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Photo: A group of Karen teenagers, all of whom were resettled from Thailand to Buffalo as refugees, spend the summer working at Five Loaves Farm on Buffalo’s West Side. // Aug. 1, 2019


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WBFO author page. I joined the NPR member station in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2019. I’m the station’s lead education reporter and I also specialize in covering Buffalo’s immigrant and refugee communities.*

BUFFALO REPORTING

FEATURES:

‘Your story is in the textbooks. Ours isn’t.’ Buffalo schools adopt The 1619 Project // Jan. 17, 2020

Buffalo is joining cities like Chicago, Newark and Washington, D.C., in changing the way its public schools teach students about the legacy of slavery.

Making Buffalo Home: The year in immigration policy // Dec. 31, 2019

From cutting the number of refugee admissions to Remain in Mexico, the Trump administration enacted several new immigration policies in 2019. For WNED | WBFO’s Making Buffalo Home project, Kyle Mackie reports on what those changes mean for Buffalo and Western New York.

Buffalo Public Schools failed to spend full grant to support Native American students // Nov. 26, 2019

Native American parents and teachers in Buffalo Public Schools are raising concerns that the district isn’t spending all of its Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant to support Native students.

Jewish day schools are “closing by the day.” How did Buffalo manage to save one? // Oct. 23, 2019

A first-of-its-kind partnership to save a Jewish day school in Buffalo has cities like Chicago and Los Angeles taking notice.

“Goodbye, Columbus.” Buffalo schools now celebrate indigenous peoples, Italian heritage // Oct. 14, 2019

The widespread movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day is now playing out in Buffalo Public Schools.

Revived Africana studies major brings “the other half of the story” back to Buffalo State // Oct. 3, 2019

Buffalo State is the first SUNY campus to get funding for new hires as part of an initiative to increase faculty diversity, and the first thing the college is doing with those funds is reviving a long-defunct Africana studies major.

Buffalo’s newest charter school: ‘If we can’t deliver, close us down’ (Part I of series) // Sept. 4, 2019

As Buffalo students head back to class, WBFO is taking a look at the city’s two newest charter schools. In this series, WBFO’s Education Reporter Kyle Mackie reports on the first year of Persistence Preparatory Academy and Buffalo Collegiate Charter School.

Buffalo’s education landscape is changing, and two new charter schools are leaning in (Part II of series) // Sept. 5, 2019

These Karen refugees no longer have to farm to survive. Now, they’re farming as a summer job. // Aug. 26, 2019

Making Buffalo Home is a WNED | WBFO multiyear project looking at the impact immigrants and refugees are making in our community. As WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports, one group of Karen teenagers who came to Buffalo from Thailand are spending their summer working at an urban farm on the city’s West Side.

SPOT NEWS:

Debates over funding for public schools set to continue in 2020 // Jan. 10, 2020

New Erie County reentry initiative aims to ease transition from jail // Oct. 28, 2019

Buffalo teachers rally for new contracts, school counselors and more // Sept. 18, 2019

Local activists highlight connection between indigenous and nuclear issues // Aug. 9, 2019

Back to school in July for these adult English learners // July 12, 2019

Advocates urge NYS Legislature to move Buffalo School Board elections // June 11, 2019

 

NPR MEMBER STATION REPORTER TWO-WAYS:

The Week In News: August 23rd (interview starts at 36:16) // WSHU’s “The Full Story” talk show // Aug. 23, 2019

Interview for WSHU Public Radio about my reporting on the new Raising NY Coalition

Different Country, Different Medicine (interview starts at 36:40) // WHYY’s “The Pulse” health and science podcast // Sept. 28, 2018

Israel recently shuttered a humanitarian project that delivered medical help to thousands of Syrians. One of the final patients to receive treatment: a 14-year-old boy named Ahmad, who received a groundbreaking procedure that saved his leg.

 

WNYC LIVE INTERVIEW PRODUCTION:

Selected interviews produced while interning at “Midday on WNYC,” now “ALL OF IT with Alison Stewart”

From Rwanda to Human Rights Advocate, A Genocide Survivor Tells Her Story // Hosted by DW Gibson // April 25, 2018

Debut Novel Celebrates Feminism and Art in 1950s Iran // Hosted by Alison Stewart // April 19, 2018

Samantha Irby Gets ‘Meaty’ on Love, Race, and Health // Hosted by Cindy Rodriguez // April 12, 2018

Masha Gessen on How Putin is Erasing Russia’s Gulag History // Hosted by Hari Kondabolu // March 29, 2018

Jane Mayer Reexamines the Man Behind the Steele Dossier // Hosted by Kai Wright // March 14, 2018

 

CUNY J-SCHOOL REPORTING:


“It’s a Kind of Killing:” Afghan Refugees in Shadow of the EU Fear They’re Forgotten

Dec. 2017 // Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY // Part of international reporting capstone

Hungary’s southern border with Serbia was one of the frontlines of the European migration crisis at its height in 2015. Images of refugees trying to squeeze through a razor wire fence struck at the core values of the European Union, like respect for human rights.

The Western Balkans land route is now effectively closed but thousands of migrants are still stranded in the region. Kyle Mackie visited a center housing migrants in southwest Serbia, where she found mounting frustration among Afghans who say they’re left in limbo while the EU gives preference to Syrians and Iraqis.


Coney Island Creek: A Closer Look at Water Quality, Illegal Dumping and Community Engagement

Dec. 2017 // Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY // Investigative radio project edited by Robert Lewis, WNYC reporter

It wasn’t the rickety old Cyclone or the boardwalk that originally drew people to Coney Island. The first attraction, according to historian Charles Denson, was a little farther down Neptune Avenue: The Coney Island Creek. Decades later, it’s still a natural sanctuary for fishing, boating and escaping the concrete jungle of New York City. But with high levels of fecal coliform found in the water on a routine basis– especially within the past year–the creek is also one of the city’s filthiest waterways. This investigation examines how it got this way and who should be held accountable.


Hate Slaying Sparks Outcry

March 25, 2017 // WBAI Evening News

A crowd gathered Friday to decry the murder of a 66-year-old black man fatally stabbed four days earlier – allegedly by a self-proclaimed white supremacist.

The politicians, community activists and clergy who massed on W. 36th Street, where Timothy Caughman was set upon March 20, charged President Trump’s election has fomented a rise in reports of hate crime. Trump has yet to comment on Caughman’s killing, which has drawn headlines beyond New York.

The suspect, James Harris Jackson, 28, of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime Thursday. Authorities said he had planned to kill more black men in Times Square.

Kyle Mackie has more on this developing story.