Michael Mroziak

Reporter

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a 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 (1992-2000), after which he worked for the former WNED-AM (2000-2003) and later as a producer for WIVB-TV (2006-2008). 

After spending a brief period of time in public relations and marketing, Michael returned to news media in September 2010, joining WBFO as a part-time reporter in its final year and a half at the University at Buffalo. He also worked as a freelance contributor for the 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 for two years as the sports editor for the Niagara Gazette (2013 to 2015), Michael rejoined WBFO. 

He 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, enjoyed a role as a semi-official "must stop" on Election Night.

Outside of the newsroom, Michael serves as play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres (Ontario Junior Hockey League) for HockeyTV.com. He also sits on the advisory board for the Niagara Power, an amateur club which competes in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Other hobbies include enjoying British comedies (he owns an extensive collection of vintage Goon Show episodes), listening to "prog rock" music and appreciating local history.

Michael resides in Amherst with his wife, two daughters, two cats and adopted rescue dog. 

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

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The son and nephew of Western New York developer Robert Morgan, as well as two Buffalo-area men, have been charged in what the U.S. Attorney’s office calls a "multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme."


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Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo is accusing the Poloncarz Administration of a continued lack of cooperation in providing information that, he says, is needed if lawmakers are to vote on a request for more money for an expanded future convention center study.


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A woman in her 60s was struck and killed while walking on Hertel Avenue Friday morning by a Buffalo police officer responding to a call.

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Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

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A group known as Buffalo Transit Riders United is pushing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to give riders more of a voice in policy decision making.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and city officials had a message to residents, as they provided an update on snow clearing efforts: thank you. Honoring winter parking rules, Brown said, was one of the factors that helped streets crews get main and secondary thoroughfares ready for the Friday morning commute, following about a foot of snow that fell in the Queen City overnight.

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More than 18,000 National Grid customers and 7,000 NYSEG customers were without power across Western New York late Friday morning.

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Days after a local Catholic priest admitted to the Buffalo News he had sexual encounters with dozens of teenage boys, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse.


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Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger was arraigned Monday in Albany on charges of rape and criminal sexual act for an alleged encounter with a female county employee at a hotel.

Amazon has released its short list of 20 candidates for its second North American headquarters and a joint bid submitted by Buffalo and Rochester is not on the list. Toronto did make the cut, the only Canadian city to do so.


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Western New York is remembering Irv Weinstein, the iconic newsman who anchored Channel 7 newscasts for more than 30 years. He died Tuesday afternoon at age 87, according to WKBW-TV.

A "Black Lives Matter" sign featured at the front entrance of a Williamsville church has been vandalized.

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Buffalo Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened outside an Allentown bar early Friday morning.

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Sam Hoyt, who suddenly resigned his position as regional president of Empire State Development on Monday, reportedly paid a state employee last year to silence her as she pursued an official complaint against him.

He was remembered as a man who lived by the values of his careers in the military and Buffalo Police Department. And as one of those speaking at his funeral put it, Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner is a hero not because of how he died but because of how he lived.


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A massive search effort was set to continue overnight for a Buffalo Police diver missing in the waters of the Niagara River. 

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The former South Junior High School in Niagara Falls is being transformed into a mixed-use space known as Niagara City Lofts.

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Admitting that enrollment is down and that they're facing competition from other local colleges and New York State's Excelsior tuition program, Canisius College is lowering its cost for full-time undergraduates next academic year.


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It is proving to be a busy year for the Buffalo-Niagara film industry. Three major productions are currently shooting scenes in the area and a highly anticipated movie filmed at several local sites will be released next month.

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The president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation says visitors to Buffalo's Canalside will soon see noticeable progress in the construction of a highly-anticipated venue.


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Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announced Tuesday morning that 124 people were arrested in a string of raids over a 28-day period. The effort to nab these suspects, said Derenda and others, were made possible through partnership among several law enforcement agencies as well as the community.

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The Erie County District Attorney announced Tuesday that a Buffalo Police officer faces charges, including assault, in connection with an arrest earlier this year during which the defendant was injured.


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Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Bills, will formally welcome the football team's new general manager on Friday. The day before, the Pegulas did the same for their hockey team, the Sabres, as they introduced newly-hired Jason Botterill as that franchise's GM.


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SolarCity, which is moving forward with plans to open its massive solar panel factory in Buffalo's Riverbend neighborhood, is reportedly under investigation by federal regulators over customer contract cancellations.

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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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