Eileen Buckley

Assistant News Director

Eileen Buckley is an award-winning radio news reporter who actually began her radio career as an intern at WBFO in 1984. In 2005, she celebrated her 20th year in radio broadcasting. At WBFO, Eileen produces and reports on 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, WROW & WGNA and now WBFO.

In the spring of 2005, Eileen received the Buffalo AFL-CIO Media award in recognition of her coverage of labor and union issues. The award cited Eileen's commitment to covering local labor issues while maintaining journalist integrity. Eileen also received special mentions from the Associated Press in 2005 for team coverage of the on-going Erie County budget crisis and the 27th Congressional race.

In 2004, Eileen received first place honors for Best Continuing news coverage of Western New York's response to the Iraqi war from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Radio contest. Eileen also received four special mentions from the Associated Press in 2004 for continuing coverage of the James Kopp murder trial, enterprise reporting on a heartburn drug, a feature on the Moscow Nutcracker and for coverage of the Buffalo Sabres bankruptcy.

In 2003, Eileen received first place honor for the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. The awarded recognized her coverage of the Lackawanna Six story. Her reports were broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio. She was the first to report on NPR from the scene of the FBI raids in Lackawanna the evening of the arrests. Eileen was also featured on Fox Television providing analysis of the court proceedings.

During her time as a reporter at WGR-AM Radio she earned New York State Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for trial coverage, in 1992, of former Buffalo Parks Commissioner Robert Delano. She also earned two team coverage awards from the Associated Press for reports on the "I-190 Steel Coil Crash" and the "Niagara Falls Tour Helicopter Crash". In 1993, Eileen was awarded NYS Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for the "Tool Box Bombings" and "Law Enforcement Tragedy". 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. In the mid to late 90's she served, served as a board of director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Buffalo, New York, assisting with media coverage and press information as well as emcee of fundraising events. From 1993-95 she a board of director for the Empire State Ballet in Buffalo from 1993-95.

Eileen enjoys ballet dancing in her spare time. She is married to Mark Buckley, who spent 20 years in the television news business. They reside in Kenmore.

You can e-mail Eileen at ebuckley@wbfo.org

Pages

Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Community Music School in Buffalo celebrates 90th anniversary

Community Music School, Buffalo, NY.
Credit Photo from Community Music School Webpage

The Community Music School has been providing music lessons to individuals in Buffalo for 90 years. The school will be celebrating its anniversary with a big event Thursday night in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans. 

Read more
Cultural
9:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Kicking up on Dyngus Day: The day after Easter, marking the end of the Lenten season

Western New Yorkers will be throwing plenty of Dyngus Day celebrations all day Monday.  The day marks the end of Lenten season of sacrifice leading to Easter Sunday which Christians follow as the resurrection of the Lord.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grant to help fight high absentee rates in Buffalo schools

Inside a Buffalo classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Chronic absenteeism continues to be a major issue in the Buffalo Public School District. But a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will to go directly toward targeting the problem. 

Read more
Focus on Education
4:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo teachers union endorses three school board candidates

Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News file photo

WBFO News has learned that the Buffalo Teachers Federation has endorsed three candidates for next month's Buffalo Board of Education elections.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on the endorsements & the petition review for the candidates that gets underway at the Erie County Board of Elections.

Read more
Local
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel

News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel in the WBFO studio. They will lead a discussion in journalism and honored as the 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum, Friday, April 18th.
Credit WBFO News photo

Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller American Terrorist, will lead a discussion on journalism.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:53 am
Tue April 15, 2014

U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document

Buffalo parent Timeka Jones says her name was forged on school improvement documents from the Harvey Austin School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

There are more twists in an ongoing alleged forgery case in the Buffalo Public School District. The District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on the federal government to investigate.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes

Say Yes Buffalo banner outside Medaille College, one of the schools participating in the scholarship program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new deadline is nearing for Buffalo Public high school seniors to complete scholarship applications for Say Yes Buffalo.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says city students are encouraged to apply so they can attend college.

Read more
Business
8:54 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Press Pass: Is it time to upgrade the Bisons' ballpark?

Buffalo Bisons sign outside Coca-Cola Field on Swan Street, downtown.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Should Coca-Cola Field -- home to the Buffalo Bisons -- undergo a modernization?  That's the question recently explored by Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer in an extensive news article.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discusses the future of the ballpark with Meyer in this morning's Press Pass conversation.

Read more
Focus on Education
11:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Buffalo Public School students encouraged to take on a reading challenge

Students from PS #32 Bennett Park Montessori help Mayor Brown kick-off summer reading challenge.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 13th annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge  program Thursday. The program challenges city students to maintain and improve their reading during the summer months.

Read more
Focus on Education
8:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Higher Ed prepares for new teacher testing requirements

Inside a school classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Education Department is implementing new testing requirements for initial teacher certification. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says leaders from the state Education Department met with some members of higher education in Buffalo about these changes that begin April 30.

Read more
Focus on Education
11:11 am
Wed April 9, 2014

King Center Charter School's plan to move draws ire

Dr. Henry Louis Taylor speaks out against King Center Charter School plans to move from current Genesee Street site. Both sides made their arguments before a Buffalo Common Council committee meeting.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Plans by the King Center Charter School’s to buy a former city school building continue to draw fire from the King Urban Life Center. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a strong conversation was delivered between both sides before a Buffalo Common Council Committee meeting Tuesday.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:14 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Prestigious jazz education program works with Buffalo school students

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz performs at Academy for Visual and Performing Arts in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the most prestigious jazz education and outreach programs in the world is spending time with some Buffalo Public School students this week. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is visiting three city schools.

Read more
Focus on Education
8:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Buffalo school students excited about science careers

Students at School 19 in Buffalo wear lab coats in a STEM class learning about EKG's.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students are engaging in classroom programs that focus on future careers in science. The District kicked off science week Monday morning at School 19, the Native American Magnet School on West Delavan. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked a group of 8th graders at the school about their interest in a scientific career.

Read more
Local
3:26 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Allegany soldier injured in Fort Hood attack recovering

Major Patrick Miller (right) was wounded in Wednesday Fort Hood shooting spree.
Credit Photo from Patrick Miller's Twitter page.

A native of Western New York who was seriously wounded in Wednesday's Fort Hood shootings is expected to recover. 

WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Olean Times Herald newspaper reporter Christopher Michel. Michel spoke family and friends of Miller in his home town of Allegany.

Read more
Art/Theater
10:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Neglia stages tragic romance Romeo & Juliet at Shea’s

Sergio Neglia & Silvina Vaccarelli rehearse a Pas de Deux for Romeo & Juliet at Neglia's Elmwood Avenue studio in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of Shakespeare’s most tragic romances will be staged tonight at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Neglia Ballet Artists performs its production of Romeo and Juliet. WBFO’S senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited a rehearsal where Sergio Neglia practiced with his partner - a ballerina from Argentina.

Read more
Focus on Education
8:45 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Students opt out, parents upset with ‘Sit & Stare’

Inside a Buffalo School classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Controversy is rising this week as some students opt out of the English Language Arts Assessment tests for third through 8th graders.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains why parents are so fired up over this issue.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Buffalo teacher union leader outraged at 'Sit & Stare' policy

Buffalo School students.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is outraged over the Buffalo School District's Sit and Stare policy for students who opted out of state assessments this week. 

Read more
Focus on Education
9:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

College filmmaker to premiere 'All in the Sauce'

Clip from movie trailer of All in the Sauce.
Credit Photo from movie trailer of All in the Sauce.

An aspiring young filmmaker is about to premiere a locally produced short film this week titled All in the Sauce. As part of Buffalo State College's 'Year of the Teacher', WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about the student's work outside the classroom and what he has learned in his undergraduate studies.


Read more
Focus on Education
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Superintendent tries to clear air on uncertified administrator hires

Buffalo School administrators placed on leave for lack of proper certification.
Credit Photo from Facebook and LinkedIn

The Buffalo Schools superintendent is embroiled in the latest controversy over recent administrative hires.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked  superintendent Pamela Brown what the plan is for two top-level administrators placed on unpaid leave.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:38 am
Tue April 1, 2014

City school leader holds listening tour

Buffalo Schools superintendent Pamela Brown at the downtown library Monday for her listening tour.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the midst of a city education crisis, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown kicked off the first in a series of 'listening tours' and community conversations Monday at the downtown library, part of the district's Pathways to Success effort that include community conversations.

Read more
Focus on Education
5:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Buffalo Public Schools to receive state aid boost

Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.
Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

The Buffalo Public School District is expected to receive an increase in state under the new budget agreement. The city school district will see a more than a 4.3 percent increase in aid.

Read more
Focus on Education
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

When charter school closes, city district gets slight financial benefit

Inside the hallway at Community Charter School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Another Buffalo charter school will be closing at the end of the school year.  Community Charter School will closed at the end of June. Last year Pinnacle Charter School shut down, but was reopened last fall under the Buffalo Public School District as School 115. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city district benefits from these charter shut downs.

Read more
Focus on Education
8:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Community Charter School loses court fight to stay open

Inside a classroom at COMMUNITY Charter School in 2013.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo has lost its court battle to stay open. State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek on Thursday ruled in favor of a New York State  Education Department's (NYSED) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the school.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports Community Charter School will closed at the end of the school year as part of our Focus on Education reporting.

Read more
Focus on Education
10:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Two city school administrators placed on leave could return as interns

WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports on review of the administrators placed on leave as part of our ongoing Focus on Education reporting.

Talk has surfaced that the two high-level Buffalo Public School District administrators placed on leave might be allowed to stay on as interns.  Last week the schools superintendent placed Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison-Alexander on unpaid leave.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:17 am
Thu March 27, 2014

NYSED leaders say students should not 'fear failure' in next round of tests

Buffalo School students in a classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As early as next week some students will begin taking another round of tests under the new Common Core Standards.  3rd and 8th grade are scheduled to take the ELA's next week, followed by math next month.

Read more
Focus on Education
9:16 am
Thu March 27, 2014

New study examines school board leadership

Fordham Institute study on school board leaders.
Credit Photo from the Fordham Institute

A national study released by the Fordham Institute in Washington takes a look at school boards. The study titled Does School Board Leadership Matter? determined if local school board member’s focus on academic improvement is likelier to "beat the odds" in classroom performance.

Read more
Local
9:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Former Bills color commentator Pete Weber reflects on Ralph Wilson

Bills owner Ralph Wilson during the championship years of the 1990's.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Bills

Reaction to the death of Ralph Wilson came quickly Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with longtime sports broadcaster Pete Weber, who now serves as the play-by-play voice for the Nashville Predators. During his time in Buffalo, Weber served as color commentator for the Buffalo Bills during the Super Bowl playoff years of the 1990s.

Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

School mourns loss of 7-year-old East Side boy

The family of Alexavier Torres-Santiago appeared with school leaders at the Frank Sedita School Tuesday
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Public School District

Students at the Frank Sedita Academy in Buffalo are trying to cope with the tragic loss of one of their classmates.  7-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago died Sunday in a fire at his home on Fillmore Avenue.  The boy and  his three siblings also attend the school.

Read more
Developing
10:55 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Paladino uncovers more school district employees without proper credentials

Bennett High School.
Credit buffaloschools.org

Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino tells WBFO News he has uncovered more district employees lacking proper credentials.

Read more
Cultural
10:24 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mexican woman granted asylum in U.S. tells her tragic story

33rd Annual Latin American Event.
Credit WBFO News photo of poster for event.

Violence flows at the Mexican border where many seek asylum in the United States. That issue will be highlighted Wednesday night as the 33rd Annual Father A. Joseph Bissonnette Lain America Event will be held at Daemen College in Amherst.

Read more

Pages