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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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.

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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
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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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