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
8:39 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Issues of the Environment

On this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, Megan Brown of Clean Affordable Renewable Energy, or CARE, explains the group's opposition to proposal 3 on Michigan's November ballot.

Health
9:38 am
Wed October 10, 2012

LBD Awareness Month

LBD is Lewy Body Dementia, similar to Alzheimers, but it attacks the body as well as the mind.  Former Arts Alliance Executive Director Tamara Real speaks with WEMU's David Fair about this little-known disease.  Her husband is suffering from LBD.

Environment
9:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Issues of the Environment

This week, WEMU's Issues of the Environment examines ways to improve solid waste management.  Our guest is the CEO of Resource Recycling Systems, Jim Frey.

Environment
9:42 am
Fri October 5, 2012

First Friday Focus on the Environment

Land conservancies are the topic of October's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
9:40 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Sizing up the health of Ann Arbor's trees.  Ann Arbor's Urban Forest and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator Kerry Grey is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
8:56 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Cinema Chat

Three Corpse Circus

An Oscar boycott?   Looper, Three Corpse Circus, the latest buzz from Hollywood, and much much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
9:05 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Issues of the Environment

This spring's record-setting rainfall .
Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com

Sizing up the effects of climate change in our area.  UofM research associate Evan Mallen is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
9:09 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Cinema Chat

Toronto Film Festival wrap-up; Sleepwalk With Me; The Making of Steinway, Motor City Movies and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
11:25 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Dr. Mike Shriberg has the  'pros' of the 25X25 ballot proposal facing Michigan voters in November on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
9:12 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Cinema Chat

Detropia, Kubrick's first film coming to home video, Finding Nemo 3D, new openings downtown and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
8:45 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Some environmentalists oppose the 25X25 proposal on Michigan's November ballot.  Hear why on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
9:34 am
Fri September 7, 2012

First Friday Focus on the Environment

Even more than 54.
http://forum.datacad.com/viewtopic.php?t=6761

54-point-five mile per gallon CAFE standard by 2025 is doable and worth achieving.  So says our guest on this months First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
9:39 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Cinema Chat

Toronto Film Festival gets underway; new releases, special screenings and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
8:30 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Ann arbor Greenway
http://michigan.sierraclub.org/huron

Planning underway for a new park and greenway for Ann Arbor's Allen Creek corridor.   Find out more on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Movies and more
8:44 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Cinema Chat

Sugar Man
http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/cinema-chat-aug-30/#.UEEdmtZlRKg

Searching for Sugar Man, The Queen of Versailles, and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater, Russ Collins.

Environment
8:47 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Spring Valley Trout Farm
Spring Valley Trout Farm

This week, Issues of the Environment from WEMU is "goin' fishing" with Spring Valley Trout Farm owner Jim Kaercher.

Movies and more
9:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Cinema Chat

Take This Waltz
annarbor.com

Chinese film festival driven underground;  new openings downtown and at the cinemalls, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Environment
10:02 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Checking in on Ann Arbor's Greenbelt program as it nears the

ten year mark.

News
8:55 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Issues of the Environment 8/15/12

VegMichigan

Veganism and the environment. In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment WEMU's David Fair talks with the President of "VegMichigan."

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News
10:36 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Cinema Chat 8/9/12

After a week up north at the Traverse City Film Festival, Russ Collins returned to the WEMU studios and joined David Fair with plenty of Cinema Chat news!

News
9:10 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Issues of the Environment 8/7/12

This week's focus is local, sustainable and healthy food options, and the growing interest in expanding these options in Washtenaw County.

Festivals and News
9:18 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Holy Box Office, Batman!

David and Russ talk about the Traverse City Film Festival, new releases, the latest Hollywood buzz and the Aurora theater shooting this week on Cinema Chat.

Electric Motorcycles
12:52 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Electric Cycle Savings

Current Motor Company

Electric cars get a lot of media buzz, but how about electric motorcycles?  This week David talks to Nik Klopf, Sales Manager of Current Motor Company.

Theater and Art
8:55 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Beers, Brats, Music, and Movies

visitannarbor.org

Amanda and David talk about movies and the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The Michigan Theater is still open during the Art Fair, so come on down!

Mill Creek Park Opening
9:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Parks and Creeks

villageofdexter.org

This week David talks to  Allison Bishop, the Village of Dexter Community Development Manager about Mill Creek Park. After three years of hard work, Dexter's Mill Creek Park is set to open soon.

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