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 an eight-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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

Tornado leaves extensive damage in Hamburg

Jul 20, 2017
WBFO News photo by Michael Mroziak

Two tornados touched down in the Southtowns Thursday afternoon. One was confirmed to have hit land near Holland. The other made its way through parts of Hamburg, leaving extensive damage at the Erie County Fairgrounds and Hamburg Casino.

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A Williamsville science teacher has been named as a national 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the middle school teacher is one of ten math and science teachers selected nationwide. 

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Our nation's political climate has caused a great deal of division inside some schools among students. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Amherst Center High School teens discuss how the Trump presidency has changed relationships as part of our Student Journals series.   

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Some Buffalo Public School students live in some of the most violent neighborhoods in the city. Unfortunately students have become innocent victims of stray bullets targeted for others. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who for months has been tracking city school children facing with this tragic issue.  

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Niagara University is among three other local Roman Catholic colleges that 'opted' into the state's new financial aid program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Niagara is part of just one-third of private colleges who signed up for the Enhanced Tuition Award program. 

WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand appeared as the keynote speaker at the National Association of Commissions for Women 47th Annual Conference and Empowerment Summit at the Hyatt in Buffalo Friday. 

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Heavy rains caused flash flooding along a number roadways across Erie County. The National Weather Service reports 2.29 inches of rain fell Thursday, breaking the old record of 1.86 inches in 1956. WBFO News has team coverage of the flooding. 

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A brand new preschool will be opening next year in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood has announced that M&T Bank will be investing $1.6 million to create a second Children's Academy in the University District.

WBFO News photo & graphic by Jonny Moran

What happens when we lend high school students our recording equipment and let them do interviews on any topics they choose? As part of WBFO's ongoing education reporting we continue our Student Journals series. Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says an ambitious student at Amherst Central High School conducted a number of interviews with classmates.  


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What does the state's free SUNY tuition plan mean for private schools? WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Daemen College President Dr. Gary Olson and D'Youville College President Dr. Lorrie Clemo to discuss how they're dealing with the tuition plan—and why they opted out of the state's new Enhanced Tuition Awards.   

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The leader of the Buffalo Public School District is heading into his annual evaluation.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with city schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash to discuss this school year's accomplishments that are changing failing schools. Cash is completing his second year of his five-year contract.  Cash tells WBFO News he is committed to staying for the remainder of his contract if the school board and community want his continued leadership. Cash also outlines plans for the next school year, 2017-18, that he said will be dubbed "The Year of Instruction". 

WBFO News Photo by Jonny Moran

As part of WBFO's ongoing education reporting we are launching a new project called Student Journals. Over the next few weeks you will be hearing from Western New York high school students as they conduct interviews with other classmates. WBFO gave students digital recording equipment so they could ask questions to other students about teenage life. In some instances, the students created their own themes. 

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An experimental sound performance will be held at Artpark on Sunday, July 16. It's the second show of its kind. A similar performance was staged at Silo City last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the creators, composer and sound artist Colin Tucker of Buffalo. Tucker is serving as curator of the Null Point music project.  

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The University at Buffalo is keeping a close watch on the 90-day travel ban imposed for six Muslim countries.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned UB did issue an advisory to current students who might be traveling this summer.

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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville will be returning to the team.  The Sabres announced Friday they acquired Pominville and Marco Sandella from the Minnesota Wild's in a multi-deal trade.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The new class of Say Yes Buffalo scholars received a free Bak USA tablet after completing a two-day conference.  Students from Buffalo Public and city charter schools are eligible for Say Yes scholarships to college. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Koteras Elibol

It could be a few weeks before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issues her decision on Carl Paladino.  The hearing to remove Paladino ended yesterday in Albany. Elia will render a written ruling, but hasn't indicated when it will be ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction to the hearing from a Buffalo school parent and the Mayor.

WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino concluded Wednesday morning in Albany after five days.  But it could be several weeks several weeks before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia renders her decision. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says attorneys delivered their closing arguments.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new group of Say Yes Buffalo scholars are gathering at WNED | WBFO Studios for a two-day college kick-off event. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a chance for about 180 city students to learn more about college life.  

WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is expected to wrap up Wednesday in Albany.  The school board is trying to remove Paladino for violating executive session rules. But the issue of his controversial Artvoice article, containing racist remarks against the Obamas last December, took center stage Tuesday.  Paladino testified he does "regret" making those remarks.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with our Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt who was in the hearing room for Paladino's testimony Tuesday.  

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The former president of Erie Community College has died.  William Mariani, currently serving as executive vice president at D'Youville College, died unexpectedly Sunday.  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two high school students from Western New York were the top Kenny Award winners hosted by Shea's Performing Arts Center.  The event recognizes students in high school musicals.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Monday evening the local students will be attending the National Jimmy Awards in New York City where they are among 74-high school students competing for Best Actor and Best Actress. 

WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The Carl Paladino hearing continues for its third day in Albany Monday afternoon. The Buffalo School Board is fighting to have Paladino kicked off the board for disclosing teacher contract discussions in an Artvoice article. Attempts to remove Paladino began after he made racist remarks last December against the Obamas. School Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash was first called to testify when the hearing started at 1 p.m. 

WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino wrapped up around 4:30 Friday afternoon in Albany because there were no more witnesses to call.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Elibol

You've probably heard us explaining the future of public broadcasting is uncertain with the threat of federal funding cuts. The PBS Board of Directors is meeting Friday in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS about the state of public broadcasting.  

WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

Testimony began Thursday in the long-awaited hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is holding the hearing in Albany in response to a school board petition calling for Paladino's removal.


WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The long-anticipated hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino begins in Albany Thursday morning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has this preview.   

WBFO News photo from SUNY webcast by Eileen Buckley

Erie Community College (SUNY ECC) has a brand new leader. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the education leader comes from the West Coast, but was raised right here in Western New York.   

WBFO News photo by Jonny Moran

Career and Technical BOCES Programs will be easier to access next year for students and adults living in the city of Niagara Falls. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Orleans-Niagara BOCES will open up a new center on Sixth Street.  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The long-anticipated hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will begin in Albany this Thursday. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has called the hearing to review a request to remove Paladino. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some citizens who are hoping to attend.  

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