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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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. 

While DNA is the lodestone for crime stories on TV shows, it isn't always in real life. That's what attorney Florina Altshiler is talking about on this week's You & The Law, that DNA isn't always key in sexual assault cases.

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UB's men's basketball team fought the good fight Thursday night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Providence before falling to the Miami Hurricanes, 79-72.

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There may be fewer sewer overflows in times of heavy rains this summer in the Southtowns. That positive development will follow the completion of upgrades to the county's sewer treatment plant.

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Local company BAK USA will be building a corporate computer tablet in Buffalo while using its new marketing affiliation with Microsoft.

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Western New Yorkers will be dealing with that rarest of political prizes in the State Legislature: an open seat following Senator Marc Panepinto's decision to not run for a second term.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto will not seek re-election in the 60th District, even after securing the Democratic Party's endorsement for another term.

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Catholic bishops from across New York are gathering in Albany today, for meetings with the governor and legislative leaders. 

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Monday night provided double the excitement for local college basketball fans. The women's teams from St. Bonaventure and UB learned where they were heading in the NCAA basketball tournament.

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Three teenagers were among four people who were shot, one fatally, in two separate incidents in Buffalo over the weekend. Buffalo police say they are making some progress and the two shootings may be related.


The first day of the annual Catholic Charities went by Sunday with drive officials saying they are seeing signs the local economic resurgence is also showing up in gifts to the drive.

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On Thursday, UB's men's basketball team makes its second straight appearance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, playing Miami in Providence.

It's worth your while to understand your Medicare coverage and rehab coverage because it's not as simple as saying Medicare covers hospital stays. That's our topic on this week's edition of You & The Law, with attorney Kelly Barrett explaining the rules and the problems.


Federal Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will be in Buffalo Tuesday, speaking to a meeting on job training and minority job placement in Bennett High School. The local native is being spoken about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton.

All new LED streetlights have been installed in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

For many people, these remain hard times and they can potentially lose their homes or need bankruptcy for a financial life line. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Keisha Williams is talks about what legal help is out there.

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Factions in the Erie County Legislature are arguing over how to do something about the problem of sports concussions among young people.

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The North Park Theater was packed Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. The meeting was sponsored by Save the Michaels of the World, an organization formed to deal with the over-prescription of drugs following the death of 21-year-old Michael Israel.

The entire community benefits when immigrants are given help learning English, and are able to advance their education and move into the job market. That was the message delivered at a Language Access town hall meeting the Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.