Sean Bueter

News Director & Morning Edition Host

Since joining NIPR in March 2011, Sean has worked to raise the news profile of WBOI by increasing its presence around the community. He's also helped bring WBOI to a national audience by placing local stories on NPR's flagship shows and APM's Marketplace Morning Report. Sean is the local host of Morning Edition and former co-host of Midday Matters.

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Transportation
4:05 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Ridesharing Service Uber Arrives in Fort Wayne

App-based transportation service Uber launched in Fort Wayne on Thursday.

Uber has become a transportation staple in major cities across the United States, and now the ridesharing service has gone live in Fort Wayne.

Using Uber is a lot like calling a cab, but the entire transaction – from scheduling, to tracking the vehicle, to payment processing – is done through an app on your smartphone.

App-based transportation companies have courted controversy in recent years because of regulatory concerns and opposition from taxi cab companies that say such services are unsafe and infringe on their business.

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Election 2015
9:05 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Fort Wayne Voters Choose Henry, Harper for Mayor's Race

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (Democrat, left) and Councilman Mitch Harper (Republican, right) won their respective primaries Tuesday, and will face each other in the November general election.
Credit Courtesy / Henry for Mayor; Harper for Mayor

The 2015 Fort Wayne general election will feature two longtime public servants at the top of the ticket.

In Tuesday’s municipal primary election for mayor, Democrats overwhelmingly chose incumbent Tom Henry to run for a third term, while Republican voters chose Councilman Mitch Harper by an even wider margin. The two will face each other in November's general election.

Both Harper and Henry had been considered favorites by political watchers, though each had three challengers on the ballot.

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Business
2:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Doden Named CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Outgoing IEDC Chairman Eric Doden was named CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Monday.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Fort Wayne’s unified economic development organization is getting new leadership.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. named Eric Doden its new chief executive officer this week, replacing former CEO Mark Becker, who resigned in January.

Doden is the outgoing president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state agency that works to attract new business to Indiana. Governor Mike Pence appointed him to the position in 2013.

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Sixteen Candidates Vy for Fort Wayne At-Large Seats

Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The biggest pool of candidates in the Fort Wayne municipal primaries comes in the race for three at-large positions on the Fort Wayne City Council.

The at-large race for city council includes a whopping sixteen candidates vying for a total of six nominations. That includes seven candidates for the Republicans and nine for the Democrats.

The race is made even more interesting because two of the three available at-large seats will be vacant, meaning lots of new faces are vying to represent the residents of Fort Wayne.

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Three Primary Candidates Challenging Henry for Mayor

Fort Wayne’s Democratic primary race for mayor features four candidates this year, including the incumbent, Mayor Tom Henry.

Henry is seeking a third term as Fort Wayne’s mayor, but he’ll face competition for the nomination.

Two-term Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson is challenging Henry on a platform of talent retention and refocusing the city’s development efforts.

Meanwhile, candidate Tom Cook says he wants to focus on neighborhood development and creating opportunity for lower-income residents.

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Election 2015
2:32 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

In Allen County, Plenty of Contested Primaries

The Indiana municipal primaries take place Tuesday, May 5th -- a chance for Democrats and Republicans to choose the candidates who will be running for local offices this November.

In Allen County, some races are entirely uncontested, but many should be competitive, especially the seats being vacated by incumbents.

All this week, we've been bringing you snapshots of Fort Wayne’s primary field with the help of Andy Downs at the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

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Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Artlink's CSA Flips the Economic Model for Artists, Buyers

Artlink Executive Director Amber Foster.
Credit Courtesy / Amber Foster

Fort Wayne’s Artlink is trying out a new economic model for connecting artists and art enthusiasts.

Recently, the nonprofit gallery recruited nine artists and paid them upfront for work they’ll release this summer.

Now, they’re appealing to the region's art lovers to buy a share of that work.

It’s called Community Supported Art, and it’s a reversal of the typical model in which artists create work that may or may not be purchased down the road. The program is based on a similar model developed in Minneapolis.

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Issues & Ales
3:10 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

WBOI Presents "Issues & Ales: Riverfront Development"

Dan Wire, Pam Holocher and Greg Lake (left to right) joined WBOI's Virginia Alvino (far right) on stage at "Issues & Ales" in March to talk riverfront development.
Credit Marvin Mikesell / For WBOI News

The confluence of the three rivers around which Fort Wayne was founded have been pivotal to the success of the city since its founding.

But after decades in which the riverfronts were often taken for granted, there's new life -- and new momentum -- toward developing those spaces, particularly in Downtown Fort Wayne.

On March 26th, WBOI held the latest in its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix. The events are meant to bring community leaders and listeners together for a relaxed discussion over dinner and drinks.

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Issues & Ales
5:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

WBOI Presents "Issues & Ales: Downtown Living"

(From left) Pone Vongphachanh, Win Moses and Lucy Cardenas joined WBOI's Sean Bueter on stage for "Issues & Ales" March 26th.
Credit Marvin Mikesell / WBOI

On March 26th, WBOI held the latest edition of its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

The series, held a few times per year, aims to bring community leaders and residents together for a discussion of important issues in a relaxed environment over dinner and drinks. The audience is invited to submit questions, making the event interactive, entertaining, and informative.

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Nature
9:23 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Changing Weather Means Tapping into a Sweet Season

Maple syrup season only comes around once a year, and for a very short time. The production process is labor-intensive, and it can take 35-40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.
Credit Courtesy / ACRES Land Trust

When late winter and early spring come around, it means just one thing for those at the sugar bush stands scattered across Northeast Indiana: it’s syrup season.

The tradition of tapping sugar maple trees for their sweet sap predates the European arrival in North America, and while some of the technology has changed, the process remains largely the same (and the product completely delicious).

But it takes a lot of work – and a lot of help from the trees and the weather – to turn the natural energy stored in maples into the syrups and candies you’ll find on store shelves.

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