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
3:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Another tumultuous Buffalo School Board session

Buffalo School Board in special meeting Wednesday discussing Bennett.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Racial allegations were flying at Wednesday's Buffalo School Board session. School Board members met in special session at City Hall to discuss proposed turnaround plans for Bennett High School and Martin Luther King School.

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Focus on Education
8:47 am
Wed August 27, 2014

One store's mission of providing free school supplies

Inside The Teacher's Desk store on Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The Teacher's Desk Website

As school districts begin a brand new school year next week, teachers and students will be in need of annual school supplies. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us about a free supply store in Buffalo called The Teacher's Desk.

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Focus on Education
6:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

CSAT middle school students expand into former Holy Angels building

Buses arrive fro CSAT
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new era is underway at a former school building in north Buffalo.  In our Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says more than 550-middle school students from the Charter School for Applied Technologies returned for a new school year  at the former Holy Angels Academy on Hertel Avenue.

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Focus on Education
1:03 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Local school teacher selected as a PBS Innovator

Kirsten Kenny, religion teacher at Sacred Heart Academy, selected as PBS Innovator.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local school teacher is the only Western New York teacher to be selected as a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says it works to promote digital training and education in the classroom.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Press Pass: Is vocational education a better option for some students?

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Other school districts outside of New York State have similar demographics to Buffalo, but are doing a much better job in improving graduation rates.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

STEM expands to year-round for city students

Students from the MST School on East Delavan in Buffalo gather for kickoff of STEM.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience is being expanded year-round. In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the program works to encourages city school students to pursue studies in math, science and technology.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Leader of Buffalo schools gaining ground 'one foothold at a time’

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie in studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Donald Ogilvie is now in his sixth full week on the job. Ogilvie is tackling many issues that have lingered over the troubled city school district for several years. In this Focus on Education interview, WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Ogilvie to discuss a variety of education topics.

Listen to Eileen Buckley's extended interview with interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New charter school proposed for city’s West Side

Fred Saia, president of Oneida Concrete and founder of Applied Charter School of Technology & Frank Herstek, consultant with Western New York Education Service Council want to create the Smart Academy, a new charter school.

A new charter school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is being proposed for Buffalo's West Side. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learned exclusively about plans to open the SMART Academy. 

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Focus on Education
12:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K

Buffalo Public School District registration sign.
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A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program.  The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations. 

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Focus on Education
5:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel

The History of Buffalo Graphic Novel created through a summer project hosted by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara at Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history. 

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Focus on Education
9:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Say Yes students learn the college financial aid process

Say Yes student who will entire college this fall.
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Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students are still required to navigate through the financial aid process.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students heading to college this fall are still filling out federal and state financial aid applications.


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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Second round of Common Core results show 'modest, but real' progress

Common Core workbook.
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New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King released results Thursday of the April 2014 Common Core assessments for grade 3-8 math and English Language Arts. Students made slight improvement in math grades 3-8 with 35.8% passing, up from around 31%, but students are doing about the same in English at about 31%.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Thu August 14, 2014

UB defines campus policy for reporting sexual assaults

University at Buffalo north campus in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The State University of New York has gone on record in support of a bill to strengthen campus policies for reporting sexual assaults. SUNY joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in support of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. As part of our Focus on Education reporting WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with University at Buffalo officials to discuss the school's policy.

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Cultural
2:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Meet the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Class of ’14

2014 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees pose for photos at the Buffalo History Museum.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announced this year's inductees.  Most of the winners appeared at the Buffalo History Museum Wednesday morning. The 2014 class includes VH1 President and Buffalo State graduate Tom Calederon.

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Health
10:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Robin Williams's death spotlights issues of depression, addiction

Robin Williams's suicide is drawing attention to the issues of depression and addiction.
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WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports

With the tragic news that actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide, experts are weighing in to offer advice for people suffering with alcohol and drug addictions and depression. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with one expert from the University at Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Say Yes students get ready to start college

Students taking the Say Yes summer program at ECC.
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More than 30 Buffalo Public High School graduates have been attending the Say Yes Summer Academy at ECC. The students have been awarded Say Yes Buffalo scholarships. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on students who have been attending a five-week summer school program to gain skills necessary to head to college this fall.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Interim schools leader outlines strategy to Latino community

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie meets with members of Buffalo's Latino community at the Father Belle Community Center on the city's West Side where he outlined his short and long-term strategies for the troubled school district.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The new leader of the Buffalo Public School District has hit the ground running. Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie has already been meeting with members of the community with a packed calendar of appointments just weeks into his new role. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley profiles Ogilvie's strategy.

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Focus on Education
8:57 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Johns Hopkins wants out of partnership with East, Lafayette high schools

Outside Lafayette High School.
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Johns Hopkins University wants to end its partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools at two failing city schools. 

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Union & teachers to shred Pearson tests in protest

NYSUT's protest poster
Credit Photo from NYSUT Website

Teachers from across the state will stage a protest tonight in Albany against a national testing company.  In this Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they will tear apart tests made by Pearson.


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Environment
6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Wheatfield Town board issues ban on equate fertilizer

Wheatfield Against Sludge
Credit Photo from Wheatfield Against Sludge Facebook page

Wheatfield residents are celebrating a victory in the fight against the use of a liquid fertilizer. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports a ban was recently passed by the Wheatfield Town Board, but residents say they still have an uphill battle.

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Focus on Education
8:59 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Buffalo’s new academic chief discusses learning

Linda Cimusz will serve as Buffalo Public Schools Chief Academic Officer.
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The Buffalo Public School's new chief academic officer will be digging into the many issues surrounding city schools. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks the new school administrator about poverty and learning.


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Focus on Education
10:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

School board infighting continues

Buffalo Board of Education meeting Wednesday.
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A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education turned into a bit of a chaotic session Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says once again there was plenty of controversy in a more than three-hour session.

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Cultural
9:08 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Author inspired by Tennessee Williams on book tour through Buffalo

Author Margaret Bradham Thornton edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks and wrote her own novel, Charleston, was touring in Buffalo.
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The author who edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks is on a book tour. Margaret Bradham Thornton is touring in support of her new novel Charleston. Thornton appeared at Talking Leaves in Buffalo Wednesday. Tuesday at noon she appears at the Chautauqua Institution's Bookstore to sign copies. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Thornton, who spent a decade editing the writings of Williams. 

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Focus on Education
10:55 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Buffalo school board to hold special meeting

Buffalo School board convened in special session and immediately went into executive session Wednesday at City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is  meeting in special session Wednesday afternoon. School board president James Sampson called for the meeting to discuss several topics, including a possible vote on a new chief academic officer. 

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Focus on Education
8:58 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Local philosophers discuss Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

Poster from recent Plato’s Academy, North Tonawanda Campus -- PANTC conference.
Credit Photo provided by UB

A group of philosophers from several area colleges meet up on a regular basis. They have formed a group called PANTC, which stands for Plato's Academy -- North Tonawanda Campus. In this Focus on Education report,    WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with a University at Buffalo professor about why they meet and what they talk about.

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Focus on Education
7:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Summer school program promotes enrichment & learning for city kids

Summer school math class at Native American Magnet School #19
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About 5,000 Buffalo School children have been attending summer school programs that are engaging them in learning.  Say Yes Buffalo is assisting the Buffalo Public School District with summer school. It provided needed funding that allowed for all elementary students to attend.  In this Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visited Native American Magnet School #19 on the city's West Side where school children spent three hours a day on math, reading and enrichment.

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Focus on Education
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Proposed bill would require college transparency for sexual assaults on campus

Credit Photo from U.S. Senator Gillibrand's Web page

In wake of the on-going federal investigation into campuses assaults and rapes U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation designed to curb sexual assaults on the nation's college campuses.   The Campus Accountability & Safety Act contains several provisions.


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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

International ballet students train in Buffalo

Some of the international dance students training at Neglia this summer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The education of students comes in many forms.  This summer some international ballet students traveled to Buffalo from Argentina and Uruguay on scholarships to study under Sergio Neglia.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the teenagers have been taking intense training classes at the Neglia Ballet studio's on Elmwood Avenue.

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Focus on Education
1:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project

Say Yes banner outside Medaille College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund is about to receive another infusion of cash. WBFO News has learned that a group of business leaders is pledging to invest some of the profits they earn from a renovation project at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo native Daniel Lewis about new investment for Say Yes Buffalo.

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