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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Kevin Dillon, a former judge, district attorney and prominent criminal defense lawyer, died after a long and debilitating illness. He was 65. 

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Mercy Flight will be ending ground ambulance service in Springville and Concord at noon.

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Amherst residents packed the Town Board chamber last night to hear what government is doing about the heroin and prescription drug crisis in the town.

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Albany will be funding construction projects at Coca Cola Field and for Johnnie B. Wiley on the site of the old War Memorial Stadium in the city of Buffalo.

Following a holiday season shutdown, work is re-starting on the Gateway project at the Peace Bridge.

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The Common Council reorganized Monday to start the year and kept everyone in the same offices.

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The design may have changed again but the opposition hasn't and that's creating problems for the planned Canterbury Woods project at Gates Circle.

Erie Community College is returning to its roots in technical training.

A local developer wants to utilize four vacant at the corner of Jefferson and Broadway, offering a sign that economic resurgence may be coming to the East Side.

Pizza is a very competitive business and a South Buffalo pizza landmark is expanding its complex to add sit-down dining and perhaps 50 employees.

Not all people go into their weddings blinded by romance and love.

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When First Amherst Development began to convert the old Elk Terminal to apartments in 2003, there wasn't much in that Old First Ward neighborhood. Now, it's adding 23 more units.

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After more than five hours of discussion, the Chautauqua Institution board voted Wednesday to demolish and replace its historic amphitheater.

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Have you ever at the last minute dodged a bicyclist without reflective clothing on a bike without lights or reflectors? Go Bike Buffalo has two state grants to do something about that.

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There's been a major step forward in efforts to redevelop the former AM&A's department store in Downtown Buffalo.

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Sometime today, members of the Board at the Chautauqua Institution are expected to make a decision on plans to replace the historic Amphitheater with a 21st Century duplicate.

For decades, the byline "by Phil Ranallo" was a fixture on the sports pages of the old Buffalo Courier-Express newspaper. Now, Phil Ranallo's son, Paul, has culled what he considers some of his father's best columns for a new book called "What's New Harry? The Best of Buffalo Courier-Express Columnist Phil Ranallo."

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The city of Buffalo Planning  Board has given its approval for a warehouse that will supply materials to SolarCity.

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The celebration of Kwanzaa is in full swing. Monday is day three, know as Ujima or collective work and responsibility.

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A UB researcher is reporting some success in helping people who want to quit abuse of prescription drugs by increasing their motivation.

When Congress is divided up in 2022, New York is probably going to lose another congressional seat. It's another reminder that the Empire State may be growing, but it isn't growing as fast as some other states.

Albany says its online registration system for medical marijuana is ready. However, many have questions about how the system will actually work.

A private deal between the Seneca Nation and Ellicott Development has cleared the way for sale of two city streets and a city agency building while maintaining access to a Seneca casino building.

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Families had a chance Tuesday night to remember relatives and friends who have been victims of violence in the 12th annual Tree of Life event at True Bethel Baptist Church.

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With a new science building almost ready to start construction and a major reconstruction of another building for more science programs at ECC North, the college is shifting attention to programs for the City Campus.

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Solar panel installations will get another five-years of tax credit under the massive tax and spending bill approved in Congress last week. Proponents say the move will benefit the region's economy.

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The carolers were at Canalside Sunday to entertain and to pitch to passersby for support of a plan to buy a historic carousel made in North Tonawanda.

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Hundreds of area skiers and snow boarders had their first runs of the season yesterday, as Holiday Valley opened some of its slopes.

The northbound lanes of the Interstate 190 near the Peace Bridge will be closed on Sunday morning for the installation of new cross-border power lines.

If you want to sue after an auto accident, it can get complicated very fast. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Howard Cohen talks about the knowledge a lawyer brings to the table when talking about a possible lawsuit.