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 celebrated 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 at 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 and follow her Twitter @eileenwbfo.

Ways to Connect

Photo provided by Felicia Patterson, Stepping Up Project

A Lockport woman has been on a mission to collect shoes for Niagara County children in need just before the start of a new school year.  The non-profit organization, Lockport New Beginnings, is hosting the 'Stepping Up Project'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say it is helping to improved student attendance. 

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Erie Community College leaders believe a new STEM building will be key to the college's future success and student careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY Buffalo State welcomed another large class of freshman for 'move-in-day' on Tuesday.  It is the third largest class in 25 years with 1,700 freshman are enrolled. The campus was buzzing as everyone moved into the dorms, but not all of the students were from out-of-town.

Photo from Leone Harper, Barksdale mother.

An east side teenager has achieved a top honor with the Boy Scouts. Saturday he will be honored with his Eagle Scout badge. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the teen and his mother about staying focused on a path to success.

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Tempers flared at a public hearing Wednesday to address the Buffalo Public School District's proposed gender policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Merriweather Library on Jefferson on the city's east side was packed for the second of two hearings.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Some schools are getting a high-tech boost for the new school year.  EdTech of Western New York is working to wire 12-area schools for the upcoming school year.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the schools is Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo.  

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Students at one Buffalo Public school are expected to be wearing school uniforms this fall.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette International Community High School and their families have embraced the idea. 

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Competition against businesses is common, but it's not often a battle ground is drawn between local dance studios. Two ballet companies will soon be located in the same building. Buffalo City Ballet is accusing Neglia Ballet Artists of creating unhealthy competition.


WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

As minority students become a majority in public schools, there are still disproportionate numbers of minority teachers in the classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked two top state education leaders about trying to attract more students of color to consider the teaching profession. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University of Buffalo has been placed on a federal list of other colleges and universities nationwide that are under investigation for campus sexual assaults.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A major focus on improving reading for students in Buffalo Public schools is underway.  Mayor Byron Brown is calling on those ages’ 50-years and older to become reading tutors. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a chance to help city school students become better readers.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo will play host to the world's largest youth Gaelic Games next July.  It's the first time the Gaelic Athletic Association Continental Youth Championships selected a smaller city to host the games. More than 3,000 youth athletes on 250-teams will participate to play Gaelic football and hurling.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some local students who play in Gaelic leagues.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It is estimated that between five and seven percent of the Buffalo Public School population is homeless.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us some of those homeless students will be heading to college later this month.  

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Firefighters continued to battle a huge blaze at a tire recycling operation in Lockport which was "contained" as of early Thursday afternoon. City officials said they would determine later in the day whether evacuated residents could return home. Stopping short of confirming it, police acknowledged they are aware of reports of a missing person who may have been on the fire scene.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two of the state's top education leaders appeared at the University at Buffalo Tuesday. It was one of four stops on a state-wide 'listen tour' to promote the TeachNY initiative. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the discussion center around a teacher shortage. 


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Getting all the basic items needed to live in a college dorm room can be costly. State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo kicked off a 'dorm drive' for Say Yes Buffalo students Tuesday outside the Say Yes offices on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be bringing her campaign to support teachers to the University at Buffalo Tuesday. Zimpher will be leading a public forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UB's at Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is also expected to appear. Zimpher is hosting listening tours as part of TeachNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve the way teachers are prepared and address the teacher shortage. 

Photo from The Old Globe Theatre

A western New York native will take over as the next leader of Shea's Performing Arts Center this fall. The Shea's Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Michael Murphy as president on Monday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Racial unrest remains at the forefront across the nation and right here in western New York. Last week, a black volunteer firefighter in North Tonawanda received a racist note. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with a UB professor who explores our past to understand the present.  

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The Buffalo Zoo's new lion cubs will make their official public debut Saturday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us how the new African lion cubs play an important conservation  role. 

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A program that provides added staffing support in some city classrooms received a federal funding boost.  U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins delivered a more than $3.4 million federal grant to The Service Collaborative of Western New York for the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education, known as ABLE.  ABLE members will provide social, emotional and behavior assistance in classrooms.  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will be inducting the "Queen of Soul" into its Class of 2016 this fall. The winners were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Buffalo History Museum and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin has been named as one of this year's inductees. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A fire ripped through the home of a North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter who received a racist note earlier this week.  

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The Buffalo Zoo's four new lion cubs will make their highly-anticipated public debuts on Saturday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police officers are still waiting for city lawmakers to make a decision on their request for AR-15-Rifles. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the first vice president of the Buffalo Police Union about the recent wave of national violence.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Since the federal government issued guidance this past spring directing public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, districts like Buffalo drafted a proposed policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the executive director of The Pride Center of Western New York about assisting with that policy.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It will be a beautiful day across the region Tuesday, with low humidity, but the muggy weather will return by mid-week. Temperatures will climb into the 90's with hot and humid conditions by Thursday and Friday. There is no relief in sight from the very dry weather.


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The new leader of the Buffalo Board of Education has called for a ‘working session’ to discuss the impact of violence and safety in city schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports session is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

There have been just two Buffalo School board meetings since the newly elected members officially took their seats early last month. The school board returns to regular board session on August 24th.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss new leadership that is now in place prior to the start of a brand new school year. 

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State-wide students are showing some increases in proficiency in Common Core testing. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued results late Friday afternoon from this spring's ELA and Math Standardized testing students in 3rd through 8th grade. 

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