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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This year's annual Artie Awards were so successful as a fundraiser for Erie County Medical Center's Immunodeficiency Services Department, the money raised was double last year's.

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If you use Delaware Park, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy wants to hear what you would like to see done - or undone - to the park.

Center for Health, Environment & Justice

It was 40 years ago this week when federal officials declared the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, NY a disaster area. In the first of a series of "Reporter's Notebook" stories reflecting on behind the scenes of that infamous period in Western New York history, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with Morning Host Jay Moran about covering the story for the former Courier-Express newspaper.


A new mashup of 47 studies of diabetes and cancer covering more than 19 million patients finds a seriously higher risk of developing cancer among diabetics, especially type 2 diabetics. It also finds diabetic women are much more likely to develop cancer than diabetic men.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

The United States and Canada have nearly 4,000 miles of border, spanning from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans.  And Canada's consul-general believes the two longtime friendly nations can work out the trade and immigration issues fueling the current spat between the nations' leaders.

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With the India Cummings death shifting toward a criminal investigation, a crowd turned out Thursday night in the Delavan Grider Community Center to discuss the case.

University at Buffalo

A University at Buffalo researcher will be a key figure, as Albany looks into legal marijuana for adults.

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The Pierce-Arrow complex in North Buffalo is a familiar site to area residents, a symbol of a luxury car company that went away in the Great Depression. Now, remnants of the plant are being re-purposed by developers for housing and the Elmwood Avenue landmark is getting what may be the area's largest geothermal energy system.


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It's the law of unintended consequences: the rising price of gasoline means sales tax collections are up across New York State - and quite noticeably in Erie County.

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An unidentified man was killed Wednesday afternoon in the Metro Rail tunnel between the Summer-Best Station and Utica Station.

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Buffalo's budget needs led to a tax on tickets sold for most of the city's entertainment venues. However, the tax is in the city budget, but has yet to take effect.

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The New York State Health Department took its cancer study into the field Tuesday night, to the Delavan-Grider Community Center - in the middle of Western New York's cancer hot zone.

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After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments - but are they really?

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

What changes do residents want for Buffalo's Olmsted Parks? That was the question asked Monday night, with the goal of having a five-year capital plan of improvements ready by May 2019.

Total Wrecking and Environment

It is a name you have probably heard, but may not know much about. Henry Wells is the Wells of of Wells Fargo. In 1852, he and William Fargo co-founded what is now a multinational financial services company. Wells may have a home on a former industrial complex Rich Products wants to knock down - and because of that, a demolition request has stalled before the city Preservation Board.


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Many Buffalo neighborhoods are quieter Monday and their gardeners relaxing, after thousands of people toured yards during this weekend's 24th Annual GardenWalk Buffalo.

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The public fight over the 2016 death of India Cummings moved to the steps of City Hall Thursday, as activists increase their calls for criminal prosecutions.

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The Erie County Legislature voted 10-1 Thursday to appoint former Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones to the Erie County Water Authority board. Jones, a Republican, is the third Amherst attorney to be on the three-member board. Meanwhile, five lawmakers failed - by one vote - to fire ECWA Board Chairman Jerome Schad.

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If you look at local job ads, there are usually pages of open jobs but an acute shortage of people with needed skills. The Northland Workforce Training Center is ramping up its recruitment for skills training.

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For many residents of Buffalo, the NASCAR-like driving of too many motorists is a continuing aggravation or danger on residential streets. One summertime solution is speedhumps, but the city has only nine of them.

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A liquor store proposed for the old location Gigi's restaurant on Buffalo's East Side will have to find a new place to open, after neighborhood opposition killed the project.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers are very critical of how the Kensington Expressway looks within city limits - the grass, weeds and trees. One word used to describe the roadsides and ramps was "jungle."

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Erie County will soon have one-half mile less road in its 1,200-mile highway inventory and the Village of Williamsville will have an additional one-half mile of sharply improved highway.

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Here's what we know: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants Tonawanda Coke to shut down because of persistent air pollution problems. What we don't know is if the plant will shut down Aug. 4 or if an appeal will keep it open.

University of Oxford

Around 1 billion people routinely take an aspirin tablet to help prevent strokes and heart attacks. New research suggests one dosage doesn't fit all.

McKinley High School

Buffalo Public Schools are moving forward on efforts to improve sports in the school system, especially trying to make sure student athletes have the grades and game performance to be open to college scholarships.

Unions have been sounding the alarm since the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that public employees can stop paying union dues while retaining many of the benefits from collective bargaining. An anti-union group is sounding its own alarm among New York's public employees.

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For two-and-a-half years, the death of India Cummings has  raised questions. Cummings died after spending 17 days at the Erie County Holding Center. Thursday brought another protest outside the Holding Center, in the wake of a state report that said homicide should be listed as the woman's cause of death.

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Buffalo Public Schools are strengthening one of the best city schools, by extending the connection between Leonardo da Vinci High School and D'Youville College. Da Vinci is being made more of a health sciences school by offering D'Youville college-credit courses.

Uniland Development

Some of the Elmwood Village's most prominent development critics backed a Gates Circle project Wednesday, resulting in a Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

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