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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Office of the Erie County Executive

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.

Office of the Erie County Executive

Erie County Comptoller Stefan Mychajliw, in a Monday morning tweet, declared the county to be in a budget deficit, and put the county executive "on notice" to come up with a plan to fix it.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Police say they've busted a social club within the city that was found to be violating social and physical distancing orders imposed under New York PAUSE.

Office of County Executive Mark Poloncarz

Amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, there are some signs of spring - and hope - in Buffalo and Erie County. Some outdoor activities are being allowed to resume, though with COVID-19 related distancing restrictions.

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Tesla plans to take New York State up on an opportunity to get a one-year break from financial and job creation obligations they’re held to at its Buffalo Gigafactory. A spokesperson for Empire State Development confirmed Thursday the state is considering a deferral for all companies that have job creation requirements as part of economic development packages, due to COVID-19 disruptions.

University at Buffalo

A model produced by the University at Buffalo indicates that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Erie County are at a plateau. But experts there say when public restrictions are eased, there will be a local rise in hospitalizations. The challenge is keeping that second anticipated increase down while society attempts to reopen under a "new normal."

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Community activists and residents of rental properties stood Wednesday afternoon outside the entrance to Buffalo City Court - physically distanced - calling for the city's lawmakers to pass a ten-item list of protections they call the  Buffalo Tenants Bill of Rights.

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Negotiations are underway for a fourth phase of federal economic relief, and a Western New York member of the House of Representatives believes the bipartisan support will be there for a deal he anticipates will be worked out by mid May. Congressman Tom Reed wants that deal to include provisions that ensure local governments get needed aid with no interference by the state.

Facebook/Mayor Byron W. Brown

Mayor Byron Brown, during a Monday afternoon briefing in downtown Buffalo, echoed the comments of Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier in the day about when and how local economies may reopen and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. But he also hinted that when the City of Buffalo gets the green light to resume business as usual, many of the work-from-home tasks going on now may still continue.

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GObike Buffalo announced the launch of a feasibility study and community outreach Monday morning, for a planned 80-mile bike trail that would connect Buffalo to the community of Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County, with connections to several communities in between.

Office of the Erie County Executive

While restating that Erie County's COVID case situation is not that of New York City, where the numbers continue to show a downward trend from the apex, there was one piece of good news coming from the local stats. Hospital discharges are now outpacing new admissions. And now County Executive Mark Poloncarz has recommended to Albany that Erie County be included among the counties which can resume elective and outpatient surgeries.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and several partners are taking on research into Coronavirus detection and treatment, using a strategy that has been employed in detective and treating cancer.

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Today, the University at Buffalo will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual event calling attention to environmental protection, by announcing its new Climate Action Plan. Meanwhile, a UB professor is releasing an updated audio version of a book he first published seven years ago, about the history and "genius" of the original Earth Day.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before traveling to the White House to meet with President Trump on COVID-19 matters, brought his daily briefing to Buffalo on Tuesday, where he announced the strategy to eventually reopen the economy will be done on a region-by-region basis.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An estimated 150 vehicles were traveling in slow laps around Niagara Square during the noon hour Monday, horns blaring, as its occupants held signs and flags in a protest against New York State's extended NY PAUSE order and the restrictions it has imposed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Buffalo pastor and his church's mobile food pantry parked outside the Belle Community Center on Maryland Street in Buffalo Friday. It was just the latest stop since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived five weeks ago. It's an ongoing mission to bring food, and a moment of interaction, to many local families in need.

As of Friday afternoon, eight more deaths from COVID-19 were reported by Erie County officials. During his afternoon briefing, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said models indicated this region's peak was still anticipated by mid May. He also offered a comparison he believes offers a more accurate perspective of the seriousness of cases in Western New York.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of the public who qualified through a pre-screening began rolling up to a COVID-19 test site Thursday in Cheektowaga.

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When announcing the latest numbers during her daily COVID-19 update, Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh pointed out that one of the four deaths within the past 24 hours is a reminder that no one is immune from the "dangerous" virus.

Quest Diagnostics, in cooperation with WalMart's Walden Avenue location, will begin hosting drive-through testing for COVID-19 Thursday in the lot of the Cheektowaga store. Tests will be conducted by appointment only, and not until after the individual is deemed to qualify.

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Niagara County officials reported no new Coronavirus deaths Tuesday. But during a daily television update, they did admit there are discrepancies in numbers, including nursing home fatalities as reported by the state.

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The Erie County District Attorney says since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders which have come with it, overall crime is down with the exception of domestic violence.

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The day after Easter, under usual circumstances, draws thousands of people to venues in Buffalo's East Side and throughout Western New York in celebration of Dyngus Day, the Polish custom marking the end of Lent. But this year, COVID-19 has thrown a bucket of water on the Dyngus Day plans of many venues and their would-be patrons.

Eleven new cases and the death of a coronavirus patient were reported Monday afternoon by Niagara County officials, as that county's total number of known COVID-19 positive tests increased to 205 people.

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Like New York State and other counties across the state, Niagara County is looking ahead with concern for the budgetary challenge that awaits, after the pandemic eases.

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Churches with the means to provide live video streaming utilized the online tool to provide Good Friday services during a time when COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings are continuing to keep religious faithful home. It's a period during which there are holy occasions for three prominent faiths.

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Niagara County's death toll increased to four as officials announced Thursday three more people have died as the result of COVID-19.

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Members of the Erie County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee were advised Thursday morning of the county's short-term and medium-term goals for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein told lawmakers that the ongoing effort will not be quick, and that even after the local peak comes and goes, the virus will never entirely be eradicated.

Facebook/County Executive Mark Poloncarz

During his daily update on COVID-19 cases, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the formal kickoff of the Erie County Business Task Force, created to identify and provide immediate relief to businesses who have been financially hit by the ongoing pandemic.

A grassroots network of doctors and medical professionals have drafted and forwarded a proposal that, if passed on Capitol Hill, would provide numerous safeguards for those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the numerous doctors who helped draft the bill spoke with WBFO.

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