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

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Switch hitters aren't uncommon in baseball but switch pitchers are very rare. In fact, the rules have been changed Pat Venditte, the Buffalo Bisons pitcher who will need to inform the batter which hand he will use.

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It's an attempt to create a "Culture of Literacy," as Buffalo schools race to have every student coming up to fourth grade reading proficiently.

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Developers of Queen City Landing want to open late next year, renting out 197 apartment units on a site sticking out into the Outer Harbor. It was once the site of the Freezer Queen plant.

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The head of the FBI says the fight against terror is changing but remains a threat. James Comey made those comments during Monday's visit to Buffalo.

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Once the weather clears, road crews will be busy around Erie County. Highway officials say this relatively mild winter means a chance to dig into the backlog of repairs and make some progress in shortening that list, also easier now because hot asphalt plants are starting up.

New York State has courts, lots and lots of courts, some times a confusing mix with one case being handled in different courts. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Elizabeth Kraengel is here, talking about how those courts mix together and unpacking some of the differences.

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As city of Buffalo's eighth graders are trying to decide where they will go to high school, the Buffalo Public School District will be show-casing five new choices Saturday morning in Bennett High School.

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Cornell University is celebrating the 70th anniversary of opening the Buffalo office of its School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

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The role of parents in the Buffalo school system was on the table again last night. The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization told the board parents shouldn't be punished for opting-out of tests for their children.

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Local Democrats are getting two bites of the political apple this week, with campaign visits from Bill Clinton Tuesday and Hillary Clinton on Friday.

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Whenever police are asked about where illegal guns come from, they talk about them coming in from other states with limited or no sales restrictions or sales at gun shows. They also talk about guns stolen after deaths or when the owner is in a hospital or nursing home. Now there is a push to make sure unguarded guns become guarded.

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Buffalo has been issued a $1 million rebate on its street light payments to National Grid, the latest stage in a fight that has been going on for several years.

Buffalo's City Hall will be getting a massive upgrade in security, from metal detectors to a network of perhaps 100 surveillance cameras.

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A delegation from Dong Nai Province in Vietnam is touring Western New York, looking for information on agriculture in the Empire State, opportunities for Vietnamese students in East Coast schools and promoting investment and tourism in the Southeast Asian country.

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Apartment tenants are increasingly looking for parking spaces other than in a large lot where their cars can be covered with winter snow. That demand is leading to a surge in construction of indoor parking spaces.

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There's an increasing interest in registered nursing. Daemen College in Amherst is reporting waiting lists to get into its program.

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The Dyngus Day Parade may be this afternoon, but the partying started yesterday.

There are students who are trans-gender in schools around Western New York and some districts and parents are struggling to deal with that. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about the law and the rules covering these students.

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Even when lots of new jobs are created, the poor have difficulty finding jobs. A panel discussion last night at Buffalo State College said in order for that to change, the way people are hired also has to change.

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The former Freezer Queen building on Buffalo's Outer Harbor that was going to be converted into luxury apartments, will instead be demolished to make way for a new 23-story high rise if  revised plans by developer Gerry Buchheit are approved.

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The corner deli is a fact of life in cities, but so are complaints about those delis, especially on Buffalo's East Side. A meeting at Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services brought together both sides in this long-running fight to talk about the problems.

Service members and their families will soon have a place to relax while waiting for flights at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. A group of veterans plans to open the Western New York Freedom Lounge around May 1.

It's a little-known designation, a Ramsar site, but it's coveted because the 2,200 around the globe are among the most important waterways in the world. Supporters want the Niagara River added to that list.

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National and local leaders of the Kingsmen motorcycle club are being charged with using violence and murder to protect an array of criminal enterprises. A two-year probe growing out of the execution-style murders of two members of the club has led to 16 members of the group being indicted.

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A tiny vacant lot at Linwood and Delavan remains the subject of a fight, as the owner pushes to build on the site. The matter was reviewed at Monday's meeting of  the city Planning Board.

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Masten District voters have a chance this week to choose how $150,000 in city money is spent, in a test of what's called Participatory Budgeting.

Officials with UB athletics believe the NCAA tournament appearances by their men's and women's basketball teams are providing a glimpse to the future success of sports at the university.

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Senator Charles Schumer remains hopeful that his Senate colleagues will move forward with the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

Between 70,000 and 80,000 people gathered in downtown Buffalo for the official St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday afternoon.