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.  
 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state would take a few more days to determine whether to elevate Western New York's current COVID orange zones into shutdown red zones. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also addressed this, while the Erie County Health Commissioner displayed a model predicting how no restrictions might affect local hospitals.

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The good news for the Buffalo Beauts is they will have a hockey season this winter. However, they will not be playing it in front of local fans. The National Women's Hockey League announced the Beauts and its other five professional clubs will play a condensed season in a "bubble" format in Lake Placid, New York.

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With the holiday shopping season underway, small business owners in Chautauqua County are offering their wares on a web platform that brings them together in one virtual marketplace. Local leaders are hoping this will encourage more support from local consumers.

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An advocate for clergy sex abuse victims who had actively called for the removal of Bishop Richard Malone is praising the New York State Attorney General for her lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and its former top leadership.

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Three Buffalo families are spending their Thanksgiving holiday week celebrating their newer, stable homes, built with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo.

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His revelation nearly three years ago of sexual abuse by a priest within the Diocese of Buffalo touched off a wave of further complaints, which soon led to the departure of former diocesan leaders. Michael Whalen, when asked about the lawsuit filed against the diocese Monday by the New York State Attorney General, called the action "a big stepping stone" toward justice.

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday her office has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Emeritus Richard Malone and former Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz, accusing the parties of failing to protect minors from clergy sexual abuse.

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More than four decades later, surviving members of the so-called Buffalo Five maintain their innocence in a decades-old murder case. Now, they'll have a day in court as they attempt to clear their names.

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Organizers of a monthly bottled water collection drive to benefit Tuscarora Reservation residents are seeking community support. They'll prepare their monthly run Saturday, but are worried a new rise in COVID numbers will result in hoarding of supplies, thus leaving them scrambling to serve reservation residents in need.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared Thursday that COVID case numbers continue to increase, and he predicts a "dark time" in the coming weeks.

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A free COVID testing site is nowhere to be found in Orleans County, says Senator Charles Schumer, and case numbers there are rising like everywhere else. He appeared in the county Thursday morning to urge the Trump Administration to make money available to change that.

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As highly anticipated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that portions of Erie County that were previously under COVID yellow zone status have been elevated to orange, while the remaining portions of the county have now entered the lowest-level color code.

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An announcement was expected Wednesday that Erie County, which has seen a rise in COVID case numbers, will move from "yellow zone" status to orange or possibly red. That change would mean many institutions which were able to reopen a few short months ago would be ordered to close again.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers have approved a modified schedule for cameras that enforce the speed limit outside 20 schools - public, charter and parochial - within the City of Buffalo.

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What stood as fixtures along the New York State Thruway for six decades are gradually coming down. Crews began removing the toll booths from the Williamsville barrier Monday morning, and they got a visit from state leaders happy to see them go.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and local elected leaders sitting on her Western New York Zone COVID Control Room panel are sending a renewed warning to the public: don't let up on prevention practices or else the region may head into even stricter restrictions, including a new shutdown of non-essential businesses.

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Charges have been pressed against suspects in two homicide cases from last year, including the shooting death of a young mother in the Town of Tonawanda and a double homicide in the City of Buffalo. Two of the four suspects are tied to both cases.

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A Franklinville man charged with displaying a knife and uttering racial slurs during a Buffalo Black Lives Matter protest this summer is free, pending his next scheduled court date. Erie County's District Attorney, meanwhile, hints that court date may not happen due to anticipated actions before then.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein are pleading with the public to scale down Thanksgiving plans as one of many steps to prevent the county's COVID rates from continuing to rise.

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If Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's Capital Spending Plan is approved, it would provide $900,000 to Broderick Park for safety fencing and public art on the grounds. That's just one of many projects that would be covered under the $10.1 million set aside for parks, community centers and cultural institutions.

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There were fewer seats, due to COVID-related guidelines, but the same spirit as the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Alternate memorials were held elsewhere in the park, including one led by peace activists seeking to "Reclaim Armistice Day."

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A newly-released survey of "best and worst" cities for veterans to live ranks Buffalo in the middle of the pack.

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The Franklinville man accused of brandishing a knife and uttering racial slurs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Buffalo this summer was arraigned on charges related to that incident Tuesday morning, after twice before failing to appear in court for those counts.

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A large section of Erie County was officially designated a COVID cluster yellow zone by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday. While businesses and schools remain open, there are some new guidelines for those institutions to follow. There's also a warning from the Erie County Executive that a further rise in COVID numbers could lead to another public shutdown.

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The Town of Cheektowaga's emergency response radio system, used by police and firefighters, is getting what officials say are much-needed enhancements to address potentially dangerous problems. On Friday, State Senator Tim Kennedy joined local officials to announce funding for an upgrade.

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An organization which for years has hosted presentations on presidential history, and local connections to it, is getting a permanent home within the Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System. WBFO was invited to have a sneak peek at the Buffalo Presidential Center's space.

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It was not your usual way to await election results. Instead of the traditional crowded room, the Erie County Democratic Committee's campaign hub was a quiet update center where only candidates and media mingled. But as WBFO's Michael Mroziak tells us, the different conditions didn't prevent some local candidates from basking in big wins.

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Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) coasted to victory Tuesday evening, securing a fourth term in New York's 26th Congressional District.

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An exhibit marking 100 years since women were first allowed to vote has been relocated to Niagara Falls for the next several months.

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When voters in Erie County head to the polls for Election Day, at least 40% of their peers will have already cast ballots. A robust turnout is also expected Tuesday, according to one of the county's two election commissioners.

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