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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When Buffalo Public Schools open their new yearnext week with an all-virtual model, not all students' needs may be properly addressed. That was the sentiment of several parents speaking Tuesday morning.

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A state wage board is considering lowering the current 60-hour-per-week overtime threshold in New York's Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which took effect at the start of this year. Monday morning, Republicans within the State Senate and owners of farms across the state warned that doing so could, in the words of one speaker, "plow many businesses under."

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A local young Black man accused of stealing a lottery ticket that he actually bought has gained legal representation. The attorney for 30-year-old Eric Martin spoke about his case Friday.

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Chautauqua County leaders say more than half of the employees of a Dunkirk food production facility were tested earlier this week for COVID, with 24 results coming back positive. Officials also explained why they have deemed it unnecessary to close the plant at this time.

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Dozens of state lawmakers were out across New York State Thursday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release approximately $80 million in remaining federal relief for childcare centers.

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Musicians who depend on the income from live, ticketed indoor shows are urging the Cuomo Administration to lift the COVID-related ban currently keeping them from performing on stage, or telling their followers of upcoming gigs.

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Williamsville School Superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff suggested Monday morning that the school district's final plan for reopening might be released either later in the day or by Tuesday. It's a plan that has already undergone two modifications and raised concerns by a parents group.

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It's a highly-regarded but out-of-print book detailing a century of professional baseball in Buffalo. Its author, longtime Buffalo baseball historian Joseph Overfield, died 20 years ago but his book, The 100 Seasons of Buffalo Baseball, is about to be expanded in a new edition released by his son.

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With students set to return to local colleges and universities for the fall semester, the City of Buffalo is announcing renewed partnerships with two of the larger learning institutions to protect those living off-campus.

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Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash says the decision Wednesday night by school board members to open the new year with an all-remote format was "extraordinary, inclusive, systematic and thoughtful." He and school board members stood outside City Hall Thursday morning to further explain the decision and field questions about other preparations.

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A solar-energy house built by University at Buffalo students is being reassembled on the school’s North Campus, as part of UB's broader renewable energy plan.

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People choosing to vote by absentee ballot would be able to deposit their ballots in special dropoff boxes, under a bill announced this morning by two local state legislators.

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Gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to open as early as Aug. 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

A man that Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says was a suspect from the start was arraigned Friday morning in connection with a gruesome hit-and-run on Broadway near Bailey Avenue three summers ago.

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In a decision that seemed to surprise no one, the closure of the United States' border with Canada was extended Friday through September 21.

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COVID forced the cancellation of this year’s Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade in Buffalo, but organizers were out Thursday morning celebrating contributions by those communities.

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Senator Charles Schumer is urging Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to stop taking steps toward slowing United States Postal Service operations and is supporting billions of dollars of support in the next federal COVID relief bill. Representatives of thousands of Western New York postal workers, meanwhile, fear DeJoy's changes in postal work culture are setting them up to fail.

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The process to extradite convicted sex offender and disgraced Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein is adjourned until December 11. The move was announced Friday morning in Erie County Court.

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For city leaders, Buffalo hosting a major league baseball game Tuesday evening fulfills a long-ago dream by those who once sought a franchise for the city. For state leaders, having the Toronto Blue Jays call Buffalo home for the 2020 season is a show of how far New York has come in lowering its COVID curve.

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The Toronto Blue Jays' highly-anticipated first game in its temporary home ballpark comes Tuesday evening. On the eve of the first pitch, Blue Jays officials explained some of the changes and realignments within Sahlen Field in order to accommodate big league ballplayers safely in an ongoing pandemic.

President Donald Trump's latest executive orders, announced over the weekend at a country club he owns in New Jersey, are being deemed by some as unable to implement, and by others as further crippling to already cash-strapped states.

A group of businesses, ranging from bars to a bowling alley, have filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Legislature and Attorney General, claiming they have been unconstitutionally harmed as the result of actions taken during the pandemic and slow reopening of the state's economy.

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It's the first of its kind in a Town of Cheektowaga park. Newly installed playground equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act is available, allowing children living with disabilities the opportunity to join their non-disabled peers.

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Niagara County lawmakers have approved the formation of a task force that will explore ways to reform the Sheriff's Office, and then submit a plan to Albany as required under a June executive order.

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A coalition of gym and fitness center operators has submitted a reopening plan to the Cuomo Administration, along with the message that such facilities are capable of operating safely and should be allowed to resume business.

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Buffalo's Common Council President is welcoming the University at Buffalo's decision to remove the names of Millard Fillmore and two others from its campus buildings and roadways. WBFO asked Darius Pridgen: would he consider the same for buildings or streets within the City of Buffalo?

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An affordable housing project known as Mt. Aaron Village, when completed some time next year, will include dozens of apartments as well as units and on-site assistance for individuals struggling with homelessness.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday further extending the period of opportunity to pursue legal action in older child sex abuse cases.

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After serving as a COVID-only hospital since mid March, the Sister Hospital St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga resumed services over the weekend including its emergency department, acute care, and outpatient procedures, Catholic Health announced Monday.

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