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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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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The Buffalo Board of Education addressed a packed agenda at its last regular meeting of the school year on Wednesday.

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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.


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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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