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 Police should be out stopping speeders and making sure drivers stop at stop signs. That from Common Council members in response to an infant's traffic death.

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The mysterious death of India Cummings in the Erie County Holding Center became very clear to rush hour traffic Tuesday night. Nearly two dozen protestors walked up Court Street to Niagara Square tangling and then stalling traffic.

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The SolarCity complex in South Buffalo is getting intense attention from the Buffalo Fire Department, looking for safety in construction and operation in the future.

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Another phase of the long effort to turn Scajaquada Creek back into a clean waterway from the eastern end of Erie County to the Niagara River is getting near.

Congressman Brian Higgins is raising doubts about a Washington plan to start asking visitors to this country about their social media accounts.

There's a new public art project in a historic section of Buffalo's Waterfront: the Tifft Farm Nature Preserve. Rochester artist Roberley Bell's sculpture and site-specific artwork is buried deep in the preserve's woods.

A soccer complex, retail and public spaces could emerge along Bryant Street in the coming years. The features are part of a $122-million plan for the site of Women & Children's Hospital once its vacated in 2017. Kaleida Health's board of directors favored the proposal in naming Ciminelli Real Estate as the site's designated developer.

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Ten new senior housing units open Thursday in Buffalo's Pratt-Willert community, a project so new that landscaping and installation of new appliances had to stop for Wednesday's ribbon-cutting.

Over the last decade, the charismatic Pastor Dwayne Jones has taken a small and struggling church on Genesee Street and added several additions. Now Mt. Aaron Manor is opening at 528 Genesee, across the parking lot from the church.

Activists went out to Williamsville last night to protest the request of National Fuel to raise its charges for delivering natural gas.

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The Village of Depew might soon have four cell phone towers. The possibility has prompted a major fight in the small village over negotiations with Blue Wireless.

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As immigrants carry their traditions and customs into Buffalo's West Side,  a new cultural mix is emerging. Inside that backdrop, a large white tent featuring an old-fashioned revival and a TV evangelist seems very much in place.


Niagara County residents in need of non-emergency medical care have a new option, as Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center opens evening care hours.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said by the end of next year, his Queen City Landing will be rising 23 stories above Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Buffalo's Common Council approved the long-awaited project Tuesday.

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Construction may have started on the first building on Buffalo's Gates Circle, where Millard Fillmore Hospital used to loom over traffic, but there are a lot of unresolved issues.

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The leaders of the National Hockey League and its teams are in town for the 2016 Draft. When they leave, tourism officials are hoping they leave some green behind.

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The MSG cable network will be featuring more Sabres and Bills programming as Pegula Sports and Entertainment expands its reach.

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It may have rained this week, but that is not expected to have much effect on streams and lawns across the region. Rainfall is more than four inches below normal.

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It was a beautiful weekend for the Juneteenth Festival and the public responded by turning out in large numbers in Martin Luther King Park.

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More progress is being made in the restoration of the historic Statler City building. Construction workers are now taking apart the powered scaffold system on the Delaware Avenue side of the structure where they've been repairing terra cotta elements in the facade.

A lot of sports for young people could be very different in the near future, with a county concussion training mandate expected to come down as early as next week.

Buffalo now has direct plane service to and from Los Angeles, with the first flight out Thursday night and the first flight arriving very early this morning. Some believe the Jet Blue service will be an economic engine for Western New York.

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The changing population of Buffalo's West Side and the Affordable Care Act are leading to a new medical office building on Seventh Street.

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With the nation's worst mass shooting fresh in the the minds of many, local health officials are working to provide understanding on the relationship between gun violence and mental illness.

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Buffalo Common Council members had a busy day Tuesday, dealing with two controversial development projects and new public employee union contracts.

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Community groups are renewing the call for reform inside the county's jail system. A Tuesday rally in downtown Buffalo highlighted the overcrowded  realities at the Erie County Holding Center and the Correctional Facility.

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It is time for building permits and groundbreaking on a new private dorm for Buffalo State students. The new Greenleaf & Co. development will be located on the Grant Street side of the college campus.

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The mass murderer in Orlando was a private security guard for the same company being hired to provide security in Buffalo City Hall.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Niagara Square was packed Monday night as community members mourned those killed in Orlando during the nation's most violent mass shooting.

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For an Allentown Art Festival weekend, it was mostly sunny skies and good crowds. However, festivalgoers could not escape the news from Orlando that a lone shooter had killed dozens and wounded more in a popular gay nightclub.

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As late afternoon darkened toward night Sunday, there were candles lit on the grounds of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo in memory of those murdered in a popular gay club in Orlando.