Michael Mroziak

News Reporter

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza. 

A 1988 graduate of Grand Island High School and 1992 graduate of Ithaca College, Michael began his broadcasting career with the former WHLD-AM in Niagara Falls/Grand Island and then joined WBEN-AM (1992-2000), after which he worked for the former WNED-AM (2000-2003) and later as a producer for WIVB-TV (2006-2008). 

After spending a brief period of time in public relations and marketing, Michael returned to news media in September 2010, joining WBFO as a part-time reporter in its final year and a half at the University at Buffalo. After working for two years as the sports editor for the Niagara Gazette (2013 to 2015), Michael rejoined WBFO.

He has also served previously in numerous freelance roles, including the Polish-American newspaper Am-Pol Eagle, several hockey publications and as a voice talent for Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium's original productions.

He was honored by the Am-Pol Eagle in 2015 as one of its Citizens of the Year and has earned numerous awards by the New York State Associated Press Association and the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Outside of the newsroom, Michael serves as a play-by-play announcer for the online platforms of the Buffalo Junior Sabres (Ontario Junior Hockey League) and performed a similar role for the Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League) during its 2019 championship season. When not following the Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabres, his favorite "football" (soccer) teams are English club Lincoln City FC and Polish club KS Cracovia.

Michael resides in Amherst with his wife, two daughters, two cats and adopted rescued dog. 

You can email Michael at mmroziak@wbfo.org, or follow him on Twitter at @MrozWBFO.  
 

Ways to Connect

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and its partners are rolling out a new program that will increase access to cancer care by people living in remote or underserved communities. Among the populations on which this program will place emphasis are Western New York’s Indigenous communities.

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People ages 65 and older may receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but the Erie County Health Department has been instructed not to be the distributor. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein explained this to county legislators Thursday, while also expressing concerns for upcoming school breaks, when many families embark on out-of-state travel.

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The American Lung Association is giving New York State mixed grades in its latest report on tobacco prevention, the 19th annual “State of Tobacco Control.”

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Erie County Health Department officials announced Monday that after reviewing guidance first announced Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, high school sports deemed "higher risk" could proceed, but with certain conditions included.

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One of New York State's pop-up COVID vaccination sites provided first doses to qualified individuals inside a downtown Buffalo church for several hours Monday. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited St. John Baptist Church on Goodell Street, where she renewed the state's concern for a lack of supply to meet the demand.

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Two establishments within Buffalo's Chippewa District have the go-ahead to host outdoor "Party on the Patio" events during Sunday evening's AFC Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

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They needed to do it virtually, in light of the COVID pandemic. But the Eighth Judicial District’s Coalition of Blacks in the Courts hosted their annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy Friday afternoon.

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While wishing new Diocese of Buffalo Bishop Michael Fisher success in his new role, a former priest turned advocate for clergy sex abuse victims says Fisher's selection is clouded by the involvement of a former superior, who stepped down from a powerful position within the US Catholic Church amid his own accusations of covering up abuse cases.

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The Roman Catholic Church was scheduled to install Bishop Michael Fisher as the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo in a Friday afternoon ceremony inside St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Earlier in the week, WBFO had the opportunity to interview the bishop one-on-one and cover topics including the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Church's role in social justice issues and, of course, the clergy sex abuse scandal which broke nearly three years ago.

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While again stating that New York's ability to distribute the COVID vaccine is restricted by the limited weekly supply provided by the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will adhere to updated federal guidelines which expand the number of people currently eligible to receive their first COVID vaccine dose.

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Phase 1-B of New York’s COVID vaccination distribution strategy is underway today.

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More New Yorkers will become eligible to receive the COVID vaccine beginning Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. Concerns remains, though, for having enough supply to meet demand, as members of the Western New York Vaccination Hub explained shortly after the governor's announcement.

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Explore and More Children’s Museum, in Buffalo’s Canalside neighborhood, is hosting its Study and Play program to allow kids a chance to do their schoolwork and then enjoy some safe, distanced play within the facility.

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Niagara County is rolling out its COVID-19 vaccine distribution program and will begin administering it to eligible members of the public next week.

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Congressman Chris Jacobs, a Republican representing New York's 27th Congressional District, broke his silence Wednesday by revealing he would object to the electoral votes submitted for approval on Capitol Hill.

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Amigone Funeral Home will be allowed to resume cremation services at one of its facilities in the Town of Tonawanda, under a consent order issued to prevent further discharges like the one that led the Department of Environmental Conservation to shut it down last fall.

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The minimum wage is now higher in Western New York. And for some who earn tips as part of their income, there are changes in their employers' tip credits.

While many people working within New York State have had paid sick time available to them, others were not guaranteed that benefit until the New York Paid Sick Leave Law was signed into effect last year. Upon the start of the new year, workers may now begin using hours collected since the end of September.

For countless children worldwide, the arrival of Christmas Eve brings the excited anticipation of a visit by Santa Claus. For nearly three decades, many men who portrayed Kris Kringle in stores and in parades traveled to Albion to receive training on how to properly play the role. The man who founded the school, Charles W. Howard, was in his lifetime a leading authority figure on the holiday character.

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It will be a rare treat, weather permitting, for astronomy enthusiasts and casual stargazers alike. Shortly after sundown, near the southwest horizon, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear in the sky at just a fraction of one degree apart.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo hinted Friday he'd support the possibility of allowing some fans into Bills Stadium for National Football League playoff home games, if the COVID-related statistics were favorable and if a proper plan was ready.

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Catholic Health System is asking the public for patience as they prepare to take on the role of COVID vaccine regional hub coordinator. But executives say they’re already at work to plan Phase Two of the state's vaccination distribution across five counties.

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The Buffalo Police Department is breaking up its dedicated traffic unit and redistributing its approximately 50 officers among its five patrol districts.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that gyms, salons and spas may reopen but work under restrictions within a designated COVID "orange zone." The move comes as Cuomo says data shows those businesses have not been sources of significant viral spreads. Some owners of such businesses, while pleased they may reopen, say they've been telling the governor all along they could operate safely.

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Erie County officials say COVID hospitalization rates have stabilized for now, but are concerned about the numbers to come in the next few days. Earlier in the day, the nation's top infectious disease expert appeared during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID briefing to suggest that without sincere mitigation, the state - and others - will see a dark period in mid-January.

GoFundMe.com Flour-by-Rail Legacy Project: Phase I

A Rochester native now living in Buffalo wants to set up a highly-visible display telling the tale of the city's rail heritage. He's currently hosting an online fundraiser to get the first piece fixed and delivered to Silo City.

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Senator Charles Schumer is again calling for implementation of a pre-clearance processing center at the Peace Bridge as another step toward easing traffic congestion, once more travelers are allowed to travel between the United States and Canada.

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Dec. 2 marked new, dubious highs for Erie County, with the highest one-day number of new infections and highest hospitalizations since the COVID pandemic arrived earlier this year.

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A report released Thursday suggests a successful COVID vaccination effort will require at least 70% participation by the public. And it states the federal government will need to make a stronger effort to build public trust and help states successfully administer vaccine distribution.

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Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher has been appointed by Pope Francis as the fifteenth bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo in an announcement from the Vatican Tuesday.

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