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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For the first time since before the Erie County fiscal collapse of the Red/Green Budget, the county is scheduling another master plan for the county's 38 pieces of parkland.

The Erie County Legislature has voted its approval of the lowest-bid contractor to begin construction on a new STEM Building at ECC's North Campus. Despite lawsuits and some loud opposition over its location, the STEM Building is expected to be open for class in January 2018.

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Protestors packed a conference room in the Central Library Downtown Thursday night to complain about the mysterious death of India Cummings after nearly three weeks in the Holding Center.

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A Black Lives Matter rally was held on Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo's Elmwood Village Wednesday evening.

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What looked like a fairly routine confirmation of a new Erie County commissioner of Central Police Services changed Wednesday. Legal paper work surfaced showing the nominee had been punished in 1999 for sexually-blatant language directed to a female employee of the Lackawanna Police Department.

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Buffalo police are issuing a lot of speeding tickets after Common Council members complained there wasn't enough being done to nail speeders and those who run stop signs.

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People did something very different in Niagara Square Tuesday night—they put away their cell phones and talked to each other. The idea was to work on solving problems through conversations after a recent spate of national violence.

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday cleared the way for a $5 million major medical office building just off Niagara Street on the West Side. However, a well-known developer is concerned it might interfere with his plans just across Seventh Street.

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Another development fight is evolving, this time over a proposed site at Elmwood and Forest. Supporters and opponents packed a public meeting Monday night at Buffalo Seminary.

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It was one of those perfect summer days Sunday, with lots of blue skies, a breeze and lots of hot and cold food along Delaware Avenue and around Niagara Square, as the Taste of Buffalo finished another run.

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A group of local ministers held a vigil Sunday afternoon at Mount Olive Baptist Church on East Delavan. The event focused on last week's violence in which two black men were shot by police officers and  five police officers in Dallas were shot and killed.

New York State Police

Local law enforcement are sending their collective condolences to Dallas, where snipers ambushed and killed five officers Thursday night.

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Some of the city of Buffalo's most violent residents are going to have notification sessions in their futures, courtesy of nearly $2 million in state cash coming here for crime-fighting. It is part of a renewal of a program called the Gun Involved Violence Elimination grant from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

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Planning is moving forward to turn the Scajaquada Expressway into an urban boulevard.

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It was sidewalks, curbs, trees, bad housing and law enforcement issues during a discussion of quality of life problems in Buffalo, sponsored by Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) in the Merriweather Library.

Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival isn't only doing Shakespeare this year, it is doing a play about Shakespeare: a new stage adaptation of the hit movie "Shakespeare in Love."  WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with actor Luke Humphrey, who plays William Shakespeare in the production.


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Buffalo Police should be out stopping speeders and making sure drivers stop at stop signs. That from Common Council members in response to an infant's traffic death.

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The mysterious death of India Cummings in the Erie County Holding Center became very clear to rush hour traffic Tuesday night. Nearly two dozen protestors walked up Court Street to Niagara Square tangling and then stalling traffic.

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The SolarCity complex in South Buffalo is getting intense attention from the Buffalo Fire Department, looking for safety in construction and operation in the future.

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Another phase of the long effort to turn Scajaquada Creek back into a clean waterway from the eastern end of Erie County to the Niagara River is getting near.

Congressman Brian Higgins is raising doubts about a Washington plan to start asking visitors to this country about their social media accounts.

There's a new public art project in a historic section of Buffalo's Waterfront: the Tifft Farm Nature Preserve. Rochester artist Roberley Bell's sculpture and site-specific artwork is buried deep in the preserve's woods.

A soccer complex, retail and public spaces could emerge along Bryant Street in the coming years. The features are part of a $122-million plan for the site of Women & Children's Hospital once its vacated in 2017. Kaleida Health's board of directors favored the proposal in naming Ciminelli Real Estate as the site's designated developer.

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Ten new senior housing units open Thursday in Buffalo's Pratt-Willert community, a project so new that landscaping and installation of new appliances had to stop for Wednesday's ribbon-cutting.

Over the last decade, the charismatic Pastor Dwayne Jones has taken a small and struggling church on Genesee Street and added several additions. Now Mt. Aaron Manor is opening at 528 Genesee, across the parking lot from the church.

Activists went out to Williamsville last night to protest the request of National Fuel to raise its charges for delivering natural gas.

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The Village of Depew might soon have four cell phone towers. The possibility has prompted a major fight in the small village over negotiations with Blue Wireless.

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As immigrants carry their traditions and customs into Buffalo's West Side,  a new cultural mix is emerging. Inside that backdrop, a large white tent featuring an old-fashioned revival and a TV evangelist seems very much in place.


Niagara County residents in need of non-emergency medical care have a new option, as Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center opens evening care hours.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said by the end of next year, his Queen City Landing will be rising 23 stories above Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Buffalo's Common Council approved the long-awaited project Tuesday.

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Construction may have started on the first building on Buffalo's Gates Circle, where Millard Fillmore Hospital used to loom over traffic, but there are a lot of unresolved issues.