Sean Bueter

News Director

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.

Ways to Connect

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.

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.

Courtesy / Steve Linsenmayer

ACRES Land Trust announced this week it received a surprise gift of one million dollars from the estate of a Fort Wayne man.

The trust was founded in 1960 with a mission to acquire land to create nature preserves.

The bequest comes from the estate of Robert E. Pence, a former tool maker, computer technician, and lifelong nature enthusiast. Pence died in 2012.

Kaimaz Amaria

Guy Raz loves big ideas. And he’s not afraid of taking big risks here and there.

Katy Anderson / WBOI News

General Electric announced Friday it will demolish one of the buildings on its historic campus near Downtown Fort Wayne.

The structure GE wants to tear down is the office building on the east side of Broadway close to McCulloch Park.

GE spokesman Matt Conkrite said the building was gutted last year because of mold and water damage. In the cleaning process, some of the brickwork was compromised, though the building remains safe.

Sean Bueter / WBOI News

After 30 years of operation in Fort Wayne, the AIDS Task Force announced Wednesday it’s changing its name and sharpening its focus.

The change comes after AIDS Task Force staff worked for a year to reexamine the appropriateness of its image. After research that included focus groups, client interviews and additional community input, the group has picked a new name: the Positive Resource Center.

Sean Bueter / WBOI News

On Wednesdsay, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry gave his 2015 State of the City address to a room full of city officials, residents, and media.

The second-term mayor took the opportunity to applaud the momentum he says the city has gained in recent years, touching on everything from riverfront and downtown development to infrastructure and crime.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he’s canceling plans for a controversial state-run news service.

The announcement came in a memo Pence sent to state agency heads Thursday that he was killing the program, called “Just IN.”

Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The Associated Press broke the news this week that Governor Mike Pence’s administration was planning to launch a state-run news service that would pitch stories to the press and the public.

Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne is making progress in redeveloping an historic group of downtown buildings.

Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday the city has worked with the Downtown Development Trust and other organizations to buy seven buildings and two parking lots in the Columbia Street area, called “The Landing.”

Henry says the acquisitions will allow the city to attract a developer.

The ultimate aim is to create mixed-use residential and commercial spaces, which will help Fort Wayne meet what he calls “the high-demand for downtown housing.”

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