Mike Desmond

Reporter

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. He also hosts “You and the Law,” a popular segment that involves interviews with local lawyers. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.

Ways to Connect

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Next time you travel to downtown Buffalo for work, play or a weekend stay, you can park in one of the city's auto ramps and charge your electric car. The chargers were officially unveiled Thursday.


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With control of the New York State Senate on the ballot Election Day, state legislation about child abuse by clergy has moved onto the political scene.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo Public Schools ran an unanticipated surplus last year. That was the good news, after even supporters of the district described finances as bleak.

First Student

Buffalo Public Schools and First Student say they are making a dent in the problem, but students should expect delays getting home on time until mid-November.

Sen. Chris Jacobs

North Buffalo's Shoshone Park will be getting a major indoor sports complex, pushed forward by $1 million in state funds and more than $1 million in city money.

Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates

After a lot of neighborhood opposition, City Hall has approved turning the old Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing. However, the project is now stuck in the complicated process of not-for-profit housing.

Buffalo Bisons

A local meat producer celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019 has bought the naming rights for Buffalo's downtown baseball stadium. For the next 10 years, the Bisons' home ballpark will be known as Sahlen Field, team officials announced Tuesday.

First Shiloh Baptist Church

One Buffalo pastor says the robust social services programs at his church may be a way to attract young people to his congregation, the notoriously unchurched millennials.

File Photo / WBFO News

Buffalo Public Schools say they are making headway in their chronic attendance problems among students, from kindergarten through high school.

UB Office of International Education

More than 600 UB students are studying overseas this year, as the university expands where they can study and recruits students to take advantages of the opportunity to learn other languages and other cultures.


Mike Desmond, WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres opened their 2018-19 National Hockey League season with a disappointing home shutout loss to the rival Boston Bruins. But before witnessing the 4-0 defeat, fans - and family of Sabres players - celebrated the start of a new hockey season, and hope for improvement upon last season's last-place finish.

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There are almost 1,000 children in Erie County's foster care system every day and the system is being criticized for not working all that well.


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SparkCharge will be at UB this morning, looking for engineers and scientists and others for its portable electric car charging system. The visit follows last night's victory in the 43North business competition where the company claimed the $1 million dollar prize.


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Explore & More, the new children's museum coming to Canalside, hasn't yet reached its fundraising goal of $29 million. With a full opening just six months away, museum officials say they have plans to help close that gap.


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With Maritime Charter School agreeing to an archeological survey of the proposed site of a high school and athletic facility on Buffum Street, Buffalo's Common Council on Tuesday approved rescinding the special use permit for the project. The lawyer for opponents says that may have tangled the situation even more.


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In the middle of the after-school rush yesterday of the traffic along Bailey Avenue, someone shot three people in front of a liquor store at Bailey and Berkshire. Police say it was a targeted shooting.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Four new cases of Hepatitis A stemming from a local pizzeria mark the latest in a significant increase of the virus in Erie County. Officials are recommending any resident without a complete series of Hepatitis A vaccinations get fully immunized.

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Western New York Catholics gathered Sunday in St. Joseph's Cathedral for an hour of Reparation and Healing. A small group of protesters was also there.

BQ Energy

Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.


Buffalo State College

It is a problem across public higher education, traditionally financed by state governments to keep tuition and costs low. Across the country, states are cutting back on support, prompting schools to get seriously into fundraising to close the gap. Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner says her school is no exception.

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It's been a long time coming. Buffalo Police have been headquartered out of the same building at Franklin and Church streets since the 1930s. On Friday, their new HQ opens to officers and the public.

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For decades, the Grant Street entrance to Buffalo State was just kind of there, a walkway to parking lots. It is now going to be an entrance to the college's past and future.

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New York State's government is in bad shape, but there is so much secrecy it is hard to tell how bad. That was the message Wednesday night, as two public interest groups were honored for trying to open government and uncover what is there.

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For a century and a half, local residents have used the park system established by the designs of Frederick Law Olmsted. A new exhibit probes the question, Who was Olmsted?

Silvestri Architects/ McGuire Development

Buffalo's East Side will be getting a new daycare center and doctor's office, just not quite on the site originally planned.

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A proposed major expansion of Western New York Maritime Charter School was rescinded by a Common Council committee on Tuesday. Wednesday morning, the entire project is due in court.

Cedarland Development/Blackfish Investment

Another large student housing complex is coming to Main Street in Buffalo, as the University at Buffalo Medical School and all other branches of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus attract rising numbers of students.

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

The director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery says he needs the public to join some wealthy donors in contributing for the planned $155 million expansion. Janne Siren says he wants the public to take ownership of the expansion to make it communitywide.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

While development plans and projects continue, City Hall is still talking about setting quotas for how many units in Buffalo projects involving public money should be affordable.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Buffalo Municpal Housing Authority has stayed in-house, making Interim Executive Director Gillian Brown its permanent director.

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