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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Niagara County officials report an uptick in domestic abuse cases, and they believe the stress brought on by living under the restrictions imposed under the COVID-19 pandemic are playing a part. The District Attorney is also reminding victims that even under the extraordinary circumstances, help has not gone away.

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The Niagara County Health Department reported Tuesday that a 58-year-old male with no underlying health conditions has become the first person to die of coronavirus in the county since the onset of the pandemic.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein provided their latest update on COVID-19 cases in the county Monday afternoon. While the trends hinted that Erie County might be nearing the flattening of its case curve, officials are renewing their calls for honoring social distancing.

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Catholic Health announced Monday there are more than 60 cases of COVID-19 at Father Baker Manor, in what is believed to be the first major outbreak at a Western New York nursing home.

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Catholic Charities’ annual appeal has raised $3.75 million to date, putting the drive far short of the $10 million goal set in January. And as it heads into what is traditionally one of its most important weekends, it will miss out on the face-to-face donations it has historically relied upon, courtesy of coronavirus.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order mandating the collection of ventilators and personal protective equipment from some upstate hospitals for use downstate drew quick and critical response Friday from several Western New York lawmakers. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, during his daily COVID-19 briefing, indicated the county hasn't got a ventilator to spare.

Dozens of local community advocacy agencies and individuals are uniting in a call to the City of Buffalo and the city’s Water Board, urging them to restore service amidst the pandemic to those whose water has been shut off.

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In just one day, Niagara County's number of known cases of COVID-19 jumped from 65 to 91. Officials reported 26 additional cases during their Thursday afternoon briefing.

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Niagara County officials reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 during a Wednesday afternoon briefing but stressed that they expect the county's overall tally would be higher if they could conduct more testing.

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During Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's daily COVID-19 briefing, he noted that county parks were experiencing issues with too many people congregating in just a limited number of the 10,000 acres available throughout the system. His latest warning came hours before having to confirm two more coronavirus-related deaths in Erie County.

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More than a dozen Buffalo firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the city's fire commissione and the union that represents firefighters.

Citing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership of People United for Sustainable Housing, better known as PUSH Buffalo, announced Monday it will cancel rents in April for its low-income resident and commercial tenants.


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Speaking Monday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stated that in travels throughout the city, he has pesonally observed people who continue to congregate in violation of the social distancing urged by health experts - and ordered be elected officials - amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sunday marked Vietnam Veterans Day in the U.S. In advance of this annual recognition, WBFO received never-before-released audio from the VA Western New York Healthcare System featuring Buffalo businessman Michael Militello who, before founding some of the area's longtime establishments, was a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran.

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A member of Erie County government, identified only as anindividual who has worked in the county's coronavirus first response efforts, has tested positive for COVID-19. County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed the case, as part of his daily briefing on the pandemic and its local numbers. 

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An estimated 70 percent of New Era Cap's U.S.-based workforce, including operations in Buffalo, will be furloughed for at least 60 days, the company announced Friday, as the result of slumping sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As most people get used to the notion of working from home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are some agencies facing the challenge of continuing to deliver services without the face-to-face interaction on which their clients. This includes veterans support agencies.

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Seniors attending at least two Buffalo-area college campuses will not get the traditional “pomp and circumstance” this spring which comes with graduation. Meanwhile, another Buffalo campus is preparing to graduate dozens of students early so they may quickly join the workforce which is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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High school basketball, bowling and hockey state champions will not be crowned this year. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Monday its decision to cancel the remainder of the scholastic winter state championship games, as the result of the continuing COVID-19 health crisis.

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More positive test results were confirmed Friday afternoon in Erie County, as health officials and the county executive again expressed frustration over a lack of available testing kits. Meanwhile, after stating he had heard reports of groups congregating in city parks in violation of coronavirus prevention guidelines, Mayor Byron Brown announced a shutdown of certain facilities on Buffalo park grounds.

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New York State is heading to a virtual shutdown as officials organize their response to the spreading coronavirus. Governor Cuomo announced just after 11 a.m. that he is ordering "100 percent" of all employees at non-essential businesses to stay home.

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Officials in Niagara County say three more positive tests have come back, raising their known number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases to four as of late Thursday morning.

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In a unanimous vote Thursday, Erie County Legislators approved a $5 million fund requested by the County Executive to tackle the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

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In his latest update on COVID-19 coronavirus in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive order under which most businesses will be allowed no more than 50 percent of their personnel to work on site.

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Hours before Niagara County officials announced their first confirmed case of COVID-19, officials announced they had reached a short-term deal with Eastern Niagara Hospital to reopen a former satellite facility to house quarantined individuals if necessary.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his latest update on COVID-19 coronavirus in New York State, says health experts are projecting the caseload will reach its peak in about 45 days. Concerns are being raised for the availability of hospital beds that will be needed to meet the anticipated demand.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced Monday that as of 8 p.m., City Hall and other city buildings would close, and government operations will comply with Governor Cuomo's guidelines for reducing risks to spread COVID-19 coronavirus. The city is also enforcing the shutdown of numerous attractions in order to comply with a "less than 50 people" rule, and one of the biggest casualties of this will be one of Buffalo's most popular Eastertime traditions.

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As a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Canada is closing its border to most foreigners beginning March 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday. U.S. citizens, however, are exempt.

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The Seneca Nation of Indians announced Monday it would suspend gaming operations at its three Western New York casinos, beginning at 8 p.m., in a move to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Religious institutions in the Buffalo area, in light of COVID-19 coronavirus concerns and guidance from health officials regarding crowd size limitations, have either adjusted or entirely canceled worship services this weekend and for the near future.

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