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

Ways To Connect

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

As children enjoy their summer break from school, experts warn of the so-called "summer slide." Studies indicate most students will lose about two months of a grade level in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months in reading.

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The Buffalo Board of Education met and interviewed candidates applying for the superintendent job Tuesday. The board met behind closed doors most of the day after gathering in special session. Meanwhile, WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the community continue to pressure the board to remain transparent in the search for a new superintendent. 

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A collaboration is underway to focus on the prevention of sexual violence.  Crisis Services is sharing a Sexual Assault Prevention grant from the state Health Department with the YWCA of Niagara and RESTORE Sexual Assault Services will share in the regional grant.

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Three members of the graduating class of Mount Saint Mary Academy in Kenmore want to pursue careers in the U.S. military. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with the young women to discuss their future endeavors and their thoughts on women in the military.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has figured out a great way to get art history into the hands of youth. It will launch new interactive mobile gaming App Saturday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the new game App provides interaction with art history.

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Teachers at the Grabiarz School of Excellence say they are outraged at the Buffalo School District's plans to add more special education classes at their school. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley explains why the teachers believe it will disruptive and why the district needs to make the changes.

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Wegmans has announced that it is donating a $1.5 million gift to establish 'Wegmans Wonderplace' at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for early childhood learning. 

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One of the more popular operas is being performed this weekend at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.  Nickel City Opera will stage Mozart's masterpiece  The Marriage of Figaro.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to attend a rehearsal where the stars of this opera were gearing up for performances Friday and Sunday. 

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The Carousel Academy in Lancaster and North Tonawanda  is looking for new students to join it new science and nature classes.  As WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the pre-school is teaming with the Buffalo Science Museum and Tift Nature Preserve.

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to name a new interim superintendent at tonight's meeting.  That leader will replace outgoing interim leader Don Ogilvie and the hold the district over as the board selects a new superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with Ogilvie at his City Hall office as he wraps up his work for the city school district.

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Parents of students in grades sixth through 12th grade, who are experiencing speech difficulties, are encouraged to sign up for a Articulation Boot Camp.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says UB's Communicative Disorders and Sciences is currently screening for the program.  She sat down with the director of an 'Articulation Boot Camp' that opens next month to correct speech impairments.

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Daemen College in Amherst is receiving a nearly half-a-million dollar state grant to create a new  Graduate Studies Technology Center. 

New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer appeared at Daemen Monday for a news conference to announce that he secured the funding.

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A long-time '5 & 10' store in East Aurora is celebrating a milestone. Vidler's turns 85 and will be holding a special celebration Saturday. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley toured Vidler's on Main Street in the village, exploring the many items sold and how a family continues the tradition.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has delivered 35,000 free books to city school students.  It's part of a national program called 'First Book'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley was at BEST PS#6 as books arrived for some of the youngest students.


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The Buffalo Board of Education has agreed to move forward with background checks on nine of the 20 candidates who applied for the superintendent post. 

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A hands-on history lesson was delivered to a group of Buffalo city school students Wednesday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the William Grabiarz School of Excellence was one of five schools selected during an Upstate visit.

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The U.S. Secretary of Education has recognized the Lancaster Public School District for changing the former Redskins nickname. 

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is calling a proposed contract from the city school district 'absurd.'  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the district has issued a new contract offer to the Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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Newly named State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has deep connections in the Buffalo region. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss Elia's background. Lankes said Elia is a 'reformer who gets results'.


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More than 1,000 Buffalo school children are participating in a free, after-school soccer program. 'Soccer for Success' provides physical activity and nutritional lessons to city kids. 

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A local organization is working to raise funds for the Buffalo Zoo's Giraffes.  It highlights the Zoo's effort for conservation of endangered species and to educate the public about helping to curb the decline of these animals.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with Dr. Janet Gane of the Community Papers of Western New York. Gane said when Sampson the Giraffe was born last fall, his birth 'inspired' the campaign. 

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The East Aurora Union Free School District has moved to the top slot in Business First's academic rankings. This is the first time East Aurora has moved to first place, knocking out longtime leader Williamsville.

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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading program Wednesday. The event encourages children to continue their reading while on summer break.

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As Buffalo's immigrant and refugee population continues to grow dramatically, Mayor Byron Brown is working to enhance the city's Office of New Americans. The city says it wants to make sure the new residents receive the right assistance.

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A program continues to rescue students who are 'at-risk' of dropping out at some of Buffalo School District's lowest performing schools.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of those students who was enrolled in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute has appointed a new principal. Brother Christopher Belleman, FSC, begins his new post immediately.

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A 13-year-old Buffalo teen is now recovering at home after nearly drowning last week. Larryn Watkins was pulled from the pool at Waterfront School last Tuesday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says two people are being honored for saving the teen's life.

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A Clarence school has held its top position in Business First of Buffalo annual school rankings. Today it released it's 2015-Academic Rankings of Western New York elementary Schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Ledgeview Elementary Clarence is number one.

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The Lancaster School Board is expected to vote Monday evening on a new mascot name and logo.  Students voted in favor of renaming their sports team the Lancaster Legends.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Leadership Student committee will formally present their results to the board.

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The co-founder and president of Buffalo's Uncrowded Queens Institute has made a historic discovery. It involves her extensive research over the most controversial  film from 1915 Birth of a Nation.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with Peggy Brooks-Bertram to discuss her work that refutes the racist film. 

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