Omar Fetouh

Assistant News Director

Monday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Omar started his radio career at the former WNED AM 970 as an intern in 2001. After hosting a weekly night shift for several years, Omar became a full-time program host in 2009. He currently hosts the midday shift, which includes the NPR program 'Here & Now.' Omar also serves as assistant news director for WBFO and is responsible for managing reporter assignments and much of the station's website and social media content. An avid public radio fan, the Buffalo native says he's proud to be a part of Western New York's best radio news team.

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Erie County officials are warning property owners about a scam making its way into local mailboxes.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed Jay-J's Law, legislation that allows for tougher penalties against repeat child abusers.

West Nile Virus detected in area mosquitoes

Jul 26, 2013

West Nile Virus has been discovered in Erie County for the first time this year.

The Niagara County SPCA has made the decision to cease non-emergency animal control services to the City of Niagara Falls, effective July 15. 

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Residents of Buffalo's West Side want their voices heard when it comes to planned development around the Peace Bridge, which they say is the source of their health issues.

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Pope Francis has cleared both Pope John Paul II and Pope John the XXIII for sainthood. The news was celebrated Friday at a Lake View parish that bears the former's name.

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Two area service members who were killed in the line of duty, one in 2012 and one in 1968, are being honored with naming designations on the state highway system.

With last weekend's draft in the rear view mirror, the Buffalo Sabres are now turning their attention to the start of NHL free agency on Friday. Meanwhile, the futures of goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek are still up in the air.

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Some big-name Hollywood stars are in Niagara Falls Thursday shooting scenes for an upcoming movie.

The Niagara County SPCA says it is "bursting at the seams" with animals who need homes.

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The recent spate of legislative scandals in Albany appear to be taking a toll on Governor Cuomo. A new poll from Siena College find Cuomo's ratings among registered voters are at their lowest level since he took office.

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A long-lost diary kept by a former leader of the Nazi Party and recovered recently in Lewiston is now in the hands of federal authorities.

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Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly underwent successful surgery Friday morning to remove cancer from his upper jaw bone.

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A majority of New York voters say Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step down from his position of power because of the way he handled a recent scandal.

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The kind of cancer former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was diagnosed with is not uncommon and is generally treatable, according to a prominent local physician.

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After a lengthy delay, officials cut the ribbon Friday on a new, state-of-the-art splash pad at Buffalo's Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

It's time for the annual Arties in Buffalo! On this week's edition of Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase talks with WBFO's Omar Fetouh about Artovoice's annual Artie Awards.  Chase founded the Arties in 1991 to recognize the work of the local theater actors and actresses. 

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A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with stealing and attempting to sell historical documents from The Buffalo History Museum.

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The operator of the historic North Park Theatre in Buffalo says it will cease operating the Hertel Avenue cinema as of June 6. But the theatre may not be closed for very long.

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Over the past week, the State of New York has reached casino rights agreements with two Native American tribes: the Oneidas in Central New York and the Mohawks in the North Country. That leaves the Seneca Nation in Western New York as the last remaining tribe whose dispute with the state is still unresolved.

Western New York Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he is quitting his Democratic conference based on the way Speaker Sheldon Silver handled the scandal involving disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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The sustainable-housing organization PUSH Buffalo has been awarded more than $3.5 million from New York State to continue their work on Buffalo's West Side. 

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Development officials say they need more time to complete one of the most prominent components in the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront.

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A statewide referendum on whether to allow non-Indian casino gaming in New York may not be on the ballot this November. Governor Andrew Cuomo says this is not an ideal year for a public vote due to a lack of statewide political races that will bring voters to the polls.

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Darcy Regier will be back as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres next season, despite the team missing the postseason in four of the last six years. A decision on who will coach the team, however, has not been made.

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Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier held the team's annual end-of-year press conference Monday.

For more than 40 years now, Buffalo's Kittinger Furniture Company has enjoyed a strong relationship with the White House. Hundreds of handcrafted Kittinger items reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the company now has a strong presence at the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

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A movement is underway in Albany for a constitutional amendment to allow for recall elections of disgraced politicians.

The local chapter of the United Way says it raised just over $14 million dollars in its just-concluded 2012-2013 campaign, an increase of more than three percent from last year.

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