Dave Debo

News Director

Dave Debo's journalism career runs the gamut from public radio to commercial radio, from digital projects to newspapers.  With over 30 years of experience, he's produced national television news programs and has worked as both a daily and weekly print journalist and web editor. 

An award-winning former president of the Greater Buffalo International Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, he's been an assignment editor at two of Buffalo’s three TV stations, and has worked as a newspaper reporter for Buffalo Business First and The Ithaca Journal.

Radio is his first love, having started at WBEN as a reporting intern under former WBFO News Director Brian Meyer's City Hall Bureau in the late 80s, before moving on to   WEBR, the public-all news station that evolved into WNED-AM and merged into WBFO in 2012. He's worked in Buffalo for WBEN twice, in Niagara Falls at WJJL, and was news director at WTKO/WQNY in Ithaca NY. In the mid-90s, he was also a Saturday morning Weekend Edition host on WBFO.

In Washington DC  he was the producer of First Business, a nationally syndicated morning business newscast seen on over 175 television stations. When the Iraq war broke out he was working as a producer and story coordinator in Fox News Channel's Washington DC bureau,  and was simultaneously employed as a producer and newscaster at  NPR's flagship station WAMU and as a web producer at WUSA-TV.   He’s also been an early morning news producer at WGRZ TV

He lives in East Aurora with his wife and two dachshunds who took up residence there shortly after his two grown sons moved out.

National Public Radio

Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) has announced that despite an indictment and earlier statements to the contrary, he will now continue to campaign for re-election and will not resign if successful in November.

UAW Region 9 file photo of the 2017 Buffalo Labor Day parade

Unionized workers from across a number of industries are parading through Buffalo to mark Labor Day.

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The festival that celebrates Buffalo's culinary claim to fame is underway. With thousands descending on Buffalo for this weekend's 17th annual Buffalo Wing Festival, WBFO News Director Dave Debo caught up with national food and travel writer Arthur Bovino.


A Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on priest sexual abuse of minors in that state includes two former Western New York priests with accusations against them that weren’t widely known until now.

(Photo courtesy: Courier-Express Collection, Archives and Special Collections, E.H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.)

A movement that started with scared homeowners, strange smells and a collection of health symptoms celebrates an anniversary today. Forty years after President Jimmy Carter first declared Love Canal a national health emergency, former housewife and activist Lois Gibbs looks back and realizes that the people she mobilized were the start of something a lot bigger.


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The death of 27-year-old India Cummings after more than two weeks at the Erie County Holding Center in 2016 was in the spotlight at County Hall on Wednesday, with criticism of the care and treatment of inmates there taking center stage.


File Photo / WBFO News

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is revoking permits from Tonawanda Coke because the company has repeatedly violated air pollution regulations.

The state sent the company a cease and desist letter Friday telling it to stop any operations that release materials into the air, and ordering that permits to do so be revoked next month.

WBFO file

While much has been made recently about apparent conflicts of interest at the highest levels of the federal government, a new report is placing the spotlight on the potential for such conflicts on the local level. In a review of the financial disclosure forms required for elected officials in 10 area government entities, the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government found some troubling inconsistencies.

Browse a variety of photos of Robert F. Kennedy's visits to Buffalo and how his death was observed in Western New York. Photos From the Courier-Express Collection and SUNY Buffalo Collection, Archives and Special Collections, E.H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.

National Public Radio

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was praised by Rep. Chris Collins Wednesday during committee hearings looking at the social network's privacy issues and operations.