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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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont went fishing on Lake Ontario Tuesday for their first official meeting. After showing off a pair of steelhead trout, Cuomo also took questions from reporters on a wide range of issues.

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A dedication ceremony and blessing was held Tuesday in Cheektowaga for a new training center that seeks to combat high caregiver turnover.

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A new statewide coalition called Raising New York officially launched in August with the aim of increasing the number of children who are prepared to succeed when they start Kindergarten.


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More than 230 cases are already expected to be filed in Erie County during the statewide one-year window that starts Wednesday and allows survivors of child sex abuse to file charges against their abuser—regardless of when the abuse took place.


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A celebration of Indigenous Peoples and Nuclear-Free Future Day returns Friday to the Buffalo History Museum. Ahead of the event, local Native Americans and environmental activists explained how the issues of indigenous peoples and nuclear power are intertwined.


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A new teacher residency program that aims to boost educational opportunities for all students by preparing and supporting diverse educators officially kicked off this week.


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The local nonprofit International Child Advancement is coordinating a back to school drive to equip the children of refugee families in Buffalo with supplies for the coming academic year. Donations will be accepted now through Aug. 17.

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Tuesday marked the third “Measuring Day” for WNY STEM Hub’s Hand in Hand program. Three Western New York children and two more in Ghana were measured for 3-D printed prosthetic hands, which they will receive in October.


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A new governor of Puerto Rico—the U.S. territory that’s been embroiled in massive protests over the past several weeks—was sworn in on Friday. Shortly before the controversial transition of power, WBFO spent a morning at La Flor Bakery on Niagara Street to ask what Puerto Ricans living in Buffalo think about the political uproar on the island.


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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) weighed in Tuesday on the debate about a potential offshore wind project in Lake Erie.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Monday that his office is on track to declare the end of the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis as early as next year.

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Five of Buffalo’s graduating high school seniors have been awarded Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships to help pay for college starting this fall. The scholarship is named in honor of the civil rights advocate and first African American Major League Baseball player.


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A University at Buffalo scientist was bestowed Thursday with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the country’s highest honor for early-career researchers in science and technology.


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Where can you eat pierogi poutine and a loganberry funnel cake corn dog on the same day? The Erie County Fair, of course. This year’s fair is coming up on Aug. 7-18, and there will be plenty of options to vote for in the New Food Showdown.


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Buffalo MATTERS, a University at Buffalo-developed opioid treatment program, is set to expand across New York State. The program has been credited with helping reduce opioid overdose deaths in Erie County by 40 percent over the past two years.

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Ira Glass—the creator, producer and host of the popular public radio program and podcast “This American Life”—will speak at the Chautauqua Institution on Saturday, July 20. WBFO caught up with him before his visit to Western New York.


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Buffalo Common Councilmember David Rivera condemned President Trump’s racist tweets about four U.S. congresswomen of color Tuesday. Speaking outside City Hall, Rivera was joined by members of Buffalo’s Puerto Rican and Somali communities, which among many other groups have made a home in the West Side district he represents.


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Rep. Chris Collins has introduced legislation that withholds federal highway funds from any state that grants driver licenses or ID cards to undocumented immigrants.

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The New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia announced Monday afternoon that she will resign, effective Aug. 31.

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It might still be more than a month away for kids, but some adults went back to school this week. It was the start of the Buffalo Public Schools’ summer semester of English classes for individuals aged 21 and older.


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Say Yes Buffalo announced Thursday its first-ever funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The powerhouse foundation will invest $2.9 million over the next 22 months for the newly established Buffalo College Success Network.


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A new website launched Tuesday morning is encouraging local Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia to run for Congress. Bellavia previously ran for New York’s 27th congressional seat in 2012, but does this mean another run in 2020 is on the horizon?


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Jericho Road Community Health Center provided an update Monday about how the Vive Shelter on Buffalo’s East Side is coping with the influx of nearly 100 new Congolese asylum seekers. The Congolese arrived about three weeks ago after being released from detention at the southern U.S. border.

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A University at Buffalo medical student will spend the next year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of a prestigious research fellowship. Esha Chebolu is one of 50 students from across the country who were selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP).


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The Buffalo History Museum launched a new family-friendly program Tuesday aimed at making the past come alive. It’s called Hands-On History, and it includes a mini-tour of select exhibits followed by related activities.


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Siena College released the New York State Index of Consumer Sentiment for the second quarter of 2019 today, and it shows a grim picture of how New Yorkers feel about the economy.

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Members of the new Buffalo Board of Education were sworn in at City Hall on Monday. Sharon Belton-Cottman, who represents the city’s Ferry District, was also selected as the new board president.

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July 1 marks one year of New York State’s first-in-the-country mandate that schools incorporate mental health into K-12 health education. Officials and educators told WBFO the new law has created an environment in which schools and teachers can experiment, and that one Western New York school district has emerged as a standout.


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Democrats and Republicans are less divided than it may seem, at least when it comes to the president’s tweets, according to a new study led by a University at Buffalo researcher.


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Several dozen students and activists gathered outside City Hall in Buffalo Friday afternoon to celebrate New York State's passage of the country’s most ambitious climate legislation. They also called for even greater action to combat climate change.


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