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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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Aaron Kinzel
Youth Justice Fund / yjfund.org

A recent study shows African Americans in Washtenaw County are far more likely than white people to be charged with felonies, and sentences tend to be longer.  The data raises questions about prosecutorial discretion and biases in the criminal justice system.  Aaron Kinzel is a lecturer of Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Michigan-Dearborn and serves as Executive Director of the Youth Justice Fund.  He joined WEMU’s David Fair on "Washtenaw United" to explore bias and the search for equality in the criminal justice system.


University of Michigan
University of Michigan College of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering / clasp.umich.edu

The wildfires along the United States West Coast continue to devastate homes and the surrounding environment.  Many environmental experts consider this more evidence of climate change, and yet some politicians constantly dispute those claims.  Dr. Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering at the University of Michigan, discusses his thoughts on this conflict, as well as the effects the fires have had on southeast Michigan, with WEMU's David Fair on this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Natsume Ono

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks our streetscapes can be much more fun and have asked artists to help us reimagine our downtown spaces.  Deb and David talk with Natsume Ono, a member of the Studio Kaleidoscape team, who recently pained a streetscape at South State Street and North University as part of the ReVIVE All Zones project.  Hear their conversation on "creative:impact" here.


Brandon Tucker
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

This past year has brought so much change to our community, from fighting the COVID-19 crisis to combatting racism and police brutality.  The United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) is working to creating equity in access to opportunity and quality of life by the year 2030.  UWWC campaign chair Brandon Tucker joined  WEMU's David Fair on "Washtenaw United" to discuss the work that needs to be done over the next decade to meet those aspirations. 


James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

The start of Eastern Michigan University's fall semester has been most unusual due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Initially, most classes were conducted online, but, starting today, additional courses will be done in person.  EMU President Dr.  James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss education at EMU during a pandemic. 


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The pandemic isn't slowing down and is expected to get worse in the fall and winter.  That increases need on a variety of fronts, but there is no sign a divided Congress will pass a relief and stimulus package anytime soon.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is keeping the faith that a deal will get done.  She joined WEMU's David Fair with perspective on that and other issues of concern in the federal government. 


Benjamin Goldstein
Erb Institute / erb.umich.edu

A new University of Michigan report studies 93 million homes in America to explore where, and how, we live impacts climate change.  The results show greenhouse gasses are produced at much higher levels in areas of affluence.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the report in greater detail with lead author of the report, Dr. Benjamin Goldstein. 


COVID-19
PxHere / pxhere.com

On Monday, Washtenaw County reported 58 new coronavirus cases and no new coronavirus-related deaths since last Friday.  The pandemic is still in full effect, and changes in public interaction could soon drive those numbers up.  WEMU's David Fair checked in with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about what may happen as more hit college campuses and are visiting local gyms.  


Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

SafeHouse Center provides emergency shelter and an array of services to survivors on domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County.  Like all other service agencies, the pandemic has an effect on the way it conducts its business and on the bottom line.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," SafeHouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May discusses maintaining vital and essential services during a public health crisis. 


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Nineteen years ago today, four commercial airliners were hijacked and then crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and an open field in Pennsylvania.  Today, we commemorate the anniversary of these attacks amidst the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell reminisces about the attacks and discusses how the federal government is operating during the many challenges America faces today with WEMU's David Fair. 


Michigan Theater
The Michigan Theater / Facebook

Schools are back in session, while movie theaters still have to wait.  Still, the movies keep coming your way.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the new flicks you can watch at home, courtesy of the Michigan Theater's 'Virtual Movie Palace.'


Mara Herman
Erica Bertram / The Ecology Center

Michigan passed new standards for PFAS back in July, and, in August, the most strict regulations in America went into effect.  On this week's "Issues of the Environment," Mara Herman, Health Policy Specialist for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, will discuss the new standards and what it means to environmental and public health with WEMU's David Fair. 


Arts Alliance
The Arts Alliance / creativewashtenaw.org

After a summer hiatus, David Fair and Deb Polich reunite on the air for this edition of "creative: impact."  They catch up on the state of the arts six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of gaining the attention of and funding from local decision makers right here in Washtenaw County.  Listen here to the conversation on this edition of "creative:impact."


NEW
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work / new.org

All too often, when public discourse centers on issues of racial equality and justice, the voices we hear from are from white people.  Ann Arbor-based NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work) is changing that by putting forth leaders in the Black community to lead the conversations.  The online series is called "Centering Justice."  Will Jones III is Relationship Manager at NEW.  He joined WEMU's David Fair on this week's edition of "Washtenaw United" to discuss racism and the task of creating meaningful and lasting change. 


Debbie Dingell
Office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

School is resuming across the country, but financial concerns weigh heavily as the federal government has yet to vote on a new budget or coronavirus relief measure.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to express her concerns and weigh in on a number of local and national environmental issues.  


Mona Hanna-Attisha
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha responsible for discovering the Flint Water Crisis.  Her work is recognized throughout the world.  Still, more needs to be done.  While that work continues, the COVID-19 public health crisis is creating further challenges for the community.  Dr. Hanna-Attisha joined WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to discuss how far we've come and the work that remains on this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."


Michigan Theater
The Michigan Theater / Facebook

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the current state of Michigan's movie theaters and the new films you can check out online this Labor Day weekend.  Plus, they take a moment to remember actor Chadwick Boseman, star of such films as "42" and "Black Panther."


Brian Steglitz
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

For decades, a 1,4 dioxane plume has contaminated groundwater in Scio Township and Ann Arbor.  Legal battles have been ongoing with the original polluter, Gelman Sciences, and its subsequent owners.  Now, a new consent judgement has been reached and it is expected to improve the situation.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with the City of Ann Arbor's water treatment services manager, Brian Steglitz, about the agreement and what needs to happen next to get the settlement approved and implemented. 


Susan Cerniglia
Linkedin / linkedin.com

Fall classes are starting at college campuses across Michigan.  Here, in Washtenaw County, Eastern Michigan University is holding its classes online only for the first three weeks, while the University of Michigan is taking an online/in-person hybrid approach.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest. 


United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

As the search for an end to systemic racism continues to grow, some of the best advice is to first look inward.  Toward that end, the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) is offering another 21-Day Equity Challenge.  With support from the University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center, the UWWC joins other United Way chapters from around Michigan in raising understanding and awareness of racism. 

UWWC development and communications manager Ebony Robinson and Sara Saylor, the Ginsberg Center's assistant director for community engagement, discuss the issues and opportunities with WEMU's David Fair for this week's "Washtenaw United."


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Another police shooting of a Black man, social unrest and urgent calls for racial justice.  That has been the news playing behind the four-day Republican National Convention that concluded Thursday night.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss, among other things, her opinion of the RNC, dealing with issues of policing and race, and the possibility of a federal government shutdown. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Summertime may be reaching its end, but the movies will never stop coming.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair gets in touch with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the latest films you can enjoy at home, thanks to the Michigan Theater's Virtual Movie Palace.


Paul Mohai
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

Michigan currently does not have a statewide approach to school siting that takes into account environmental quality.  More than 40 percent of schools in Michigan are located near major sources of air pollution.  What can be done about it now?  On this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Dr. Paul Mohai from the U of M's School for Environment and Sustainability on ways to address these questions.


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Health Department / washtenaw.org

If trends hold true, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as students return to the University of Michigan and other schools in Washtenaw County.  Still, there are so many variables, it is hard to determine short and longer-term outcomes.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the latest information with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia. 


Moonson Eninsche
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

There are more than 90 service agencies and organizations in Washtenaw County helping area residents through the "Barrier Busters" program.  For many, COVID-19 has only increased the need for assistance.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair discussed the issues with Moonson Eninsche from the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.  


University of Michigan Press / www.press.umich.edu

It is a borrowed philosophy but one that guided Ken Fischer's career and leadership vision.  For 30 years, Ken served as President of the University Musical Society.  "Everybody In, Nobody Out" is his new book.  That management ideology extended to the manner in which he guided expansion of UMS programming.  In the end, we find that performance arts not only entertain but help bridge divides in cultural, racial, economic, and educational divides.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with Ken to discuss the issues and today's release of his book. 


Debbie Dingell
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

The US Postal Service has been at the fore of national conversation this week.  Sorting machines at local offices are being dismantled, public mailboxes are being removed, and there are service delays throughout the country.  As a result, the Postmaster General is also undergoing congressional questioning.  Michigan's 12th District Congresswoman, Debbie Dingell, addressed those issues, potential of a new COVID-19 relief package, and the party conventions in a conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 


Sivan Jones
Sivan Jones

The prospect of an uncertain school year is causing a great deal of worry for most parents.  A new service in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area called Family Pod Match aims to help navigate ways to alleviate some of that stress during COVID-19 and the new academic year.  For this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks with the program's founder, Sivan Jones, about how she can help find the right family match to share the burdens of daycare, so working parents can better balance need and uncertainty.  


James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Classes begin at Eastern Michigan University on August 31st.  Because of COVID-19, it will be a different kind of campus experience.  EMU president Dr. James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to highlight the plan and discuss the challenges of providing an education during a pandemic. 


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

As the pandemic continues, Congress remains divided on a number of issues.  The latest federal stimulus bill remains stalled, while President Donald Trump is issuing executive orders and threatening to defund the U.S. Postal Service.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her perspective on these issues and the effort to find a way forward. 


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