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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Cultural
6:02 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Homeless Jesus: Thought-provoking? Or controversial?

Homeless Jesus at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A piece of artwork, rejected by some cities, has been installed at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo.  St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral purchased the 'Homeless Jesus' bronze statue. But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports the unveiling sparked a buzz among some citizens.

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Focus on Education
6:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

New York teacher's union chief to parents: Opt your kids out of standardized testing

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The leader of the state's largest teachers union is boldly calling on parents to "opt out" of standardized testing.

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Cultural
8:40 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Language most difficult for immigrants & refugees in poverty

Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) is located on Buffalo’s Westside and run by the Burmese community.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

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Art/Theater
8:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Local meteorologist portrays priest in 'Angels Fall'

The cast of Angels Fall at The New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Art/Theater
9:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

GBYB presents Cinderella

Elizabeth DiStasio-Waddell, founding artistic director of GBYB & her daughter, 14-year-old Amelia Waddell in the WBFO studio. Amelia shows off her wicked step-sister hairdo for Cinderella.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dancers ranging in age of five to 65 will perform the classical ballet story of Cinderella Saturday evening.  The Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet performs at UB's Center for the Arts. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the classic tale features over 60-dancers.  

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Cultural
9:28 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Plans to restore former Sattler Broadway Theatre

Inside the former Sattler Broadway Theatre
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of an African-American media group say they're teaming with Carl Paladino's Ellicott Development to restore the former Sattler Broadway Theatre in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says millions of dollars must be raised to begin the restoration. 

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Focus on Education
5:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

NYSED issues warning to Ken-Ton on state testing

Ken-Ton School Board.
Credit WBFO News file photo

WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has obtained a letter from the New York State Education Department to the Kenmore Tonawanda School Board President in response to this week's vote to consider a possible boycott against state assessments.

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Focus on Education
11:16 am
Thu March 26, 2015

City school parents get warning letter on state tests

Copy of letter sent by interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie to city parents regarding state assessments.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As many school districts around the region struggling with the fight over high-stakes testing, Buffalo School Board members discussed the issue at Wednesday night's lengthy meeting.

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Local
10:19 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Keeping local veterans connected to health services

Buffalo's VA on Bailey Avenue.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Work continues to improve health care services for veterans nationwide.    Last year it was revealed there were long wait times for vets at VA clinics. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley checked in with the leader of Buffalo's VA to discuss the challenges for local veterans.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The philosophy behind losing

Bill Hoppe's photo of Sabres practice earlier in the week of Cody McCormick.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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Focus on Education
11:05 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Some Hamlin Park students drank over the counter diet supplement

Outside the Hamlin Park School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District reports some 7th grade students at School #74 Hamlin Park School on Donaldson Road drank a diet supplement. 

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Ogilvie 'disappointed' to be Paladino's latest target

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie says he's 'disappointed' to be Paladino's latest target.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is calling for the ouster of interim Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.  But Ogilvie plans to stay at least until the end of the school year.

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Focus on Education
2:44 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Say Yes Buffalo offers free legal clinics

Say Yes Buffalo legal Task Force, co-chaired by Judge Hugh Scott (center) and interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie (right), help cut the ribbon of a legal clinic inside a city school. Assisting is president of Hodgson Russ LLP John Amershadian.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo is now offering free legal advice to city school families.  Say Yes Legal Clinics are operating at four city school buildings.

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Focus on Education
9:11 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Clergy group calls for Paladino to resign from school seat

School Board Member Carl Paladino at a past school meeting.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A group of African American clergy is calling for the resignation of Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York are urging stakeholders to also call for Paladino to leave.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Press Pass: Will new Buffalo regents rep remain independent of politics?

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in WBFO'S studio.
Credit WBFO News file photo

How will the new state Board of Regents member representing Western New York effect local schools? That is discussed in this week's edition of Press Pass. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes talk about Regent Bob Bennett's departure and his replacement, Catherine Fisher Collins.

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Sports
3:47 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NFL to lift blackout rules for 2015 season

Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The NFL announced Monday that it will suspend the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season. The league said it will “re-evaluate” the rule after the season. 

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Local
2:14 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Request to keep VA daycare operating

One of the hundreds of local children that stay at the VA daycare center while adults receive their VA services.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A temporary daycare service provided at VA medical centers is scheduled to close at the end of the year. But Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is co-sponsoring a bill to keep the program open permanently.

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Focus on Education
9:33 am
Mon March 23, 2015

SUNY Trustee wants local talent to lead city schools

SUNY Board of Trustee Eunice Lewin during a recent appearance at Buffalo State.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With calls for a takeover of the city school district and a search for new leadership, a SUNY Board of Trustee from Buffalo offers some insight.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has details.


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Local
3:17 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Improved quality in the Chippewa district

Elizabeth Vealey, President, Chippewa Alliance.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's Chippewa district is emerging as a strong, economic force for the city.  Alliance president Elizabeth Vealey applauds the Mayor and Buffalo Police for assisting to clear past troubles along the Chippewa strip.  

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Local
9:35 am
Fri March 20, 2015

‘Cowbell guy’ ready to cheer on UB Bulls

Casey Bunce is know as the 'Cowbell guy' as he helps cheer on the UB Bulls.
Credit Photo from UB YouTube video

A second year University at Buffalo student will be cheering on the UB Bulls Friday at the NCAA Tournament.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says civil engineering major from Syracuse is well known for leading chants of 'Let's Go Bulls'.   

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Focus on Education
9:06 am
Fri March 20, 2015

STEM girl power at Waterfront School

8th grade Waterfront students involved in STEM: Maryann Abdi, Saima Tasnim, Grace Nsabimana & Patricia Hill.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Friday marks the final day of a city-wide science week encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics among Buffalo Public school students. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with four Waterfront Elementary School students who explain what attracts them to STEM.

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Focus on Education
8:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

SUNY schools ask for state investment

Several WNY SUNY presidents appeared at Buffalo State.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Leaders of Western New York SUNY campuses are calling on the New York State Legislature to 'Invest in SUNY'. They're urging state lawmakers to create a new, SUNY 'Investment Fund' that would help pay for faculty pay raises and offer predicable tuition. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says as more students are faced with poverty, this could key in securing their college education.
 

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Focus on Education
9:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Parents group demands federal takeover of city schools

Buffalo school parents demand a federal takeover.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo School parents are calling for a federal receiver takeover of city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says parents claim the district has failed to address several issues for students.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres keep trying

Sabres goalie Anders Lindback.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The Buffalo Sabres return to the ice tomorrow night after a successful shootout earlier this week against Boston.  In this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench' Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO'S Eileen Buckley the team is not giving up despite a difficult season.

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Local
4:05 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Construction company defends its storm pricing

Collingwood Construction owner Larry Chumsky (left), Attorney Steven Cohen (center) & Douglas Laufer, Collingwood Foreman, at news conference denying price gouging.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An area contractor says allegations of 'price gouging' made by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are false. Collingwood Construction of Getzville is defending the prices it charged for work conducted during last November's devastating snow storm.

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Developing
11:04 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UB Bulls excitement: Going to the 'Big Dance'

Inside Campus Tee's on UB's North Campus, where MAC Champs shirts are selling fast.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As members of the UB's men's basketball prepare for their big NCAA 'dance' this Friday against West Virginia, the UB campus is buzzing with excitement. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited the North Campus in Amherst. 

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Focus on Education
10:31 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Program training for future school administrators

Megan Lundgren & Laurie Burger in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo and North Tonawanda City School District are partnering to create better feature school administrators. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is called Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow's Schools or LIFTS for short.

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Focus on Education
9:57 am
Tue March 17, 2015

WBFO interview with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Credit Photo from the U.S. Education Department

The U.S. Education Department has released data showing improvements in nationwide graduation rates for minorities. The rates for African Americans and Hispanic high school students increased nearly 4-percent from 2011 to 2013. That outpaced the growth for all students.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan prior to the release of the data. 


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Focus on Education
1:04 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Solutions to student truancy

Lookers inside International Prep in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District continues to struggles with absenteeism and some city teens are often caught in the daytime roaming the streets. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the district no-longer has truancy officers. 

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Art/Theater
10:47 am
Mon March 16, 2015

'Borrowed History': New artwork inspired by art greats

Two Buffalo, Peter Fowler & Bruce Bitmead created new paintings and sculptures and their work is inspired by the greatest artists of all time. Borrowed History is on display at Dolce Valvo Art Center on the Niagara College Community Campus in Sanborn.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Buffalo artists have created new paintings and sculptures and their work is inspired by some of the greatest artists of all time.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the artwork is on display at the Dolce Valvo Art Center on the Niagara College Community Campus in Sanborn and will share some artist advice with students. 

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