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.

In February 2017, Avery was assigned as the Lead Reporter for the WBFO Health & Wellness News Desk.

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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Comments made by Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino to a local weekly newspaper have led to widespread condemnation of the controversial developer.

Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

With a new grant, self-driving cars will be hitting the streets of UB’s North Campus to help researchers learn how best to bring autonomous vehicles into use by the masses.


Seamus Gallivan / Slow Roll Buffalo

At this time of year, riding through the streets of Buffalo on two wheels can be harrowing even to think about. But for many Buffalonians, it’s a way of life no matter what the season.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

With Buffalo's Green Code and fair housing legislation for Erie County both in the midst of being finalized, the transition of leadership at one of Western New York's best known civil rights agencies is happening at a crucial time. Housing Opportunities Made Equal has been fighting housing discrimination for over half a decade. At the end of the year, current Associate Director DeAnna Eason will take over as Executive Director from 35-year HOME veteran Scott Gehl.


Mike Mckay / WNED|WBFO

As Buffalo braces for its next dose of snow following the city’s first major lake effect storm, officials say plows are ready and traffic conditions should be better, compared to Wednesday afternoon’s gridlock.


Chris Caya / WBFO News

A historic boost in cancer research funding is available across the country, thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act. Western New York’s household name in fighting the disease is ready to compete for new dollars.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

A State judge has settled a portion of the legal dispute between the Buffalo’s Public School District and construction firm LPCiminelli. A lawsuit brought by the school district in February alleges LPCiminelli concealed information, and kept excessive profits on a $1.3 billion school renovation and construction project begun in 2003 and completed in 2014.

Taylor Mann / CleanSlate UV

When the cell phone you hold in your hand and press against your face is at least six times dirtier than the average toilet seat, it begs the question: Is it safe to use in a hospital? The answer: Not so much. A winner of New York’s 43North competition is out to change that, and they’re finding more uses for their product than originally planned.


Erie County Legislature

Last week’s resolution by Erie County Legislator Ted Morton calling for a re-affirmation of the county’s non-sanctuary status is drawing fire from one of his fellow legislators.


Seneca Media & Communications Center

Protestors in North Dakota are celebrating a partial victory today, following the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to halt construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Also celebrating are members of the Western New York’s Seneca Nation of Indians, though their leader is still cautious about the future.


Erie County Legislature

Across the country, many municipalities are grappling with the idea of challenging federal law and providing forms of sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. One local legislator believes proposals for sanctuary policies are on the rise, and is out to ensure Erie County doesn’t adopt one.


Ciminelli Real Estate

The redevelopment of a city-owned parking lot into a downtown supermarket and mixed use space is in a potentially lengthy design phase. City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown seems satisfied with its current progress.

U.S Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U-S citizen at the Peace Bridge on Saturday, charging him with possession of an unlicensed loaded handgun and drugs.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Despite seeing the most fruitful period of economic development in recent history, many residents and areas in the City of Buffalo continue to struggle with poverty. As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, both the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo will help the city create a work plan to change that.


Western New York Congressman Tom Reed is among the latest additions to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, and he’s stepping up to defend Trump’s choices for his new administration.


YMCA Buffalo Niagara

In spite of Thursday’s forecast for cold temperatures, wind and rain, 14,000 runners and walkers are expected to hit the streets of Buffalo for the annual YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Five days after the start of the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, the State Department of Environmental Conservation has posted initial air quality test results. Assemblyman Michael Kearns is pleased with the initial follow-through on promises of transparency, but is calling for a public hearing to go deeper into residents’ concerns.


File photo / WBFO News

The Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Canada is undergoing a phase of construction expected to last six months. With traffic limited to one lane in each direction, delays aren’t expected as long as border agencies on both sides can maintain adequate staffing.


Brian Quinn / Wellsville Daily Reporter

Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering a full investigation into an alleged hate crime in the Southern Tier Village of Wellsville.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On day four of the saga of the Bethlehem Steel fire in the City of Lackawanna, another big step was taken towards a return to normalcy. After yet another day of firefighting and emergency demolition, conditions were finally met to reopen the Bethlehem Park neighborhood’s main roadway.

emcotter.com / The Buffalo Fire Department

Buffalo's iconic fireboat – the Edward M. Cotter – has been defending against blazes all along the city's waterfront for over a century. This weekend, the boat’s 116th birthday was celebrated by hundreds of people. But what many of them may not know is that the boat serves as far more than just a tool for firefighters.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On Friday afternoon, residents were allowed to return to their homes in the ordinarily quiet neighborhood of Bethlehem Park. The somber atmosphere of houses that once stood in the shadow of the Bethlehem Steel Plant on Route 5 and Lincoln Avenue is still pierced by the sounds of fire fighters and demolition crews hard at work battling what remains of a devastating blaze.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Giant plumes of smoke can be seen for miles as crews battle a massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site. A cold storage building containing cars, boats and an assortment of recycling materials is engulfed in flames.

Erie County Election Results

Nov 8, 2016

Follow below for the results of key races WBFO is keeping track of.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

It’s a busy day at polling places across Erie County where turnout is estimated to be high, and also at the office that oversees the process.

 

Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua Institution has found a successor to long-time President Tom Becker. Michael E. Hill will take over the role at the end of the year. WBFO's Avery Schneider spoke with Hill about his background, his goals, and bridging the divide between the Institution's past and its future in the wake of recent debates.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The City of Buffalo is continuing to take proactive steps in the fight against lead poisoning with its new “Wipe Out Lead” campaign.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Local residents and customers of National Fuel gas are trying to challenge the company’s proposed rate hike. They shared their concerns during a hearing by the Public Service Commission at Buffalo’s downtown central library on Wednesday.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The long-discussed issue of the Buffalo School District’s gender identity policy was voted on at Wednesday night’s meeting of the School Board, and the meeting ended in celebration.


https://twitter.com/smallforsenate

60th District State Senate Candidate Amber Small is hoping Tuesday night’s rally in Niagara Square will be among the first steps to passing legislation aimed at holding perpetrators of child sex abuse accountable for their crimes.

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