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 celebrated 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 at 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 and follow her Twitter @eileenwbfo.

Ways to Connect

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The Buffalo Public School District is beginning to launch new community schools that revive former failing schools. As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tell us these new innovative high schools are expected to create more equity in providing quality education to more students.

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The Buffalo Public School District has created an all new Bennett High School. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to open the first Computing Academy of Technological Sciences at Bennett on Main Street.

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A well-known national artist will be visiting a Buffalo Public high school today.  Abstract artist Mark Bradford will be speaking to students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created art work in preparation for his visit. 

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Many are anticipating a brand new direction on the Buffalo School Board when teacher-union backed candidates begin this July.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how a past reform agenda could end up 'off' the table. 

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For the first time next month, Say Yes Buffalo will be hosting a 'College Kickoff' event.  It is designed for Buffalo Public high school and city charter school students graduating next month and attending a Say Yes college this fall. A two-day conference will offer advice on making the transition from high school to college. 

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Canisius College Golden Griffins Men’s Basketball coach Jim Baron is retiring.  The 62-year-old Baron insisted he is in good health, but said he decided it was time to 'step aside' and spend more time with his family.

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As we recently highlighted the story of an 18-year-old Buffalo teen who unsuccessfully ran for city school board, there was another teenager who clinched a seat in the Iroquois Central School District. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has his story.

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A Character Education program was launched by the Buffalo Bills and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. It's called 'Character Playbook'.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it focuses on character development for middle school students.  

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Not everyone agrees that giving out iPads and gift cards to encourage Buffalo Public School students to attend school is a good idea.

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The U.S. Education Department has selected Niagara County Community College as one of six SUNY campuses to run a pilot program for high school Pell Grants. NCCC will work in partnership with the Niagara Falls City School District. 

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Voters in the Williamsville School District will be deciding on a proposed $183 million budget plan Tuesday as well as school board candidates. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the leader of the Williamsville Teachers Association, who voiced concerns of ongoing acrimony in the district.

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The SPCA Serving Erie County broke ground Monday for a new shelter and clinic in West Seneca. It has been more than 50 years since the SPCA first located to Ensminger Road in Tonawanda, but now construction has begun on a state-of-the art shelter at 300 Harlem Road. 

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KeyBank delivered a one million dollar gift to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship program. A pep rally was held Wednesday with Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts students to celebrate.  The free college tuition program for Buffalo Public and city charter school students is receiving praise from the national Say Yes program. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students are pledging not to waste the opportunity to succeed. 

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Absentee ballots were counted in the Buffalo School Board Park District race and incumbent Carl Paladino is the winner. Paladino defeated 18-year-old Austin Harig. But the 18-year-old opponent created a tight race for the powerful businessman.

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The red carpet was rolled out in Buffalo's theater district Monday afternoon as star power arrived at 710-Main Stage Theatre. Actress Ali MacGraw and Actor Ryan O'Neal are bringing the national tour of 'Love Letters' written by Buffalo playwright A.R. Gurney to the Queen City. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet the celebrities up close. 

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Some community stakeholders and educators are fully behind Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's effort to change struggling schools. WBFO Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with an elementary school principal and a college leader.

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Some Buffalo Public School students will soon be benefiting from reading tutors.  The AARP Foundation delivered a $200,000 Reading Intervention Grant to Read to Succeed Buffalo.

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Earlier this week Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino emerged the winner over his 18-year-old opponent Austin Harig. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the teen is considering suing Paladino for an election night remark. 

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Some of the most successful Buffalo Public School students are refugees from across the globe. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says for the fourth year in a row, a refugee student at Lafayette High School is the winner of the very prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

 

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Western New York Regent Representative Catherine Fisher Collins says even with a new Buffalo School Board majority, board members must stay focused to fix struggling city schools. 


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The Buffalo School Board majority has been knocked out by voters in Tuesday night’s election, with brand new members ready to take on education.

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Examining best practices and challenges for special education students in our region is the topic of a day-long seminar in Buffalo.  The 'Birth to Work Special Education Summit' is being held in the WNED/WBFO studio, featuring top New York State Education Department (NYSED) leaders.

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Buffalo voters will be deciding on six school board seats Tuesday. A few candidates, including one incumbent, were knocked off  the ballot. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with both the Democratic and Republican Erie County Board of Elections commissioners about what voters can expect.

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Eligible Buffalo voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the school board elections. All six Buffalo School District seats will be decided. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes take a look at how the current board's majority, aligned with the schools superintendent and reforms, is at risk in the election.

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A Buffalo couple wed on national television Friday morning. Paul Spitale and Jenell Greene said their vows on "Good Morning America" in Times Square. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with the couple as they were traveling to New York City, prior to tying the knot.

Election 2016: Buffalo School Board

Apr 29, 2016
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The Buffalo School Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 3. Six board seats will be decided by eligible city voters.

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State Supreme Court Justices ruled on two Buffalo School Board petition challenges Wednesday.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was in the courtrooms for the day-long proceedings.

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A judge has ruled Buffalo School Board President James Sampson does not have enough valid petition signatures to be on the ballot for the upcoming board election. 

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Next Tuesday eligible Buffalo voters will have the chance to decide on six Board of Education races.  But the ballot is not finalized as two of the candidates appear in court today for petition challenges. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the Erie County Board of Election Commissioners about preparations for the school board election.

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