Dave Debo

News Director

Dave Debo's journalism career runs the gamut from public radio to commercial radio, from digital projects to newspapers.  With over 30 years of experience, he's produced national television news programs and has worked as both a daily and weekly print journalist and web editor. 

An award-winning former president of the Greater Buffalo International Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, he's been an assignment editor at two of Buffalo’s three TV stations, and has worked as a newspaper reporter for Buffalo Business First and The Ithaca Journal.

Radio is his first love, having started at WBEN as a reporting intern under former WBFO News Director Brian Meyer in the late 80s, before moving on to  two stints at WEBR, the public-all news station that evolved into WNED-AM and merged into WBFO in 2012. He's worked in Buffalo for WBEN, and was the longest serving host of their acclaimed weekend politics news program "Hardline" for over 9 years.

During the 1990's he hosted WEBR's popular Weekend At Your Service program, and after that was a weekend edition host on WBFO.   He's also worked n Niagara Falls at WJJL, and was news director at WTKO/WQNY in Ithaca NY.  

In Washington DC on 9/11, he was the producer of First Business, a nationally syndicated morning business newscast seen on over 175 television stations. When the Iraq war broke out he was working as a producer and story coordinator in Fox News Channel's Washington DC bureau,  and was simultaneously employed as a producer and newscaster at  NPR's flagship station WAMU and as a web producer at WUSA-TV.   He’s also been an early morning news producer at WGRZ TV

He lives in East Aurora , has dabbled in community theatre there  and is an ordained wedding officiant.

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Catholic Health in Buffalo is distributing the J&J vaccine despite concerns that it is derived from aborted cells. Some U.S. faith leaders have expressed moral concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

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The KeyBank Center downtown will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people over 65 years of age next week, becoming the third large-scale distribution point in Erie County.

Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill

COVID restrictions are being loosened to allow bars and restaurants in New York to remain open an extra hour starting this weekend.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided a COVID-19 status update Wednesday, saying the highest infection rate in the state is here in the Western New York Region.

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Michael Caputo, the East Aurora political consultant  embroiled in a furor over political meddling with the coronavirus response, is taking a leave of absence from his Health and Human Services communications post, the government announced Wednesday.

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With a six-day surge in positive COVID-19 test results, and average cases over several days rising, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the region has been "given a caution flag," to assess whether proper procedures are in place.

At the governor's  Monday briefing on the coronavirus, he also said that several high school sports will not have a season this year across New York State.

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The Toronto Blue Jays' plans to play games in Buffalo beginning next month may have hit a snag, with Major League Baseball cancelling some games after word that members of the Miami Marlins have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

It's automatic for Ron Stewart to define white privilege, with any number of concrete, vivid examples of what it means for him and his children.

"White privilege affords whites opportunities on all levels. And those same opportunities would not be afforded to me, " says Stewart, the chairman of the sociology department at SUNY Buffalo State.  

Kevin Heffernan knows white privilege exists and can provide a definition off the top of his head-- but freely admits that for him as a white man, it's much more of an intellectual exercise.

Is a new casino on Buffalo's horizon?

May 29, 2020
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The new owner of Statler City admits he has “no plan” for the former hotel in downtown Buffalo. But as WBFO’s Chris Caya reports, the Washington based developer may end up rolling the dice and giving the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino a run for its money.  


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Niagara County on Wednesday announced four additional deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

 

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Residents were allowed back in their homes in East Aurora Tuesday morning after an evacuation Monday night due to a train derailment in the heart of the village. 


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Gatherings with more than 500 people will temporarily be banned in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday when announcing one of several “dramatic actions” to contain the coronavirus.

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The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could last several weeks and will pre-empt many programs on the WBFO schedule.

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The special election to fill out former Rep. Chris Collins' term in the 27th Congressional District will apparently be held April 28, the same day the state's presidential primary will be held.

It is good to be an incumbent in Cheektowaga, where all of them, including Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, were returned to office.

WNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

As the Western New York community gathers to celebrate Labor Day, the head of the region's AFL-CIO council looks at progress on several fronts.


"McMurray for U.S. Congress" website

Grand Island's Nate McMurray is positioning himself for another possible run for Congress.

With no Republican challenge in November, today's Democratic Primary will determine the winners of several seats on Buffalo's Common Council. Jeremy Zellner, Chair of the Erie County Democratic Party and Democratic Commissioner for the Erie County Board of Elections, expects a traditionally low voter turnout today. While there are some spirited battles taking place in the suburbs, there are no primary races in some districts.

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After just two weeks, the new Gigi’s restaurant at the Northland Workforce Training Center on Buffalo’s East Side is officially closed. Following struggles to keep up with demand, owner-operator Darryl Harvin has decided to give up the business.

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A range of travel bans have been lifted across greater Buffalo, but extreme wind chills and lingering snows will persist in the southtowns through Thursday evening.  

A wind chill warning and a winter storm warning remains in Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee and Wyoming counties until Thursday evening.

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A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties until 1 a.m. Thursday. A State of Emergency has been declared in Erie County and a driving ban in Buffalo and several local municipalities.  

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A source has confirmed to WBFO that Buffalo City Comptroller Mark Schroeder will be leaving his office to assume a post with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) has announced that despite an indictment and earlier statements to the contrary, he will now continue to campaign for re-election and will not resign if successful in November.

UAW Region 9 file photo of the 2017 Buffalo Labor Day parade

Unionized workers from across a number of industries are parading through Buffalo to mark Labor Day.

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The festival that celebrates Buffalo's culinary claim to fame is underway. With thousands descending on Buffalo for this weekend's 17th annual Buffalo Wing Festival, WBFO News Director Dave Debo caught up with national food and travel writer Arthur Bovino.


A Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on priest sexual abuse of minors in that state includes two former Western New York priests with accusations against them that weren’t widely known until now.

(Photo courtesy: Courier-Express Collection, Archives and Special Collections, E.H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.)

A movement that started with scared homeowners, strange smells and a collection of health symptoms celebrates an anniversary today. Forty years after President Jimmy Carter first declared Love Canal a national health emergency, former housewife and activist Lois Gibbs looks back and realizes that the people she mobilized were the start of something a lot bigger.


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The death of 27-year-old India Cummings after more than two weeks at the Erie County Holding Center in 2016 was in the spotlight at County Hall on Wednesday, with criticism of the care and treatment of inmates there taking center stage.


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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is revoking permits from Tonawanda Coke because the company has repeatedly violated air pollution regulations.

The state sent the company a cease and desist letter Friday telling it to stop any operations that release materials into the air, and ordering that permits to do so be revoked next month.

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While much has been made recently about apparent conflicts of interest at the highest levels of the federal government, a new report is placing the spotlight on the potential for such conflicts on the local level. In a review of the financial disclosure forms required for elected officials in 10 area government entities, the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government found some troubling inconsistencies.

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