2023 Digital Video Storytelling, Medium Form, Large Newsroom finalist

Buffalo: Healing from Hate — One Year Later

About the Project

While reporting in Buffalo over several months in the wake of the May 14, 2022 mass shooting at a Tops supermarket there, one theme was abundantly clear: only the residents of East Buffalo could bring about the change they wanted. Experts like University at Buffalo’s Dr. Henry Taylor shared stories about the millions of dollars coming into East Buffalo, which he believed the surrounding white communities would ultimately absorb.

ABC News Digital set out to produce a comprehensive story that showed how Buffalo’s Black community came to be, how systemic divestment made their only supermarket a target of a racist shooting and what it would take to drive economic and social progress following the deadly massacre.