Avery Schneider

Reporter/Program Host/Administrative Assistant

Avery began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WRUB, the University at Buffalo’s student-run radio station.

Avery ventured into journalism as a staff writer for The Spectrum at SUNY Buffalo and then into broadcast journalism as a newsroom intern at WBFO. He was part of the team that covered the crash of Flight 3407, which won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and PRNDI First Place Award for Breaking News. Avery also worked as a Media Specialist Intern for University Communications at SUNY Buffalo.

In 2010, Avery became a part-time evening reporter for WBFO. Since 2014, he has returned to the newsroom’s airwaves, taking a hands-on approach to covering events and issues around Western New York and hosting weekend programs. He also plays a key role in keeping the newsroom running as a part-time administrative assistant.

Avery is a 2010 graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in English, a Journalism Certificate, and minors in Education and Military Science. He has been a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Board of Directors since 2015.

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“Abnormal” is how the National Weather Service is describing this weekend’s rainfall. While rainfall totals over just a couple of days reached as much as three to five inches in some areas of Western New York, it isn’t enough to count the region out of drought conditions just yet.

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More than 3000 NYSEG customers are without power on Sunday afternoon - the majority of them in Amherst and Clarence.

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Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna Fernandes will play an active role in the search for her successor – someone likely to find that a zoo-leader’s boots are big shoes to fill.

Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force

A new series of public service announcements is aiming to tackle a crime across Western New York that most residents may not know is even happening – human trafficking.

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Three hours of great music ended with a standing ovation from the crowd at Saturday night's WBFO Blues Bash.

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After a month in Buffalo recording the personal stories of Western New Yorker’s, the StoryCorp mobile team is back on the road and headed for their next tour stop. Before the team said goodbye, WBFO’s Avery Schneider sat down with Mobile Tour Site Manager Stacey Todd for a look back on the team’s visit to the Queen City.

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Jean West asked her wife, Donna Mattucci, to record “a record of two lives that lived through an amazing cultural transformation.” The couple often talk about how, as acceptance of same-sex couples becomes the norm, the truth of how they lived the first half of their lives will become unknown and, even, unfathomable.

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Lewd comments made by Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump in a leaked 2005 video are drawing sharp criticism from Western  New York leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

Mighty Taco, Inc.

A possible foodborne illness is under investigation at Mighty Taco fast food restaurant locations in Western New York.

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After a successful summer at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for expanded access to one of the area’s hidden gems – often overlooked or avoided by visitors.

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1490 Jefferson Avenue had a long history in Buffalo’s East Side community, before it sat vacant for the last six years or so. Now it’s seeing new life as Bellamy Commons – an affordable housing complex with commercial space and room for a future museum.

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Three buildings that have stood in the Queen City for more than a century are being recommended for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Acceptance to the lists could mean more than just tax credits for the city’s East and West Side communities.

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As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into what caused the mid-air collision of two small planes over North Collins, the names of its victims have been released.

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Despite a State Supreme Court judge’s ruling, advocates opposing the 23-story tower planned for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor say they’ll continue their fight.

Habiba Mohamed was born in a refugee camp in Kenya to parents from Somalia. She nows lives in Buffalo and is excited to record her family's story at the StoryCorps Buffalo mobile tour stop. Mohamed was among a studio full of people who attended a special StoryCorps listening event Thursday night at WNED|WBFO.

The surprise move by a local franchisee to close more than a dozen Western New York Dunkin’ Donuts locations may indicate financial challenges, and may also offer opportunity for other local businesses.

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Emergency crews from across Western New York were called to respond to a plane sliding off the runway at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport during Saturday night’s rain storms. The good news – it was all part of a drill.

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Will coverage of Buffalo Bills games be focused on the exploits of players on the field, or on drunken fans in the parking lots outside the stadium this season? Tonight's home-opener against the New York Jets is an opportunity to find out.

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For Buffalo Bills fans, this Thursday night brings the team’s home opener and a “new norm” in game-day security.

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A traveling project that has collected tens of thousands of stories by everyday people has rolled into Buffalo. StoryCorps's mobile studio is now parked at Canalside and, for the next month, will be welcoming local people from all walks of life to share their stories.

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Karibu News, a newspaper focused on the immigrant and refugee community, celebrated its one year anniversary this weekend.

Website of the Chautauqua County Sheriff

For years, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to find a new, more efficient way for inmates’ loved ones to visit them. With a new video conferencing system, they’ve got it.

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After going nearly a year without a contract, some local nurses and their union continue to work on bargaining for a new agreement. But while representatives are at the table, others are practicing their picketing.

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LaSalle Park on Buffalo’s West Side is well-known for potholes and roller-coaster-like drives along the waterfront. With an infusion of $1.4 million from the city, that reputation will soon be no more.

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With a spotlight on tensions between law enforcement and the public, members of the Buffalo community came together on Tuesday night to figure out how they can do their part to improve relations between the city’s police and its residents.

Mount Saint Mary Academy

Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Tonawanda brought their business acumen to a global competition of young entrepreneurs this weekend. Despite not winning the competition, what they’ll come home with is more than they may have expected.

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Weekend weather broke local records, but not the kind most Western New Yorkers might think. The sultry temperatures and conditions are expected to be followed by more of the same, but with some added relief for current drought conditions.

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

The U.S.-bound side of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls was closed on Sunday afternoon due to an unexplained "incident."


The first day of the Erie County Fair came and went safely, thanks to the usual precautions taken by ride operators and safety inspectors. Concerns have been raised nationally following recent incidents where children were injured or killed on rides.

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A young man stands accused of attempting to shoot a Buffalo Police Officer in the city’s Schiller Park neighborhood, and his actions have taking on a greater significance.