Michael Mroziak

Reporter

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes broadcast and print media experience. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was his return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza. 

A 1988 graduate of Grand Island High School and 1992 graduate of Ithaca College, Michael 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.  He next joined the former WNED-AM and also worked as a producer for WIVB-TV. 

In between broadcast positions, Michael spent some time in public relations and marketing, but found himself back in media after "becoming one of the casualties of the Great Recession." In September 2010, Michael joined WBFO as a part-time reporter for its final year and a half in the University at Buffalo's Allen Hall. He also 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 shows), WNY Hockey Report, New York Hockey Journal and the college-prep level hockey programs Buffalo Stars and Buffalo Jr. Sabres.

After working two years as sports editor for the Niagara Gazette, Michael accepted the invitation to return to WBFO. 

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 still plays hockey and, in addition to the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, follows baseball and soccer. His favorite "football" team is English club Lincoln City FC.

He resides in Amherst with his wife and two daughters, two cats and recently-adopted rescue dog.

You can email Michael at mmroziak@wbfo.org, or follow on Twitter at @MrozWBFO.  
 

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The Buffalo Zoo has introduced Norah Fletchall as its new president and CEO. Among those praising the hire is the woman Fletchall will officially replace next month.

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The group in charge of choosing a site for a new Buffalo train station has recommended the station be built downtown, near the current Exchange Street site.

Supporters of the Central Terminal option, prior to the meeting, suggested the people making the selection already had their minds made up and willingly ignored the overwhelming public support for the East Side site.

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The Buffalo Sabres fired both general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma Thursday, in a stunning move by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.


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It's been a busy week for the information technology department at Erie County Medical Center. Days after an online attack, they're restoring computer services to the hospital.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York State.  A winter storm is moving through much of the upstate region, Hudson Valley and New York City.

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

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Comments made by Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino to a local weekly newspaper have led to widespread condemnation of the controversial developer.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $3.5 million for the final design of the Niagara Gorge Project. 

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A Western New York congressman, who was recently tapped to join President-Elect Donald Trump's transition effort, is downplaying concerns that Trump's trade deal desires might backfire on U.S. manufacturers.

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Erie County's top prosecutor is appealing an appellate court decision that reversed the murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

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Nearly a third of Erie County residents are on Medicaid and the number is rising at an average 4 percent annually, according to the latest numbers from the County's Medicaid Inspector General. The report also shows numbers that contradict what the Inspector General says are some of the misconceptions about Medicaid and who is using it.


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John Flynn will be Erie County's next District Attorney. The Democratic candidate emerged from an early dead heat to defeat Republican Joseph Treanor by 10 percentage points, unofficially.

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From now through New Year's Day, Women and Children's Hospital is asking for donations of new blankets and socks for their young patients.

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Stanford Lipsey, who served as publisher of the Buffalo News for nearly three decades, died Tuesday at the age of 89. Lipsey is being remembered as a community leader, a preservationist and a philanthropist.


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It was supposed to be a sentencing hearing, but instead it turned out to be another change of representation for a Buffalo man facing up to 15 years in prison.

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There was plenty of excitement at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Wednesday morning, as President and CEO Candace Johnson made what she called two "historic" announcements that "represent new hope for patients with lung cancer." The Buffalo-based hospital and research center will become the first such institution in the U.S. to test cancer drugs developed in Cuba.


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Lewiston Police say they have identified the cause of seven people falling ill at the town Post Office Wednesday.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City has announced the arrests of nine people in what it calls the "show-me-the-money culture in Albany." The arrests include a former aide to Governor Cuomo and three executives with local developer LPCiminelli in the Buffalo Billion federal probe. 

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A Buffalo Common Council member has joined the ranks of those conducting a silent protest during a traditional national recognition. Masten District representative Ulysses Wingo raised his first during the Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's Council meeting.


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A woman and her young son were discovered dead inside their Cheektowaga home Thursday evening. The man who had a relationship with the mother is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.


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A traveling project that has collected tens of thousands of stories by everyday people has rolled into Buffalo. StoryCorps's mobile studio is now parked at Canalside and, for the next month, will be welcoming local people from all walks of life to share their stories.


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Day 3 of the tire fire at High Tread International in Lockport. Here's a summary of the latest news from Niagara County:

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Firefighters continued to battle a huge blaze at a tire recycling operation in Lockport which was "contained" as of early Thursday afternoon. City officials said they would determine later in the day whether evacuated residents could return home. Stopping short of confirming it, police acknowledged they are aware of reports of a missing person who may have been on the fire scene.

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An arrest has been made in connection with the fire that destroyed the home of a North Tonawanda firefighter who, just days earlier, had received a threatening, racist note. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Matthew Jurado, appeared in court Friday morning.

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing in relation to a confrontation in a Chippewa Street bar in late June.

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Community Papers of WNY, the owner of 21 weekly newspapers in Western New York, closed Monday. The closure comes about seven months after filing for bankruptcy in December 2015.


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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was handcuffed by Buffalo Police late Friday morning and is facing charges for an alleged confrontation at a downtown bar last month.

   

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A "boil water" advisory is expected to remain in effect until at least Friday in numerous municipalities affected by Wednesday night's water main break in the Town of Amherst. Meanwhile, concerns were raised about the Erie County Water Authority's communication amidst the break.


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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday formally and unanimously voted down James Michel as a candidate for Central Police Services Commissioner. His candidacy was already derailed earlier in the day, when the Erie County Executive withdrew his appointment of Michel following the revelation of a report detailing a pattern of abusive and hostile language against a female subordinate.


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Whether it was local elected officials, leaders in the faith community, retired law enforcers or other everyday people, Western New Yorkers reacting to this week's events in Baton Rouge, suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas are calling for renewed conversation and respect. 

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