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.

Ways to Connect

After longstanding pressure by local advocates, the Buffalo school board elections may soon be moved from May to November. Both houses of the New York State Legislature passed a bill supporting the change on Thursday.

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How do you raise money for public schools when the public and the state really can’t contribute anymore? Niagara Falls is trying to figure that out.


The principal who allowed Councilmember Ulysees Wingo to store a gun in an office safe during a visit to Riverside High School last month has resigned. District officials confirmed Principal Jerome Piwko’s resignation to The Buffalo News on Thursday.

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The Buffalo Board of Education addressed a packed agenda at its last regular meeting of the school year on Wednesday. In three closely watched decisions, board members voted to uphold an 18-month ban on Buffalo Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo from all district property and school events, extend Superintendent Kriner Cash’s contract to 2021 and adopt a 43-week school calendar.

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Eighteen area school districts were awarded state funding for technology upgrades on Monday, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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From pierogis to cannolis, and fried chicken to chicken tandoori, there’s something for everyone at the Taste of Buffalo festival. The beloved event is coming up on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.


The Park School

The Park School of Buffalo will dedicate a new science center at its campus in Snyder on Friday. The facility incorporates extensive landscaping and is designed to give students greater access to the outdoors.

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Less than seven percent of eligible voters turned out for Buffalo’s Board of Education elections last month. Local advocates want to change that – and change the date of the elections. They called on the New York State Legislature to address the issue before the end of its session at a press conference on Tuesday.


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Leonardo Da Vinci High School in Buffalo was announced Monday as one of 12 winning schools across the state of the inaugural New York FAFSA Completion Challenge. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


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Niagara Wheatfield High School Principal Michael Mann was placed on administrative leave Thursday. The announcement comes in the middle of a controversy over how the school handled a rape case and a resulting student walkout.

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The mother of a high school rape victim who was forced to attend most of her senior year with her rapist is speaking out again, this time at a packed meeting of the Niagara Wheatfield School Board.

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