The reporting ranks of WBFO, Buffalo's NPR affiliate, will grow in 2017 with the addition of an arts and culture news desk headed by longtime broadcast journalist Scott Sackett.
The new desk, funded by the local arts advocacy group Arts Services Initiative and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, will begin producing stories on Western New York's diverse cultural ecosystem this month.
"Cultural organizations and artists in our community have cited awareness of their work as one of their top priorities," Arts Services Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said in a statement. "Having a dedicated arts and culture news desk at WBFO is an excellent way to highlight the depth and breadth of the cultural sector in our region."
Sackett, currently a classical music program host on WBFO partner station WNED, has produced broadcast work for PBS, NPR and Public Radio International. He has also served as an instructor at Niagara County Community College, Medaille College, the University at Buffalo and the International Institute of Buffalo.
The new desk will produce about 50 pieces a year on local arts and culture for the station as well as wbfo.org.