Mike Desmond


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

Williamsville Central Schools / YouTube

The Williamsville School Board Thursday voted to appoint a new superintendent, looking for some upper management stability after a tumultuous year with COVID-19.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Two local groups are sharing $150,000 in state cash to help counter the rise in domestic violence cases during the pandemic.

Evan Vucci / AP

Local refugee agencies are preparing for more families to come to Western New York, as Washington, DC quadruples the immigration quota for the rest of the federal fiscal year through Sept. 30.

Erie County Department of Health

Erie County is showing sign of having the same problems getting young people vaccinated against COVID-19 as with older groups.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

One of the key figures in education and knowledge in Erie County is retiring. Now the hunt is on for her successor.

MLB Zoom Call

It's Opening Day for the Buffalo Bisons. The Herd is in Trenton, NJ to face the Worchester Red Sox, with the probability the Toronto Blue Jays will play at Sahlen Field.

National Cancer Institute

One of the casualties of COVID-19 is routine screening for potential health problems, but a late diagnosis can mean more serious progression of cancers like lung, breast and prostate.

Tour Chatauqua

Chautauqua Lake is getting an addition to its developing sewer ring, as the push continues to protect water quality in one of Western New York's most famous tourist areas.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is moving into the academic fundraising big leagues with a new "Boldly Buffalo" goal of $1 billion.

File Photo / WBFO News

The City of Buffalo has demolished thousands of buildings, fearing they would stay vacant and deteriorated and contribute to blight. A local preservation exponent told a panel discussion Thursday that it hasn’t worked.

Western New York Land Conservancy / YouTube

Buffalo's Riverline is starting to take shape, with landscape designs from architects.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Activists and family of Amanda Wienckowski, found dead on Buffalo's East Side in 2008, are calling for authorities to reopen the case based upon new evidence.

Media Pool Photo

Erie County Sheriff’s Department officials said the COVID-19 situation at both the Holding Center and the Correctional Facility is at a low level, after massive problems earlier in the pandemic.

Erie County / YouTube

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz held a COVID-19 update briefing in Buffalo, discussing the latest case numbers, as well as a new incentive for getting vaccinated. Watch it here.

WBFO file photo

With proms and graduations coming up, Erie County is hoping to make a dent in the rapidly rising health problem of teens who are hit with COVID.

MIke Desmond/WBFO

The Buffalo Public School girls high school swimming team isn't being allowed to compete this year. They're relaying their displeasure to district officials.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A  historic building in Buffalo’s African American Heritage Corridor,  is getting a new life.

The structure at 509 Michigan Ave., next to the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church,  will be renovated and then doubled to become the home of Vision Multi Media Group, owner of WUFO and Power 95,

Lenny Lace via Facebook

Buffalo’s public school students are very aware of the societal problems around them and the racial tensions surrounding the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. A selected panel of students had a chance to talk about those issues Thursday.

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara

Some job titles carry obvious duties, like firefighter. Others aren't always immediately clear, like supply chain manager or logistics analyst. There are openings in these less obvious jobs, but those already in the field are having difficulty convincing young people to make it a career.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

Even with what Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash called "mind-boggling" levels of COVID-19 in some parts of Buffalo, city schools will continue to bring more students back to classes in the buildings Monday.

Erie County / YouTube

The average age of COVID-19 patients in Erie County continues to drop heavily, because there has been so much effort to vaccinate older residents. Now young people playing sports has become a major issue.


The day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, the Buffalo Common Council’s Police Oversight Committee will meet to talk about police reform.

Erie County Department of Health

The vocal parent group Western New York Students First wants Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein fired by the county executive for not allowing wide reopening of schools.

Williamsville Central Schools

Williamsville elementary school students will return to classes in district buildings Monday, but it is not clear whether middle and high school students will return to the buildings most of the time in this school year.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Olcott is ready to build multimillion-dollar defenses against Lake Ontario's high waters, which have hit shoreline communities so hard the last couple of years. Just in time for the construction, lake levels are low.

Amherst Police

With the restirement of Amherst Police Chief John Askey, the Town Board Monday evening is expected to approve appointing Det. Capt. Scott Chamberlin as his successor. 

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The voting process has changed enormously in recent years and particularly in these COVID times, with the tens of millions of absentee ballots cast nationally in last year’s presidential election. Albany controls what’s in the state Election Law and could change it again this year, with more time in the legislative session.

Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools are in the final stages of preparing a budget for next year to go to the School Board, possibly on Wednesday. For most recent years, it was a spending plan built around not enough money for too many needs, despite the best efforts of the school system. This year is much different.


The pace of development at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna is picking up, with a major new project to be finished this summer and the latest proposal to connect a bike path to Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg.

Erie Cou

Erie County health officials are seeing a surge in COVID infections among students.