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.


1:25 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding

City officials and trail advocates broke ground on the next section of the Pufferbelly Trail this month.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Trails

Last week, the City of Fort Wayne cut the ribbon on construction of a new segment of the Pufferbelly Trail on the city’s north side.

The expansion is the latest in what’s becoming an increasingly connected trail system across four counties in Northeast Indiana.

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3:32 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum

The Leading Index for Indiana has risen for two months in a row.
Credit IBRC / IU Kelley School of Business

New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.

The Leading Index for Indiana – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.

According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.

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1:37 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter

Blues legend Johnny Winter died this week at age 70.
Credit Courtesy

Blues legend Johnny Winter died this week at the age of 70. The Grammy-winning artist was known for his high-energy picking style and a fiery presence on stage, both of which helped make him one of the greatest guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone.

In 2013, Winter performed in Fort Wayne, and WBOI's Julia Meek was given the opportunity to interview him.

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4:23 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Investigation Clears 122nd Fighter Wing Commander of Allegations

The commander of a Northeast Indiana Air National Guard unit was cleared of any legal wrongdoing Wednesday after he was anonymously accused of misconduct and misspending more than $230,000.

In April, an anonymous tip to a Fort Wayne media outlet accused 122nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Augustine of eleven separate instances of misconduct or misappropriation of funds.

Those accusations included improperly spending $100,000 on speech classes for Guard members and using an A-10 Thunderbolt as a personal taxi.

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5:51 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Hoosier Couples Marry as Judge Lifts Gay Marriage Ban

Josh Reid and Kenny Edholm were the first same sex couple in Allen County to receive their marriage license.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

A federal judge’s ruling striking down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban brought a flurry of activity – and even some confusion – at county clerk offices Wednesday, as gay and lesbian couples applied to be legally married.

Judge Richard Young released the decision Wednesday without issuing a stay, meaning all same-sex couples in Indiana could immediately apply for marriage licenses.

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Station News
5:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Longtime Public Radio Host and Advocate, Leah Tourkow, Dies at 91

Leah Tourkow spun jazz records for more than 60 years in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / WBOI Archives

Friends, family and fans from around the community are remembering a longtime radio veteran and a key member of the NIPR family, Leah Tourkow, who died this week at the age of 91.

Leah Tourkow spent more than 60 years on the airwaves, and spent much of that time as an ardent supporter and occasional savior of public radio in Fort Wayne.

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Politics & Government
3:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments

Ind. Sen. David Long addresses a meeting of The Mount Vernon Assembly, which met in Indianapolis this month.
Credit Andrew Downs / for WBOI News

A group of state legislators from around the United States met June 12th and 13th at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss an idea that's never been tested: a convention of the states aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution.

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Politics & Government
2:09 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination for Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell addressing the Indiana GOP convention in Fort Wayne after winning the party's nomination for State Treasurer.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News


The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.

There were three candidates for the Republican nomination for state treasurer going into the vote: financial advisor Don Bates; state employee Kelly Mitchell; and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

The first ballot was a relative toss-up, and while the second ballot showed Mitchell gaining votes, no candidate received a majority.

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1:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joe Hospital CEO Looper Leaving for Texas

The CEO of Fort Wayne’s oldest hospital is stepping down.

Lutheran Health Network representatives has confirmed to WBOI News that Eric Looper, who has led Saint Joseph Hospital since 2010, has accepted a position in Texas to be closer to family.

He made the announcement Wednesday in an email to staff.

Looper is leaving to become a regional CEO for Baylor, Scott, and White – the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas.

Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Ends Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

Hundreds of union workers packed Citizen's Square Tuesday to protest measures that would remove collective bargaining for city employees.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Fort Wayne City Council voted Tuesday night to end collective bargaining for municipal employees who are not considered public safety workers.

There were three related measures up for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting, but only one was put up for a vote.

That bill removes the ability to collectively bargain from all city employees except police and firefighters. It passed along partisan lines while the other bills were permanently tabled.

Republican Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl proposed the measures earlier this month.

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