacque Rose, and the topic of discussion is the controversial process of hydraulic  fracturing, or "fracking." 

Jacque is a paralegal who has specialized in civil litigation in Michigan for 27 years. She first became interested in  fracking related issues when land leasing agents descended on the tri-county area of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed in Northeast Michigan where she resides, especially in connection with potential threats to water resources. She co-founded the Friends of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed: a volunteer group dedicated to educating the public and government officials responsibly about the potential risks associated with deep shale high volume hydraulic fracturing. The group gives presentations, holds public meeting forums, and provides research materials and information to other groups throughout Michigan concerned with fracking issues. Jacque's leadership and activism has landed her a nickname: "The Erin Brockovich of Fracking."

Exploring the potential dangers of fracking in Michigan

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Arts and Culture
10:10 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Cinema Chat: Traverse City Film Festival, 2 Guns, Fill the Void, The Smurfs 2 and More

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Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins is attending the Traverse City Film Festival this week. 

So, WEMU's David Fair instead spoke with Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum. The conversation, of course, began with a look at Russ's trip to Traverse City.

Cinema Chat for 8/1/2013

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Environment
12:02 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure in Ann Arbor

The Barton Dam on the Huron River
Credit James Marvin Phelps / Foter / CC BY-NC

In this week's installment of WEMU's Issues of the Environment,  we explore the June 27th incident in which 10-thousand gallons of untreated waste water were discharged into the Huron River. 

WEMU's David Fair talks with Earl Kenzie and Jennifer Lawson. Earl is Plant Manager for the Ann Arbor Waste Water Treatment Services Unit and Jennifer is  the city's Water Quality Manager.

Issues of the Environment Report: Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure in Ann Arbor

Environment
7:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Green Room: Wind Energy

Ralph Lundgren in front of one of the five turbines on his land in Lake Winds Wind Park
Barbara Lucas

Washtenaw County continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Among the ideas and initiatives underway is an increased commitment to wind energy.

In this month's installment of WEMU's The Green Room, reporter Barbara Lucas explores the myriad of issues surrounding wind energy. Barbara travels to communities where wind energy is more prevalent, and then returns to Ann Arbor to see where we are, and where we are going.

The July installment of WEMU's monthly feature, "The Green Room"

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Arts and Culture
10:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Cinema Chat: Low Winter Sun, The Wolverine, Renoir, The To do List and More

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As is the case every Thursday morning, WEMU's David Fair was joined today by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a little movie talk.

In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat", Dave and Russ chatted about some news out of Hollywood,  and a long list of movies that are available for your viewing pleasure in the days ahead!

Cinema Chat for 7/25/2013

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Entertainment
9:29 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Actor Jeff Daniels Hits Hole-In-One In Ann Arbor

Chelsea native Jeff Daniels hits a hole-in-one in Ann Arbor!
Credit Jeff Daniels

Chelsea Native Jeff Daniels can scratch another item off the "bucket list."  The star of HBO's "Newsroom"  hit a hole-in-one while golfing at the Polo Fields Golf Country Club in Ann Arbor Wednesday. This is the picture the founder of the Purple Rose Theater posted on Twitter yesterday.  Congratulations, Mr. Daniels!

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Education
9:02 am
Thu July 25, 2013

YCS Board of Education To Consider Pay Ranges For Non-instructional Staff

Some of the Ypsilanti Community Schools' non-instructional staff will find out tonight how much they are going to be paid. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a preview of tonight's Board of Education meeting.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting preview

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Environment
8:43 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Tracking Cattle From Birth To Dinner Plate

Credit Damian Gadal / Foter / CC BY

What would be the benefit of electronically tracking our beef supply from the birth of a calf to its arrival on our dinner plate? 

Potentially, the benefits are numerous. In this week's installment of  WEMU's Issues of the Environment,  Morning Edition host David Fair talks with Dr. Dan Buskirk.

Dr. Buskirk is Associate Professor and Beef Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. 

He contends that the electronic tracking can help facilitate creation of regional food systems, better connect consumers to farmers and increase revenues for local, small and mid-sized farmers.

Issues of the Environment for 7/24/13

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Arts and Culture
9:49 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Another Scorcher for Day Three of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

The third day of the annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs is underway. More than 100-thousand people are expected to descend on downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus before the day is out.

As WEMU's David Fair reports, visitors today will have to brave the same conditions as the first two days of the fairs.

Another audio snap-shot of the Art fairs, as day three gets underway.

Arts
11:46 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Another Audio Snap-shot of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

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Day two of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs is well underway, with tens, if not hundreds of thousands braving an Excessive Heat Warning to experience all the event has to offer. As WEMU's David Fair reports, despite the weather conditions, you'll find the artists and vendors in good spirits!

A short trip through portions of the Art Fairs to meet with artists and vendors.

Arts and Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Cinema Chat: Art Fairs, Low Winter Sun, Only God Forgives, Girl Most Likely, Comic-con and More

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum sat in for her boss, Russ Collins.  She came to the studio with an abundance of information, and joined WEMU's David Fair in enthusiastically good spirits! 

Cinema Chat for 7/18/13

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Health
10:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Washtenaw and Surrounding Counties

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT FRIDAY

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning,  to be in effect until 8pm Friday. This warning replaces the earlier heat advisory. That is no longer in effect. 

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Community
9:48 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Townie Street Party was Hot, Wet and Fun!

Hundreds of people Monday night flocked to the annual Ann Arbor Townie Street Party. As WEMU’s David Fair reports, the event serves one part kick-off to the upcoming Ann Arbor Art fairs, and one part “thanks” to local residents for enduring the influx of some half-a million people over the next several days.

Townie Street Party kicks off Art Fairs week in Ann Arbor.

Weather
6:15 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Heat Advisory In Effect For All Of Southeast Michigan

The  National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect for all of Southeast Michigan beginning at noon today and running through midnight Wednesday. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. In this case, forecasters say highs in the 90s will feel over 100 degrees in throughout the region.


The National Weather Service says the hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are more common. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps and sun burns are possible in cases where no protective action is taken.

Officials suggest you drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay in air-conditioned buildings whenever possible. Children and pets should never be left in vehicles under any circumstances. Doctors say symptoms like an inability to perspire, confusion and dizziness should be warning signs that you need to go somewhere cool to rest and rehydrate. This advice is especially important for senior citizens and others at high risk for heat illness - including those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders.

Arts and Culture
9:52 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Cinema Chat: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Federico Fellini and More

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  Every Thursday at 7:40am, WEMU's David Fair visits with the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater to cover Hollywood news, and provide a heads up on all of the movies available in the area over the coming weekend. Today, was certainly no exception, as David welcomed Russ Collins back to the studio!

Cinema Chat for 7/11/2013

Environment
7:58 am
Fri July 5, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes

Great Lakes in Sunglint
Credit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center / Foter / CC BY-NC

On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair is joined in-studio by Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. together they bring in the experts that can speak to issues of environmental importance. In this month's installment, the guest is Jon Allen. Jon heads up the Michigan Department of environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes.

July's installment of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.

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Community Events
6:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

4th of July Events

Have fun and stay safe!

  It is Independence Day and, as usual, the occasion will be marked with family and friends get-togethers, barbecues and some local parades!

At 10 a.m. this morning, the 23rd Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade gets underway. The parade begins at the corner of South State Street and East William Street. Included in the procession will be a contingent from WEMU, so make sure to look for us, and wave!  The Ann Arbor event also has a bike decorating contest for children. That gets underway at 9:30  this morning. Once decorated, the kids may ride their bikes in the parade.

In Ypsilanti, the 84th Annual Independence day parade gets underway at 11 a.m.. It will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets, and the procession will make its way through Depot town before ending at Rice Street. The Ypsilanti event is Michigan's longest running Independence Day parade.

In Whitmore Lake, the parade begins at 10 this morning. The route begins on the corner of Barker Road and Main Street.

And, if you are looking for a good BBQ, but don't want to host it yourself, the Sons of American Legion Post 31 will take care of you! the public is invited to to stop by Post 31 at 1700 Ridge Road beginning at 11 a.m. this morning. The group will put on a feast of grilled chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Also included in the nine-dollar price tag is a bag of chips and a roll. 

The Capitol Steps, Live at Hill Auditorium , tonight at  5  p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor at The Ann Arbor Summer Festival - tickets here

Looking for something else to do today? Check out the WEMU datebook for more information!

Arts
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Hollywood News, The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

Credit The Michigan Theater

Hollywood news and movie talk.

   In this holiday edition of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins discuss movies available over the Independence  Day holiday weekend.  Find out what kind of reviews "The Lone Ranger" is getting, and whether or not the animated "Despicable Me 2" holds up to the original. First, Russ offers up some news out of Hollywood on pending films based on two literary classics!

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Environment
8:28 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi). This disease is transmitted to people and animals primarily by the bite of the tick, Ixodes scapularis.

Two Washtenaw County residents have contracted Lyme disease so far this year. Issues of the Environment explores how to avoid contracting the affliction.

 It is peak season for the ticks that carry Lyme Disease. In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Erik Foster. Erick is Medical Entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health's communicable Disease Division. They discuss how to protect yourself from contracting Lyme Disease, what to look for if you suspect you've come in contact with an infected Tick, and how climate change may increase the areas where the ticks are found.

Arts
9:14 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Magic Mike, Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing and White House Down

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Movie news and previews with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins.

In this week's installment of Cinema chat, WEMU's Daiv Fair and Russ Collins discuss some Hollywood news, including Channing Tatum possibly directing his first film. it would be the sequel to "Magic Mike."  An update of Cinderella is in the works. Dave and Russ also cover a number of movies opening this weekend including Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"  and the action-thriller "White House Down."

Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Pall Life Sciences Remediation

Remediation continues on Dioxane Plume that spread from the former Gelman Sciences property in Scio Township. Now, current property owners Pall Life Sciences is leaving, but there is still a great deal of remediation work to be done.

Pall Life Sciences is  leaving the Ann Arbor area this summer, prompting many to become concerned about the company's commitment to ongoing remediation of 1-4, Dioxane contamination. 

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Arts
9:22 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Cinema Chat: Frances Ha, Before Midnight, Man of Steel and More!

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Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins paid his weekly visit with David Fair for this week's installment of Cinema Chat, and began the conversation discussing the return of one of the University of Michigan's most successful exports to Hollywood.

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Arts
9:19 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Film Festival Special Edition

The 2nd annual Cinetopia Film Festival kicked off in Ann Arbor Thursday night and will run right through the weekend. With so much to cover, a second installment of Cinema Chat this week seemed appropriate and needed! In this bonus edition, WEMU's David Fair is joined by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins and Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum. Additionally, there is a special appearance by Richmond Arquette! Richmond is the co-star of the film, "This is Martin Bonner."  The film will be shown twice at Cinetopia, the first of which is 9:30 tonight. 

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