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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Business
3:17 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

$11 million in funding announced for East Side redevelopment

Big crowd on hand at the CAO on Fillmore for funding announcement Friday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Good news came to Buffalo's East Side today. Nine projects in the community will be funded with $11 million through the Better Buffalo Fund.

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Local
9:46 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Local pilot weighs in on week's emergency landings

Inside the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
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There were three separate emergency landings at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport this week. Two were large commercial aircraft and one was a small plane. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with a longtime pilot who puts the incidents into perspective.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Students opting out at CSAT ‘sit & stare’

Inside CSAT in Buffalo.
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Some school districts have dropped the controversial 'sit and stare' policy for students who opt out of Common Core testing.  But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Charter School for Applied Technology is not backing down from the policy.

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Focus on Education
1:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Keresztes is one of the city schools deputy superintendent candidates

Will Keresztes.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned a current city school district administrator is vying for the deputy superintendent position.  

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Focus on Education
1:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

New leader selected at Canisius High School

Outside Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
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After a tumultuous  school year, Canisius High School in Buffalo will have a new leader.

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Art/Theater
10:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Producer explains the meaning behind ‘Kinky Boots’

Hal Luftig is the Producer of Kinky Boots and talks about the show on stage at Shea's.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Tony Award winning Broadway show Kinky Boots opened this week at Shea's. The lead producer is a 25-year veteran in Broadway shows and a four-time Tony Award winner. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the producer says he is thrilled to bring Kinky Boots to a Buffalo audience.


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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Parent teacher organization offers pros & cons of opt out

Students in a Buffalo classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Another round of Common Core testing will be held Wednesday across the state. Students in grades three through eight are taking the math exam. While thousands opting out across Western New York last week for the ELAs, the opt out rate in the Buffalo School District was only at seven percent. 

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Environment
1:03 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Protecting the Great Lakes from nutrient pollution

Lake Erie along Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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Press Pass
8:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Press Pass: Stakeholders express interest in mayoral school control

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio.
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Some top stakeholders are apparently holding conversations about a mayoral takeover of the Buffalo Public School District. At the same time, some names are being floated as the next potential leader of city schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley asked Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes about the latest behind-the-scene maneuvering from business leaders and the school board's majority in this week's Press Pass conversation.


Focus on Education
10:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

'Choose to Refuse' video on right to ‘opt out’

Bennett High School math teacher Jeff Grossi in a Bennett classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

We could see similar high opt out numbers as students in 3rd through 8th grade are scheduled to take another round of Common Core tests in mathematics this Wednesday.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports says a Buffalo school teacher has created a new opt out video.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Ogilvie moving forward with deputy superintendent search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A combination of local and out-of-town candidates have applied for the deputy superintendent position in the Buffalo Public School District. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the interim schools superintendent is working on the hiring process before he leaves at the end of this school year.


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Focus on Education
4:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Buffalo's PTO speaks out against mayoral control

Inside a Buffalo school classroom.
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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) is speaking out against a proposal for possible mayoral control of the city school district.   

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

'In the Mood': Glenn Miller Orchestra performs with BPO

Glenn Miller Music Director & Vocalist Nick Hilscher.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orhcestra

It's been more than 70 years since the death of Glenn Miller. But his music, popularized during World War II, lives on in modern times. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs Friday morning and Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to the music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher. 


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Focus on Education
5:49 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Thousands of students 'opt out' of state tests

Inside a classroom.
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The numbers are in. Thousands of students across Western New York sat out the first day of the English Language Arts state tests. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says some of the highest numbers occurred in the West Seneca School District.   
 


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Local
1:53 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Free Wi-Fi planned for downtown Buffalo

UB President Satish Tripathi talks about partnering with the city and M&T to create a free Wi-Fi system in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Free Wi-Fi is coming to downtown Buffalo this summer. The city announced it's teaming with M&T Bank and Univeristy at Buffalo to create a new network called 'Buffalo Connects'. 

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Focus on Education
1:40 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Mayor Brown on control of school district: 'I am not lobbying for it’

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown responding to questions about mayoral control of city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Mayor Byron Brown said he is 'ready and willing' to provide leadership in the Buffalo School District.  Reporters asked the Mayor about his remarks of a potential mayoral takeover.  

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Focus on Education
9:22 am
Tue April 14, 2015

City’s interim school leader encourages parents not to 'opt out'

Common COre English Language Arts review book.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Many parents and students are standing up against state assessments. Thousands of students in grades 3rd through 8th are expect to opt out of standardized testing statewide today.  But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one school leader is urging parents to make sure their children take the tests.

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Focus on Education
4:43 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Interim schools leader responds to talk of mayoral control

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie responds to questions about mayoral control.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie said he was 'mildly surprised' when learning Mayor Byron Brown would be willing to take over the district if given the power. 

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Focus on Education
9:01 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Parents stand up and 'opt out'

A Niagara Falls student shows solving Common Core math.
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Parents and students want to send a strong message to New York State by opting out of assessments. On Tuesday students in grades three through eight will be administered the English Language Arts exam. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to local parents about allowing their child to opt out.


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Art/Theater
1:35 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

'America's Got Downton' arrives in Buffalo

London Actor Luke Kempner appears in the WBFO studio to talk about America's Got Downton.

If you are a Downton Abbey fan you might want to check out a comedy theater production in Buffalo.  America's Got Downton plays Friday and Saturday evenings, April 10th & 11th, at 7:30 at 710-Main Theatre downtown. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with London actor and impressionist Luke Kempner who performs a one-man show featuring his comedic take on more 30 Downton characters. 


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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Opting out could be 'inconsquential'

Common Core workbook.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Third through eighth graders are scheduled to take the English Language Arts next week. Last year 60,000 students opted out across the state, refusing to take the Common Core standardized tests. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the latest Brookings Institution study finds opting out would most likely be "inconsequential."


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Focus on Education
8:57 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Ken-Ton backs away from testing boycott

Kenmore Tonawanda School Board meeting.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board has backed off from its proposed boycott of the state's standardized testing. Board members held a special session Wednesday night, voting unanimously to abandon the boycott. 


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Focus on Education
9:23 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Concerned Clergy Coalition calls for national superintendent search

Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY rallies on the steps of Buffalo's City Hall calling for a national search for a new schools superintendent.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York is calling for a national search for a new city schools superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports it's one of two demands the coalition is requesting. 

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

The Lennon Sisters: Nearly six decades of entertaining

The Lennon Sisters with Lawrence Welk.

At the end of this year The Lennon Sisters will mark their 60th year in the entertainment business. They will be performing Friday, April 10 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. They first made their debut on the Lawrence Welk Show in December of 1955. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Kathy Lennon about their legacy and success.

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Crime
2:23 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

UB & campus police investigate report of sexual assault

University at Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The University at Buffalo and campus police are investigating a sexual assault reported over the weekend. An alert was shared with the campus community stating a student reported a sexual assault at a campus apartment Sunday by a person she was acquainted with.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Growing support to 'opt out'

NYS Assemblyman Michael Kearns.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Support for opting out of standardized testing is mounting. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says while the State Education Department and Cuomo Administration warn against it, others are urging parents to have their children opt out.


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Cultural
5:21 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Lackawanna hosts 'world's shortest' Dyngus Day Parade

Lackawanna's 'shortest' Dyngus Day Parade on Ridge Road.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dyngus Day celebrations are kicking into high gear Monday as many Western New Yorkers are celebrating the end of the Lenten season by honoring the Polish tradition. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended the "world's shortest" Dyngus Day Parade in Lackawanna.

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Focus on Education
5:45 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Students test their financial literacy

Hutch Tech students in Buffalo have been learning about money and finances. They tested their financial literacy during a MoneySKILL Mania challenge.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public high school students participated in MoneySKILL Mania on Thursday. It's a financial literacy challenges sponsored by UB's School of Management and M&T Bank. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this program tests a teens' financial skills. 

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Focus on Education
8:57 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Student gets creative in voicing disgust with education rules

Ryan Lotocki, Frontier High School junior in Hamburg.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An insightful Frontier Central High School student has posted his views on school curriculum and Common Core rules in an online video. It features a poem he wrote to articulate that students are fed up. WBFO’s Eileen Buckley sat down with the student and his principal to discuss the video titled This Is Genius.

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Focus on Education
12:23 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

64% of Say Yes students headed to college last fall

Say Yes Buffalo poster at Wednesday meeting at Villa Maria College.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New numbers released by Say Yes Buffalo indicate a higher rate of students heading to college. 64 percent of Buffalo Public High School gradates from the class of 2014 enrolled in two and four-year colleges this past fall.

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