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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What is the future of research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute without federal cash to pay for the research? That is the question proposed cuts by the Trump Administration has raised.

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The state treasury has  $14.5 billion of someone else's money, potentially your money. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is trying to give it back.


Erie County District Attorney's Office

A 17-year-old Marilla resident was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with murder, charged with killing a 2-year-old boy he was babysitting.

LAA Long Associates Architects

Despite complaints from some that two proposed buildings on Jefferson Avenue violated the spirit and the letter of Buffalo's new Green Code, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday approved zoning variances to allow the $20 million mixed-use project.

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What started out as a routine escort of a college basketball team from Buffalo Niagara International Airport turned into a desperate race to Erie County Medical Center to save the life of a nearly frozen infant.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For nearly seven years, a block on Allegany Avenue in Kenmore has been centered on a burned-out shell of a house. However, on Tuesday, the Buffalo Erie Niagara County Land Improvement Corporation cut the ribbon on a complete re-build of the house and prepares to put it on the market.

Shea's Performing Arts Center

A combination of classics and new tours add up to a big year for Shea's Performing Arts Center's fall season.

LAA Long Associates Architects

As development spreads across Buffalo, improvements and developments are showing up in areas long off the construction radar. One project planning 84 apartments with retail space may go in along Jefferson Avenue, north from what is now the Johnnie B. Wiley complex.

As the death toll rises, what to do about the continuing opioid epidemic? That was the question Monday night at Williamsville's Hyatt Place.

Bak USA

Bak USA is expanding its production facilities in downtown Buffalo to meet increasing demands for the company's computers.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public Schools are grappling with bad grades. The issue goes beyond the standard problems of scores on state standardized tests. Officials want to understand why so many city students are getting extremely poor marks on their report cards each marking period.


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With the uncertainty in the health care industry over Obamacare, the majority leader of the Erie County Legislature says this is not the time for Erie County Medical Center to be borrowing $100 million.

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There's another fight brewing over a decaying Buffalo building. While it may be one of the oldest surviving structures in the city, the building currently features boarded up windows.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

International Women's Day protestors marched from Buffalo City Hall to Tupper Street Wednesday, seeking a variety of legal changes and more equality in hiring and promotions.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo Public Schools are considering starting up an all-male school to deal with academic achievement problems.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo's homegrown computer maker showed off its new expansion and manufacturing operation on Buffalo's East Side on Tuesday. Bak USA headquarters continues to expand in Compass East, on the site of the old Sheehan Hospital.

Buffalo Police will be going into harm's way a little better armed and a little better protected, after Tuesday's action by the Common Council.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Across Western New York, the list of plants that have closed is very long and getting longer. Those were good jobs and many paid well, well enough to support making life and a family possible. Tulip Molded Plastics just opened a newly renovated plant in Niagara Falls that is keeping its current workforce but finding it difficult to find more employees.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

As the sky darkened into evening, names rang out in front of Old Erie County Hall. They were the names of those who have died in the area's opioids epidemic, read during a memorial to help their families deal with death.

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Three young men were shot in a drive-by Monday afternoon at Genesee Street and Eller Avenue.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

While there are major housing development projects going on in downtown Buffalo and along the city's Elmwood Strip, churches like True Bethel are developing their own neighborhoods.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Now there is a race for Buffalo mayor, as city Comptroller Mark Schroeder official threw his name into the mix Sunday. He will challenge Mayor Byron Brown in the September primary and possibly in November.

WBFO File Photo

Not only did Trico ship its iconic windshield wipers to customers from its plant on Washington Street, it also left behind some serious environmental problems. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is studying a cleanup plan from developer Krog.

Ciminelli Real Estate

It wasn't a comfortable room for developers of a planned project for the corner of Elmwood and Potomac Thursday night. Ciminelli Real Estate presented the latest version of its Reverie project to Elmwood Village residents steadfast in their opposition to the development.


Young + Wright Architectural

A symbol of Buffalo's industrial past will survive, as a one-time malting factory on Elk Street starts getting new uses as office and possibly residential and commercial space.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For well over a century, Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation and its predecessors have been on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls. The company is now in a $12 million new plant using old plastics to make new molded plastics.

City of Buffalo

Buffalo's Common Council is again grappling with the issue of landmarking buildings around the city, entangled with a court case last year.

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The Common Council is looking at how to regulate and possibly tax home-sharing computer apps like Airbnb.


Tommaso Briatico

There's going to be more renovation of Main Street's 500 block in Downtown Buffalo, a block of deteriorating buildings best known for decades as one where little happened.


Erie County will see this spring if a major sewer project in the South Towns will alleviate sewage-based pollution flowing through Woodlawn Beach.


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