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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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Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Coronavirus has been confirmed in all 50 states.  Michigan's 12th District Congresswoman, Debbie Dingell, is working from home as some members of Congress have confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and members of her staff are awaiting test results.  In a conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Dingel says the CARES bill the U.S. House will pass today is a start, but it's imperfect.  Therefore, work will begin immediately on providing more financial assistance.  

Rebekah Warren
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect daily life in Michigan, the state Legislature is at work to provide stop-gap and longer term aid to those in need. 55th District State Representative Rebekah Warren addressed a myriad of issues with WEMU's David Fair.  


Michigan Theater
Junfu Han / Michigan Theater Facebook

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many industries worldwide, and the movie business is no exception.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins discuss how movie theaters, especially those found in Ann Arbor, are adapting to this difficult situation.


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

While we adapt to life in a coronavirus crisis, staying engaged and serving others as best we can is of crucial importance.  The Mayor of Ypsilanti is spending some of her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" time reaching out to the community's senior citizens.  Seniors are most at risk in this crisis and are more likely to be disconnected from electronic communication.  Beth Bashert joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her outreach efforts, community observations during shutdown, and explain current and future city operations. 


John Meeker
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

The coronavirus pandemic has lead to major changes for homes and businesses, including more frequent use of chemicals and disinfectants.  While they do help, some can be dangerous to human health and the environment.  Professor John Meeker, senior associate dean for research at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, spoke with WEMU's David Fair about how best to safely use these products on "Issues of the Environment."


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

Just as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning, many people were still traveling.  The executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters was among them.  Upon return, Lisa Wozniak, her family, colleagues, and organization had to make significant life and work adjustments.  She discussed those changes and the growing importance of water and environmental protections as we deal with COVID-19. 


Jeanice Swift
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) was among several school districts to close their doors at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan.  AAPS superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift spoke with WEMU's David Fair about adapting to unprecedented circumstances. 


Adaptive Dance / Vera Davis Photography

The upheaval of COVID-19 is felt by everyone.  Everything is shifting moment by moment, from a benign format change for "creative:impact" to a devastating life change for an artist who may become homeless.  What doesn’t change is the compunction for artists to create and for art to connect, calm, and keep us human.  Join The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s David Fair as they explore these topics week’s edition of "creative:impact."


James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

The coronavirus pandemic has forced significant changes in higher education instruction and campus operations.  Eastern Michigan University president Dr. James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on the daily changes impacting the manner in which the school is run and the impacts it's having on students, faculty, and staff. 


Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, most people have been required to stay home at all times, especially after Governor Whitmer passed her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order on Monday.  Yet, home is not a safe place for those who deal with domestic violence.  Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on how domestic abuse victims can stay safe during this time of public health pandemic. 


Susan Cerniglia
Washtenaw County Health Department / washtenaw.org

The COVID-19 crisis continues, and this past weekend, Washtenaw County experienced its first fatality from the illness.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia  joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the the changing landscape of dealing with a growing outbreak. 

Pam Smith
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many non-profits, businesses, and residents are under serious financial strain.  The United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) decided to start a fund drive to help those in need.  UWWC President/CEO Pam Smith joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about the initiative in this week's installment of "Washtenaw United."


Jerry Clayton
Michigan Sheriffs' Association / misheriff.org

Like all businesses and services across the nation, law enforcement has had to make serious changes during the coronavirus outbreak.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU's David Fair about how the county is now being policed during this difficult time.


Argus
Argus Farm Stop / argusfarmstop.com

Many services have felt the sting of the coronavirus outbreak.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Kathy Sample, founder/owner of Argus Farm Stop, joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about the importance of local food during this unprecendented time.


Meg Rohrer

To help slow the spread of the virus, arts venues were first to cancel events and send artists home.  The ripple effect is devastating for the people and organizations in Washtenaw County that don’t have or qualify for emergency economic relief packages.  The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s David Fair discuss the need for creative aid on this week’s "creative:impact."


Susan Cerniglia
Linkedin / linkedin.com

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, many developments have occurred in the state of Michigan.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair checks in with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about the latest precautions being taken in Washtenaw County to keep the virus from spreading any further.


Dave Halteman
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The number of coronavirus cases has grown in Michigan, including here in Washtenaw County.  Numerous tests are still pending, so the situation will get worse long before it gets better.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County emergency services director Dave Halteman, who explains how the county has prepared for a worse-case scenario.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Dozens of coronavirus cases have been reported in Michigan, seven of which are found in Washtenaw County.  This situation has forced local law enforcement officials to make a few changes to their usual routine.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton explains how his department has adapted to the public health crisis in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

With coronavirus shutting down schools, there are many worried about the children that rely on the free meals provided them during the school day.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, Ann Arbor Public Schools is working to alleviate those concerns.

Leslie Raymond
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) was scheduled to open to the public later this month.  However, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the festival has had to make significant changes.  AAFF executive director Leslie Raymond joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about these changes, which include shifting the festival to an online format.


Jeanice Swift
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that all public and private schools in Michigan will be shut down until early April.  Yet, some districts, including Ann Arbor Public Schools, had already made the decision.  The Ann Arbor Public Schools' superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, explains the district's plan during the shutdown in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


The 2020 Census is less than a month away, and there are still many things to consider.  Among them are properly completing a census form and how the final results will affect our community.  WEMU's David Fair explores this in detail with Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development director Teresa Gillotti and Engage @ EMU student coordinator Denise Jimenez in this month's installment of "Census 2020."


Ann Arbor Film Fest
Ann Arbor Film Festival / aafilmfest.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director to discuss the latest movie news and all of the new flicks landing at your local movie house this weekend.  Plus, Leslie Raymond stops by to talk about this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival, including precautions being taken amidst the current public health crisis.


Rose Bellanca
Linkedin / linkedin.com

By a better than 3-1 margin, local voters passed a tax renewal and Headlee override request from Washtenaw Community College.  While celebrating what the 10-year, one-mill levy will bring to the school and community for the future, WCC is dealing with the immediacy of an everchanging Coronavirus landscape.  WCC president and CEO Dr. Rose Bellanca joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss both. 


Ed Golembiewski
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

A large number of Washtenaw County voters took advantage of Michigan's new, no-reason absentee voting for the March 10th election.  Results were tabulated more quickly that anticipated, and lessons were learned for the elections still to come in 2020.  Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski gives his perspective in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won Michigan in an upset during the 2016 primary.  That wasn't the case Tuesday as former Vice President Joe Biden won the vote in the state and in Washtenaw County.  Sanders still has support and a measure of hope.  18th District State Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor discussed what happened and what is to come as we move towards the November general election.  Irwin joined WEMU's David Fair today to discuss results and possibilities. 


Ed Rivet
Michigan Conservative Energy Forum / micef.org

A series of "energy freedom" bills, which would allow customers to diversify energy generation and usage is before the Michigan Legislature.  For this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ed Rivet, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, about a new strategy to move the measures forward. 


Jill Stefani-Wagner
Jill Stefani-Wagner

Jill Stefani-Wagner, a master pastel artist from Saline, travels around the world painting “en plein air,” or outdoors to create landscapes and cityscapes.  She tells The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s David Fair about her award-winning adventures on this edition of “creative.impact.”


Americorps
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

This fall, the Americorps program will celebrate its 25th anniversary.  Washtenaw County has a robust Americorps program.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," you'll meet two members who are taking the service work component of the program and building personal and professional growth into something of benefit to the greater community.  WEMU's David Fair welcomes current Americorps member Tien Holmes and Americorps alumnus Brian Rakovitis to talk about the paths they're forging.  


Monica Lewis-Patrick
We the People of Detroit / wethepeopleofdetroit.com

Water shutoffs has been a major issue in Detroit, and the next round is expected to come in April.  Low-income residents are being dramatically impacted by the inability to meet the rising cost of water.  Is access to water a right?  Or, is it a privilege?  In this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters explore the answers to those questions.  Monica Lewis-Patrick is co-founder, president, and CEO of "We the People of Detroit."  She'll explain the organization's efforts to win water justice in the city and around the state and country.


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