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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Several food collection drives are underway to benefit Feedmore WNY, with more in the works for November. The Buffalo-based not for-for-profit agency reports regional food insecurity has risen sharply over the past two years, and is only expected to increase as the nation continues through a pandemic.

The Justice Department is vastly expanding an inquiry that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents.

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A Western New York native who worked two decades writing and producing numerous Hollywood-based television shows is leading an effort to construct a production facility on a 27-acre plot in Buffalo's Riverbend area.

A study released this week by Education Trust - New York shows a majority of parents surveyed have a generally positive feeling about how their children's school districts are managing through the COVID pandemic. But when it comes to remote learning? Much fewer are satisfied.

A collaboration to address and eliminate teen and young adult homelessness in Niagara County is receiving a federal grant to move forward with its efforts.

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One of the candidates for New York's 27th Congressional District says Social Security has proven to be a government slush fund and a generational Ponzi scheme. Libertarian candidate Duane Whitmer presented his proposed reform in downtown Buffalo.

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With Thanksgiving about a month away, and neighboring states now joining many more on New York's travel advisory list, health experts and leaders admit this year may not be one for large gatherings around the table for many families.

Erie County officials say they're investigating tips that some independent youth sports teams are traveling outside of Western New York and into other states to participate in games and tournaments. This, they say, raises COVID infection risks within local schools.

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for use in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir's road to approval was paved by numerous institutions researching the drug, including the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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Buffalo Police and Fire crews were conducting a water recovery operation Thursday afternoon, after a private contractor fell into a well while working at the Buffalo Sewer Authority's wastewater treatment plant on Bird Island. Early Friday morning, Buffalo Police tweeted that the contractor's body had been found.

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The Buffalo man accused of starting a fire inside a City Hall office May 30 was arraigned Thursday morning on additional counts.

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They covered a wide variety of issues, from the economy and COVID-19 to immigration, abortion rights and racial inequity. But the debate among three candidates for New York's 27th Congressional District at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute had none of the interruptions and other problems witnessed in recent nationally-televised political debates.

Buffalo Common Council Members continue to mull over proposed legislation that aims to toughen penalties and discourage the use of unregistered motorized recreational vehicles in the city. On Tuesday, they heard from city officials including a representative of the Buffalo Police Department.

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Buffalo State College's president says faculty and staff remain committed to its missions, despite the COVID pandemic and fiscal challenges straining the entire SUNY system.

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The US-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic through November 21st. Officials on both sides of the international boundary announced the latest extension, while two local federal representatives renewed their frustration.

Two members of Congress, one from each major party, offered their thoughts on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that if a COVID relief package agreement with the Trump Administration couldn't be reached within the next 48 hours, a deal will be unlikely until after Election Day.

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The New York State Education Department is awarding $34 million in state aid to more than 230 public libraries statewide in need of various capital upgrades. State Assemblyman Sean Ryan joined representatives of several local branches to reveal what's coming to local recipients.

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Though it was the ninth time he has delivered a State of the University address, it was the first time Dr. Satish Tripathi did so online. The University at Buffalo president, in recognition of the COVID pandemic, released his address in a recorded video message Friday morning.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled his $1.47 billion budget for 2021 Thursday, calling it the toughest one he's ever crafted, as the county addresses a loss in sales tax revenue brought on by COVID and pandemic-related economic shutdowns.

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A partnership formed in the spring at the onset of the COVID pandemic is credited with reducing coronavirus deaths among Buffalo's Black community and doing so better than many other communities across the nation. They're now preparing to mobilize for flu season, and a possible second COVID wave.

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While the attendance at Wednesday's rally in Niagara Square was a fraction of a more boisterous event held in April, those in attendance renewed their disapproval of Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of the COVID pandemic and what they say has been his continuing overreaching restrictions.

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While Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett was facing questions in Washington, several women lined up in downtown Buffalo Tuesday in a silent demonstration of their concern for Barrett's conservatism and what they fear it would mean if she is confirmed.

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State leaders gathered in Lackawanna Tuesday to announce a court-backed plan in which the owners of former Bethlehem Steel land in Lackawanna will spend at least $35 million to remediate 489 acres for future new uses.

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Canada announced this week it will expand family-related exemptions for entering that country from the United States. Congressman Brian Higgins has written the Trump Administration seeking a similar relaxation of restrictions to enter the United States.

The Erie County District Attorney was again unsuccessful in securing an immediate bench warrant for a Franklinville man charged in relations to a Black Lives Matter protest in August. But the new date for Michael Cremen's arraignment has been moved up to next week.

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A Franklinville man accused of wielding a knife during a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters failed to appear for his scheduled arraignment Thursday morning. While the judge rescheduled the hearing, the Erie County District Attorney wanted Michael Cremen arrested immediately, expressing safety concerns.


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State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita denied a request Tuesday by police and fire unions to protect certain disciplinary records from public release.

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A longtime attraction at Niagara Falls is introducing two new all-electric, zero-emission vessels to its fleet. Maid of the Mist will carry its first passengers aboard these new boats beginning Tuesday morning.

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Police and prosecutors in Niagara County are forming a new task force, in light of a rise in violent crime this year. While representatives of numerous agencies are involved, leaders say an important component will be help from the public to break cases still unsolved.

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Several Niagara Falls social media personalities and community activists will unite Friday evening in an online telethon, hoping to raise at least $20,000 for a future police gun buy-back program.

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