Mike Desmond


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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Buffalo Common Council members aren't happy about plans for a major expansion of the drug treatment program in Hispanics United on Virginia Street.

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The largest collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia is now at the Buffalo History Museum, following the donation of Greg Tranter's personal collection.

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As rural roads and bridges continue to crumble, local officials seek ways to fund much-needed projects.

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Saying that it has too many bases, the Pentagon is suggesting that some should be closed. However, there is pressure in Congress against closing any bases, like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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With the rising death toll from drug overdoses, researchers and doctors are looking for different ways to get people to kick the drug habit. Some are reporting short-term success with a new drug treatment that is blocking the high of drugs like heroin.

After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.

This week's edition of You & The Law looks at an obscure corner of the legal system: Good Samaritan Laws and how Albany had to pass laws allowing people to help others in difficult situations. Our guest is attorney Kevin Mahoney.

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Buffalo voters go to the polls May 3 to pick the district members of the school board. However, in many cases, they still do not know who will be the candidates in particular districts because the process continues.

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Erie County's Pawn Shop Law is moving into implementation, as law enforcers seek to use the new law to control sales of stolen merchandise to support drug habits or crime habits.

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It was 4/20 Wednesday, bringing supporters of legalized marijuana out to Delaware Park's Hoyt Lake for a pro-cannabis event.

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Hillary Clinton struggled to win the local vote, but the former New York senator ended up winning big across most of the state in Tuesday's primary.  After some tense moments, when the vote tallies appeared decided, Democratic headquarters was filled with excitement from party leaders who strongly supported Clinton.

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With more and more older buildings being converted to housing, adaptive reuse of structures originally built as factories, warehouses or electrical substations, architects have to deal with noise issues.

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump spoke in front of 11,400 people at Buffalo's First Niagara Center Monday night, in a large rally on the eve of New York's primary election.

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Computers and the web have become integral in the modern school classroom. For Buffalo students, the problem is that many don't have computers and don't have web access at home.

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On the eve of the New York primary, presidential campaigns continue to make their way to Buffalo.

Some times the goal in winning a lawsuit isn't just to get money but also to create change in society or in life or even on the job. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Nicholas Romano talks about lawsuits for change.

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Just as the busy travel season begins, two big bridges have major construction underway. The Peace Bridge continues building ramps to the Niagara section of  the Thruway while work gets underway at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

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The Erie County Legislature has approved  County Executive Poloncarz' plan to deal with the county's burgeoning death toll for opioid use and addiction.

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A City Honors fight over volunteer softball coaches brought angry players and parents to the school board meeting Wednesday night.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash's ambitious plans to improve city schools may be cut back as the school district deals with yet another anticipated budget deficit.

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Parking problems continue in the city's Fruit Belt as workers from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continue the hunt for free parking.

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A Buffalo councilmember says he's getting complaints about a hookah lounge. The business was the site of an apparent shooting early Sunday morning.

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An estimated 8,000 people gave Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders an enthusiastic welcome on the University at Buffalo's North Campus Monday evening. But first, the U.S. Senator from Vermont took time to address an estimated 3,000 people who couldn't get inside Alumni Arena.

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The sagging Canadian dollar is apparently good for Canadian tourism as stronger currencies like the U.S. dollar let tourists get bargains in everything from hotel rooms to that new outlet mall in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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After years of talk, the Peace Bridge Authority is opening its renovated and expanded Customs warehouse on the U.S. plaza.

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Dozens of area residents showed up at Noor Mosque in Getzville Sunday night to talk to local Muslim leaders and learn about Islam. Organizers wanted a chance to explain their religion to co-workers, neighbors and friends.

If you are in an auto accident, you may start worrying about paying the medical bills before you arrive at the hospital. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Leonard Zaccagnino talks about how those bills are paid.

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Hillary Clinton expressed her faith in Buffalo's future and took some credit for helping spur the city's economic rebound while serving as a U.S. Senator while making a campaign push in downtown Buffalo Friday.

Despite the recent gloomy weather, the focus at Canalside is considerably brighter. On Wednesday officials discussed the summer, sales and job opportunities.

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump bring his high-profile presidential campaign to Buffalo's First Niagara Center on Sunday, April 17.