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.  
 

Ways to Connect

WBFO invited the Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger into our studios to be interviewed in advance of next week's elections.  First, WBFO's Michael Mroziak spoke with the challenger, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz.  Portions of the interview were aired on 88.7FM.  Here, we provide the interview in its entirety.

On Friday, Mroziak's interview with the incumbent, Chris Collins, will be aired in part on 88.7 FM and in its entirety on WBFO.org.

The days of our seemingly open border with Canada are gone following the 9/11 attacks.  But a study released jointly by four partners finds that Buffalo-Niagara's crossings are the busiest along the entire Canadian border - while Detroit Windsor gets more truck traffic, more overall traffic crosses both ways in this region. 

A newly released report summarizes a study of trends at the crossings over the past few years, seeks to find out why people are crossing or not crossing, and offers recommendations for maximizing the crossings for economic growth.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is continuing their investigation of several absentee ballots recently mailed out that reportedly had Republican and incumbent county executive Chris Collins' name already checked. 

While the Sheriff's office is not commenting on the status of their probe, reports are surfacing that they are close to making an arrest .  The prime suspect, according to television station WIVB's website, is a Democratic clerk within the county's Board of Elections.

Along Washington Street in Buffalo there sits a former medical office building that was created by joining two houses built in 1915.  It's currently unused but will soon be retrofitted with energy efficient technology.  It's the first project in a new partnership involving National Grid and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, known as "Energize BNMC."  The building, when finished, will be opened as a model home to educate the public about ideas for energy efficiency. 

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A forum at Williamsville South High School aims to give parents more knowledge to recognize warning signs of adolescent depression or worse.

It is designed to help parents recognize the signs of adolescent depression and spot the warnings that they may try to harm themselves. 

The forum is known as "Out of the Darkness" and takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

 Phil Chearmonte shares his family's own painful story.  Chearmonte's son ended his life early last year.

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Route 219 is part expressway, part two-lane road.  The route has been expanded in segments up until two years ago, when work was halted by then-governor David Paterson.  Inside the Mahoney State Office Building, some of Western New York's representatives heard from advocates, business leaders, educators and union leaders about why it's important to get Route 219 expansion moving again.

One speaker told lawmakers that an improved infrastructure is critical to luring interested businesses to this region.

An estimated 2,500 out-of-town visitors are in Buffalo attending the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference, which was formally launched at a news conference in Buffalo's City Hall on Wednesday morning. Officials at the National Trust for Historic Preservation believe their 65th annual gathering may set a new attendance record.

Buffalo leaders are looking forward to showing off the historic architectural and cultural gems still used, from public buildings to schools, to places of worship to neighborhood districts.

 More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in this week's National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Buffalo.   While the formal opening ceremony takes place Wednesday, students at Buffalo's Waterfront Elementary School were busy Tuesday raising a scaled-down classic American structure, a barn.  Among those watching the barn raising was Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic preservation.

The Buffalo Sabres play their first home game of the NHL's 2011-2012 regular season Friday night.

On Wednesday, the team showed off the results of its' multi-million dollar overhaul of the team's facilities.  

WBFO's Michael Mroziak was on the tour and says even seasoned Sabres beat reporters were awestruck by the team's new digs.  

 

Yesterday in Erie County Hall, legislators were urged to support a resolution calling on New York State to get tougher with its anti-bullying laws.  WBFO's Michael Mroziak spoke with a local State Assemblyman to find out just how lawmakers in Albany are taking on the topic of bullying.
 

In several locations throughout Western New York and the nation this morning, volunteers were reading the children's book "Llama Llama Red Pajama." The mass reading of this popular book had two goals... first, to set a world record and second, and more importantly, to raise awareness of early educational gaps caused when children are not reading at an early age.

State Senator Mark Grisanti is telling the Buffalo News that in spite of the criticism he's getting from conservatives for his vote to legalize gay marriage, he has no plans to jump back to the Democratic Party.

Grisanti has led some to speculate whether the Republican might return to his original party, but Grisanti is telling the newspaper he's comfortable in his place with the G.O.P.

In Buffalo, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan suggests Grisanti remaining a Republican works to the advantage of the entire local delegation.

Bullying has been happening for generations, but more recently it has become a mainstream topic following the suicide of an Amherst teen who reportedly suffered frequent abuse by bullies.

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