Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in both broadcast and print media. He joined the news staff at WBFO on April 1, 2015, returning to WBFO for his second time and returning to Horizons Plaza for his second time since working with the former WNED-AM from 2000 to 2003.
A 1992 graduate of Ithaca College, Mroziak began his broadcasting career with the former WHLD-AM in Niagara Falls/Grand Island and then joined WBEN-AM, where he worked from 1992 to 2000 and earned a share of two New York State Associated Press Broadcast Awards. Upon joining WNED-AM in December 2000, he earned or shared four more NY AP Broadcast Awards.
He then moved into public relations to broaden his professional experience but also spent time as a news producer for WIVB-TV in Buffalo, from 2006 to 2008. After becoming "one of the casualties of the Great Recession" in 2008 he worked as a freelance contributor for several outlets, including the Polish-American newspaper Am-Pol Eagle, Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium (for which he voiced several locally-produced presentations), WNY Hockey Report and the junior hockey programs Buffalo Stars and Buffalo Jr. Sabres.
In September 2010, Michael joined WBFO as a reporter for its final year and a half in the University at Buffalo's Allen Hall. During his stay, he earned or shared two more NY AP Broadcast Awards. After his temporary term ended at Allen Hall, Michael returned to junior hockey as a public relations officer and then joined the Niagara Gazette in 2013 as its sports editor. He held that position until rejoining the WBFO newsroom in April 2015.
Michael was honored by the Am-Pol Eagle as one of its 2015 Citizens of the Year, recognized for his work producing stories of interest to the Polish-American community over the years. He also received top honors by the New York State Broadcast Association in the category of Outstanding Feature for his story about a Buffalo-based pub which, for many years, has enjoyed a role as a semi-official "must stop" on Election Night.
Michael's interests include astronomy, British comedy shows (his collection includes numerous episodes of the 1950s BBC Radio series The Goon Show) and music. He is also a sports enthusiast who plays hockey on a regular basis and, in addition to the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, follows baseball and soccer. His favorite "football" teams are English club Lincoln City FC and Polish club KS Cracovia.
He resides in Amherst with his wife and two children.
You can email Michael at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @MrozWBFO.