You were a Spree intern.
Can you tell us a bit about
what you’ve been up to since
Interning at Spree was a really
exciting opportunity for me,
and I enjoyed every minute.
Since then, I’ve worked as a
newspaper reporter and editor,
a communications director for
a state assemblyman, and, for a
brief bit, as a technical writer.
How do you assess today’s
media climate? What’s it like
for you to be a journalist in
Being a journalist in 2017 means
constantly having to adapt, but it’s
exciting. We have so many more
tools to use via social media.
Although technology means the
What have been some of
landscape is changing at a rapid
pace, one thing will never change:
people love stories. The medium
those stories will appear in will
change, but people’s appetite for
them will not, because stories
speak to what it means to be
human, and that’s something we
your favorite article subjects?
I’ve written so many stories
that it’s hard to keep track,
but one recent one I wrote for
Spree stands out. I wrote about
spaetzle, and chef Janice Schlau
invited me into her food truck to
see her making the noodle. She is
funny and warm and even offered
me a plate of spaetzle at the
end. I’m always amazed at how
people will share with a stranger
something so close to their
hearts. The process of reporting
and writing often encourages me,
because I see the goodness in
people, and that gives me hope.
What are your favorite
aspects of living in WNY?
I moved away for college, but
Are there any books, movies,
I came back to Buffalo and
haven’t left. My favorite part of
living in Western New York is
definitely the food. When I lived
in Michigan, everything was chain
restaurants. The thoughtful,
delicious, innovative food coming
out of Buffalo is enough reason
for anyone to want to call this
beautiful city home.
or local restaurant meals that
you’ve recently enjoyed and
Too many! One of my favorite
things, when the budget allows,
is going out to eat. My husband
and I recently ate at This Little
Pig, and it was just so much
fun and so delicious. We loved
the experience, especially the
milkshakes at the end. I am
about halfway through reading
A Gentleman in Moscow. I don’t
usually read fiction, but this book
is extraordinary, and I’m enjoying
it immensely. Additionally, I
recently saw the movie Marshall,
which was filmed in Buffalo, at
the North Park Theatre, and that,
too, was inspiring.
YOU ARE…NOT RICH.
YOU WORK IN
At more than
administrative jobs, by
number of employees,
are the most common
jobs held by residents
YOU ARE YOUNG.
YOU ARE WHITE.
of Buffalo’s ethnicity.
YOU ARE NOT (YET) A
of Buffalonians rent
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Small sidewalk libraries have been
appearing here and there throughout the
city and suburbs. The idea is that readers take books out and donate their
own used books in exchange. The concept has a name and a website: Little
Free Library ( littlefreelibrary.org). So
far, most of the libraries we’ve seen
are simple, utilitarian designs, but
it looks like the microlibraries are
about to attain some personality.
The Buffalo Architecture Foundation recently held a design competition for new Little Free Libaries to
be placed throughout Buffalo. There
were twenty-four submissions
and six winners. All the winners
were stylish, but we especially liked this tree design, to
be installed in Lafayette
Square. It’s by Kara
Stock of the Buffalo
and Erie County Public Library and Robert
Rumple, RA, of Traut-man Associates. All the
libraries will receive
their initial books from
BECPL back stock and
will be installed by May,
Meet a Spree writer: Naomi Sakovics
LITTLE LIBRARY COMPETITION