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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For those who live far away from their parents in Western New York, the holiday season can be painful as they return home and see parents who are showing the wear of time.

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There's a little more transparency now in Buffalo City Hall with the Common Council putting its agenda and supporting paperwork online.

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The Erie County Legislature is likely to approve some new controls on pawn shops following a public hearing held Thursday.


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The massive Muller Quaker yogurt plant in Batavia has apparently been sold and has shut down.


It's something which might not have happened in the economically weak Buffalo of a few years ago. Two significant players on the local economic scene have collided over the same property.


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Fans and players of the Buffalo Bills from two decades ago relived the four years of ecstasy and agony Wednesday night, as a standing-room only crowd packed the North Park Theatre to see "Four Falls of Buffalo."


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With the Paris Climate Summit underway, a local climate summit was held Tuesday night in the Buffalo Science Museum to talk about climate change and climate action in Western New York.


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Buffalo officials say they are ready for winter. New equipment has been purchased based on the lessons learned from last year's major "Snowvember" storm.


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A complicated plan involving land purchases and sales, development of current park land and potentially a new state park took its first baby step Monday night before the Amherst Town Board.


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The State Troopers union is pushing for more manpower and better weapons for the officers in the field. State Senator and former Trooper and Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan says it may happen in the new state budget.

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Plans for a bridge linking Buffalo's Inner and Outer Harbors are still on hold, with no clear timetable as to when it might change.


Most people have their lives somewhere in their computers, whether it's personal messages, pictures of relatives or messages from the pension fund. On this week's edition of You & The Law, Surrogate Judge Barbara Howe says there is a problem if something changes.


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Every day, an increasing number of new Americans from nations and geographic areas and language groups walk into the court buildings in downtown Buffalo and come to grips with the legal system, often from countries with no functioning legal system or one which they say can't be trusted.


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Increasingly, the people coming into our courts reflect the changing face of America and of Western New York. They include people from across the world, some of whom speak languages which don't even exist in a written form but are in our community and in our schools.


Bankruptcy started as a way for a person to re-start financially, to erase debts.

Another project spinning off from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is working its way through the development process.


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While attendance has been an issue in Buffalo Public Schools for years, there is increasing concern about the inability of students to learn if they don't show up for class.

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If the city is to have a Green Code to control future development, the Community Action Organization is arguing there should be an Energy Code to make sure current housing is energy-efficient.


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While most of the Erie County Legislature's public hearing on County Executive Poloncarz' budget proposal revolved around the mass of cultural agencies and their county grants, the meeting was dominated by the burgeoning crisis of fatal drug overdoses.


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Former Peace Corps volunteers broke Thanksgiving bread Sunday night with the refugees living in the shelter Vive.


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With increasing concern about street crime and school attendance, some Common Council members are once again considering daytime curfews in the City of Buffalo. 


Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house.

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With the national debate over bringing Syrian immigrants to this country heating up, it's also heating up in Erie County.


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Retired Congressman John LaFalce used a series of photographs with six presidents as a framework to talk Thursday night about life, politics, presidents and policy during a presentation at Daemen College.


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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash now has his hand-picked team running the school system. The appointments, however, stirred some controversy at Wednesday night's school board meeting.


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A gubernatorial task force was told Wednesday that Common Core can work. There was less certainty regarding the level of testing connected with the standards.


Buffalo is the setting for a new collection of fictional short stories about crimes and criminals. Buffalo Noir includes works from Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Tom Fontana, and others. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with co-editor Ed Park about the book, which was released earlier this month. 


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Members of the Council's Legislation Committee were told Tuesday of the problems of thinly-staffed hospitals and what it means for patients. The session was part of a push for Albany to mandate staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes.


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Buffalo Meteorologist in Charge Jason Franklin believes local weather forecasters do a really good job most of the time, anticipating what Mother Nature throws at Western New York in the winter.


Ellicott Development currently operates eight hotels and is planning more. The latest project would be located near Franklin and Tupper in downtown Buffalo.


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