The Buffalo Connection

The Buffalo Connection: James Foley

Mar 26, 2018
Universal Pictures

Tim O’Shei of the Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print yesterday – is a profile on University at Buffalo graduate and well-credited Hollywood director James Foley. Foley’s work has seen the extreme ends of acclaim in recent years, but he’s still seeking the thrill of pleasing audiences.


The Buffalo Connection: Fern Mallis

Jan 22, 2018
David Handschuh

Tim O’Shei of the Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print yesterday – is a profile on University at Buffalo graduate and Fashion Week co-founder Fern Mallis. Mallis has been working hard in the fashion industry for much of her life, and now she’s looking for a change of pace.


The Buffalo Connection: Alan Zweibel

Oct 30, 2017
Derek Gee / Buffalo News

Tim O’Shei of the Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print Saturday is a profile on University at Buffalo graduate and comedy writer Alan Zweibel. Zweibel has been making people laugh for over 40 years, and it doesn’t look like he’s planning to stop any time soon.


The Buffalo Connection: Bill Diggins

Jul 10, 2017
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print Sunday – is a profile on world-class music manager and South Buffalo native Bill Diggins. Diggins’ tenacious drive helped take TLC, one of the biggest pop groups of the 90s, to the top of the charts. Now, he’s out to make history again.


Derek Gee / The Buffalo News

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who have had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series, which hit print Sunday, is a profile of Cirque du Soleil Composer Seth Stachowski. Stachowski’s big dreams and instrumental talent have taken him from across North America and back again.


The Buffalo Connection: Rob Lieberman

Feb 6, 2017
Private Eyes / Global Television Network

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile of Buffalo native Rob Lieberman, who became one of the most successful commercial directors in the world, and is still hard at work filming television and movies.


Derek Gee

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print yesterday – is a profile on Bob Kinkel, co-founder of the global music phenomenon Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For more than three decades, the Williamsville native has been sharing his music with the world, and his career is coming full circle.


The Buffalo Connection: Marguerite Derricks

Oct 24, 2016
Ronda Churchill

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile of Buffalo native turned Hollywood and Vegas choreographer, Marguerite Derricks. For more than 35 years, Derricks has been dancing her way to the top.

The Buffalo Connection: Shep Gordon

Sep 19, 2016
Derek Gee

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile of legendary talent manager Shep Gordon. For decades, the University at Buffalo graduate has shaped reality around well-known celebrities, and is now continuing to work on his own.


The Buffalo Connection: Ken Baker of E! News

Jun 20, 2016
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile on Ken Baker of E! News. The Hamburg native has spent the last 20 years covering celebrities in Hollywood, but once had big dreams of hockey.


The Buffalo Connection: Diane English

May 16, 2016
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O'Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country profiling people who were raised or educated in Western New York and have gone on to become pop culture influencers. His series is called The Buffalo Connection.

Sunday's paper included his latest installment, a profile of Diane English, the creator of the hit TV sitcom Murphy Brown. At 67, English is working on a project that may bring her back to the forefront of groundbreaking television.

The Buffalo Connection: David Milch

Apr 25, 2016
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O'Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country profiling people who were raised or educated in Western New York and have gone on to become pop culture influencers. His series is called The Buffalo Connection.

Sunday's paper included his third installment, a profile of David Milch, the creator of TV shows like NYPD Blue and Deadwood. The Milch story also marks the beginning of a collaboration between WBFO and The Buffalo News, with O'Shei producing a radio piece for each profile. 

O'Shei reports from Santa Monica, California, where Milch, at 71, is rebuilding his life while working on his next projects for HBO.