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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Ways to Connect

Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Oscars are just a few weeks away, and the box office seems to be coming back to life.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins talk about the latest movie news and all of the flicks coming your way in the theaters and online this weekend.


Lisa Del Buono
Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action / states.ms2ch.org/mi/micca

We know, with certainty, the climate crisis is negatively impacting our environment.  It is also having adverse affects on pubic health, particularly in communities of color and among low-income familes.  Dr. Lisa Del Buono is the founder of Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her organization's advocacy of a carbon-fee plan to comprehensively address the issues. 


Susan Cerniglia
Linkedin / linkedin.com

Even though vaccine eligibility has expanded, the state of Michigan has faced a surge in COVID-19 cases.  The number of variant cases and hospitalizations has risen as well.  WEMU's David Fair spoke with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia about the trends found in our community. 


Carla Dirlikov Canales
Carla Dirlikov Canales

Meet Carla Dirlikov Canales, Ypsilanti native, renowned opera singer, and arts advocate.  She is also founder of the Canales Project, an organization that uses the arts to bridge cultural divides.  She joined Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair to talk about how she uses her voice to advocate for the arts and creativity in the halls of Congress and across the world. 


Emma Roeder
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

We are officially in the midst of tax season.  For many Washtenaw County residents, it is stressful, especially for those who have struggled financially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Still, volunteers working at the United Way of Washtenaw County's VITA program are ready to provide tax advice and assistance.  VITA program manager Emma Roeder joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about the program's current efforts on this week's "Washtenaw United."


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of attention on Washtenaw County--most of it positive, but not all.  WEMU’s David Fair and 12th District Congressional Representative Debbie Dingell discuss increased investment in combatting coronavirus in the area and at Willow Run Airport.  The Dearborn Democrat also explains why she has asked the federal Department of Education to look at Title IX allegations leveled against Eastern Michigan University.

Jennifer Haverkamp
Graham Sustainability Institute / graham.umich.edu

The University of Michigan has initiated a carbon neutrality plan unlike any other.  If effective, the school could become completely carbon neutral by the year 2040.  In this month's installment of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak explored the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality plan with Jennifer Haverkamp, the chair of the recently dispersed commission and director of the Graham Sustainability Institute.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's no April Fool!  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Foundation Russ Collins are together again for this week's "Cinema Chat!"  They'll be talking about all of the latest films that you can check out at the theaters downtown or at home online this weekend.


Janis Bobrin
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

For 24 years, Janis Bobrin served Washtenaw County as Water Resources Commissioner.  Some of the programs she devised and implemented are now industry standard and the positive environmental impacts she's had in our community are quite tangible.  For the final Women's History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Bobrin about her remarkable career and the lasting impacts she has had on the health of our environment and quality of life. 


Jeremy Gibson Bond

Character artists, animators, sound designers, programmers, and coders are just a few of the team members it takes to design and launch a video game.  It takes a lot of hard work and time.  Jeremy Gibson Bond, game designer and professor of practice, game design, and development at MSU, tells Deb Polich and David Fair all about this industry that has evolved exponentially since the days of Pong and Pac-Man on this edition of "creative: impact."  Listen here.


Yodit Mesfin-Johnson
Nonprofit Enterprise At Work / new.org

Yodit Mesfin-Johnson has been a community activist all her adult life.  She serves as president adn CEO of  Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) in Ann Arbor, is active in Black Lives Matter, and is on the board of the United Way of Washtenaw County.  It is her mission to create equity in marginalized communities and put more people of color at leadership tables to ensure diversity and equality in our communities.  In the final Women's History Month edition of "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks with Mesfin-Johnson about her life, career, and the foundations she is helping build for future generations.

Donna Lasinski
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Michigan State Representative Donna Lasinski has, among other things, stood up for numerous environmental causes.  That includes fighting the Gelman 1-4 dioxane plume to trying to prevent Enbridge Line 5 from causing catastrophic damage to the Great Lakes.  Now, as the top Democrat in the Michigan House of Representatives, Lasinski seeks to help rewrite Michigan's environmental history.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the present and future she is working to create on this Women's History Month Edition of "Issues of the Environment."


Ingrid Racine
Ingrid Racine / ingridracine.com

The U.S. should be awash in the art and culture of its Native Americans, immigrants, and the rest of the world.  Yet, it is dominated by Eurocentric influences.  Knowing that and how art is able to build cultural understanding, the U-M Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) started 20 years ago to provide an arts and cultural worldview to students, faculty, and local residents.  Ingrid Racine, a CWPS alum and now its program coordinator, takes Deb Polich and David Fair on a global "creative:impact" journey.  Listen here.


Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

Barbara Niess-May has provided a voice for survivors of sexual assault in Washtenaw County for decades.  Currently, she serves as the executive director of SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, which provides shelter, counseling, legal help, and other services for such victims.  Niess-May joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her work, the progress made, and what lays ahead.  


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In President Biden's first 58 days in office, approximately 100 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered.  In the meantime, legislation towards better access to medicare and more electric vehicle production is in the works.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell is in the middle of all of this and gives her perspective in a chat with WEMU's David Fair.  


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

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins discuss the celebration surrounding the  79th Anniversary of the State Theatre in Ann Arbor and all of the Oscar-nominated films playing downtown.  Plus, they welcome Ann Arbor Film Festival executive director Leslie Raymond to discuss this year's virtual event that begins next week! 


Mary Beth Doyle
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

Mary Beth Doyle Park is a beautiful and serene area in which to spend time and enjoy the outdoors.  It is appropriately named after environmental advocate and activist Mary Beth Doyle.  She helped bring the Ecology Center to international prominence and improved the health of environment and inspired others to do the same.  WEMU's David Fair checked in with Doyle's mentee, colleague, and friend Rebecca Mueninck from the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor for a Women's History Month rememberance. 


COVID-19
CDC / cdc.gov

There have been some positive strides in the fight against the coronavirus.  All three vaccines are becoming more available locally, and more people are eligible for inoculation.  WEMU's David Fair and Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia discuss the latest trends and efforts in Washtenaw County. 


Deborah Morgan

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than 90 novels Loren Estleman is a master of mysteries, histories, and series.  He has written almost every word on a manual typewriter in Washtenaw County, where he has lived since birth.  Our local literary legend joins Deb Polich and David Fair for this "creative:impact."  Listen here.


Alma Wheeler-Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Albert Wheeler was Ann Arbor's first, and only, African-American mayor.  His activism in the Civil Rights Movement inspired his daughter, Alma Wheeler Smith, to enter the political arena as well.  She served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature and continues to be a voice for equity and equality across race and genders.  WEMU's David Fair reflects with Wheeler Smith with an eye towards what the future may hold. 


One year has passed since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.  Thousands of lives were lost, businesses were forced to close, and any sense of normal life was changed forever.  WEMU's own David Fair, Molly Motherwell, and Michael Jewett sit down and talk about this past year's events and how WEMU itself found ways to continue serving the public.


Debbie Dingell
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday night shortly after signing a new, $1.9-trillion-dollar  COVID relief package into law.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell considers it among the most impactful pieces of legislation in U.S. history.  Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the package, the president's address, and what comes next. 


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The weather is starting to look good, and the movie world is, too.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair connects with Michigan Theater Foundation executive director, Russ Collins, to discuss the latest movie news and the new flicks now available at your favorite downtown Ann Arbor theater.


Michelle Deatrick
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Throughout Women's History Month, WEMU is talking with women who are dedicated to creating new history when it comes to environmental protections.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair recognizes Michelle Deatrick.  The former Washtenaw County Commissioner was instrumental in forming the Washtenaw County Climate Council and has now founded and leads the Democratic National Committee Council on Environment and Climate. 


Susan Cerniglia
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The first case of the COVID-19 variant originating from South Africa has been confirmed in Michigan's Jackson County.  While contact tracing is underway, traditional prevention methods, like wearing masks and distancing, are recommended to help prevent its spread.  Meantime, vaccination eligibility has been expanded, and more doses are becoming available.  WEMU's David Fair picked up the latest information from Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.


SCRAP
Juniper Beaty

Using creativity to keep usable waste from the landfill is the mission of SCRAP Creative Reuse and the subject of "creative:impact," when Claire Tyra, the director of SCRAP, joins Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance and WEMU's David Fair.  Listen here.  


Trische' Duckworth
Trische' Duckworth

As WEMU continues to mark Women's History Month, we continue to talk with some of the women working today to building a new and better future.  The Black Lives Matter movement was initiated by women.  Community activist Trische' Duckworth has been a vocal leader of the movement in Washtenaw County.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the journey to activism with Duckworth and the history she hopes to help write and the legacy she wishes to leave on this  week's "Washtenaw United." 


Lana Pollack
International Joint Commission / ijc.org

WEMU's Women's History Month coverage continues with two giants in the world of environmental advocacy.  David Fair caught up with Lana Pollack and Lisa Wozniak to discuss their work and the women who preceded and worked alongside them.  Pollack is a former State Senator from Ann Arbor who, among other things, authored Michigan's short-lived 'Polluter Pay' laws.  Wozniak presently heads up the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, which continues to positively impact policy and protections. 


Golden Globe
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The 2021 Golden Globes have been handed out, which means Oscars season is approaching fast.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins about the latest film news and all of the new flicks coming to downtown Ann Arbor and the Michigan Theater's Virtual Movie Palace.


Rebecca Esselman
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Huron River is a life force for the communities in its watershed.  Throughout the years, it is women who have been a driving force in improving its quality.  In this Women's History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with the current executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council about some of the women who preceded her and how that serves as foundation for the work she is doing today and for tomorrow. 


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