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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The City of Buffalo is holding daily events or media availabilities to continue a push to get more people to respond to the US Census. On Monday, leaders from Buffalo Public Schools joined Mayor Byron Brown for the latest pitch.

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Following a federal court order late Thursday to extend the U.S. Census another month, leaders in Buffalo were renewing calls Friday to complete questionnaires and ensure more federal funding would come to the region over the next decade.

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Buffalo fire officials say three people, including a baby, died in a two-alarm fire early Friday morning.

Buffalo Police announced Friday morning that charges have been filed in connection with a hit-and-run that left a bicyclist injured during Wednesday evening's Breonna Taylor protest in Niagara Square.

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A new campaign is getting underway to encourage continued compliance with guidelines set to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and give small businesses a fighting chance as they claw back from the pandemic.

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Saying he has failed to live up to promises of more transparency and outreach those affected, advocates for clergy sex abuse victims called Thursday for the removal of Bishop Edward Scharfenberger from his leadership post at the Diocese of Buffalo.

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Buffalo Common Council members are working on a plan that would have the police department hire full-time mental health professional to aid officers on crisis calls. But they're not rushing to pass a resolution. In the meantime, it appeared following Tuesday's Council Legislation Committee meeting that the proposed police reform bill known as Cariol's Law might be brought to a vote the following week.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

Charges were announced, including an upgraded count in one case, against defendants accused in separate incidents resulting in the death of a young child.

Williamsville Central Schools

The Williamsville Central School District, which abruptly halted its hybrid learning model and switched to a fully remote format just days into its new school year, is working out a plan which would return students to the classroom during parts of the week.

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For high school fall sports deemed "low-risk" by New York State, Monday was the first day of practice for some districts.

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With the closure of the US-Canada border to non-essential traffic extended another month, Western New York's economy continues to suffer in key sectors. WBFO spoke to some local tourism and commerce representatives for their thoughts.

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Thousands of absentee ballots were being mailed out Friday in parts of Western New York. As expected, concerns for COVID have resulted in a sharp rise in requests.

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In Erie County alone, the tourism industry is estimated at $1.8 billion. But it has taken a big hit with the COVID pandemic. A new bill is being introduced in Albany to help the industry recover by creating a new funding source to aid related businesses.

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With autumn officially arriving next Tuesday, Erie County lawmakers are proposing the use of federal CARES relief money to help establishments set up outdoor dining spaces during the winter months.

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Oral arguments will continue next month in a lawsuit filed by the unions representing Buffalo police officers and firefighters, in their bid to halt the release of certain disciplinary and personnel records to the public. On Wednesday, all but two of several motions by parties looking to get involved in case were denied.

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New York State is distributing $9 million dollars to 66 organizations that host in-demand job skills training. State government representatives appeared Tuesday at Erie 1 BOCES, one of the recipients, to announce the Workforce Development Initiative funding. 

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Producers of hemp extracted products are urging the Cuomo Administration not to wait until November, and release the regulations set forth in the state's Hemp Extract Law, which takes effect in January. Producers and retailers say they need adequate time to prepare so they may comply.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed rumors Tuesday that Halloween trick-or-treating might be canceled next month due to the pandemic, declaring he has no intention of preventing kids from making their annual door-to-door quest for candy.

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A 60-year-old man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during the weekend has been charged after investigators say he struck an officer with an aluminum baseball bat during the encounter. In addition, Willie Henley has been ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health examination.

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Continued economic uncertainty in many households has more New Yorkers relying on assistance from food pantries. That was a message relayed Friday by three elected representatives during a visit to a Cheektowaga church where needs are rising both for food handouts and volunteer assistance.

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An emergency alert message was sent out Friday morning to thousands of phones in the Town of Tonawanda and neighboring communities. Tonawanda Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger said it should never have happened.

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A Western New York couple who decided to turn a moment of hate into a celebration of diversity is being honored by a state lawmaker for their actions.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating a complaint of black smoke that could be seen rising Wednesday from the crematory at Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and several community partners are increasing their push to get more replies to the 2020 US Census. They warn that not completing a questionnaire puts the region at risk of losing hundreds of millions of federal dollars that the area cannot afford to miss.

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Winter remains several weeks away, but the New York Power Authority is already beefing up its icebreaking presence on the Niagara River with the newest addition to its fleet. Breaker II was introduced and christened Wednesday morning in Buffalo.

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With Buffalo and Western New York trying to crawl back from a pandemic-related economic shutdown, the Northland Workforce Training Center is announcing new partnerships for its job training mission.

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Supporters of a Buffalo police reform law named for an ousted officer are calling on lawmakers to state publicly whether they'll support it. Those backing the proposal known as Cariol's Law demand lawmakers keep her name on the bill if and when they may pass it.

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The AAA of Western and Central New York is out with its annual "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign. This year, as schools reopen under a different operational model, drivers are being reminded again to look out for youngsters. And, they're being told to be vigilant, not just during the traditional school bus hours but also throughout the day.

Chautauqua County leaders are urging the public to avoid large gatherings this Labor Day holiday weekend, while offering mixed news on COVID cases in two of the county's known clusters.

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Hours before a scheduled racial justice protest on Hertel Avenue, a half dozen local pastors were gathered in the North Buffalo neighborhood to pray for praceful demonstrations, but also to send a message to outside agitators planning to show up: your antics will not be tolerated.

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