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 the Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League). When not following the Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabres, his favorite "football" (soccer) teams are English club Lincoln City FC and German club Borussia Dortmund.

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.  
 

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The 45th Juneteenth Festival will still take place in Buffalo, but amid a pandemic the African American celebration will be carried out online.

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Police and prosecutors say a 20-year-old Buffalo man is the one who tossed a flaming object through a broken City Hall window during Saturday night demonstrations in Niagara Square that, hours after an original protest, turned violent and destructive. Courtland Renford faces both state and federal counts.

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The five counties which make up the state's Western New York economic region must continue to wait for at least a few more days, while five other regions, including the Finger Lakes, have been given the green light to proceed to Phase Two of New York Forward. In the meantime, institutions which fall under Phase Two now have guidelines by which they can prepare.

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The Erie County Agricultural Society, for only the second time in the history of the Erie County Fair, has postponed the "best 12 days of summer" until 2021. 

Charges against a 28-year-old man will soon be upgraded to include a murder count. A law enforcement source confirms the 32-year-old victim shot on Morgan Street in the City of Tonawanda early Tuesday morning has died.

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A 28-year-old City of Tonawanda resident was charged Wednesday morning with multiple attempted murder and weapons possession counts in a pair of shootings which wounded a neighbor and later a Tonawanda police detective.

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A state Assemblymember, an estimated 70 pastors and church leaders, and at least 100 supporters gathered outside a Hamburg church, where they demanded Gov. Andrew Cuomo consider places of worship as essential institutions and reopen them.

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Local colleges and universities are working to determine when, and how, they'll be able to reopen their respective campuses for the fall semester. One local institution of higher learning, for example, will launch two projects today to explore options including scattering students over more classes and continued use of online distance learning.

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Both the Erie County Health Commissioner and Lieutenant Governor were delivering messages to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday weekend but with the same careful practices that, they both insist, will help the region continue to curb the COVID spread and advance into further gradual reopening of businesses and institutions.

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It lacked the large parade of vehicles circling Niagara Square while horns were blaring, but those showing up in downtown Buffalo this time sent the same message as one month ago: all businesses are essential and need reopening now.

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While it has been able to provide some services during the pandemic, the Niagara County Clerk's Office is also preparing to take on a big backup of license renewals and other services that usually require face-to-face interaction. The county clerk spoke Wednesday about what his office has done, and how they are preparing to reopen under continued distancing guidelines.


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Under a proposal co-sponsored by State Senator Patrick Gallivan, future declarations of emergency by the governor would have a set time limit and would include submissions of weekly updates that would be reviewed by legislators.

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The five counties of the state's Western New York economic region are in the first day of opening under Phase One. Leaders, eager to ensure their respective counties continue on a path toward gradual reopening of more businesses and institutions, are urging the public to continue following guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Western New York has met all of the required metrics required by the state to begin the first phase of reopening from the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced late Monday morning.

All branches of The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library are currently closed due to the cornonavirus pandemic and director Mary Jean Jakubowski isn't sure when they will be able to reopen.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, during his Friday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, admitted a feeling of disappointment that the Western New York economic region remains short of the necessary goals needed to get New York State's approval to begin reopening the economy. He's also unhappy that a neighboring region is entering phase one, stating their numbers are going in the wrong direction.

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A popular Town of Lockport drive-in theater opens Friday evening, but will do so with numerous changes that enforce physical distancing amid a continuing COVID-19 pandemic.


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Democrats among the Erie County Legislature are calling Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw's declaration of a budget deficit "premature" and even a "power grab," while his office says making such a declaration was their duty under the county charter.

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After showing a two-week downward trend in COVID hospitalizations, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a disappointing uptick Wednesday. The reversal rules out the possibility of Erie County and its four fellow counties within the state's Western New York Economic Region from entering phase one of reopening when New York's PAUSE order is lifted Friday.

County and town leaders are urging the federal government to act upon legislation which, they say, is much needed to aid them amid a pandemic which has cost them dearly in revenues needed to balance budgets.

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The Erie County District Attorney announced Tuesday that seven people face charges related to separate incidents, during which all are accused of spitting or coughing at arresting officers and then claiming to be infected with COVID-19.

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Niagara County leaders, during their Monday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, offered some positive numbers including no weekend fatalities and a drop in the rate of positive test results coming back. It is raising cautious optimism that certain segments of the county's economy are ready to go, once the Western New York region gets the go-ahead to begin the first phase of economic reopening.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

As Governor Andrew Cuomo put it, "this is the next big step in this historic journey." The state's PAUSE order is set to expire on Friday, and three of the state's 10 regional economic zones are ready to enter the first phase of a gradual reopening. Western New York, unfortunately, is not among them.

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While expressing concern for the percentage of COVID-19 deaths traced to nursing homes, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Friday he and his counterparts from neighboring counties are still hopeful the Western New York region can be ready by June 1 for phase one of the state's gradual reopening of the economy.

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Buffalo Common Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt announced Thursday that an additional COVID-19 test site will be available next Monday and Friday in a neighborhood where, he says, concerns remain high about infection rates and adequate testing.

Niagara County

After announcing the latest reported COVID-19 statistics as gathered by county health officials, Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh also noted that additional test sites are opening in the City of Niagara Falls, where a majority of coronavirus cases have been positively identified.

Office of the Erie County Executive

Erie County's COVID-19 hospitalization rate is trending downward, raising hope that the county may not be too far away from phase one of reopening the economy. But during his Wednesday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said one benchmark that is not being met is a level of testing required by the state. The problem? Not enough people are coming forward to be tested.

Office of the Erie County Executive

With farmers and agricultural producers struggling to find buyers in an economy battered by a pandemic, Erie County has two projects underway that aim to generate business. One is still in development while the other is ready now for growers to log in, register and be seen by potential customers.

New York's two representatives in the United States Senate announced Tuesday a proposed bill that, if passed, would utilize the Defense Production Act to designate and put in charge an expert who would oversee the nation's distribution of medical supplies related to COVID-19. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say slow action by the White House has made it necessary to pursue what is called the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated Monday afternoon that the county won't be ready to begin the process of reopening May 15, the last scheduled day of the state's NY PAUSE restrictions. However, he suggested there was a chance the county might be ready by the end of the month — if the public continues to honor physical distancing and other disease prevention rules.

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