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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Environment
8:02 am
Fri June 7, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Great Lakes and Michigan Waterways

  On the first Friday of every month, WEMU sets aside 20-minutes to thoroughly discuss an issue of environmental importance.  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director co-host the segment, and this week the guest is Ann Arbor's own Lana Pollack. Lana has served as State Senator, President of the Michigan environmental Council and is currently the U-S Chair of the International Joint Commission, as appointed by President Barack Obama.

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Arts
8:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Cinetopia Film Festival

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat" David fair, Russ Collins and Amanda Bynum discuss the 2nd annual Cinetopia Film festival, which kicks off tonight. 

It’s Here!  Cinetopia 2013

45 films (including two free films at a Rooftop Theater on top of the Maynard Street Parking Structure) will be shown.  Over 30 filmmakers are in town – directors, cinematographers, producers and stars. And Cinetopia will take place in both Ann Arbor and Detroit.

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Environment
11:59 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Issues of the Environment: The Greening of Ann Arbors Municipal Golf Courses

Leslie Park Golf Couse is owned and operated by the City of Ann Arbor
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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with Scott Spooner about the the environmental initiatives underway at the public golf courses in Ann Arbor. Mr. Spooner is the Superintendent of Golf Courses for the City of Ann Arbor.

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Weather
8:29 am
Fri May 31, 2013

West Side of Ann Arbor Hit With Power Outage

It may take until late afternoon for DTE energy to restore power to roughly 800 customers on the west side of Ann Arbor. The estimated time of restoration is 4pm this afternoon. That outage forced closure of Abbott Elementary School this morning.  Additionally, A downed tree is blocking traffic at Dexter Road and Ironwood Drive. The roads are closed at that intersection until further notice. Detour signs are posted. An isolated power outage in Ypsilanti this morning forced closure of Ypsilanti Middle School.

Environment
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways

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The Green Room

Clean Water sustains life. And, clean water is dependent on a healthy watershed. Measuring the health of these watersheds is not just the job of scientists, As Barbara Lucas discovers in this months installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",  it also takes a virtual army of citizen volunteers.  

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Movies and more
9:16 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Approaches, Transforming Loss

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat", WEMU's David Fair finds out more about the rapidly approaching "Cinetopia Film Festival" and talks with Julie Stotler of The Kite Network.  the Kite Network is sponsoring tonight's Michigan Theater showing of the documentary, "Transforming Loss", but only after recognizing Russ Collins birthday!

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's PACE Program

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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment" WEMU's David Fair talks with the Clean Energy Coalition's Rebecca Filbey. Rebecca is the Program Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor's Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE program

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Environment
9:07 am
Fri May 24, 2013

March Against Monsanto comes to Ann Arbor

The March Against Monsanto will be held May 25

Downtown Ann Arbor, on Saturday, will be the site of a protest march and rally. The "March Against Monsanto" will begin at 1 pm on the University of Michigan central campus Diag, and proceed to Hanover Square Park for the rally.  On "Morning Edition" today, WEMU's David Fair caught up with the woman who organized the protest, Kryssi Jones.

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Weekend
12:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, Whiskey and Fast Cars!

On this week's edition of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair has a different co-host. While Russ Collins spent the morning toiling elsewhere, Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum filled in to provide all of the movie information you'll need.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Prescribed Ecological Burns

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In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair explores the importance of prescribed ecological burns in our area parks. The guest this week is David Borneman. David is Natural Areas Preservation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. 

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Arts and Entertainment
8:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Cinema Chat: Into the Woods, Star Trek Into Darkness and More

There are new films opening in the are this week, and it is the season for film festivals. In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins cover all of it for you, beginning with discussion of a new, lavish movie musical that's in the works.

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Environment
8:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Using Technology to Protect Birds at Wind Farms

In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair looks at how technology will help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems. The guest this week is Russell Conard. Russell is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Washtenaw County start-up company Ornicept.

For more info on Ornicept's work:  ornicept.com

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Movies and More
9:06 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Great Gatsby, From Up on Poppy Hill, Mud, and more!

The Great Gatsby  opens in theaters this weekend!  In this week's installment of  Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and  Russ Collins discuss several film options for the weekend and preview the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival. The conversation began, however, with some sad news out of Hollywood.

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Environment
9:15 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Restoring Native Rattlesnake Habitat

An eastern massasauga rattlesnake at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Rattlesnakes in Washtenaw County! They're here, and they serve a purpose. Unfortunately their habitat has been threatened, but a project is underway to help. Joining WEMU's David Fair on Issues of the Environment is Steven Parrish, Steven is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Habitat Restoration Project Manager and Natural Areas Specialist at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.  Together, David and Steven discuss  work in Washtenaw County on the Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration and Education Project.

To see a  massasauga video and find other information. 

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Elections
10:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Election Results 5/7/13

A light ballot in Washtenaw County on Tuesday day means relatively quick results. The results, keep in mind, are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers.

Voters in Dexter Village have opted to continue moving forward with the process of becoming a city. The measure passed on a vote of 460-to-408. The next step will be the election of a nine-member charter commission. Once a draft charter is adopted and passed by the state, incorporation into city-hood will go before a vote of the people.

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First Friday Focus on the Environment
8:36 am
Fri May 3, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?  This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.

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Movies and more
8:49 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Jewish Film Festival, The Great Gatsby in 3D and more!

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Film festivals galore, including Cinetopia, Jewish Film Festival; Iron Man 3, new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

discussion of movies and movie news

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Environment
9:10 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Oil Pipeline in Washtenaw

Recovery of submerged oil on Morrow Lake using approved recovery methods during the Enbridge Oil Spill (6/25/2011)
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Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River.  Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
9:44 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Green Room: 35 years of Recycle Ann Arbor

Report on history of Recycle Ann Arbor

From a half-dozen college students with a beat up truck to a major business, Barbara Lucas traces the 35 year history of Recycle Ann Arbor on The Green Room from WEMU.

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Arts & Culture
11:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Joybox Express Prepares to Roll

Mr. B's Joybox Express is getting ready to bike the length of the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to New Orleans this fall, and WEMU is getting ready to follow the ride.   Mark Braun, aka Mr. B., spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the project and what the Joybox entourage plans to do along the way.

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Movies and More
9:31 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Film Festival details released; Star Wars; and more

Cinetopia International Film Festival scheduled for June 6-9 in Ann Arbor, Detroit

Star Wars galore!  Michigan premieres!  Lights, cameras, action!  It's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:43 am
Wed April 17, 2013

A Great Year and Good Future for EMU

Dr. Susan Martin

Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin assesses the past academic year at EMU, and her expectations for the school's future with WEMU's David Fair.

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Environment
9:26 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Waste Reduction at WCC

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines Washtenaw Community College's efforts to reduce, recycle, and now, compost.  Our guest is WCC's Facilities Maintenance Manager, Barry Wilkens.

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Movies and more
10:15 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Love and Honor, the Oscars, Bond, Star Wars and more

Oscars moving for the Olympics; New Star Wars news; new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Amanda Bynum is Director of Programming and Education at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. 

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Fair Food Systems

Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  Our guest is Oran Hesterman, who discusses fair food systems in Washtenaw County, and some of the ways in which the county is working to provide equitable access to sustainable foods for all residents.

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