Mike Desmond

Reporter

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. He also hosts “You and the Law,” a popular segment that involves interviews with local lawyers. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.

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WBFO's Mike Desmond

The state attorney general has taken over the investigation of a Sunday afternoon incident that left a suspect dead and a Buffalo Police officer wounded.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

With the Erie County Sheriff's Department and Seneca Nation marshals working together, a three-time convicted drug dealer was busted Monday and charged with supplying residents of the nation's Cattaraugus Territory.

TM Montante

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday cleared the way for construction of another building on the former site of the old Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For the fishing and tourism Village of Olcott on the Lake Ontario shore, Sunday was an opportunity to recover from the terrible weather of recent weeks.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A Buffalo police officer was shot and another officer injured Sunday during a violent confrontation that left a man dead.


St. Louis Roman Catholic Church

St. Louis Roman Catholic Church officials are caught between wanting to improve access to the historic church's basement and Buffalo Preservation Board requests to not be so visually blatant about it.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Seneca Gaming showed off its $40 million latest addition to the Buffalo Creek Casino, part of $200 million poured into the facility that was started when the neighborhood was bare, with more to come.

Nick Lippa

Erie County legislators want the start of ride-hailing moved up, to make for a better and safer Fourth of July.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

If you head east on Broadway from downtown Buffalo, you won't go very far before you see a very large tract of green grass on your left. That seemingly open land near an old theater may be the eventual home of 189  housing units.

Photo from the NCCC website.

Hours before the Niagara County Community College was slated to fire him, college president James Klyczek notified the college board he was retiring, effective immediately. The board of trustees appointed Academic Affairs Vice President Luba Chliwniak as officer-in-charge for up to 90 days.


Lackawanna Fire Department

Erie County Sheriff's Department fire investigators have been brought in to probe two Lackawanna fires in a building owned by a local mosque.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has long been renowned for its collection of modern art, both purchased in the art market and donated by artists and gallery benefactors like John Albright and Seymour Knox Jr. Gallery Director Janne Siren announced Tuesday that the collection is expanding again with an amazing gift.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

John Hockenberry of The Takeaway hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios. The conversation touched upon a number of subjects, though the centerpiece highlighted Buffalo's long relationship with immigration.


Watts Architecture and Engineering

Buffalo's Planning Board on Monday removed the last barrier to starting a major piece of the city's Northland Corridor, approving a series of demolitions and renovation of 683 Northland.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is a new version of a proposed development at Forest and Elmwood avenues, with developer Chason Affinity cutting its proposal substantially to deal with community anger and Buffalo's new Green Code rules.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Newspapers don't invent news, but there are people out there that post fake news. That was the topic Monday night from two experts speaking at Canisius College Monday evening.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Planning for an extension of the Metro Rail line into Amherst is going to be on the drawing board for a long, long time. It will be years before the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority can ask for construction money.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Islam and Muslims often don't get a fair shot in the media and there are a lot of reasons for it, according to to panelists who gathered Sunday for a discussion in Amherst.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County's election-year budget is not due until the middle of October, but the quest to include some money in that budget for arts and culturals brought out around 70 agencies Thursday to the WNED|WBFO studios.

BRD Construction

Another of downtown Buffalo's classic old brick business buildings is going to be turned into apartments for the neighborhood's new residents.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo Public Schools are looking at a budget for next year with a lot more spending than revenue. This comes as the schools are expecting an increase in aid.

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Board of Education is suing Johns Hopkins University over fallout from the less than two years the Baltimore university was running two city high schools.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should not be interested in a Canalside Amtrak station, but in developing what is already on the drawing board, like a residential neighborhood. That is from Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblymember Sean Ryan.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

It might be 2027 before you can buy a ticket to ride the Metro Rail out to the University at Buffalo's North Campus - and even longer before you can head out to a job in the Crosspoint Business Park, where Millersport Highway and the I-990 meet.  That was the message Monday evening at a public forum organized by Citizens for regional Transit.

Campaign for Greater Buffalo

With a state-appointed committee due to decide Thursday where a new city passenger train station should be located, a highly visible preservationist is arguing the new station should be in downtown Buffalo on Washington Street just south of Exchange Street.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

As the new University at Buffalo Medical School nears completion in downtown Buffalo, one of the related projects is becoming more obvious. That is the tunnel which will eventually run through the building, connecting Allentown and the Fruit Belt.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For decades, the Seneca Theatre, located at Seneca and Cazenovia streets, has been a symbol of what South Buffalo was. The building is deteriorated and the actual theater space was torn down to make way for a parking lot. However, the community is looking forward to a $9 million rebirth.


WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The state budget struggle in Albany is high political theater, with the legendary "three men in a room" fighting over where the money goes and what it all means to the future of New York. How was the experience for two new local lawmakers?


National Public Radio

What to do about prostate cancer still revolves around a test developed locally at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as the first stage in possible detection and cure.

National Public Radio File Photo

Anyone who has used DNA family geneology websites, like Ancestry DNA, knows there are a lot of people out there who are genetic relations. That is the root of a new criminal investigative technique.

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