Kyle S. Mackie

Reporter

Kyle S. 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.

Kyle is originally from Cooperstown, NY, and she lived in Brooklyn for several years before relocating to Buffalo. She holds a B.A. in international affairs and geography from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a M.A. from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY).

While working on her master’s at CUNY, Kyle interned for Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter at The New York Times. She also spent a summer writing daily news at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During her time in the Western Balkans, Kyle reported on the aftermath of the 2015-2016 European migrant crisis, which led to her multimedia capstone project about Afghan refugees stranded in Serbia.

In 2018, Kyle interned at WNYC/New York Public Radio, where she produced live radio interviews for “Midday on WNYC” (now “All of It with Alison Stewart”). She was then selected as a Jerusalem Press Club fellow, through which she went to work at Haaretz, one of the leading publications for Israeli/Palestinian and Middle Eastern news. Kyle reported on politics and culture throughout Israel and the West Bank, contributing writing, photography and video to Haaretz’s news coverage. She also filled in as the interim director of English video for three months, during which she coordinated the team’s coverage of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.

When she’s not out reporting, Kyle can usually be found on some kind of outdoor or urban adventure: running, 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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Most of the streets in Buffalo are named after prominent men. But what’s the story behind the ones named for women? For Women’s History Month, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie consulted an expert who’s been researching Buffalo street names for almost a decade.


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As New York’s hospital system braces for the arrival of more COVID-19 patients, D’Youville College in Buffalo announced plans to move up graduation for students in some high-needs healthcare fields.


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Federal prosecutors are taking proactive steps to stop fraud schemes associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced the launch of a new loan program specifically for low-income homeowners in local historic districts Thursday.

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The New York State United Teachers union is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive federal state testing requirements this year as schools continue to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


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With schools closed in Buffalo and across Western New York, many districts are grappling with the immediate challenge of how to keep students fed who normally rely on meals served at school.


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The Buffalo school district is preparing for the possibility of an extended closure due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

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The Buffalo-Niagara region is home to the busiest land border crossings between the U.S. and Canada. With no current travel restrictions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on precautions at the border and the atmosphere on either side.


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A major construction project to repair the four-mile stretch of I-90 that runs through the Seneca Nation’s Cattaraugus Territory has begun, the New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday.

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The latest development in downtown Buffalo features lofty ceilings, exposed brick and a ground floor café open to the public. That might sound like a hotel or tech start-up, but it’s actually a high school.


Twelve students and one teacher at Amherst Central High School are in voluntary quarantine after a recent trip to Italy, one of the countries that has been hit hardest by an outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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The University at Buffalo announced Wednesday that it is bringing nine students home who are currently studying abroad in countries affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Local urban farmers gathered Friday to celebrate national Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Day and to sign a pledge upholding safe farming practices for soil health and environmental protection.

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Buffalo high school students brought to life the words of a playwright who was described in his obituary as “theater’s poet of Black America” earlier this month.


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New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library are calling on New York State to reverse course on proposed cuts totaling $25 million in funding for public libraries.


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A St. Bonaventure University biology professor is leading a fundraising effort to help protect medical personnel in Wuhan, China, the center of the global coronavirus outbreak.

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This Black History Month, a local Facebook campaign is sharing the stories of African American educators who have helped shape Buffalo’s educational system. The campaign is also raising awareness for the first-ever Excellence in Education Awards scheduled to be held in May.

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A new contract for teacher aides and assistants, out-of-school suspensions and charter school push-outs were among the major issues discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.


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Two of the country’s largest teachers unions announced Tuesday that they want schools to rethink student involvement in active shooter drills. They say practice lockdowns can traumatize students and may even be counter-productive. But are Western New York unions ready to walk away from lockdowns?


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Donations are coming in for the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York’s proposed cultural institute on Buffalo’s West Side.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) called on Western New York dollar stores to stop carrying “potentially dangerous” over-the-counter topical products like ointments and cosmetics in Cheektowaga Monday.

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The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has notified Buffalo Public Schools that it received a complaint about the district’s disproportionate suspensions of non-white students, WBFO confirmed Friday.


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Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) announced Tuesday that it has filed five lawsuits against several large-scale Erie County landlords and management companies for alleged discrimination based on income.

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Child care advocates will gather in Albany Tuesday to call for more state funding amid a growing child care availability crisis, which a new survey found is worst for infants in Western and Central New York.


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A community meeting about the number of suspensions in Buffalo Public Schools drew dozens of parents, students and activists Thursday night. The growing coalition is calling for a ban on suspensions in pre-K through third grade, with the ultimate goal of ending all out-of-school suspensions.

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Nominations opened Tuesday for the 2020 Preservation Awards. The annual honors recognize the region’s best historic preservation and education projects, as well as the community advocates who spearhead them.

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What do you think should be done about the Buffalo Skyway? Members of the public, this week, are getting their chance to tell the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration what they think.

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The Buffalo-based nonprofit Girls Education Collaborative is launching a new fundraising effort for its partner school in Kitenga Village, Tanzania. The group hopes to raise $130,000 to build a new guest house at the school, where volunteer or medical groups from Western New York and beyond could stay while visiting the Kitenga Secondary School for Girls.

The Section VI Football Federation announced Monday it will delay a recent decision to return to league play—a move that would have left Buffalo teams without a league to play in.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation released a new survey Friday that found that four out of five Buffalo teachers polled believe disruptive student behavior is leading to “unacceptable learning conditions.”

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