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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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed one of the country’s first statewide restrictions on the use of all biometric identifying technology in schools into law Tuesday.

TechBuffalo.org

A new training program called the WNY Tech Skills Initiative is looking for area residents interested in boosting their digital skills—especially those who lost jobs or work hours due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Courtesy of Buffalo Jewish Federation

A new educational initiative of the Buffalo Jewish Federation is facilitating conversations between Jewish teenagers and their non-Jewish high school peers in an effort to promote understanding and fight anti-Semitism.


Artist: G. Peter Jemison; Photo: Kevin Vickers

Buffalo is now home to one of the first Native American-owned art galleries in the United States and perhaps the only commercial gallery to exclusively showcase contemporary Native art.

Flickr/Lukas Koster (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began Thursday evening at sundown. The eight-night “Festival of Lights” is usually marked with family gatherings and shared meals, but of course, celebrations are going to look a little different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York Family Committee

More than 1,000 people participated in a virtual statewide rally Wednesday calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider budget cuts for services for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo Board of Education approved a phased-in return to in-person instruction starting Feb. 1 during a work session meeting Wednesday night. The plan calls for the district’s youngest learners (pre-K through Second Grade) to return to classrooms first, along with students with special education needs and multilingual learners.

Erie County

The Erie County Legislature approved County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s proposed 2021 budget Thursday with some amendments from the Democratic majority caucus. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on the partisan-line 7-4 vote.

Courtesy of 2ANYS

Western New York opponents of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus said Monday that a recent Supreme Court ruling may help further their cause.

Parent Network of Western New York

Thanksgiving may be behind us, but much of a difficult holiday season remains ahead while the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates. Licensed marriage and family and behavioral therapist Joe Clem of Buffalo will discuss how to cope with holiday stress in a free webinar Tuesday.

Collin Lacki
Courtesy of Niagara County Community College

The State University of New York formed a new committee this fall in an effort to become more “student-centric.” WBFO’s Kyle Mackie spoke to Collin Lacki, one of the new student representatives from Western New York, who said he plans to fight for accessibility issues on SUNY campuses.

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From Buffalo to Stony Brook and New Paltz to Plattsburgh, the State University of New York system has spent the last 10 days before Thanksgiving testing all students using any on-campus facilities this semester for COVID-19. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on the all-hands-on-deck effort aimed at controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus this holiday season.


Rally at Lafayette Square
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Two leftist political groups held the first post-election demonstration in Buffalo Wednesday night. But unlike the many ‘Count Every Vote’ rallies that took place across the U.S. yesterday, the Buffalo event focused instead on those who feel forgotten by both major parties—and their presidential candidates.


A bitterly partisan election season has left activists across the political spectrum united in one thing: waiting for final results.


Young voters of Western New York
Courtesy of UB Athletics (left), Rory Wheeler (center) and Myra McAlevey (right)

Youth voter turnout appears to be surging this election season. As record early voting numbers continue to stream in, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie spoke to six young voters living in Western New York about what’s influencing their vote.


Courtesy of Maria Bell

People living with developmental disabilities often have to overcome more challenges to cast their ballots than the average voter. As they navigate those hurdles, some Western New York advocates in the disability community are also tired of being an overlooked voting bloc.


Niagara Falls City School District

The Niagara Falls City School District plans to reopen Maple Avenue Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 19, following a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the school to shut down in late September.

Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York/Facebook

The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) will host a virtual event with local political candidates Wednesday in order to help voters learn more about their stances on issues related to disabilities.

Disabilities advocates on the march in 2018
Avery Schneider/WBFO News File Photo

Nearly one in six American voters eligible to participate in November’s elections is living with a disability, according to a new report by researchers at Rutgers University. WBFO spoke to longtime Buffalo disabilities advocate Mike Rogers about what that means during an unprecedented election season.


NYS Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks in Buffalo
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) promoted new legislation she is co-sponsoring in support of military veterans during a visit to the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York in Buffalo Thursday.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Thursday that an investigation is underway into the hit-and-run perpetrated by the driver of a pickup truck who sped into a crowd of protestors in Niagara Square Wednesday night.

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Black, Indigenous and other Americans of color are getting sick, being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today on The Toll, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie takes a closer look at the virus’ disproportionate impact through the experience of one Black family on Buffalo’s East Side.


Courtesy of Western New York Youth Climate Council

A proposed resolution submitted to the Buffalo Common Council by local youth activists that is scheduled to be debated Tuesday is asking the City of Buffalo to declare a climate emergency.


Left and right: Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News; Center: Courtesy of Fajri Ansari

Black residents account for 16.5% Erie County’s COVID-19 deaths despite making up 14.6% of the county’s population, according to the Erie County Department of Health. Today on “The Toll,” Black community leaders discuss the virus’ disproportionate impact on people of color in Buffalo.


File Photo / WBFO News

Tensions over how and when to safely reopen schools continue to run high, even as several Western New York school districts prepare to start classes next week. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on one group of workers that’s caught in the middle of all of it: teachers.


University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education

A two-day virtual “teach-in” kicks off Thursday morning at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education with the goal of examining the role of K-12 and higher education in building greater racial equity.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation requested an emergency injunction from the state supreme court Monday that would prevent Buffalo Public Schools from requiring teachers to report to school buildings at least two days per week this fall, if secured.


Left: Courtesy of Kate Glaser/Sarah Bridgeman Photography; Right: Courtesy of Kate Glaser

Similar to older adults and people with underlying medical conditions, pregnant people face a greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than the general public. This week on “The Toll,” WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports the story of an Amherst woman who contracted COVID-19 during her last week of pregnancy earlier this summer.


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Buffalo Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash described the district’s decision to start the coming school year remotely on Thursday as “inclusive, systematic and thoughtful.” Buffalo parent leaders, however, said that’s not exactly the full story.


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Buffalo Public Schools will join dozens of other city school districts like Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia in starting the 2020-2021 school year fully remotely. The Buffalo school board unanimously approved the proposal from Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash during a virtual meeting Wednesday night.

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