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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As college students prepare to return to campuses in the next couple of weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new anti-hazing law Monday. It prohibits certain physical contact or requiring physical activity during an organization's initiating ceremony to prevent the deaths or serious injuries of students during fraternity pledging. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to a local couple who lost their son in fraternity hazing four years ago.  


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The District Parent Coordinating Council held an informational meeting in Buffalo Monday evening  to discuss the Buffalo School District's hiring policy for coaches.  In this week's Press Pass  WBFO's senior reporter and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explain why the parent group is speaking out against the policy. They also discuss city student bus pass issue. 


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The state recently announced plans to treat some children at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. And that’s raising questions for the coalition that worked to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the coalition’s attorney wants answers, refusing to drop a lawsuit. 

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A parent group is crying foul over the Buffalo School District's hiring of sports coaches. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) says the agreement between the Buffalo Public school district and Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is a “bad deal”.

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East Aurora is part of the 27th Congressional District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to some vendors at the East Aurora Farmers Market at the Aurora Village Shopping Center on Grey Street for their reaction to the indictment and arrest of Congressman Chris Collins. 

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With all the controversy and debate surrounding concussions and CTE for those playing contact sports, there are some surprising results from a UB study.  WBFO' senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the new report is claiming the CTE risk is not as prevalent as once thought.  

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More beds are being built for children living in poverty.  The Service Collaborative of Western New York has kicked off a second year of Beds for Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says community volunteers are building 150 new beds.


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A new pilot program is aimed at preventing opioid and heroin addiction.  State Senator Chris Jacobs announced he has secured $50,000 in state funding to support a High School Ambassador Program in Buffalo Public high schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program will promote behaviors to avoid drug abuse. 


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With the explosion of the #MeToo movement there is a great deal of focus on addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, on campuses and in athletics. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the University at Buffalo's Athletics Department and Law School are teaming to host a conference this Friday at Hodgson Russ. 

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A very diverse group of young women is learning about computer coding over the next two weeks.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a program designed for immigrant and refugee students.

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As there is a growing response to better handle mental health, we spoke with a prominent philosopher from New York University, who explains some of what causes 'mental breakdowns'.  Professor Jerome Wakefield is in Buffalo where he attend UB's philosophy event called the Romanell Conference.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Wakefield offers his views on the mental health crisis and addiction.

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A woman who escaped domestic violence and conquered alcoholism is sharing her story to offer hope for others. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Jillian James who says a women's shelter and food assistance saved her life.

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Children in one of Buffalo's most impoverished neighborhoods will celebrate graduation from the Seneca Street Summer Reading Camp.  A ceremony will be held Thursday for kindergarteners through 8th graders who attended. They will receive certificates and new backpacks filled with school supplies from the two-week camp. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited the program sponsored by the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation (SSCDC) at no cost to families. 

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After a year of celibacy, a 22-year-old gay man was allowed to donate his blood in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the donor is trying to raise awareness of the FDA's longtime donation policy for gay and bisexual men, which he calls "antiquated."


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After state officials closed the Willard Psychiatric Center near Ithaca, they made an unusual discovery. In the attic were 400 suitcases left behind from patients who lived there. For more than 20 years those suitcases have been in the hands of the state, but now they may finally be reunited with families of the patients.

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The Hamburg Central School District is working to make sure students with mental health issues receive proper care. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says when the new school year begins in September, every staff member in the Hamburg school District will have received mental health first aid training.

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Seven years after the tragic death of Amherst teenager Alix Rice a special skate park will officially open to the public next month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a ribbon cutting for the Alix Rice Peace Park will be held Saturday, August 4th at the Northtown Center in Amherst.  

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The importance of early childhood development has been outlined in a new 75-page report.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new alliance called Liftoff Western New York outlines critical trouble spots and goals to improve early childhood milestones in the report titled "Looking Toward the Future." 

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A former Buffalo Sabre is sharing his battle with mental illness. Goalie Clint Malarchuk played in the NHL from 1981 through 1992. He also coached in the NHL and minor leagues. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, Eileen Buckley spoke with Malarchuk, 57, who survived two life-threatening injuries; one from hockey, the other, an attempted suicide. 

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The U.S. Secret Service issued a report Thursday releasing guidelines to help schools prevent deadly shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Secret Service is urging schools to set up 'threat assessment teams'.

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Canalside in downtown Buffalo was filled with young 'super heroes' Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says young children dressed as their favorite super hero to attend the Storytime Series that promotes reading.  

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A new state law took effect July 1st that now requires mental health education in Kindergarten through 12th grade all across New York.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this is the first law of its kind in the nation and now schools must be ready by September.

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Say Yes Buffalo and State Senator Tim Kennedy kicked off the annual drive for dorm room supplies.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the community is encouraged to donate items for some of the neediest Say Yes scholars as they prepare for college this fall.

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D’Youville College in Buffalo is ready to embark on constructing a Health Professions HUB. D’Youville announced it is the recipient of a $5-million  HECap State grant.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the higher education grant will help kick off funding for the $20-million facility that will provide training to students in healthcare and include a community clinic for the undeserved.

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The summer months are still busy times for school districts. This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO’s Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey look at five items the Buffalo Public School District is working on for the next school year. 

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St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has completed a “record-breaking” capital campaign. The school raised more than $20 million over the last five years. The campaign was to build the school’s endowment and strengthen its ability to provide needed financial aid and scholarships. And it is a successful end for the longtime leader of the school. Friday is president Robert Scott’s last day on the job. 

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Niagara Catholic junior-senior High School has closed in the city of Niagara Falls.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says financial factors and low enrollment led to the decision.

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Peace Of The City continues providing inner city youth with life, arts and social justice skills. One of its showcase events is Shakespeare Comes to (716).   WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal for a modern-day performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at the Shea’s Smith Theatre, featuring a diverse cast and crew of 50-Buffalo teens.

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Say Yes Buffalo is holding its ‘Countdown to College’ kickoff. Say Yes Scholars have been attending a two-day event of workshops to prepare for navigating college.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the keynote speakers who guides underserved students of color.


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Two local high school students will be performing in the 10th annual Jimmy Awards in New York City Monday eveing. They are among 80-high schoolers from 40-regional programs across the country to compete for Best Performance by an actor and actress. The local students emerged as top winners at the annual Kenny Awards at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, receiving Outstanding Actress and Actor awards.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the local nominees, Emily Kuhn from Tonawanda High School and Christopher Palumbo from Starpoint High School, to talk about their talents.

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