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 produced live radio interviews as an intern for WNYC/New York Public Radio's midday talk show and interned on the daily news desk 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 for her multimedia capstone project at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

Kyle also interned for Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter at The New York Times, while he was working on his book "The Outlaw Ocean." As a freelancer, she has contributed to publications like 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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A Buffalo man is making headlines by playing bagpipes for the public during the COVID-19 shutdown, and last weekend, Dan Ryan and friends gave a special performance for a young woman living with a critical heart defect.


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In the middle of a global pandemic, Friday night in Allentown just doesn’t mean what it used to. WBFO asked bars and restaurants in one of Buffalo’s most popular neighborhoods for nightlife how they’re coping with the COVID-19 shutdown.


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Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash repeated criticism of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of statewide school closures during a virtual board of education meeting Wednesday night.

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It’s now the fourth week of school closures in Buffalo, and remote or distance learning is supposed to be in full swing. But not all students have the same access to technology to help them keep learning.


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Grocery and convenience stores are among the few remaining businesses that Western New Yorkers can patronize in-person, but some of the essential workers there caution customers to take shopping trips seriously. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on efforts to protect local employees and what customers can do to help.


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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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