Tom Dinki

Reporter

Tom Dinki joined WBFO in August 2019 to cover issues affecting older adults.

Tom is a Buffalo native and 2016 University at Buffalo graduate, holding a B.A. in English and journalism certificate. While at UB, he served as editor in chief of the university's independent student newspaper, The Spectrum.

After graduating from UB, Tom spent three years as a reporter for the Olean Times Herald, where he covered mostly crime and education throughout Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

His three-part education series, "The state of New York rural schools: Left behind," won a 2018 New York Associated Press first-place Enterprise Reporting Award, second-place Investigative and Watchdog Reporting Award, and first-place Data Visualization Award.

When he’s not eating, sleeping and breathing the news, Tom likes to ride his bike and watch — and more importantly, discuss and debate — movies and television.

You can follow him on Twitter, @tomdinki.

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International wings, beverages, blue cheese and yes, even ranch, will be on hand this weekend for the National Buffalo Wing Festival. 

Organizers held a sneak preview event Thursday at the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center, as London-based wing maker The Orange Buffalo provided free samples to community members. 

 

 


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The columns of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site are an iconic part of the Delaware Avenue building where Roosevelt took his oath of office. They were draped in black fabric to signify mourning after the assassination of President William McKinley.

 

On Thursday, the columns were removed — at least temporarily.

 

 

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Fort Niagara has been a lot of things throughout its 300-plus-year history.

 

It was a crucial military post for France, Great Britain and eventually the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a training ground for Polish soldiers during World War I, as well as an induction site for the U.S. Army and even a camp for German prisoners of war during World War II.

 

On Wednesday morning, it was also the beginning for 20 of the United States’ newest citizens, as Old Fort Niagara hosted its first naturalization ceremony in nearly three decades.

 

 

Erie County Sheriff's Office

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and standing before a judge in Erie County Court Monday, Brianna Valenti admitted to causing the death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. When Judge Sheila DiTullio asked Valenti if she caused the death of Raelynn Rose Fuller last September by shaking her, Valenti quietly responded, “Yes.”

 


Cornell Cooperative Extension

Firm, greasy-looking smears. Dark spots with fuzzy white spores. 

 

Farmers should be on the lookout for these warning signs after late blight — the plant disease best known for causing the Irish Potato Famine — was detected on crops in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Genesee counties over the last week. 

 

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Jadalynn Diaz is one of 1,000 freshmen now living in dorms on Buffalo State College’s campus. The criminal justice major and her family made the drive to Buffalo Thursday from their home in the Bronx. For Diaz’s mom, Grace, it’s both exciting and a bit heartbreaking.


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The University at Buffalo has lifted its Greek life suspension while also imposing new anti-hazing and oversight regulations on fraternities and sororities.

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The city of Niagara Falls will receive $10 million to help transform its Bridge District. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was there Wednesday to announce the funding, which is part of the fourth round of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

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