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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A new charter school has opened its doors in an East Side neighborhood of Buffalo. The Charter School of Inquiry on Edison is  located in the former Community Charter School building, that closed last year. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the school will emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and engaging students.

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Area Catholic school teachers learned how to bring STEM into their classrooms.  The Diocese of Buffalo held its STREAM Academy for its elementary teachers.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this allows teachers to incorporate religion and art in STEM Learning.

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The Western New York Charter School Alliance is hosting its first charter school conference for more than 400-charter schools Wednesday in Buffalo. The conference will feature urban education expert and author Dr. David Kirkland. He is a professor at New York's University's Steinhardt School of Culture. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley reached Kirkland be phone ahead of his keynote address. 

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Students are returning to college campuses starting this week.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at SUNY Buffalo State's campus where it was 'move-in' day for freshman preparing for a new school year.

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The contract for the newly appointed Buffalo Schools superintendent has been signed. Last week the Buffalo Board of Education approved a four-year contract for the hiring of Dr. Kriner Cash.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he did have a conversation with Dr. Kriner Cash -- the man selected to lead the city school district.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley asked the mayor for his reaction to yet another school leader.  

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The city of Buffalo welcomed 15 students from Dortmund, Germany. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students met Mayor Byron Brown and toured City Hall Monday as they kicked off their four-month stay in the region.

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Students returned for a brand new school year Monday at two Buffalo charter schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was there as students arrived for their first day back at the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) on Shoshone Drive. 

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A birthday celebration was held Thursday to celebrate the father-son team who designed Kleinhans Music Hall 75 years ago. The Saairnens were born August 20, 37 years apart.

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Western New York STEM Hub is bringing a Student Spaceflight Experiments program to more than 600-Buffalo and Niagara Falls public and charter school students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says an effort is underway to raise the needed funds to support the project. 


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The Buffalo Public School District has a new leader. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says without debate, city school board members voted unanimously to hire Dr. Kriner Cash as new schools superintendent.

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to vote on new leader for city schools Tuesday.  The school board will meet in special session at noon at City Hall to vote on Dr. Kriner Cash as the next superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says pending a waiver on certification, Cash should be ready to led the district before the new school year begins.

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Public hearings will be held this month and next month to review draft improvement plans for Buffalo schools under receivership. Two hearings will be held this Wednesday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the public sessions will allow discussions for making needed changes. 

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The Buffalo community had a chance to meet the front runner for the schools superintendent position. Candidate Dr. Kriner Cash told a crowd in Performing Arts Thursday night he can turn the city's schools into much better facilities because he has already done it in a much larger system.

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The leader of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) met with the top candidate for the Buffalo schools superintendent post. Sam Radford, President of the DPCC, already spoke with Dr. Kriner Cash, former Memphis City Schools Superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Radford about his expectations for new leadership and how receivership is creating new concerns for a civil rights recommendation for the city's criteria-based schools. 

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The frontrunner for the Buffalo Schools Superintendent position will be meeting with the public Thursday evening. Dr. Kriner Cash will participate in an open question and answer session at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at 6:15 p.m. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley will be one of two moderators for the event.

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The District Parent Coordinating Council is demanding answers from the federal government on how receivership will effect a civil rights recommendation issued by the Office for Civil Rights for criteria-based city schools. 

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The New York State Education Department released results Wednesday from the April 2015 math and English Language Arts assessments for grades 3-8. But ahead of the release, the Buffalo Public School District gave an indication about its results.

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Help is being provided to Buffalo school families of students with special needs and disabilities.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says they were invited to attend a 2015 Family Conference at the West Hertel Academy. 

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The Buffalo Public Schools District is expected to hold a public meeting this Thursday featuring the frontrunner vying for the vacant superintendent position. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how the state education commissioner is highly recommending the hiring of former Memphis City School leader Dr. Kriner Cash.

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Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Darren Brown is in the current receivership driver's seat for 25 city schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Brown is beginning a receivership review before handing it off to the next permanent district leader. 

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The New York State Education Commissioner has decided not to renew the contract of Buffalo’s Distinguished Educator Judy Elliott.

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A Wheatfield man accused of building bombs will remain in federal custody. Michael O'Neill, 45, is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device.  

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U.S. Attorney William Hochul on Wednesday announced what he called one of the largest drug seizures in the nation's history.  The bust included fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, all of which were intended for distribution in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

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It appears the former Memphis City School superintendent is the top candidate among the Buffalo School Board.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the board interviewed Kriner Cash emerging with favorable remarks.

 

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to interview another candidate Tuesday for schools superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says he is the former Memphis Schools Superintendent.

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New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins is working to promote her ideas that she believes could help struggling Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley caught up at with Collins to discuss her efforts. 

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The flap over selecting a new Buffalo School leader is intensifying. The minority group of Buffalo School Board members sent a letter to the State Education Commissioner dated July 31 calling for the ouster of majority Board Member Carl Paladino. 

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A Prairie Home Companion is on stage at the Chautauqua Institution tonight. Garrison Keillor is on the road with his American the Beautiful Tour.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Keillor after he announced last week that he will be retiring.

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What appears to be a large mound of dirt outside Buffalo's Central Terminal is actually an icy pile of old snow left behind from last season's winter storm. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found some curious citizens checking it out.

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