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.

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WBFO's Eileen Buckley

More than 20-colleges, high schools and middle schools have pledged their support to collect food for the homeless. The Buffalo City Mission kicked-off Mission Possible: Food Drive School Challenge Thursday. 

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September marks National Deaf Awareness Month and we bring you a story about students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they recently created an American Sign Language music video.  

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A music program providing violin lessons to West Side children in the city's under-served population has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Strings Works is the recipient of a $20,000 grant.

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A Canisius College graduate has produced a nationally-acclaimed documentary called "Dream, Girl".  It is designed to inspire and empower women to reach their career goals. WBFO's senior reporter  Eileen Buckley says Erin Bagwell brings her film to several venues in the Buffalo area this week.

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As StoryCorps continues its visit to Buffalo, some area college students are using it as a learning tool. WBFO's senior reporter talked to Villa Maria College students studying digital media to learn how the StoryCorps programming is influencing their studies.  


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A Sweet Home High School teacher in Amherst was honored with the New York State Excellence in Teaching Award. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the high school Monday to deliver the honor.

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is defending criticism against Governor Andrew Cuomo from his remarks Friday that he was unaware of the dealings behind 'Buffalo Billion' projects. 

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Mayor Byron Brown was not in Buffalo Thursday when the indictment in the Buffalo Billion public corruption case was announced. He was in Washington, but returned last night.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the mayor Friday morning. 

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The University at Buffalo held a celebration ceremony Friday morning to rededicate Hayes Hall on the south campus on Main Street. UB completed a $44 million renovation that started in 2010 and was completed this year. Hayes Hall is home to UB's School of Architecture and Planning. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Supervisor of Art Education for the Buffalo Public School District will be honored Sunday by the National Football League.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Michele Agosto will be receiving the Buffalo Bills Hispanic Heritage Leadership award.

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Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli, two of his executives and a top aide to Governor Cuomo have been indicted in the Buffalo Billion probe.  The allegations accuse them of bid rigging, bribery and play-to-pay schemes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with our Investigative Post partner Jim Heaney who first broke the Buffalo Billion investigation in 2014. 

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to play a key role in supporting new services in the city school district.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those services were outlined at Wednesday Say Yes Community Leadership Council Meeting.   

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Proposed changes are in the works for New York State's ELA and Math  Common Core Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Education Department issued the proposed Common Core changes at every grade level,-from pre-school through 12th grade Wednesday.  

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Both sides remain at the table in the on-going Buffalo teachers contract dispute.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Wednesday morning for an update.

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A special celebration was held at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Tuesday to honor the founder of the school. If you drive by the school on Kenmore Avenue in Kenmore you will see a large, bronze statue of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.  

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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, who is running for the 60th New York State Senate seat, says Buffalo school students are spending too much time on school buses every day. Jacobs stood outside the North Park Academy Tuesday calling for a return to neighborhood and community schools in the city.

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An arbitrator has ruled against the Buffalo Board of Education's removal of the cosmetic surgery rider in its teachers' union contract.

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So far this new school year the Buffalo Public School District has enrolled more than 800 new immigrant and refugee students to attend city schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the District has added Cultural Resource specialists to welcome families into the school district.

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The C-SPAN Campaign 2016-Bus Tour is visiting western New York today.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as it rolled up at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts School Monday morning.  

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As college students deal with the cost of higher education, the private schools are working hard to keep enrollment levels stable. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen College in Amherst has experienced an increase in its enrollment.

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Buffalo Public School parents and families received a robocall message altering them of an incident that occurred Friday morning.  A female student was followed this morning on the city's west side at Niagara and Virginia.

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National Welcoming Week kicks off Friday around the United States to welcome immigrants and refugees into communities. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown and city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared together Friday morning at the school district's Central Registration office. It is where they recognized the work of new Cultural Resource specialists.

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One of Buffalo's prominent members of the theater community will be honor Friday night at the 2016 Curtain Up! Actress and director Mary Kate O'Connell will receive a Star in the Theatre District's Plaza of Stars.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with O'Connell to talk about her theater group, O'Connell & Company and her work with area youth.

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The debate continues over a proposed gender-identity policy for the Buffalo Public School District.  Once again Wednesday night about 30-speakers lined at the school board meeting to speak both for and against the gender-identity policy.  Much of the debate last night centered on the treatment of transgender city school students.

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The Ken-Ton School District has issued a warning to parents and students about a suspicious person. Town of Tonawanda Police informed the district of two incidents. 

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President Obama's initiative called Computer Science for All is making progress.  A White House summit was held Wednesday.  The effort is to make sure ALL American students from kindergarten through high school learn computer science.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, SUNY Buffalo State was cited in the President's 'fact sheet'.

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This school year marks the 125th anniversary of Nichols School in Buffalo.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us while the coed, private, prep school is embracing its past, the campus is working to become more diverse and innovative in attracting future students.

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Some local colleges and universities are cited by  U.S. News and World  Report in its 2017 America’s Best Colleges rankings. The University at Buffalo remains in the 'top 50' for the third year in a row for public colleges.

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The New State Education Department has awarded $95 million in School Improvement Grants to 39-Priority Schools statewide. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says six Buffalo Public Schools are included in these federal grants to support academic outcomes for students.   

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With children spending more time on computer and mobile devices and less time playing, a Kenmore school now has mandatory recess.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports students at St. John the Baptist School are loving the free time to play.  

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