Brian Meyer

News Director

Brian Meyer became news director at WBFO in September 2014. The award-winning journalist has covered local issues for more than three decades, most recently as a reporter and digital media producer for The Buffalo News. Meyer also teaches college-level communications classes and is chairman of the Greater Buffalo Chapter Society of Professional Journalists’ Scholarship Fund. 

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Eileen Koteras Elibol

Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry is leaving “The Takeaway.” This is his last week as host of a program that attracts 2.7 million listeners.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Another round of wild weather impacted the Buffalo Niagara region Friday. Severe thunderstorms affected many parts of the Western New York area early Friday afternoon.

The new president of Chautauqua Institution shares his visions and discusses challenges in a show that will air at 10 p.m. Friday on WNED-TV. WBFO's Brian Meyer chats with Michael Hill, who recently became Chautauqua's 18th president, in "Chautauqua Spotlight."


The Takeaway

Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry and his popular radio show The Takeaway are coming to Buffalo on April 25. The program will  begin at 6 p.m.  at WNED|WBFO. It will include a segment that will be recorded before a live audience and aired on The Takeaway on April 26.

Peter Pfordresher/University at Buffalo

If you watched the Grammy Awards Sunday night, perhaps it inspired fantasies that one day you might march on stage and accept an award for your singing. Or maybe not.

New York State Snowmobile Association

Some say there's no better cure for cabin fever than snowmobiling. It's big business in New York State. Marketers in the state capital recently launched a campaign to promote winter tourism.

University at Buffalo

Willie Evans, a star runningback for the University at Buffalo's football team in the late 1950s, has died.

EDnvironmental Advocates of New York

Environmental advocates are prodding state officials to take steps that would give New York residents the “constitutional right" to clean water and healthy air.

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture

Could downtown’s Canal District become Buffalo's next hot residential community?

Brian Meyer

They sported hand-crocheted bison hats and wore blazoning yellow T-shirts that succinctly explained their reason for attending the Turkey Trot.

Brian Meyer

If you ask many voters in Erie County, the early birds avoid potentially long waits later in the day.

The conventions are over. The political stage has been set for what's expected to be a historic contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  The candidates will spend the next 101 days on the campaign trail.

WBFO was the only radio station in the Buffalo region that assigned a reporter to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt interviewed dozens of political operatives. She talked with WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.


Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY

Consider it Christmas in July for a special breed of tree growers.

American Accordionists Association

Buffalo will soon become the Accordion Capital of the World – at least for several days. Accordion buffs will flock to the region on Wednesday for the annual American Accordionists’ Association Festival. In a report produced by Waverly Colville, WBFO’s Brian Meyer takes a closer look at this unique instrument:

Seneca Iroquois National Musem

Native American culture and history is taking center stage in the first annual Heritage Day at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca.

University at Buffalo

Native Americans have the worst health statistics in the country, according to a researcher at the University at Buffalo, yet few people are aware of the epidemic.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

The polls in Erie County had just opened when Paul Migliore and a fellow volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign were pounding signs into lawns outside some polling places in North Buffalo.

Eileen Elibol

The opening act for WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash was still a half-hour away from taking the stage Saturday night, but Michael Campbell was already getting in the mood.

WBFO file photo

Is the public agency that operates Metro Bus, Metro Rail and two local airports doing a poor job of managing its assets?

Parkside Community Association

It was a twist-filled week for political wags who are closely watching the race for the 60th State Senate, a seat that could play a pivotal role in shaping Albany's balance of power.

In the span of several days, the following developments occurred:

* Democratic incumbent Marc Panepinto, who has only served in the State Senate for 14 months, stunned observers by announcing he will not seek reelection.

* The state’s primary ethics agency reportedly launched an initial inquiry into complaints surrounding Panepinto’s office.

Thomas O'Neil-White

If it was a movie, it might be titled "Spring Sojourn for Shark Girl."

Brian Meyer/WBFO News

A newspaper that serves the region's growing immigrant and refugee populations has published a primer for new Americans that highlights the voting process. A recent edition of Karibu News featured a two-page spread in three languages. It's an effort to encourage naturalized citizens to head to the polls and to spur discussion among those who cannot vote. WBFO's Brian Meyer sat down with publisher Rubens Mukunzi, a Rwandan immigrant who moved to Buffalo three years ago.


Cheektowaga Police

Cheektowaga police were expected to release more details today involving Saturday night's fatal shooting of a Java, NY man by a Cheektowaga police officer outside a hotel near the airport.

New York State

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he he's not surprised Sheldon Silver has been found guilty of using the power of his office to earn nearly $5 million illegally. Ryan, an attorney, told WBFO he read the criminal complaint lodged against the former Assembly speaker before the trial began.

WBFO file photo

Even though it was barely past 8 a.m., some Black Friday shoppers were already resting tired feet in the McKinley Mall food court.

Brian Meyer/WBFO

Clutching a large forest-green bow and carrying a quiver filled with arrows on his shoulder, the colorful character inspected the huge crowd that gathered on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo.

WBFO file photo

If you're among the throngs of travelers who will be in long lines at airport terminals during the holiday, the NFTA's public affairs director is encouraging you to build in extra time for enhanced security.

If you're planning a road trip over the holiday weekend, you're in good company.

IIE

International students studying in the U.S. grew by 10 percent last year, the largest single-year gain in more than three decades.

Catholic Family News

A well-known Catholic priest says he did not intend to spark controversy when he posted a sign outside his Buffalo parish.

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