Eileen Buckley

Senior Reporter

Eileen Buckley is an award-winning radio news reporter who actually began her radio career as an intern at WBFO in 1984.  In 2015, Eileen celebrates her 30th year in broadcasting & media communications. She has worked at 10 radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, NY. Eileen has served as assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team. She also produces and reports in-depth features and spot news stories for broadcast during local segments of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  She has also provided National Public Radio with reports of stories of interest from the Buffalo Niagara region. 

Eileen’s wide range of radio experience includes news anchoring, reporting, public affairs programming and radio production. She has spent most of her career as a news reporter at several top radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, including WBEN, WGR, WNED-AM, WBUF, WECK, WROW & WGNA and now WBFO.

Eileen has been the recipient of numerous broadcast and media-related awards during her 25 year plus career. Eileen received first place honors for the prestigious Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. She is a six-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2014 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award this spring for “Best Use of Sound”, and earned a first place Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Award for spot news on the “Bullying of Jamie Rodemeyer”.  The PRDNI’s are the only national contests recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.  

In 2013, Eileen received Pinnacle Award from the Buffalo Broadcasters Association -- the Buffalo Excellence in Media Award -- known as a BEMA.

In 1997 she was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Medaille College, from where she graduated in 1985.  Eileen has remained actively involved in the community. She served on the 2010 & 2011 Medaille College Founder’s Day Selection Committee.  She also volunteers and participates in various events and Medaille College and Holy Angels Academy.  In spring of 2011, Medaille’s Media Communications Department named Eileen Radio News Director of the Year. 

In September of 2011, Holy Angels Academy awarded Eileen with the “Distinguished Alumnae Award”.

Eileen resides in Kenmore with her husband Mark.  Mark Buckley, ’84 Media Communications graduate of Medaille and is owner of Power Play Electric, an electrical contracting company.       

You can e-mail Eileen at ebuckley@wbfo.org

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Local
7:09 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Governor's snow-storm tour

Potters Road in south Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Residents in some of the hardest hit snow storm areas received a visit from the Governor and National Guard Friday.

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Local
9:12 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Trekking through & stranded truckers

Snow cutter along the edge of the I-90 in Cheektowaga.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite the many warnings not to travel some residents ventured out of their homes.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with people about the storm and its aftermath.

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Local
5:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

City hauling snow to Central Terminal

Dump trucks hauling snow from south Buffalo to property at the Central Terminal in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works and Streets has been removing the snow with high lifts in South Buffalo and placing it on dump trucks.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says tons of snow is being transported to the Central Terminal on the city's East Side.


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Local
9:13 am
Wed November 19, 2014

'Limited progress' in removal of snow wall in south Buffalo

Snapshot of south Buffalo Wednesday morning. The WBFO listener says "Buffalo is way worse this morning. The roads are 100% impassable."
Credit WBFO News photo provided by listener M. Msilkowski

A limited State of Emergency and drive ban remain in effect for South Buffalo Wednesday. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stresses there is no unnecessary travel is still in place for South Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Mayor Brown about the extensive snow removal effort and dealing with emergencies in south Buffalo.

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Developing
8:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Fifth death reported from Lake Effect storm

The depth of snow fall in Marilla.
Credit WBFO News photo provided by Karen from Marilla

The Lake Effect snow storm that buried areas south of Buffalo under several feet of snow is now attributed to five-deaths.

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Local
3:56 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Wegmans closes three stores due to snowstorm

Heavy snow fall in Lancaster Tuesday
Credit WBFO News photo by Megan Wagner

For the first time, Wegmans said it was forced to close three Buffalo-area stores south of the city due to the Lake Effect storm. 

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Local
9:57 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Lake-effect snows hammer southtowns

WBFO's Cheryl Hagen sent us this photo from her back yard in Lancaster buried in heavy lake snows.
Credit WBFO News photo by Cheryl Hagen

Heavy Lake Effect snows hammered areas south of Buffalo overnight.  It has  been an extremely difficult Tuesday morning for some motorists who have been literally stranded on the Thruway.

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Local
7:11 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Partial driving ban in city for South Buffalo

Skyway is closed due to Lake Effect snows.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a driving ban for South Buffalo where two-feet of Lake Effect snow has fallen over night. Mayor Brown telling WBFO News this driving ban is from Clinton Street south.  

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Developing
6:25 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Canisius Board of Trustees to conduct full review & investigation

Outside Canisius High School in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Canisius High School Board of Trustees will begin a full review and investigation into the recent suspension of a student athlete and the employment termination of the former Dean of Students. WBFO News has obtained statements from both the board and the school's President, Father Joseph , Costantino,   S.J.

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Local
6:05 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Williamsville native found at WVU frat house has died

Nolan Burch
Credit Courtesy of Twitter

A college freshman from Western New York has died following a "catastrophic medical emergency" at a West Virginia University fraternity house.


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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Public Art initiative reaches out to students

Students at BEST School #6 are already using art kits.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Public Art Initiative between the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Erie County has now headed into area schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to a generous donations 60,000 art kits will be in the hands of local school students. 

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Focus on Education
12:20 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Canisius High offers little information

Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Controversy continues to mount at Canisius High School in Buffalo, but there are few answers.  On Monday the school confirmed Dean of Students Beck O'Connor was out. It was also revealed that senior and star football player Brad Zaffram was suspended from post-season football. 

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

JFK Middle School embraces Common Core; Buff State student, teachers participate

Inside a classroom at JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga where teachers and student teachers are engaging students in Common Core.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

We often report on the struggles of Common Core Learning Standards in the classroom, but in this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley takes us inside JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga to hear about how educators and students are embracing it successfully and how future teachers are gearing up for the challenge. 

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Local
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

City says it's ready for winter

Inside Buffalo's Broadway Garage.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

With snow in Western New York's forecast, the City of Buffalo showed off its snow-fighting fleet at the Broadway Garage Wednesday morning.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

‘How did we…?’: UB’s eclectic & avant-garde performance

UB students work on 'How did we...?' set.
Credit Photo from UB YouTube video

A unique performance hits the stage at UB's Center for the arts tomorrow night blending music, art and dance.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says student artists are required to go beyond traditional performing to provide the audience with a first-ever experience.

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Focus on Education
6:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014: ECC honors those who died in service

Veterans graves at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo are lined with flags each Veterans Day.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

For nearly seven decades, Erie Community College has served and continues to serve thousands of veterans. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says ECC will be honor them at all three campuses for Veterans Day that will include the dedication of a new Fallen Heroes Memorial Park at ECC's North campus. 

         

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Focus on Education
6:35 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Canisius High School Dean of Students out & football player violates school rules

Canisius High School on Delaware Ave.
Credit Photo from Canisius High School Website

Two major developments occurring at Canisius High School in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one involves a top administrator -- the other a nationally ranked football player.

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Local
4:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election results: Panepinto, Ortt, Wozniak heading to Albany

Democrat Marc Panepinto conducts live interview with WBFO
WBFO News photo by Jerry Urban

Democrat Marc Panepinto and Republicans Robert Ortt and Angela Wozniak were among the big winners on Election Day, winning seats in the state legislature.

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Developing
5:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014: Races, Governor & NYS Senate seat

Lawn signs and polling signs in Buffalo & Kenmore and one of the Propositions on the 2014 ballot.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Voters have been casting their ballots for Election Day 2014. Polls across the region will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

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Focus on Education
6:29 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Athletic trainers to assess injuries in Southern Tier high school football

Credit WBFO News file photo / WBFO News

The Buffalo Bills announced that athletic trainer grants are now provided to 12-southern tier high schools.  The NFL Foundation matched a $25,000 grant from the Ralph Wilson Foundation.   This allows the Western New York Amateur Football Alliance to provide athletic trainers. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says game day medical coverage is provided on the football field.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Early Childhood Staff Union seeks first contract

One of the CAO Head Start centers on East Ferry in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A group of newly-unionized early childhood workers will be staging an informational picket Monday night in Buffalo. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the workers are seeking their first ever union contract with the Community Action Organization.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Theater group tackles same-sex issues in 'The Children’s Hour'

The Children's Hour performed by Buffalo Public Theatre.
Credit Photo from the Buffalo Public Theatre

A child's lie, that destroys the lives of two school teachers, is now being performed on at the New Phoenix Theatre. Buffalo Public Theatre is staging 'The Children's Hour.' It is adapted from the original 1934 play, tackling the topic of gay rights. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with director Loraine O'Donnell, who explains how same-sex issues still transcend 80+ years later.

Parents attend summit for engagement on students
5:54 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Parents attend summit for engagement on student issues

Say Yes Buffalo host first Parent Power & Partnerships Summit

Parents and families of Buffalo Public School students got an opportunity to learn and engage in their child’s education, Saturday. 

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Focus on Education
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Family engagement encouraged in Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo school parent outside Highgate Heights Elementary.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School families will have a chance to learn how to play a bigger role in their child's education.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Parent Power and Partnership event will be held tomorrow at Bennett High School.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

City pushes diversity to fight student bullying

Students arrive at North Park Theater for anti-bullying event.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A combination of Buffalo public, private and charter school students gathered to watch an award-winning anti-bullying film Thursday. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, Mayor Byron Brown hosted the screening of 'Bully' at the North Park Theater as part of a nationwide screening through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Focus on Education
8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo picks up national recognition award for collaboration

Local Say Yes Buffalo team traveled to Washington, D.C.
Credit Photo from Samuel Radford's Facebook page

Say Yes Buffalo leaders had a chance to share their story as they appeared before a national panel.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says were invited to share how the local community has worked together for the college scholarship program.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Computers For Children enhancing reading for students

Tapestry Charter students from other countries are engaged in using The Reading Companion program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Tapestry Charter School students are receiving 200 computers with a special reading program. Computers For Children has teamed with IBM and First Niagara to provide The Reading Companion program, cloud-based software with voice recognition to help students improve their reading.   As WBFO'S Focus on Education reports, the App is especially helpful to international students.

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Focus on Education
6:05 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Press Pass: Buffalo teachers contract negotiations

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio for Press Pass.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo teachers have been without a new union contract for the last 12 years. But over the past decade there has been a major change in education. In this Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes about planned negotiations between the Buffalo School District and teachers union.

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Politics
1:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Corruption, Common Core hot topics at gubernatorial debate

Four candidates debated the issues.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in the WNED|WBFO studios. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the two major party candidates took repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Developing
7:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stage set for gubernatorial debate from WNED|WBFO

Inside the WNED/WBFO studio the stage is set for the debate
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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