BUFFALO, N.Y. – WBFO-FM 88.7 and Investigative Post have joined forces in a collaboration that will provide innovative news content to our listeners. Starting in November, Investigative Post will produce in-depth stories and provide analysis on breaking news for the public radio station. WBFO will broadcast the content while continuing to provide its own NPR news and coverage of local issues. Investigative Post reporters will also appear on WBFO’s “Press Pass,” which features interviews with journalists from local media outlets.

“Investigative Post has an impressive track record of providing in-depth perspectives on issues that are critical to Western New York’s future,” said WBFO News Director Brian Meyer. “This partnership will provide our listeners with additional insights on topics and events that affect their lives. We’re excited to launch this new collaboration.”

WBFO-FM 88.7 is the NPR member station for Western New York and Southern Ontario. WBFO has the largest radio newsroom staff in the Buffalo/Niagara region and features extensive award-winning local and regional journalism. The station’s staff has a combined 320 years of experience in radio journalism, much of it reporting in Western New York. The station has won more regional and state awards in recent years than any other radio station in the region. In addition to extensive local and regional journalism, WBFO also features the best of public radio from NPR, PRI, the BBC and American Public Media.

WBFO has a reputation of providing listeners with comprehensive, thought-provoking and balanced coverage of news that impacts their lives. The station recently enhanced its programming commitment with the addition of two new programs in its weekly schedule and introduction of new features that focus on the people, places and events that shape Western New York and Southern Ontario.

“Our partnership with WBFO adds an exciting dimension to our reporting. We’ve been producing stories for television, print and the web; our work for WBFO adds radio to the mix and makes us a complete multi-media outlet,” said Jim Heaney, editor and executive director of Investigative Post.

Investigative Post is the only nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Upstate New York. It partners with a number of news outlets in Western New York and other parts of New York State. They have earned a reputation for hard-hitting, high-impact stories since launching in February 2012. Its reporting on the Buffalo Billion prompted U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to launch a federal investigation into the awarding of developer contracts and for members of the community to demand more diversity in the employment of construction workers at Solar City. Other investigations spurred government efforts to clean up Scajaquada Creek and reverse a decision to open Gallagher Beach for swimming because of serious water pollution.

Published in Press Room
Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:27

PBS TeacherLine Courses


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Published in Outreach & Education
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:36

Focus on Education: Student Voices

(Bottom row, left to right: Brian Meyer, WBFO News Director; Daija Jones, Mount St. Mary Academy; Damario Burks, Hutchinson Central Technical High School; Myshaleek Harris, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory High School. Top row, left to right: Dan Wilczewski, Global Concepts Charter High School; Richard Bell, Kenmore East High School; Joshue Cruz, Riverside Institute of Technology; India Hector, Leonardo Da Vinci High School.)


In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems.

WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience on "Focus on Education: Student Voices," a WNED-TV production. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school. Individuals, organizations and communities share the responsibility of creating an appropriate environment for young people to succeed and thrive. How can our community provide support and guide youth in becoming successful, productive adults?

The students shared their concerns with those who can help. In addition to the high school students on the panel and in our audience, four local student and family advocates and professionals – George Bushey, Depew High School; Aundrea Sanders, Buffalo Public Schools; Janet Cerra, Kenmore-Tonawanda; and Lamont Williams, Hillside Family Services - provide feedback and perspective on the student, peer, family and school environments that exist today.  The community will hear directly from student panelists, their classmates and others in the audience to explore concerns and offer insights for change. The hope is to not only bring issues of concern from students to the forefront, but to seek resolution, offer next step scenarios and empower each person attending to take something back to their school and community for change.


Participating high schools are: Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, Burgard High School, Cheektowaga Central High School, Depew High School, Global Concepts Charter School, Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Kenmore East High School, Kenmore West High School, Leonardo Da Vinci High School, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Riverside Institute of Technology, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and St. Mary’s of Lancaster High School.





Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #StudentVoicesWBFO 

and visit the Focus on Education website for program stories at: www.wbfo.org


Watch Focus on Education: Student Voices

Student Voices will be featured in a WBFO 4-part series leading up to the television broadcast.

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 1

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 2

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 3

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 4



This town hall is made possible in part by

the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Let’s Make it Happen Initiative.




Published in Outreach & Education
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:59

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Stories

Published in Outreach & Education
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:01

Buffalo's First Ward

The First Ward built Buffalo and, to some degree, America. The industries that blossomed along the shores of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie are largely responsible for creating Buffalo as a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s. Buffalo’s industrial strength fueled American economic growth and expansion.

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