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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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan says if the Buffalo-Niagara region is to finally move forward in economic development, economic development agencies to stop the practice of one locality pirating a business away from a neighboring locality. 

UB2020 gets state's thumbs up

Dec 13, 2011
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Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus Tuesday to announce the approval of the UB2020 application. 

The State has awarded $35 million to UB under the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.   Governor Cuomo signed the challenge grant at the North campus late Tuesday morning.  The $375 million dollar plan is designed to create more than 3,000 jobs while helping to revitalize Buffalo's economy.

Photo from Facebook to elect Jacobs

Chris Jacobs is now officially the Erie County Clerk.  Jacobs, who moves into the new job after serving on the Buffalo School Board, was elected to the post in a very close race against Maria Whyte. 

WBFO's Michael Mroziak caught up with Jacobs late last week, as he finally spoke about the transition nearly one month after Election Day.

Business Technology & Resource Group, or BTRG for short, was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Mississaugua, Ontario.  Already having done business with some major employers in Buffalo, including Delaware North Companies, BTRG has chosen the Queen City for its U.S. headquarters. 

President Robert Odawi Porter read the findings of a survey which polled 1,000 Western New Yorkers last month.  According to the survey, 84-percent of those responding favor the continued and exclusive operation of gambling by the Seneca Nation.  63-percent oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow commercial interests, including overseas companies, to open casinos within the state.  

Participants of the Occupy Buffalo movement in downtown Buffalo's Niagara Square say they're preparing their tents for the coming colder and snowy weather.  As snowflakes fell over downtown Buffalo Wednesday afternoon, they were even making light of the situation, singing "Let it Snow."

Mention the word "hydrofracking" and you could spark some heated debate on whether New York State should allow the method by which natural gas is being pulled from the Marcellus Shale.   Tuesday morning  in Buffalo, supporters of the practice stated their case in a panel discussion.

The forum was made up mostly of supporters for hydrofracking.  Opponents, who did not take part, claim that the procedure of using liquid to fracture shale beneath the surface to loosen and extract natural gas could also adversely affect water and air quality.  

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Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, in Western New York, offered her comments about last week's failure by a Congressional supercommittee to reach a deal on cutting the nation's deficit. 

As WBFO's Michael Mroziak reports, Hochul is frustrated by a debate where neither side appears willing to budge.

The day after Thanksgiving is known by retailers and shoppers alike as Black Friday, the first and traditionally busiest day of the holiday shopping season.  In advance of its arrival, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was appearing at the first of several stops to encourage local consumers to consider supporting smaller, independently owned businesses this season.

Through their union, the Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, city firefighters delivered 1,500 pounds of turkeys to five area agencies: The Response to Love Center in Buffalo, St. Louis Church, Valley Community Association, South Buffalo Food Pantry and the Food Bank of Western New York.  

Firefighter union vice president Tom Barrett says a portion of union dues goes into a fund from which the union makes charitable contributions.  For for the turkey drive, he says, firefighters then chip in even more money from their own pockets.

Concussions are a known risk for athletes involved in contact sports.  With youth athletes becoming faster and stronger, head injuries such as concussions are becoming more common... and more severe.   Doctors are becoming more aware of the long-term effects of concussions but say more work must be done to further understand them and what connections may exist to other symptoms including depression, headaches and other physical problems.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says participants of the Occupy movement still camped in Niagara Square have been cooperative with city officials.  But the first serious test of that smooth relationship could come when Buffalo gets its first significant snowfall. 

It's not about shooing away the protestors, Brown says, but about making sure no one gets hurt.

The City of Buffalo is equipped and ready for the snow.  That was the message delivered this morning by mayor Byron Brown and public works commissioner Steve Stepniak at the Broadway barn, where officials conducted their annual inspection of the city's snow-cleaning vehicles.

Stepniak says every plow and salter hitting the streets this winter will be equipped with global positioning system equipment so crews back at the base can track the trucks' progress.

More than a thousand hockey players are expected to converge on Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina next February for the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament.   The fifth annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament will be held February 10th through the 12th and will feature more teams (144 of them, with maximum rosters of seven players, an increase of one player per team since the previous tournament).  Some of the games will be played at night, under lights. 

In all, it's an environment officials say will make for a great wintertime attraction.

Even before the doors opened to the Buffalo Museum of Science lobby, hundreds were lined up outside hoping to be considered for positions that Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says were promised by participating companies.

"The companies were kind enough to guarantee collectively that they would be employing more than 1,200 people," said Brown.  "1,200-plus people that come to this job fair, that I've organized and put together with the help of these great employers, will find employment."

The participants included retail, healthcare, hospitality and banking companies.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is talking about his late decision to endorse Erie County Executive-Elect Mark Poloncarz.  Speaking to WBFO Thursday, he acknowledged his warm working relationship with the current county executive, Chris Collins, and responded to the question why he'd choose his bitter election rival.

With millions of dollars of competitive economic development dollars on the line, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council has approved a five-year strategic plan it will submit to Albany next week. 

It was close and downright nasty at time.  When it ended last night, Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz emerged the unofficial winner of the race for Erie County Executive.  WBFO's Michael Mroziak recaps last night's biggest race in Erie County...

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Erie County Republicans are subdued as they continue to watch results in the race for county executive.

Democrat Mark Poloncarz is leading the race. WBFO News reporter Michael Mroziak is at watching the results from the Rich Atrium in Buffalo. 

WBFO News reporter Michael Mroziak is at watching the results from the Rich Atrium in Buffalo.  That is where the Erie County Republican Party is gathered.  Michael spoke with Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy.

Michael also spoke with former gubernatorial  candidate and Buffalo developer Carl Paladino about the county executive race.

You can click on the above audio to listen to his interviews.

Polls close: Result watch begins

Nov 8, 2011

Polls are closed and supporters of candidates across Erie and Niagara Counties are awaiting the results.  

WBFO News reporter Michael Mroziak is standing by with republican supporters at Erie County Republican Party headquarters set up Tuesday night at the Rich Atrium. That is where incumbent Chris Collins is due to appear for results.  
    
WBFO News producer Ashley Hassett is camped out with the democratic candidates at the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.  That is where Erie County candidate Mark Poloncarz is will be watching results.  

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1956. © 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is launching a new exhibition to celebrate a big anniversary.

The exhibition is called "The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting", and will feature works by dozens of artists dating back to the late 1800s, including some pieces that were deemed daring and controversial when first released.  

Gallery director Louis Grachos said the exhibition kicks off a landmark year for the history of the Gallery.

WBFO invited the candidates for Erie County Executgive into our studio for one-on-one interviews with reporter Michael Mroziak.  Here online is his interview with the Republican incumbent, Chris Collins, in its entirety.

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. 

Williamsville Centeral School District

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.

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