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 2018, Eileen celebrates her 33rd year in broadcasting & media communications. She has worked at 10 radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, NY. Eileen has served as a former news director and assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team.  Now as senior reporter, she 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 30 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 an nine-time recipient of this award, winning first place in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 & 2018, winning second place in 2017 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award  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

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Some area high school students from the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls participated in a small focus group in our WNED/WBFO studio.  This student focus group is part of our Corporation for Public Broadcasting Education Innovation Planning grant. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students described mental health challenges.  

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A brand new addiction treatment center has opened in Niagara County.  Horizon Health Services held a ribbon cutting Thursday for Aurora Village Campus in Sanborn. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the new facility is just for women.  

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A private, all-boys Catholic high school is dropping the state Regents curriculum.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda will be phasing out the use of Regents exams.  

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Earlier this week the New York State Board of Regents announced that it would extend the moratorium on linking teacher evaluations to standardized test scores. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the extension is for another year through the 2019-20-school year. 

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Republican congressman Chris Collins narrowly won re-election against Democratic opponent Nate McMurray in New York's 27th District Tuesday. But McMurray, who initially conceded, now wants a recount.

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Tom Reed won his fourth term to Congress to represent New York’s 23rd district. Democratic opponent Tracy Mitrano conceded shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tueday to represent the district's 11 counties across the Southern Tier.

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Historically young voters don't show up at the polls for mid-term elections. But today is a very different election climate. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a younger generation of voters on ECC's North campus in Amherst. 

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A priest from Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna briefly spoke with reporters before heading into Monday afternoon’s meeting with Bishop Malone at Infant of Prague Church in Cheektwoaga.  

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Lockport High School drama students are tackling the tough topic of mental illness. They're performing in the play David and Lisa Friday and Saturday evening at the high school. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this play is based on a 1962 movie. 

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One of the important missions of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo is to 'stand up for children'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the agency represents more than 5,000 children each year and makes education advocacy a priority. 

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Bak USA, a Buffalo-based tablet and computer maker, has announced it will shut down its operations, effective immediately.  The company issued a statement from Chairman J.P. Bak, who said it is with "great sadness" the company will close.

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Fifty years ago this month Crisis Services was created in Buffalo.  It has provided 24-hour, vital support to citizens. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says today Crisis Services is launching a revamp of its brand and mission.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo and Erie County is inviting the community to a free event Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Daemen College. It will feature national author and advocate for the seriously mentally ill DJ Jaffe.  He will be speaking at Daemen College in Amherst.  WBFO's senior reporter reached Jaffe by phone ahead of tonight's appearance to discuss his controversial stance on mental health reform.

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Police officers and students are forming a bond at the Eden Central School District. Senator Patrick Gallivan appeared at the high school Tuesday announcing he secured a $25,000 grant to provide funding for a School Resource Officer program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two town of Eden officers are splitting SRO duties.   

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A documentary will premier in Buffalo Tuesday called CRAZYWISE.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley the Mental Health Advocates of Western New York will host the screening at the North Park Theater followed by a panel discussion.

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SUNY is working to make sure students are provided with proper mental health supports. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story. 

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A mental health care provider has captured two federal grants to expand its services.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Compeer Buffalo is the recipient of more than $2 million that will aid in the midst of a mental health crisis.

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During an appearance in Buffalo’s Lovejoy District Thursday afternoon, reporters asked Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins, Democrat, to react to a series of bombs sent to political leaders and actor Robert De Niro. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Congressman is hoping the nation will come now together. 

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October marks National Principals Month.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is recognizing four city school principals for their work in public schools.

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As chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown calls the discovery of bombs against political leaders “unacceptable”.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked Brown for his reaction to the bombs discovered at home New York home of democrats Hillary and Bill Clinton and to former President Obama in Washington, D.C.

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There was an important visitor on Erie Communty College's north campus in Amherst Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson greeted faculty and students as she toured the campus.  

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There's a brand new theater company in town with a unique mission.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's called Starring Buffalo and blends Broadway star power with education. 

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Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna is using 'groundbreaking' treatment for children with duel diagnosed behavioral and medical challenges.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us this is a 'first of its kind' program in New York State.   

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A Buffalo Public school will be receiving funding from the State Education Department and State Office of Mental Health.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Burgard High School is one of three schools selected in the state for advancing the mental health of students.  

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The University at Buffalo community and elected leaders gathered at the Slee Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst Friday as UB President Satish Tripathi delivered his 7th State of the University Address. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the speech. 

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All kindergarteners in Buffalo Public Schools and across parts of New York State are receiving a free school supply kit.  National Grid is providing the supplies for distribution through The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the items were handed out to the first round of city school students Thursday.  

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Several African-American women will be appearing Friday evening in a special performance on stage at the University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and producer Latricia Davis who created this original play called "This Is My Story".   

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A national mental health leader says too many people with serious mental health issues are lost in the system.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the expert appeared in Buffalo Wednesday to offer advice to local mental health care experts. 

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Although a new state law directs school districts to implement mental health curriculum's, some local districts involved with the Western New York Family Support Center Coalition have been addressing student mental health needs for years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says mental health is the primary focus of this coalition.    

Explore & More Children's Museum

As the four stories of Explore & More's new $29 million home take shape at Canalside, the children's museum has launched its first crowdfunding effort to help shape its inside.

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