by Molly Motherwell, Published August 24, 2012
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."
Smith said, "Having David as news director gives WEMU's local news effort the kind of solid focus that it needs. 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 5 a.m.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.