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 at public meetings, speeches and events, enhancing community relationships, and bringing WBOI to the national stage by placing local stories on NPR 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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The Difference
9:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Difference: For Recidivist Offenders, Jobs Can Break the Cycle

Johnny Braster of Fort Wayne says finding a good job is key in breaking the cycle of recidivism. Nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will go back to prison within three years.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne, and along the way, meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will make it back into the prison system within just a few years. And for some, breaking that cycle can be nearly impossible without help.

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Station News
5:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WBOI Launches "The Difference," A Look at Black Male Achievement in Fort Wayne

Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne is a diverse community. With nearly 25% non-white residents, it’s one of the most diverse cities in Indiana. 

But in 2013, data compiled by the Fort Wayne Commission on African-American Males pointed to a wide achievement gap between black males in Fort Wayne and other men in the community. From education to income to incarceration, they’re generally worse off than their peers. The city received a technical grant from the National League of Cities to keep investigating the issue.

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Station News
12:28 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Doug Gruber, NIPR Host and Volunteer, Steps Down

WBOI Jazz Coordinator and Host of "All That Jazz," Doug Gruber.
Credit File / Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Northeast Indiana Public Radio’s jazz coordinator and longtime volunteer, Doug Gruber, notified station management this week he will no longer host his popular music program, “All That Jazz,” and will step away from his other station duties, as well.

He says health concerns drove his decision to take time away from the station.

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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Listen to Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras Read Selected Works

Indiana State Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Credit Courtesy / George Kalamaras

This week, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor George Kalamaras would become the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently spoke to Kalamaras about his work, the state of the poetry, and why the art of verse can be so intimidating. If you haven't heard it, it's a great conversation, and can be found here.

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News
2:26 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Some Counties Downgrade Travel Warnings, But Hazards Remain

Several counties in Northeast Indiana downgraded their travel advisories Tuesday, but roads remain hazardous.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Despite another day of subzero temperatures and bitingly cold wind chill readings reaching between -20 and -40 degrees, several Northeast Indiana counties have downgraded their travel advisories from "warning" to "watch." 

As of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties had downgraded their county travel statuses to watches, indicating roads were still potentially hazardous, but safe enough for essential travel needs, like getting to and from work.

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News
6:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Storm Update: Fort Wayne/Allen County State of Emergency Lifted, But Caution Advised

The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County are letting the State of Emergency declared Monday to expire at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. But they're leaving a Winter Weather Travel Watch in its place.

The advisory means residents are being encouraged to stay off the roads, many of which are still hazardous, but essential travel will be allowed for things like getting to and from work.

City and county offices will be open on Tuesday, along with state government facilities, which open at 10:00 a.m.

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News
2:40 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

INDOT: Warnings Abound, Roads Still Dangerous

The latest travel advisory map from INDOT, issued Monday around 2:00 p.m.
Credit Courtesy / INDOT

Subzero temperatures and blowing, drifting snow were putting up a fight against snow plows  as of Monday afternoon.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says road conditions (as of 2:00 p.m.) in every county in Northeast Indiana remain hazardous, with INDOT recommending residents stay off the roads except in cases of emergency.

Among other problems, INDOT says strong winds have been able to undo the work of plow crews, drifting snow back onto roads after plows clear them. They also warn ice is expected to form this evening, adding to the danger.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Extended Interview: Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

2013 is already in the history books, but before we leave it behind, we wanted to survey the year gone by with the man at the center of some of Fort Wayne’s biggest stories.

WBOI’s Sean Bueter recently talked to Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry about some of the city’s victories and challenges in 2013, and asked him to look ahead to the new year.

This is the extended interview with Mayor Henry, including portions of the conversation not included on-air.

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Arts & Culture
8:18 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The President, The Comic, and The Man in the Santa Claus Hat

Comedian Vaughn Meader, in a publicity photo for his Kennedy-themed album, "The First Family."
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In the early 1960s, comedian Vaughn Meader recorded a satirical album in which he poked some gentle fun at President John F. Kennedy. He wasn't the first person to imitate a sitting president, but Meader was the first to add such a satirical bent to his work.

It was ground breaking at the time, and his first JFK recording, The First Family, became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history up to that point.

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News
5:47 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Listen Now: "WBOI Talks"

Audio from our inaugural episode of WBOI Talks is now available! Click below to listen to each hour of the show.

In hour one, Bob Caylor from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel joins WBOI's Sean Bueter for a conversation with outgoing Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York. York is retiring from his position to become the new public safety director for the City of Fort Wayne.

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