PBS American Portrait: Joe DiLeo

May 30, 2021

As part of the PBS American Portrait Series, WNED PBS is taking some of the stories from our Making Buffalo Home project and both preparing them for a national audience while featuring them on WBFO. You can hear the segments every Monday morning for the next several weeks.

As a first-generation Italian American, Joe Di Leo shares the story of his family’s beginnings in Buffalo, NY. Today he and many of his friends devote their time to helping Buffalo’s newest immigrants establish their first homes in America. They raise money so that furniture, toys for kids, and even scholarships can be available for those in need.

Share your American Portrait moment at www.pbs.org/american-portrait . Production support has been provided by a grant from PBS and by viewers like you.

Making Buffalo Home:  Buffalo’s history is marked by waves of immigrants from places, such as Germany, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine and more recently from Burma, Somalia, Bhutan and Iraq. Many come as immigrants seeking opportunities. Others come as refugees escaping persecution and violence. 

This in-depth digital engagement initiative is raising  awareness of  all our region's ethnic heritage, to help the region develop a better understanding of the  opportunities and challenges we face together as long-time residents, new immigrants and refugees.

Explore the Making Buffalo Home series at www.wned.org/makingbuffalohome

Making Buffalo Home is funded by Rich Products Corporation and Rich Family Foundation.