Brian Meyer

WBFO 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. 

WBFO'S News Director Brian Meyer.
WBFO'S News Director Brian Meyer.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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Canalside
4:22 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Transforming winter's ice rink into water-filled canals

Credit Brian Meyer/WBFO News

If you think filling a swimming pool is a big task, trying filling the canals at Canalside. A two-day mission is under way that's pumping nearly a half-million gallons of water into canals that in a more frigid season attracted more than 60,000 ice skaters.

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Cultural
1:41 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

'Ninja Turtles' crews to perform lighting tests Friday

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown leads a news conference detailing the upcoming shooting of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" in the city.
Credit WBFO

Call it a test night for the turtles. Crews who are in town to shoot a high-speed chase sequence for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" plan to do prep work along the Kensington Expressway on Friday. 

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Environment
7:57 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day through the eyes of local residents

Earth Day focuses on global environmental issues.
Credit New York State Senate

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to boost awareness of global environmental issues. But what does Earth Day mean to the average Western New Yorker?

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Local
10:03 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Marina fire on Tonawanda Island leaves behind heavy damage

Fire at the Placid Harbor Marina on Tonawanda Island leaves behind little else but charred rubble.
Credit Brian Meyer/WBFO News

If you were up early and anywhere near Tonawanda Island in North Tonawanda Monday morning, you witnessed quite a scene. A massive fire raced through Placid Harbor Marina.


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Cultural
6:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Local bishop reflects on recent Cuba trip

Bishop Franklin examines mangos grown by the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Itabo, Cuba. The church's sustainable food program maintains an eight-acre farm, selling its various crops to the local people at reasonable prices.
Craig Wirth/Episcopal Diocese of Utah

A Western New York bishop recently got an up-close perspective on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Local
2:26 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Feds warn of possible takeover of public housing managed by BMHA

In March of 2012 BMHA was working to revitalize the Commodore Perry Public Housing neighborhood downtown.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority could face a federal takeover if steps are not taken to address a large number of vacant units in public housing complexes.

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Health
8:18 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Bed bugs a growing problem in Buffalo and other cities

Bed bugs
Credit Orkin

It gives a troubling twist to the cliche "don't let the bed bugs bite." A national pest control company has found that Buffalo is 26th in the nation for the number of treatments provided to battle bed bug infestation.

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Local
7:55 am
Wed April 1, 2015

A holiday for pranksters

Credit WBFO News graphic

For pranksters throughout the world, Wednesday is pretty much Christmas in April. As WBFO's Brian Meyer reports, it's no joke. 

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Local
4:17 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set for Buffalo filming

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

When do talking turtles produce big bucks? The answer: when scenes from the sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are shot in Buffalo. That's exactly what will happen later this spring.

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Business
3:18 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Municipal broadband would boost Erie County's economy, advocates claim

County Legislator Patrick Burke
Credit Erie County Legislature

A four-month study has concluded that creating a  municipal broadband Internet service in Erie County would boost the economy, create jobs and raise property values.

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Business
6:55 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Effort launched to redevelop stretch of Seneca Street

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke
Credit Erie County Legislature

The first phase of a plan to redevelop a one-mile stretch of Seneca Street is being launched as local leaders aim to make the long-neglected commercial strip a "small downtown."

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Science/Technology
2:26 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Court reviewing sheriff's use of controversial cell phone tracker

Credit File photo

A judge has reserved decision in a dispute over surveillance technology being used by the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

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Local
10:27 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Firefighters douse flames on 15th floor of Main Place Tower

Buffalo Firefighters respond to a blaze on the 15th floor of the Main Place Tower.
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Buffalo firefighters responded to a blaze on the 15th floor of Main Place Tower early Friday morning, braving sub-zero temperatures.

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Birthplace of chicken wings
11:04 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Buffalo wins spot on top 10 list of world's best food cities

Buffalo wins food honors for being the birthplace of the chicken wing
Credit WBFO

Louisville has its  Hot Brown, an open-face turkey sandwich. Cincinnati is famous for its chili. And, of course, Buffalo is the birthplace of the chicken wing.

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Local
11:11 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Fillmore's role in slavery faulted by civil rights group

Frank Mesiah, left, talks with Rep. Brian Higgins
Credit Congressman Higgins Twitter page / WBFO News

If the name of the late President Millard Fillmore is placed on any new buildings or sites, a local civil rights group says the "whole story" must be told.

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Crime
1:48 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former school official charged with stealing anti-poverty funds

A former administrator at the Buffalo Board of Education has been charged with stealing funds.

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Legal
7:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Obama nominates Vilardo to be federal judge

Attorney Lawrence J. Vilardo has been nominated by the president to be a federal judge.
Credit connors-vilardo.com

President Barack Obama has nominated local attorney Lawrence Vilardo to become a federal court judge for the Western District of New York.

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Local
6:27 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Improvements planned at Williamsville toll barrier

Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa
Credit WBFO

Long-debated plans to make improvements at the Thruway's traffic-clogged Williamsville toll barrier are expected to move forward in  the near future.

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Parking rates
3:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Hourly parking standardizing to $1 in Buffalo

Parking at city meters will be $1 an hour come spring.
Credit File photo

Feeding the meters will cost more money in some Buffalo business districts this spring. The city is increasing 50 cent-an-hour parking to $1 an hour at about 1,100 meters on roads including Hertel Avenue, Elmwood Avenue and Main Street.

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Local
11:17 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Work to start soon at old Millard Fillmore Hospital site

Former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle
Credit WBFO

Remedial work will start soon on a multi-phased project planned at the former Millard Fillmore Hospital site on Gates Circle. Developers plan to transform the West Side site into a retirement community, apartment complex and community center.

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Local
2:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Stadium should remain in Orchard Park, supervisor argues

Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick Keem
Credit Town of Orchard Park

Tailgaters, taxpayers and many southtowns merchants could be the big losers if a new football stadium is built in downtown Buffalo, according to Orchard Park's top elected official.

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Local
9:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Heavy Lake Effect snows pounds northtowns

Snowy conditions along Delaware Avenue before sunrise Friday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A heavy Lake effect snow band that pounded areas north of Buffalo overnight.  Snow bands have shifted southward and will continue south through mid-morning Friday. WBFO News spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel who is monitoring the bands and snowfall rates.

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Sports
6:56 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Bills coach Doug Marrone opts out of contract

Marrone (r.) and General Manager Doug Whaley spoke with reporters Monday following the end of the season.
Credit File photo

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone surprisingly opted out of his contract Wednesday after two years with the team.

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Local
9:57 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Lake-effect snows hammer southtowns

Vehicle buried in snow along a entrance to the NYS Thruway in West Seneca, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Heavy Lake Effect snows hammered areas south of Buffalo overnight.  It has  been an extremely difficult Tuesday morning for some motorists who have been literally stranded on the Thruway.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Could police foot patrols become a downtown routine?

There's talk of implementing police foot patrols along Main Street.
Credit WBFO

As downtown Buffalo enjoys a spike in development activity, there’s talk of launching a new public safety

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Local
8:42 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Issues impacting minority community showcased in local magazine

Will Jones, publisher, Black Western New York Magazine
Credit Will Jones/ Black Western New York Magazine

It's a publication that casts a spotlight on issues that affect minority communities in the Buffalo area.

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Business
8:39 am
Mon November 3, 2014

HarborCenter's potential ripple effects

Historic grain elevators cast tower over Ohio Street Corridor
Credit Brian Meyer/WBFO

A lot of attention has focused on projects at Canalside. But a one-time industrial neighborhood not far from

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt was a panelist in last night's debate
Credit File photo

Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Business
11:31 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Plan to turn old brewery into loft apartments moves forward

Vacant building on Washington Street, Buffalo, New York
Photo from Google Streetview Maps

In an earlier era, the building at Washington and  Virginia streets was home to a brewery.

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Cultural
8:54 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Singing the blues in downtown Buffalo

Tommy Z and Billy The Kid joined forces at Saturday night's Blues Bash
Eileen Elibol/WNED

If you ask Ontario resident Susie Chase, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday night listening to the blues in downtown Buffalo.

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