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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Sahlen Field in Buffalo, Dwyer Park in Batavia and all minor league professional ballparks throughout the nation will stay quiet and closed this summer. Minor League Baseball on Tuesday announced the cancelation of the 2020 season for all of its leagues.

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The attorney for Buffalo activist Martin Gugino says her client, who was seriously injured during an encounter with Buffalo police in a Niagara Square protest on June 4, has been released from the hospital.

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A former Buffalo police officer and approximately two dozen peers stood outside Buffalo Police Headquarters Tuesday morning, announcing their proposed legislation that would require law enforcers step in to stop peers from committing acts of brutality, or face prosecution for failing to act.

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As the five counties of Western New York enter Phase Four of reopening Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was again urging the public to keep respecting practices including wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing in order to prevent a new rise in COVID cases. On Monday, she was joined by experts from the Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo who also called for continued caution.

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A popular family-oriented Canalside attraction is getting ready to reopen as Western New York enters Phase Four of economic reopening Tuesday. But it will be a slower reopening process for Explore & More Children's Museum, whose leaders say is being done in order to do it properly and safely in an environment where touching is encouraged.

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Local organized labor leaders joined furloughed and former employees of a local coffee shop chain, urging its owner to be more open about future plans for the shops, and warning against any effort to circumvent the union its workers voted to form before the pandemic put their jobs on hold.

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After calling it too soon to concede or claim victory in the 27th Congressional District special election, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray spoke Friday of focusing on November, when he'll have a rematch against Republican Chris Jacobs and, as McMurray sees it, the Trump agenda itself.

Phase Four of the New York State's gradual economic reopening strategy got underway Friday in three counties east of Buffalo. But plans to leave out some popular institutions have renewed complaints and calls to the Cuomo Administration to reconsider.

A 14-day quarantine for travelers entering New York from certain other states took effect early Thursday morning. The New York State Health Department has posted guidelines. In the meantime, pushback from lawmakers includes a mix of understanding for public health safety but also concern for potential constitutional and commerce issues.

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A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in the Village of Lancaster Thursday morning, marking the beginning of construction to restore a main thoroughfare that was severed decades ago to make way for a big box plaza and parking space. Those lifting the golden shovels hail the event as the start of a plan discussed for decades.

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The attorney for Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester who was injured after a push and fall during an encounter with Buffalo Police June 4, says her client continues to recover but is not yet ready to leave the hospital.

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Wednesday marks the first day of Phase One of the City of Buffalo's Reform Agenda, including a change in police policy regarding arrests for low-level offenses. While this will cover many cases, Mayor Byron Brown indicated during the announced rollout that there will still be occasions when suspects will still be handcuffed and taken into custody.

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The water was turned on Monday morning at three of the City of Buffalo's splash pads. They'll be available to the public daily, weather permitting, but operated with social distancing measures in place.

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Some of the steps toward police and racial equity reform, announced by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown earlier this month, take effect on Wednesday.

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It's a policy New York City's mayor announced last week will be implemented in that city, the creation of a police discipline database. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown was asked if he would consider a similar database.

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Beginning in 2021, the City of Buffalo will recognize Juneteenth as a holiday, during which city government employees will get a paid day off. Mayor Byron Brown made it official Friday morning, while marking Juneteenth 2020 in MLK Park.

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Congressman Tom Reed, a Southern Tier Republican, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise are calling for an independent investigation of how five states, including New York, managed COVID patients and nursing homes as the coronavirus pandemic was growing. Governor Andrew Cuomo, they say, defied guidelines by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when ordering nursing homes to take in patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

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With Phase Three of reopening underway in Western New York, some are calling to Governor Cuomo to include indoor shopping centers including malls to the list of businesses eligible to resume their services. The plea to reopen malls was presented outside Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

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Just days after ordering local governments and police to rework their models or lose state funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed additional pieces of legislation to reform police and law enforcement practices.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it official during his Monday morning briefing: the Western New York economic region will advance to the next phase of reopening Tuesday, with entry into Phase Three.

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Last week's tweet by President Donald Trump about a Buffalo activist, injured after being pushed and falling in Niagara Square, is just one example of a long-running history of media misinformation. A University at Buffalo expert on media effects, persuasion and misinformation discussed the ongoing trend of spreading false narratives, and offers pointers for better judgment while warning that misinformation will only escalate with a tense presidential election coming.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo, this week, gave local governments clearance to reopen playgrounds and pools once proper plans are in place. But several area department heads admit they're scrambling to form a strategy, and at least one feels the window of opportunity to open pools for the summer season may have already closed.

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Western New Yorkers' eyebrows were raised when, two weeks ago, protesters in Niagara Falls and police overseeing them met and knelt together. While the mayor welcomed the respectful atmosphere, he admits there are issues of inequality that exist and must be addressed. He explained Thursday how he'd like to do it.

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Five of New York State's economic regions will enter Phase Three of reopening Friday, including the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions. Western New York could be eligible as early as next Tuesday. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Niagara County Thursday, bringing a message of hope but also continued calls to honor social distancing and wearing of masks in public.

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Flanked by representatives of the Free The People WNY Coalition, Common Councilmembers, members of Buffalo Police Department and two National Football League players, Mayor Byron Brown announced a series of changes in the city's police policy while vowing that conversations to address social inequity have only just begun.

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The President of the United States tweeted Tuesday morning, without providing evidence, that Buffalo activist Martin Gugino "could be an ANTIFA provocateur." Donald Trump also raised questions about Gugino's fall during last Thursday's protest in Niagara Square, and whether he was trying to disrupt police equipment.

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He wouldn't say whether it will include layoffs or furloughs, but Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's plan to address a budget deficit is expected to include some cuts and use of fund balance dollars when it's delivered Thursday morning to the Legislature.

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He joked about finally being to able to get a haircut during his Wednesday afternoon COVID briefing, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also spoke about other elements of daily life being allowed to resume.

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Another day of protest in Buffalo started peacefully, but ended with violence. 

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The 45th Juneteenth Festival will still take place in Buffalo, but amid a pandemic the African American celebration will be carried out online.

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