Scott Sackett

Scott Sackett

Scott Sackett is a writer, filmmaker, radio producer, and educator with a 25-year history in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He started his career at Newsradio 970, WEBR in Buffalo, a member station of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNED|WBFO), where he has worked in news, jazz and classical music, documentary filmmaking, and PBS education. He has written and produced for regional, national, and international audiences of the PBS, National Public Radio, and Public Radio International networks. In 2006, he founded Skipping Stone Pictures and today continues his association with PBS as an independent filmmaker, the lead reporter for the Arts and Culture Desk on NPR station WBFO, and as a classical music program host on WNED-FM, Buffalo.

(2018) The Songpoet, Writer and Producer
Eric Andersen is widely regarded as one of the most poetic songwriters to spring from the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960’s. The Songpoet offers a look into the mind, soul, and creative process of this multifaceted, complex, and singularly driven artist.

(2017) Lake of Betrayal, Writer and Producer
This 60-minute film for national public television explores the history of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation of Indians.

(2015) Sugar Wonder Blues, Executive Producer
Director Megan Erbacher and Director of Photography Shannon Madden make their directorial debuts in this 80-minute cinematic adaptation of the dramatic stage work Two to the Head by Buffalo playwright Darryl Schneider. The film was honored as Best Drama Feature, Best Western New York Cast, Best Western New York Director for a Feature, and Best Western New York Screenwriter for a Feature at the 2015 Buffalo Dreams Film Festival.

(2011) Glorious Battle: The Siege of Fort Erie, Co-Producer
The 30-minute film for PBS/WNED recounts the War of 1812 siege that left both sides of the Niagara River in ruins and Fort Erie as the bloodiest battlefield in Canada. The film is narrated by Victor Garber (Godspell, Alias, Titanic, Argo) and includes production work from special effects director Tim McElcheran (Fraggle Rock, Canada: A People’s History) and reenactment director Peter Twist (Pirates of the Caribbean, Master and Commander, The Patriot).

(2009) Elbert Hubbard: An American Original, Associate Producer
The 60-minute biography of Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard for national PBS is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Glengarry Glen Ross) with Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope, I Hate Hamlet, Sons of Anarchy) as the voice of Hubbard and music by Michael Bacon (Boy Interrupted, Morgenthau, Teddy: In His Own Words). The film was nominated for a national Emmy Award for lighting and set design and honored with a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

(2008) Pocket Adventures, Writer and Producer
The series of kid-narrated short stories promoting physical activity and discovery learning aired as interstitials during PBS Kids programming on the New York State ThinkBright network.

(December 2016 – Present) Arts and Culture Desk, WBFO, Lead Reporter

(2015 – Present) Saturday Rounds and Sunday Morning, WNED-FM, Writer, Producer, and Host

(1999 – 2006) Morning Classics, WNED-FM, Producer and Host (2001 – 2006) Philharmonic Friday, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra series, Writer, Producer, and Host

(2000 – 2005) Public Radio Day, annual live broadcast from the Chautauqua Institution, Producer and Host (2000) Messiah, live national broadcast on National Public Radio, Feature Producer and Co-Host

(1995 – 2004) Music from Chautauqua, annual 13-part series on Public Radio International, Co-Producer

(1993) Bombings in Rome and Milan, three-part radio series for the Associated Press, Stringer

(1992 – 1993) Jazz in the Nighttime, WEBR, Buffalo, Guest Host

Scott's educational background is in learning and instruction and second language acquisition, and he has been an instructor in post-secondary education for more than 20 years. He has developed and taught language and communication courses for the Arts in Education Institute at Medaille College, the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Management, the UB English Language Institute, and the International Institute of Buffalo. He is currently an adjunct in the department of foreign languages at Niagara County Community College. Over the course of his academic career, he has been active in curriculum development, teacher training, college admissions testing, and national assessments. He is adept at teaching and working one-on-one with non-traditional and at-risk students, international students, and non-native English speakers.

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