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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Politics
1:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Corruption, Common Core hot topics at gubernatorial debate

Four candidates debated the issues.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in the WNED|WBFO studios. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the two major party candidates took repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Developing
7:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stage set for gubernatorial debate from WNED|WBFO

Inside the WNED/WBFO studio the stage is set for the debate
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Preventing immigrant domestic violence & human trafficking

Outside the International Institute of Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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Cultural
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Allegany Artisans Tour's 27th year features 39 studios

Allegany Artisans
Credit Photo from Allegay Artisans

What is considered one of the oldest studio tours in the country continues Sunday near the beautiful Genesee River in Allgeany County.  It the 27th annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with H.M. Bateman with Allegany Artisans. She said  39-studios will be opened to the public across the towns of Allegany.

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Focus on Education
5:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo school students enjoy Neglia's Baba Yaga

Neglia ballet performs Baba Yaga Friday to Buffalo school children.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some 1,600 Buffalo Public School children were dazzled by the high-energy performance of Neglia Ballet's Baba Yaga. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Neglia continues to provide the free performance as part of its "On School Time" program.

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Focus on Education
5:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hawkins campaigns against charter schools, Common Core

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo Friday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

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Health
9:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local nurses train for Ebola

Inside the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

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Cultural
9:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Russert exhibit ready to open at Buffalo History Museum

"Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'"
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A grand opening for an exhibit that honors the memory of Tim Russert opens to the public Friday. The Buffalo History Museum will hold a sneak preview for the media tonight. WBFO's Eileen Buckley got a private tour of the exhibit.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A rally cry against charter plans at four failing city schools

Protest against proposed improvement plan for four failing city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Citizens, students and minority school board members are calling on the State Education Commissioner to prevent plans to create charters at four failing city schools.

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Focus on Education
5:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

City district alerts parents & students of abduction attempts

Buffalo Schools Associate Superintendent for Student Support Will Keresztes.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police are investigating attempted abductions of city children that started on October first.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says police have beefed up patrols outside Buffalo Public Schools and the school district is ramping up awareness with students and parents.

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Local
5:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Van driver cleared in hunt for would-be child abductors

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda meeting with reporters Monday in Niagara Square to discuss investigation into attempted abductions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police say a man questioned Tuesday for possibly attempting to abduct two 13-year-old boys Monday is not being charged with a crime.

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Health
12:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

HPV vaccine
Credit Photo from Wikipedia

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.


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Focus on Education
6:33 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UB has not identified any students, faculty or staff who traveled to areas with Ebola

UB students at the Amherst Campus
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Well-before the first Ebola case was reported here in the U.S. the University at Buffalo began planning for its international students traveling to and from the affected areas in Western Africa.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says UB'S Student Health Services is keeping a close watch on the situation -- but assures citizens that the risk remains low in America.

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Art/Theater
1:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Shea’s hits all-time record for season ticket sales

Shea's Performing Arts Center, Main Street, Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Shea’s Performing Arts Center has set an all-time record for season tickets sold at the downtown theater.  13,644 season tickets have been sold for the new season that kicks off this week.  That includes more than 2,950 new season tickets.

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Focus on Education
12:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Students complain of dorm conditions; Buff State & Canisius work to resolve issues

Campion Hall on Main Street at Canisius College campus is housing some Buffalo State students.
Credit Photo from Canisius College Website

With a record number of new students enrolled this semester at Buffalo State, some students are being housed at the Canisius College campus on Main Street. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says both schools are working to respond to complaints of poor dorm conditions.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Buffalo Bills fans are breathing a sigh of relief

Dan Prenoveau is co-owner of Danny’s Restaurant on Abbott Road in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Bills fans are breathing a sigh of relief now that the Pegual's are the new owners.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley headed to Orchard Park near Ralph Wilson Stadium to gather reaction.


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Cultural
7:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Noel “Paul” Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary fame to perform at Canisius College

Peter, Paul & Mary.

One of the performers from the legendary 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will be in Buffalo this week. Noel "Paul" Stookey will hold a performance and lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at Canisius College in the Montante Cultural Center. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Stookey about the famous trio, his songwriting and his activism.


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Focus on Education
7:45 am
Tue October 7, 2014

High school students learn of deadly distractions

Jacy Good speaks about her tragedy and encourages teens to stop using their cell phones in the car.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

High school students and parents in the Williamsville Central School District listen to a powerful and tragic story about distracting driving, all caused by a cell phone. In this Focus on Education report  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how a nationally known speaker visited Williamsville North, South and East High Schools. 


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Focus on Education
9:29 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Students help kick off bullying awareness month

Entertainer Kevin McCarthy stands in the 'Ring of Knowledge' at the downtown Library energizing some Buffalo school children.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A major anti-bullying effort continues for another season in Buffalo. The month-long 'Bullying Stops Here' campaign was kicked off Friday at the downtown Central Library. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how city school students participated in the event.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Some charter schools outperform Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As the Buffalo Public School District works to improve its failing schools debate is growing over the strength of charter schools. In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan.  The News continues its 'Fix Buffalo Schools' series Sunday. It explores the success of the Charter Schools for Applied Technologies and next Sunday will examine student success at the Tapestry Charter School -- two top charter schools in Buffalo.

Local
3:09 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Two lawmakers say ‘no housing’ for Outer Harbor; Gioia says 'all about public access'

Buffalo's Outer Harbor at Gallagher Beach off Furhman Boulevard.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Rep. Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Sean Ryan are speaking out against the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's proposal for Outer Harbor redevelopment, which calls for a big emphasis on new housing.  

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New condom program considered for city high schools

Will Keresztes, Associate Schools Superintendent for Student Support Services, talked to reporters about a proposed condom distribution plan outside of City Hall Thursday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District is considering a free condom distribution plan.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says this is in response to troubling data youth behavior.

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Local
1:40 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Buffalo Fire probes rash of West Side fires

Grocery-deli on Grant Street was the scene of a blaze.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A series of fires broke out on Buffalo's West Side early Thursday morning. Three Buffalo firefighters and a Buffalo police officer suffered minor injuries. 

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Focus on Education
10:30 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Charter school children help build a rain garden

Elmwood Village Charter School students help build a rain garden on Hudson Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Students from the Elmwood Village Charter School got a lesson outside the classroom Wednesday.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the school received a grant to install a rain garden next to the school's parking lot on Hudson Street.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Exploring digital challenges & regulations

UB's Digital Challenges series at the north campus in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The cyber world means digital infrastructure for businesses, organizations and government agencies is extremely vulnerable. The University at Buffalo is leading conversations on this topic with a lecture series called "Digital Challenges".  The first was held Wednesday on the North campus.  In this Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the event examined the pitfalls of digital communication.

Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Canisius High School leader discusses mission of diversity & learning

Fr. Joseph Costantino, SJ. President OF Canisius High School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

While many schools require State Regents testing a local Catholic high school provides college preparatory training without Regents. In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with the president of Canisius High School in Buffalo learning about the school's core value diversity.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Press Pass: Reviewing the PS 82 incident & RFP for MLK School

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues its probe into how a kindergarten student at Public School 82 managed to walk out of the building unnoticed. The principal has since been placed on paid leave.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Buffalo Schools: I-Prep celebrates reconstruction

I-Prep students hold up flags from across the globe.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has completed the last school building of the more than $1 billion Joint Schools Reconstruction Project. On Monday morning, city school officials and students gathered outside of International Preparatory for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of reconstruction work.

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Focus on Education
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Higher education discusses best practices for campus assaults

Inside Hilbert College's Swan Auditorium for The Sexual Assault Prevention and Compliance Summit 2014.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

College and university officials from across the region shared best practices Friday on how to prevent sexual assaults and rapes on campus. 

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