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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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Buffalo graduation rate dips slightly

Students in their classroom at the Stanley Makowski School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The graduation rate in Buffalo's public schools is down slightly, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Education Department.

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Focus on Education
2:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Buffalo School District 'can’t accept' fact-finding report

Buffalo Public School teachers past pickets.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilive says the District will not accept the released fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.

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Local
9:57 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Frack ban draws ire from business interests

Past anti-fracking projects in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

While anti-fracking organizations are celebrating a state ban against the gas extraction process, gas and business interests say they are outraged. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from both sides.

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Focus on Education
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

BTF says 'fact-finding' report on teachers contract is ready

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO News has learned that the long-awaited fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract has been released, but remains embargo.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore tells WBFO News he can't comment on it until after midnight Wednesday.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Young students receive a lesson on ‘Eight Nights of Tzedkah’

Temple Beth Zion Assistant Rabbi Adam Scheldt leads pre-schoolers in a lesson on the 'Eight Nights of Tzedkah'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Menorah lightings were held Tuesday night marking the first night of Hanukkah. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited Temple Beth Zion's Play And Learn School in Amherst where preschoolers received a lesson on the Jewish tradition. 

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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Inaccurate ratings for some Buffalo school teachers

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie explains the mistakes in the recent teacher evaluations.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District says mistakes were made in the teacher evaluation process.  More than 100 city school teachers and principals received ratings of 'effective' or 'highly effective',  but should have been rated 'ineffective'.

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Focus on Education
9:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Buffalo school students play role in Ferry Street Corridor Project

BAVPA theater majors Lissette DeJesus and Jacobs Rodriguez rehearse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In a time where there is so much racial divide across the nation, there is an effort underway in Buffalo to weave together two very different sections of the city. The Ferry Street Corridor Project is about stories of those who live on the city's East and West sides.

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Focus on Education
9:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

After-school program provides some low-income families with homework help

Union East second graders hug the sisters as they arrive for the after-school program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A brand new after-school program focuses on homework and academic assistance.  In October, Villa Maria College teamed with the Town of Cheektowaga to being an after-school services program for second graders from the Union East Elementary School and Mary Queen of Angels School.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is designed to support children from low-income families.


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Focus on Education
11:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Buffalo School leader doesn't expect interruptions as King leaves State Ed

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

The Buffalo Public School District must return proposed school new school plans to the State Education Department today.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie about the departure of State Education Commissioner John King as the district works to fix its failing schools.

Focus on Education
1:52 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo update: 995 from class of 2014 in college

Students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo were the latest to learn they would be eligible for Say Yes Buffalo scholarships to college.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo issued an update on the number of city public school students who headed to college this school year. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the report was issued during the organization's Community Leadership Council.

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Local
11:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Snowy city streets left traffic at a crawl

Traffic crawled along Delaware Avenue in Kenmore & Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Traffic was nearly at gridlock along many of the main streets metro Buffalo Thursday morning.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says what are normally shorter commute times took much longer for motorists.


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Developing
7:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

NYS Education Commissioner King appointed to U.S. Education Department

NYS Education Commissioner John King visiting with students in Niagara Falls during one of his most recent visits to the region.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State's top education leader has been selected by federal officials for a new role. State Education Commissioner John King will be stepping down for a high level post in the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Local
1:33 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mayor says city already researching possible downtown stadium sites

Current and newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Common Council has gone on record in support of a new downtown Bills stadium. Lawmakers approved a resolution calling on the mayor and the Department of Strategic Planning to explore various sites. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, that process is already underway.

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Local
5:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Electrical fire at ECC North

ECC North Campus.
Credit Photo from ECC Website.

An electrical fire at Erie Community College's North Campus in Amherst has closed the school for the day.  The blaze broke out after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning inside Bretscher Hall.  

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Focus on Education
10:58 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Deadline looms for proposed school turnaround plans

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie appeared at the Merriweather Library Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Don Ogilvie says the school district has a Friday deadline to submit a round of proposed turnaround plans for four failing city schools to prevent closure by the New York State Education Department.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Online access for Buffalo school students

Buffalo Public School children demonstrate the new BPS Desktop.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School students now have a new tool to help them with their school work.  The Buffalo Public School District has a new partnership with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library creating the 'BPS virtual desktop' for city students. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students can now remote into their school work. 

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Focus on Education
9:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

A call for a new teachers contract to focus on students

Bryon McIntyre, Vice President of the District Parent Coordinating Council, recently joined the Buffalo Niagara Partnership calling for a new teachers contract that puts children first.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is still waiting for a fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says as the board awaits the information, there is a call for changes in a new teacher contract that would focus more on students. 

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Focus on Education
3:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Daemen College opens Center for Excellence in Animation

Daemen College unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Animation at Buffalo's Tri-Main Building.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Hollywood producers could easily ask a new college animation center in Buffalo for production assistance.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Daemen College unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Animation.

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Focus on Education
12:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Recommendations to improve future Buffalo teachers contract

StudentFirst New York executive director Jenny Sedlis.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new report issued Thursday makes recommendations for a future Buffalo teachers contract.  City school teachers have been working without a new contract for more than a decade.

StudentsFirstNY, a statewide education advocacy organization; and TNTP, a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality, presented the report at a news briefing at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

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Focus on Education
8:24 am
Fri December 5, 2014

'Max Meets the Mayor'

Max Meets the Mayor
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new local children's book features Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the book was inspired by a 7-year-old boy.

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Focus on Education
3:41 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Canisius High football captain tossed out of play

Canisius-Timon game, YouTube.

The captain of Canisius High School's football team won't be able to play in this Sunday's New York State  Catholic Championship game.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a penalty from a game last weekend tossed him out final play.

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Focus on Education
11:38 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Buffalo’s parent leader meets President Obama

Buffalo's DPCC President Samuel Radford with President Obama.
Credit Photo provided by Samuel Radford

A delegation from Say Yes to Education that included Buffalo's Parent District Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford, are meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday as part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

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Focus on Education
9:03 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Local veteran struggles to re-educate himself

Randy Camp in the WBFO studio explaining his hardship.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An Erie Community College student and veteran says he is struggling financially as he awaits distribution of his awarded scholarship funds. Randy Camp brought his story to WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley who talked with Camp and ECC's leader of veteran services. 

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Focus on Education
10:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

SUNY adopts system-wide sexual assault policy

Students entering building at University at Buffalo north campus in Amherst, N.Y.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has adopted a comprehensive system-wide sexual assault policy for all 64-of its campuses.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this will include a 'bill of rights' for victims and survivors of campus assaults. 

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Seminary educates future priests & laity

Christ the King Seminary entrance on Knox Road in East Aurora.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

There is a new leader at the helm of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.  The Rev. Joseph Gatto  recently began his new position as President-Rector.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says growth is occurring on the campus, as new seminarians are studying to become priests and laity seek theologian teachings. 

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Focus on Education
9:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Press Pass: The education formula at Grabiarz School

Grabiarz School of Excellence PS 79 at Lawn Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Public Schools Website

A Buffalo Public School with a high poverty rate that is following its own formula which includes the Common Core and is achieving some success. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes about her upcoming featured article for 'How to Fix Buffalo Schools' that will focus on the Grabiarz School of Excellence Public School 79.

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Focus on Education
5:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

UB introduces one of the nation’s ‘winningest’ college coaches

Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach Lance Leipold on the big screen during his UB news briefing at UB Alumni Arena.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the 'winningest' college football coaches in the nation is coming to the University at Buffalo. Monday UB announced it has hired Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach of the Bulls.  Lance Leipold  has won five-national championships.  Leipold appeared at a news conference at UB's Alumni Arena at the north Campus in Amherst Monday.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Local organization constructs girls school in remote African village

African girls in Tanzania.
Credit Photo from the Girls Education Collaborative Facebook page

An organization in Buffalo is diligently working to build a girls school in a remote village in northern Tanzania. Tuesday evening, the Girls Education Collaborative brings in Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for a fundraising event. 

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Local
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Whiteness Project examines the 'white experience'

Alex participated in The Whiteness Project
Credit Photo from The Whiteness Project

A special documentary features Western New Yorkers talking about race and being white. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says The Whiteness Project examines what the filmmaker calls the 'white experience.'

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Local
3:15 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local NAACP leader calls for peace

NAACP President Frank Mesiah with Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit Photo from Congressman Higgins Twitter page

Both Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the city's local leader of the NAACP Chapter are calling for peace in response to the violent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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