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

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New York State Regents Catherine Fisher Collins is working to promote her ideas that she believes could help struggling Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley caught up at with Collins to discuss her efforts. 

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The flap over selecting a new Buffalo School leader is intensifying. The minority group of Buffalo School Board members sent a letter to the State Education Commissioner dated July 31 calling for the ouster of majority Board Member Carl Paladino. 

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A Prairie Home Companion is on stage at the Chautauqua Institution tonight. Garrison Keillor is on the road with his American the Beautiful Tour.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Keillor after he announced last week that he will be retiring.

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What appears to be a large mound of dirt outside Buffalo's Central Terminal is actually an icy pile of old snow left behind from last season's winter storm. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found some curious citizens checking it out.

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A Buffalo dance studio is holding a summer day camp program to provide children lessons and history of hip hop. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended the camp, called The Elements, to find out how students are learning about hip hop culture.  


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The New York State Education Commissioner is being asked to prevent the closing of four Buffalo schools.  State Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sean Ryan were joined by Western New York Regents representative Catherine Collins outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Some Buffalo Public school students are learning how to produce their own radio music show and interview guests.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the RadioARTS program at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts where students were attending a summer camp program.

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An effort to teach young Buffalo children to read and attend school is slowing paying off. A leader from The Annie E. Casey Foundation has delivered a Pacesetter Community Award for Buffalo's Read to Succeed program.

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Parents, students and community advocates gathered on the steps of Buffalo's City Hall Monday to applaud the Buffalo Public School District's plan to hire 30-additional physical education teachers for the upcoming school year.

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A newly-launched community newspaper aims to serve Buffalo's immigrant population by providing news and other information in multiple languages, in an effort to get those who have not yet mastered English more involved in the public.

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Twenty-five Buffalo Public Schools are now under 'receivership,' meaning they are in the hands of the city schools superintendent. Members of Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council believe receivership could finally turn around struggling schools.

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The leader of the Erie County Democratic Party will be calling on Joseph Mascia to end his candidacy for the Fillmore District Common Council seat.

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The City of Buffalo has launched a construction project to convert a one-way section of Pearl Street to two-way in downtown Buffalo.

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As the killer of Air National Guardsman Bill Sager, Jr. begins his prison sentence, the family is still searching for closure. They appeared Thursday outside Buffalo's Naval and Servicemen's Park Fallen Hero monuments to thank the community for their support during the Molly's Pub trail and sentencing, but didn't discuss the case. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says those questions were answered by the Sager's family lawyer. 

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Buffalo United Artists always pushes the edges with new and provocative performances. Friday evening, the theater company premiers 'Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain.' WBFO's Eileen Buckley says it's a story about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, the legendary Hollywood screen stars of the 1940s and 50s, but in BUA style with male actors performing the roles.

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As the family of late Air National Guardsman William Sager, Jr. continues to cope with their loss, loved ones appeared at the Buffalo Naval Park's Fallen Hero monument Thursday to thank the community for its support throughout the ordeal.

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Students from SUNY and CUNY schools are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to make a commitment to higher education. They joined forces Wednesday asking him to sign a bill that would provide more funding for SUNY and CUNY schools. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended a local news conference at University at Buffalo's North Campus. 


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The Buffalo School Board will be asking for more time to make a decision on recommendations from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says board members still disagree on criteria-based schools. 

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Some members from the Buffalo Public School District will be in Albany Wednesday and Thursday to learn more about Receivership. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says they will attend a two-day State Education conference on how receivership will effect school districts. 

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Supporters of a long-time coach at City Honors High School appeared at Tuesday's special Buffalo School Board meeting at City Hall. They are calling on the board to keep Deborah Matos in her job. 

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New York State Senator Mark Panepinto of Buffalo said he did not violate any ethical guidelines in pressuring a state agency to change a policy.

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Plans are underway to create a new documentary about Buffalo's rebirth. A kickstarter campaign is underway to gain support for filming Buffalo Hates You Too: A Love Story. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the local director and an out-of-town producer working on the project to tell Buffalo's story.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is accusing the city school district of "bargaining in bad faith" for a new contract.  

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The Jewish Family Services held a special training session to help break language barriers occurring for immigrants and refugees living and working in Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says a recent training session provided best practices for those who don't speak English.

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Van Miller, the former ‘Voice of the Buffalo Bills’ and sportscaster, has died at the age of 87.

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A Youth Empowerment Summit is underway in downtown Buffalo Friday. Erie Community College's Parenting and Pregnancy Assistance Program is hosting it at ECC's downtown campus.

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The State Education Commissioner is directing the implementation of school receivership to begin for struggling and persistently struggling.   Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has identified 20-persistently struggling schools in 17-districts across the state. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says five of those schools are right here in Buffalo.


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Another member of the Schuele Boys Gang is behind bars.  U.S. Attorney William Hochul said 31-year old Julio Contreras of Texas was arrested as he attempted to return to the U.S. from Mexico.

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Some Buffalo children attended an anti-violence program the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo Thursday afternoon.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they heard from a former gang member who encouraged them to avoid a life of crime.

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The contract for the Distinguished Educator working for the Buffalo Public School District is set to expire at the end of this month. Judy Elliott was appointed to serve the city district by the State Education Department in 2012 by then former Education Commissioner John King. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says some are calling for an end to the position.

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