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Between Wednesday's Presidential Inauguration and the siege on the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., has been under heightened scrutiny recently. Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News, has been close to the activity. He was among a handful of reporters nearby as President Biden recited the oath of office.  "A lot of people who were there thought it was a very exhilarating experience," said Zremski, who was also in the Capitol as a mob stormed into the building on January 6.

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"It is not the sort of facility that we're used to when we think of prison," said Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News,, as he described the Florida federal prison where former Congressman Chris Collins is scheduled to begin his jail sentence today. In a morning conversation with WBFO, Zremski discussed the prison and how Collins remains defiant over his prosecution on corruption charges. Collins, of course, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the charges earlier this year. 

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For former Buffalo News sportswriter Bob DiCesare, the outbreak of the coronavirus has forced him to continue his stay in Florida for an additional two months. He wasn't complaining, especially about the weather, but admitted, "I'm itching to get home." In an hour-long interview with WBFO, the Western New York native had plenty to say about the state of journalism, the changes at his former employer and his passion for fishing the streams, rivers and lakes of the region.

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Now, two years removed from her nearly 20-year stint as a Buffalo News sportswriter, Amy Moritz still values the “power” of stories. That theme stood out in a lengthy interview with WBFO discussing the changes in journalism. Her current story reflects the power of the moment: As her husband nurses patients on a COVID-19 unit at a local hospital, she’s “taking care of the eighty-year-olds on my end.”

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The truth hurts. Just ask Bucky Gleason. Two years after leaving his job as a Buffalo News sports columnist, he remains attuned to the wobbling foundations of journalism. In a lengthy interview with WBFO, Gleason raised important questions about what we read and why we read it.

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Often painful and dramatic, change continues for the newspaper industry. Fueled by the internet, consumers have rushed to information outlets beyond their city’s daily print publication. Sportswriter Tim Graham has worked through the whirlwind. Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize while at The Buffalo News, Graham’s work now exists exclusively in the digital world at The Athletic.

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What does it say about a sportswriter who retired three years ago but spent a week this winter reporting on six different sporting events? “It’s still fun to go to games,” said Budd Bailey, who retired from the Buffalo News in 2017. “As I tell people, I’d like to think I see more games in Buffalo than anybody else in town.”  While he clearly hasn’t grown tired of sports after four decades of coverage, he did share concerns over how sports journalism may be losing out in a changing marketplace. 

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Before the spread of COVID-19, when the country was still consuming sports at its typical, voracious rate, some of the area's best-known sportswriters visited WBFO for long conversations about the future of sports journalism. Different perspectives were shared, but each individual offered keen insights into how journalism is being devalued. "Sports is sports," said Jerry Sullivan, former senior sports columnist at the Buffalo News. "It worries me more in the real realm, in the news world, the way news is being consumed."   

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"Shocked and speechless" was how the president of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild described the sale of The Buffalo News to Lee Enterprises. It could be a major change for the region, in an industry where cuts and consolidation are already common. For more information about the new owner and what the sale could mean for Western New York, WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Jim Heaney, a reporter at the News from 1986-2011 and now editor of Investigative Post, a nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo.

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The Buffalo News has a new owner: Lee Enterprises. The announcement was made by Lee shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Despite pleading guilty to securities fraud, Cameron Collins will not go to jail, unlike his father, disgraced former congressman Chris Collins who will spend 26 months in federal prison. Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for The Buffalo News, was inside the Manhattan courtroom during Thursday's sentencing. In making the determinations, U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick, Zremski says, pointed to the former congressman as the instigator in the fateful decision to share inside information in order to avoid massive financial losses for his family. 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is pushing back against allegations his office has been mismanaging money borrowed for the Department of Parks. The Buffalo News released a report Wednesday detailing a lack of renovations to pavilions, roads and bathrooms within the parks system, most notably at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

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Buffalo's Hamlin Park is an historic city neighborhood adjacent to Canisius College. The May issue of Buffalo Spree finds out why more and more people want to live there. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the neighborhood is named after a family that once ran a horse racing track in that neighborhood.

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Best of WNY 2018

Jul 31, 2018

The Best of Western New York in 2018 is celebrated in the August issue of Buffalo Spree. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata touches on several categories. We begin with a discussion of the some of the winners in the food and drink categories.

Tonight's Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at Sportsmen's Tavern will be centered on Miles Davis' 1959 album, "Kind of Blue." According to Buffalo News music critic Jeff Miers, the night will begin promptly at 7 p.m. with a listen to the top-selling jazz album of all-time. That will be followed by an audience give-and-take before a group of musicians takes the stage to perform the entire album.

A veteran of five marathons and several triathlons, Buffalo News sportswriter Amy Moritz  is now training for her first ultramarathon. In order to reach this level of athletic achievement, she first had to stop doubting herself. Moritz recounts her journey in her first book, "I Thought You'd Be Faster: The Quest to Be An Athlete."

When it comes to hiring minority teachers, several local school districts are struggling. In Buffalo, where the majority of the students are African-American or Hispanic, the majority of teachers are white. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jay Rey of the Buffalo News points out the problem is more acute in some suburbs. One district has just one African-American teacher and a student body that is nearly one-third minority.

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This Sunday's Buffalo News will feature the special insert "The Survivors," an effort that looks to record the history of the region's Holocaust-era survivors, whose numbers are dwindling.  While the feature details personal experiences of horror and grief, there are also "stories of not forgetting the past, but taking that past and forging a strong present," said reporter Mark Sommer, who worked on the feature with colleagues Gene Warner and Mark Mulville.

The Presidential election is less than a week away, but Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes there's enough time for voter sentiments to sway again in what has been a topsy-turvy race. During his weekly conversation with WBFO, McCarthy wonders if Donald Trump's recent surge in the polls will translate into Electoral College success.

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Margaret Sullivan's resume features a journalistic trifecta, of sorts. After working her way to become editor of her hometown Buffalo News, Sullivan went onto to become public editor at the New York Times before moving to the Washington Post where she is the media columnist.  On Wednesday, Sullivan will be the keynote speaker at a dinner to benefit Investigative Post.

A new collaboration from the Buffalo News looks to hold political leaders accountable. PolitiFact New York  examines public assertions made by officials throughout the state to determine if they are true.

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Supporters are getting a boost in their push to restore the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Brian Berg, who is spearheading the effort, says CJS Architects has devised ways to improve the 122-year-old structure "while maintaining its historic integrity."

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The Buffalo Fire Department's Haz-Mat team was called to The Buffalo News building Monday afternoon after an envelope with white powder inside was delivered to the newspaper's offices.

Buffalo School District at a crossroads

Apr 25, 2014
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The Buffalo Public School District is at a crossroads. Next month's school board election has drawn a great deal of attention and could determine the future of schools superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller American Terrorist, will lead a discussion on journalism.

Press Pass: Buffalo CarShare

Jul 15, 2013

It's been about four years since a non-profit group called Buffalo CarShare began offering its members hourly car rentals.  These so-called community cars allow users access to a vehicle, without all the costs of car ownership. 

In this week's edition of Press Pass, WBFO's Jim Ranney and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer talk about the program and efforts to expand it.

Former Buffalo News columnist Larry Felser dies

Apr 25, 2013
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One of the giants of Buffalo sports media, former Buffalo News columnist Larry Felser, has died.

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There will be a change in top leadership at The Buffalo News on January 1 when longtime publisher Stanford Lipsey steps down. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with Lipsey this week.

Friday is Margaret Sullivan's last day on the job as the editor of The Buffalo News. 

Sullivan will become the public editor at the New York Times September 1.  She leaves after a 32-year career at the Buffalo News, the last 13 as editor. 

Sullivan spoke with WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley to reflect on her career as the first female editor at the News and her future role at the Times.

The Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan is leaving the newspaper to become public editor for the New York Times. 

Sullivan, a Lackawanna native, has worked at The News in some capacity since 1980, rising through the ranks from intern to reporter to columnist, before becoming the paper's first female editor in 1999.  She is credited with helping the paper successfully navigate the challenges of the digital age and stay profitable while avoiding layoffs.