Avery Schneider

Assistant News Director

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

He ventured into journalism as a staff writer for The Spectrum at SUNY Buffalo and then into broadcast journalism as a newsroom intern at WBFO. Avery 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. He 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. Avery also played 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.

In November 2018, he became Assistant News Director of WBFO.

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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Mike Desmond/WBFO News

After just two weeks, the new Gigi’s restaurant at the Northland Workforce Training Center on Buffalo’s East Side is officially closed. Following struggles to keep up with demand, owner-operator Darryl Harvin has decided to give up the business.

After another day of jury deliberations, there is still no verdict in the civil rights trial of Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug.


Saturday was World Hijab Day, and the local organization Western New York Muslims celebrated the event by inviting the community to experience the head covering worn by some Muslim women.

www.albrightknox.org/art/exhibitions / Albright-Knox Art Gallery

A new exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is now open and honors former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Rural Outreach Center

WBFO's Avery Schneider talks with Rural Outreach Center Executive Director Frank Cerny about how the ROC can help residents in times of need. They've been busy this past week dealing with record threatening low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

The first blizzard of 2019 has taken three lives in total, including a well-known Williamsville man who was homeless.

Buffalo native John Maggiore has been been promoted to Senior Advisor to the Governor in the latest round of administration appointments.

City of Buffalo Common Council

The City of Buffalo has officially posted a vacancy for it's Comptroller position.

Marian Hetherly / WBFO News

Buffalo Police officers will soon add body cameras to their standard. But on the same day the Common Council’s Legislation Committee gave final approval for the contract to purchase them, the department posted its policy for their use. Some complain there was no chance for public interaction with police leaders before the rules were released.

Sam Scarcello / 19 Ideas

More than 3,000 holiday meals were delivered to the elderly, impoverished, and those who can’t venture out for themselves. It’s usually the kind of job done by Western New York’s Meals on Wheels volunteers. But on Christmas day, they got a break from the Buffalo City Mission.

Chris Caya / WBFO News

Money recovered from organized crime busts will soon help police in Western New York pay for new body cameras.

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Two priests are back in active ministry after Buffalo's Catholic Diocese determined allegations of child sexual abuse were unsubstantiated.

Law enforcement officers in downtown Buffalo and Niagara County spent Thursday afternoon responding to multiple bomb threats. The threats were part of incidents seen across the U.S. and Canada.

Graduate students stipends were the topic of both discussion and protest at Monday’s meeting of the University at Buffalo Council.

The holiday shopping season got under way Thursday night and. On Friday morning, many area stores opened their doors early for customers, but crowds don’t seem to be coming out the way they used to for Black Friday sales.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers crowded the streets of Buffalo Thursday for the annual YMCA Turkey Trot. As the oldest organized footrace in the country, the event is a tradition for Western New York and, especially, friends and families.


www.harrypotterinconcert.com / CineConcerts

Harry Potter films would likely be a lot less exciting without a musical score. But what happens when that musical score accompanies the film live? Buffalo will find out this February.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Members of the Catholic laity in Buffalo are stepping forward to help institute change and re-establish trust in their church.

“For those of us who have been heavily involved in the Catholic Church here in the diocese…it has been a very discouraging time and, in the past few days, has seemed, perhaps, especially hopeless,” said Canisius College President John Hurley.

Melanie Griffis / Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

The results of a screening program at Erie County’s Auto Bureau locations are reflecting the typical poor statistics for cardiovascular disease seen across the region.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Members of the public attending the speech by former Vice President Joseph Biden Thursday at the University at Buffalo should plan to arrive early due to standard security measures in place for Biden’s appearance. Biden's visit comes as he was sent two suspicious packages at locations in Delaware Thursday morning, similar to those sent to other prominent Democrats.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

How do you help mothers and babies in need? One door at a time. Here’s how a local agency does it.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On Thursday, WBFO airs the latest feature from Avery Schneider and the Health and Wellness News Desk. He spoke with Morning Host Jay Moran for a preview of the story on the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network's Community Health Worker Outreach Program.


Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Wednesday would have been the 100th birthday of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. To honor the milestone, the foundation created in his name announced a major investment in the two places he called home.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Marijuana sales and consumption became legal across Canada overnight. But in the U.S., nothing changed – including rules at its northern borders.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling for increased rail safety – the impacts of which could be seen in the City of Buffalo.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo is working to diagnose what may be case of a rare polio-like disease. WBFO’s Avery Schneider has more.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Agencies working to protect victims of domestic violence in Erie County are gaining financial support with a grant from the federal government.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A public hearing at the State Department of Environmental Conservation office in Buffalo to discuss revocation of Tonawanda Coke’s operating permits ended abruptly Wednesday morning. Within five minutes, lawyers from both sides and a DEC judge agreed to adjourn and pick up again on Friday.

Erie County is continuing to respond to this year’s rise in Hepatitis A cases with an immunization clinic in Buffalo.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Erie County’s effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose is on track to get a more than $3.4 million boost from the federal government.


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