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

Beers, Brats, Music, and Movies

Jul 19, 2012
A shot of the Ann Arbor Art Fair with the Michigan Theater in the background.

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!

Parks and Creeks

Jul 18, 2012
An image of Mill Creek Park.

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.

Portrait of Ernest Borgnine
Mark J. Terrill/AP

David and Russ remember Ernest Borgnine and talk about The Hobbit this week on Cinema Chat. They also talk about Ice Age: Continental Drift and mumblecore movies.

Start Your Engines

Jul 11, 2012

David talks to Susan Harley, the Michigan Policy Director of Clean Water Action about cleaning up old diesel engines and making new ones more environmentally friendly this week.

Voters may decide if Michigan must get 25%

of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Comic Con and Movies

Jul 5, 2012

David and Amanda talk about ComicCon and movies to go with it - or not - on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Au Sable Institute promotes environmental


The Safe Chemicals Act

Jun 27, 2012

This week, David talks to the Environmental Health Campaign Director for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, Rebecca Muenink, about the new "Safe Chemicals Act" that's been stalled in Congress.

Rapping for Local Food

Jun 20, 2012

This week, David talks to Lucas DiGia (a.k.a. "Homegrown"), who has been rapping for a decade and also works with  Project Grow in Ann Arbor. www.rapforfood.org

A silhouette of a guitarist with fans reaching up to them with a light in the background and a blue backdrop.

David and Russ talk about Rock of Ages, Hysteria, and more movies showing this weekend on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Complete Streets role in sustainability

plan for Washtenaw County.

Fighting to  keep Asian carp out of the great lakes.


Cinetopia International Film Festival at the Michigan Theater

David and Russ talk to Amanda Bynum, the director of Cinetopia International Film Festival at the Michigan Theater and discuss 'the year of Snow White' that seems to be sweeping through the theaters.

U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development

Today David talks about government policies regarding recycling, renewable energy, and environmental impact with Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development.

Cannes Film Festival

Russ and David talk today about the Cannes Film Festival. Also, Cinetopia is coming! Are you ready?

A reddened Earth.

Dr. Michael Mann

Why do some people deny global warming? David talks to Dr. Michael Mann, author of 'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines' to try to understand why.

Growing food locally is Growing Hope in Ypsilanti area.

Cinema Chat

May 3, 2012

Find out more about Cinetopia on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

A sign for MichCon.

DTE Energy to clean up polluted MichCon site in Ann Arbor.

Rows of red movie chairs.

This week David and Russ talk about movie news this week - To Rome with Love, Skyfall, and more! Also, Cinetopia news!

Waste Not Dump Not?

Apr 25, 2012
Piles of trash in a landfill.

Republican state lawmakers are racing to repeal Michigan's ban on yard waste going to landfills. David talks to Jeff Irwin this week, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Technology.

Earth Day is Sunday

Apr 20, 2012

Congressman John Dingell talks with WEMU's David Fair about new congressional battles to protect the environment.

Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin discusses college costs and more with WEMU's David Fair.

Cinetopia Preview

Apr 19, 2012
A tub of popcorn with a movie ticket.

Today, David and Russ talk about the Cannes Film Festival, and also talk in detail about some movies that are going to be at Cinetopia!

Healthy reptiles and amphibians mean a healthier environment for all.   It's the focus of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Apr 12, 2012

Hunger Games director may not direct sequel; more Hollywood buzz;  Three Stooges, Cabin in the Woods, new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Saving money and your health during the warm weather months.

Cinema Chat

Apr 5, 2012

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a Grande Ballroom documentary, Razzie results, new openings, and special screenings on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Biofuels may not be as useful as first thought.  Hear more on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Mar 29, 2012

Everything you want to know about the 50th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.