One hundred forty years after Edward Butler launched the Buffalo Evening News, your newspaper remains what Butler quickly built in the late 1800s: the largest news-gathering organization in New York outside the New York City region.
Our newsroom staff isn’t just big. It’s experienced and savvy. Sources trust News reporters with their stories, and our staff has the experience and smarts to see through the smoke and spot the real story.
When Butler founded The News, he brought something new to Buffalo journalism – a newspaper that wasn’t beholden to any political party or business group. Unlike other newspapers of the day, Butler’s Evening News shined a light on what was really happening in Buffalo. In a biography of Butler, Michael Dillon wrote that The News “sent reporters into the streets to witness the chaos, progress, corruption and triumph of a community making a rapid and often painful transition from frontier village to sprawling industrial giant.”
That spirit is very much alive at The News today. From our coverage of child sex abuse to Chris Collins’ insider trading, from slumlords and wasteful agencies to Covid in college athletics, our staff lives Butler’s commitment to tell the difficult but important stories that make our region a better place.
On my office wall in the newsroom, I have a large copy of the Oct. 11, 1880, front page – the first Buffalo Evening News. It is a reminder of everything that made The News great for 140 years. And it is a reminder of our responsibility to you: Tell the story of our community fairly, fully, with zest and with a love for Buffalo and its future.
What inspired you to become a journalist?
“I’ve loved newspapers since I was in elementary school and my teacher assigned us 'current events' where we had to find an article and explain 'who, what, where, when and why.' I’ve been doing it ever since. I love that my job is to ask questions and get answers, to see things for myself, to dig until I find the truth – and then try to share that with my community. It’s the greatest job in the entire world.” – Maki Becker
“My parents, raised in Buffalo, never went to college. Yet they were great readers and believers in the written word, and I learned early that the most moving of stories around us – the day-to-day struggle, love and passage that define so many lives – often went untold. With the help of many teachers and colleagues I don’t forget, I’ve been lucky enough to spend a career seeking those tales.” – Sean Kirst
“I’ve been drawn to journalism since I started reading The Buffalo News as a kid. I kept scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and studied them in hopes of someday working for the paper. The day I was hired was a dream come true.” – Toni Ruberto
“I love to share people’s life experiences through my lens, whether they be joyful or painful. I still get excited to shoot every day. I love making beautiful and engaging photos and hopefully they make a difference in someone’s day.” – Sharon Cantillon
“I first thought seriously about journalism when reading 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' in college and asking the teaching fellow if he thought anything would happen if everyone read it and thought about it seriously. He replied that if everyone read anything and thought about it seriously, something would happen. That prompted me to reflect on the power of the written word and the journalist’s ability to foment change. That need for change, and the fact that so many Americans remain oppressed – because of race, gender, poverty, etc. – in a land of such abundance is what still motivates me today. It’s why I write what I write, and why I could never imagine myself doing anything else.” – Rod Watson
“I grew up in Maryland watching sports and reading newspapers. When I was 12 years old, something struck me: I can write about sports for a living! Curiosity continues to motivate me, and I am always excited to write about a great story, whether it involves professional, college or high school sports.” – Rachel Lenzi