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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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.

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Buffalo's Women & Children's Hospital will soon be moving from its Elmwood Village location to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

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The push is on to install brighter lights to shine on Niagara Falls.  The move would replace the current lights which are nearly 75-years-old.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says Washington needs to help states tighten the rules against domestic abusers owning guns.

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Erie County's Environment and Planning Department is looking at running a bike path along Route 5 in the front of the old Bethlehem Steel plant site. The first phase would be from the city line with Buffalo to Smokes Creek.

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Two men pleaded innocent yesterday in State Supreme Court to charges growing out of the death of a 16-year-old in a boating incident last June.

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Roadside car service companies were busy in the city's Allentown community Sunday, after the tires of nearly 150 cars were slashed in the early hours.

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Last week, there were a thousand skilled trades workers on site, building the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo. With pink slips issued late last week, there are expected to be fewer workers today.

You may have won a money judgment in court. Can you collect? That's our topic on this week's You & The Law with attorney Diane Tiveron.

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Mayor Paul Dyster says Niagara Falls' years of effort in economic development is showing up across his city. That was the central theme of his State of the City message Thursday evening.

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According to a local expert, Buffalo is one of the worst cities in the country for lead poisoning.

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Bethlehem Steel may have closed its Lackawanna plant 33-years ago, but the city and Albany are still groping for a way to clean and develop the site.

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Tapestry Charter School won't be buying a former city building on the East Side and expanding.

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A hopeful message that progress can be achieved in the battle against gun violence emerged during a Tuesday night meeting in the University district. Panelists say a key is engagement, especially with young people.

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Tapestry Charter School leaders met with unhappy parents Monday evening to discuss plans to move the youngest students to a building over on the East Side to allow expansion.

Concerns over the spread of the Zika virus is changing the way blood banks operate.

New York State voters will be voting more often this year and paying the costs of those votes, as the calendar lines up four different statewide elections.

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Buffalo’s University Heights neighborhood may be a little quieter this weekend, after police busted a notorious party house on major drug charges.

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If UB students want to have fraternities and sororities, they may need to hold them on campus. The Amherst Planning Board last night voted to change town zoning laws to essentially bar off-campus fraternities and sororities.

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Senator Charles Schumer says Congress can reverse the skyrocketing rate of fatal drug overdoses by providing an infusion of funding.

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The city's Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday cleared away another hurdle to Deep South Taco starting a restaurant at Hertel and Starin.

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The renovation of Niagara Street continues. Major work is coming for the section from Porter to Ontario.

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Under a complex agreement, the Ellicott-Goodrich ramp will be replaced with an eight-story, 1,800-car tower. A portion of the potential proceeds from the new facility will benefit neighborhood priorities.

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An outside investigation reports that Niagara University followed appropriate procedures in dealing with  allegations of campus sexual assaults. However, the university is not re-installing the official who lost her position over the controversy. WBFO's Mike Desmond explains.

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In a United States Supreme Court grappling with major issues, like abortion, re-apportionment and high education affirmative action, the death of Justice Antonin Scalia changes things drastically.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in the county.

Love and marriage and the immigration process can be very related.

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Erie County legislators are pondering the future of the county's ban on plastic microbeads used in personal care products that are considered an environmental threat to the Great Lakes. The ban takes effect on Sunday.

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Race relations in America have improved, but they aren't always good. This assessment was provided by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree, who spoke Thursday at the University at Buffalo.