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.

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Thomas O'Neil-White / WBFO News

A Buffalo criminal justice system of nearly a half-century ago is going to get a close look within weeks. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns has ordered a court hearing on a request to quash convictions from a 1976 murder on Fillmore Avenue.

New York State Unified Court System

There are three criminal jury trials in Western New York this week. That may seem routine, but COVID-19 has blocked most jury trials for the last year.

Celia Clarke / WSKG Public Media

Rep. Tom Reed has responded to an allegation made by a former lobbyist in a Washington Post story that came out Friday. In a statement released early Sunday evening, Reed, a Southern Tier Republican from Corning who has been in Congress since 2010, announced that he will not run for any elected office in 2022.

Chautauqua County Department of Health

Chautauqua County is making progress in its COVID-19 vaccinations, as the supply issue slowly begins to ease. That was the message to the county Health Board Thursday.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

There are going to be fewer empty seats in outdoor sports arenas and performing arts centers this summer.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Deyanna Davis faces up to 25 years in jail, as the alleged driver of a vehicle which drove over a police line during a tense George Floyd demonstration on Bailey Avenue June 1 of last year, severely injuring a state trooper.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A Buffalo man who police say they shot after he behaved erratically and attacked an officer with a baseball bat last September is now in a psychiatric ward in Rochester, being evaluated.

Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools will try again to bring 5,000 students back to the classroom Monday, after a year of virtual school. They were supposed to be back this week, but a ransomware attack on the district's computer system stopped that.

Erie County / YouTube

Erie County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is sitting on a plateau. Officials say the problem appears to be in the workplace, with a failure to follow the rules and stop transmission among co-workers.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

The economic toll of the pandemic shows everywhere, but more so in the hospitality industry, with the lists of laid-off workers, closed hotels and losses of tax revenue locally and across the state.

WNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

The head of Western New York’s Labor Federation is retiring, after a decade in the job.

Kyle S. Mackie / WBFO News

The ransomware attack on Buffalo schools is continuing to interfere with school operations and efforts to expand the number of kids in buildings.

Matt Urban Center

The Matt Urban Center in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore community has a new boss. New Executive Director Ben Hilligas is grappling with so many activities that aren't active due to COVID-19. He is hoping vaccinations will start opening things up.

Buffalo Public Schools

Thousands of Buffalo Public Schools students were slated to return to their buildings Monday morning, some for the first time in their high schools. However, that didn't happen, with a ransomware attack shutting down district technology.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The water level in Lake Erie is about 1' below the levels of the last two years, but still 2' above the very long-term average.

First Nations Development Institute

The state Health Department has been reaching out to various communities across New York, working with them on COVID-19 and now on the importance of receiving the vaccine. Thursday evening’s "fireside chat" was with the Native American community.

Akron Central Schools

This last year has been bad for many, not just because of the coronavirus, but schools closing or operating part-time and many parents working from home. All of that works if those homes have internet access and many don’t.

SUNY Buffalo State

Spring is going to be a very strange sports season for many state university schools, with no fans in the stands and no celebrations on the field.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara

What to do about Grant Street and its West Side neighborhood was the topic for a virtual meeting Tuesday evening sponsored by GoBike Buffalo and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, both deeply involved in the tattered but reviving community.

Erie County Department of Health

A Catholic school in Amherst has rejected advice from the Erie County Health Department to go to virtual learning after nine COVID-19 cases were found in three classrooms. This comes as new vaccination sites open Wednesday.

Office of the Governor

The chaos in the COVID supply situation continues, as weekly supplies ricochet up and down and Albany bigfoots in to organize its own mass vaccinations instead of using existing county arrangements.

Mensch Capital Partners

Amherst took another step toward a vast Central Park Monday evening, with unanimous approval by the Town Board of terms for a deal with the owner of what was Westwood Country Club.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO Public Media

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration receives many complaints about problems with drugs and medical devices. A team from the University at Buffalo has been assigned the task of figuring out which of these complaints are a serious health risk.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The deadline for New York's budget is weeks away and there are still major revenue and expense issues, even with the billions of dollars in federal stimulus cash approved on Saturday. A coalition of progressive groups is pushing controlling Democrats to raise taxes on the rich.

Village of Fredonia

New York State has an Open Meetings Law. A new report from the state Coalition for Open Government suggests that doesn’t matter much, since there is no enforcement and if you don’t know what’s coming up at the meeting or don’t know what happened afterwards, how valuable is it?

US Veteran's Admin/File photo

The KeyBank Center downtown will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people over 65 years of age next week, becoming the third large-scale distribution point in Erie County.

City of Buffalo

It’s going to be a big construction season for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, with work going on across the city thanks in part to $14 million annual grant from Washington, DC for repairs and maintenance.

Delavan Grider Community Center

As millions more doses of now three anti-COVID vaccines start flooding out across the country, there will be more and more places to put your arm out for a shot locally.

Daemen College

Radio remains an essential part of the communications spectrum, offering everything from news to education to culture. That was the message one of the founders of NPR brought to Daemen College Monday evening.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

As you drive around Buffalo, watch your speed, because the cameras around public and private schools are back in action, and could lead to a ticket and fine if you go more than 15 mph.