Kyle S. Mackie

Reporter

Kyle Mackie is a multimedia journalist with reporting experience in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Western Balkans and New York City. She joined WBFO to cover education and more in June 2019.

In 2018, Kyle spent five months as a Jerusalem Press Club reporting fellow at Haaretz, one of the leading publications for Israeli/Palestinian and Middle Eastern news. She reported on politics and culture throughout Israel and the West Bank, contributing writing, photography and video to Haaretz’s news coverage. 

Kyle also reported on the aftermath of the 2015-2016 European migrant crisis in Croatia and Serbia in 2017, and she has interned at WNYC/New York Public Radio, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and for Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter at The New York Times and author of "The Outlaw Ocean." As a freelancer, Kyle has contributed to Al Jazeera, WHYY's health and science podcast "The Pulse" and WBAI radio in New York City.

Originally from Cooperstown, NY, Kyle holds a B.A. in international affairs and geography from The George Washington University and a M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. When she’s not out reporting, Kyle can usually be found on some kind of outdoor or urban adventure: running, biking, hiking, yoga, seeing live music and eating her way through new cities are all favorite activities.

Please follow Kyle on Twitter at @KyleMackieWBFO and Instagram at @kylemackie.buffalo.

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In a nearly hour-long interview with WBFO Wednesday, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools Dr. Kriner Cash spoke about the district’s reopening plans and why he doesn’t feel comfortable with a full in-person return to school buildings this fall.


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In the first story of WBFO’s new series, “The Toll: Western New York Stories of Loss & Survival in a Pandemic,” reporter Kyle Mackie sheds light on one unusually strong relationship forged at the hospital bedside of a COVID-19 patient.

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Parent leaders and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are criticizing Buffalo Public Schools for a lack of transparency and community feedback in the district’s process of developing reopening plans for this fall. The district posted a “working draft” plan on its website Friday night and has said “it’s not done until it’s done.”


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Many families are struggling financially after losing work during the pandemic, including some recently-resettled refugees. A back-to-school supply and food drive taking place now hopes to benefit their children.


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Threats of violence made on social media followed in the wake of a Black Lives Matter demonstration and march in the Town of Amherst that partially blocked traffic on major roads Thursday evening.

The group of about 50 to 70 demonstrators also encountered at least one car that swerved toward the crowd, which was documented on social media.

The state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill Wednesday that would impose a two-year moratorium on all biometric technology in New York schools. That would include facial recognition technology like the new security system activated in the Lockport City School District earlier this year.

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The Trump administration agreed to rescind new visa rules for international college students it announced last week during court proceedings on Tuesday. New York was one of at least 17 states that filed lawsuits over the policy change, which was widely criticized.


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Earlier this spring, Amherst Central High School decided not to offer a longtime elective class called “Race in America” during the coming school year. Then came the police killing of George Floyd, nationwide protests over systemic racism, and a group of students that wasn’t having it.


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The results of a new parent poll and research published Monday by the nonprofit group The Education Trust—New York show that educational equity gaps for low-income students and students of color have widened during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday against the state education department over the new security system in Lockport schools, which recognizes two things: guns and faces. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on how the system works and how the same technology used by Scotland Yard and INTERPOL ended up in a school district in Niagara County.


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The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday against the state Education Department over its approval of the Lockport City School District’s facial recognition security system, which was activated in January.


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The Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration on ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Thursday. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie speaks to a Buffalo DREAMer about what DACA’s survival means to her.


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The school year is ending, but many Buffalo families continue to struggle with the varied impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the message several parent leaders expressed to the Buffalo Board of Education during its regular meeting Wednesday night.


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The University at Buffalo announced plans Monday for a “modified in-person” fall semester that will combine in-person and online instruction from August 31 through Thanksgiving break.

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More than 100 unionized healthcare workers at Oishei Children’s Hospital and Buffalo General Medical Center took part in a national walkout for Black lives Thursday, calling for an end to police brutality against people of color and more equitable access to healthcare.


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Hundreds of Western New York educators gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall late Tuesday afternoon to voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. From elementary to collegiate, urban to suburban, educators, parents, students and officials of all levels stood in front of Niagara Square to address their roles in confronting systematic racism.


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The New York State Board of Regents reversed a decision Monday its members made last month denying the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School’s renewal application. The new decision follows a month of backlash from angry parents and charter school advocates and reauthorizes the school through June 2025.


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In a moment of national reckoning over structural racism and police brutality against people of color, Buffalo residents are sharing personal stories of encountering police violence and discrimination.


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A week after protests began in Buffalo over the police killing of George Floyd, one of the largest crowds yet gathered in Niagara Square Saturday evening to call for concrete police reforms.

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A large and peaceful vigil was held in memory of George Floyd in Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday afternoon. It was one of several major demonstrations that took place across the city.

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Ten straight days of nationwide protests have brought more attention than ever to an issue many Buffalo residents described Thursday as a longtime problem in Western New York: police brutality against people of color.


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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar plans to visit Buffalo Thursday as Western New York moves into phase two of reopening. Azar has pushed strongly for more states to reopen in recent weeks and has sparred with several governors over safety guidelines.

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How do you talk to your children about race? That’s the topic of a two-part series this week from WBFO education reporter Kyle Mackie as protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue nationwide.


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As protests and riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day continue to sweep the country, Buffalo parents are weighing in about how they’re talking to their children about disturbing events in the news—and race.


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Thousands of Western New Yorkers tuned into Madison Carter’s coverage of the protest against police brutality in Buffalo for WKBW-TV on Saturday. In conversation with WBFO, Carter speaks out about being one of the only Black reporters on the scene and her fight for greater newsroom diversity across the city.


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High school seniors who attend Buffalo Public Schools, including some of the newest immigrant and refugee arrivals to the United States, are eagerly awaiting plans for an unusual graduation season. To learn more, WBFO’s education reporter Kyle Mackie interviewed two seniors at Newcomer Academy.


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The Buffalo Board of Education passed a resolution last week asking city leaders to keep 15 mph speed zones around schools intact and to make infrastructure changes that would make it easier for drivers to comply.


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One of Buffalo’s highest-performing public schools faces closure following a vote by the New York State Board of Regents last week. WBFO’s education reporter Kyle Mackie reports on how Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School got caught in pandemic politics and the great debate about charter schools.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last week to “reimagine education” in New York State. That move has been criticized by teachers’ unions, administrators and some parents, but some Buffalo families are ready for change.

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Jericho Road Community Health Center held a second day of community COVID-19 testing Thursday on Buffalo’s East Side. And unlike some testing sites, the Broadway Clinic doesn’t require an appointment, prescription or health insurance.

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