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

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Students at The Park School in Snyder were busy preparing Thanksgiving meals for Compass House in Buffalo on Monday, in an annual lesson about serving those in need. The meals will be served to area youth who are in crisis and seeking help.   

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Urban school children are facing a number of barriers to learning.  A new nation-wide study says one of those barriers is the high rate of students arriving at school hungry.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, the Buffalo Public School District is serving thousands of meals to city kids. 

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The University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received a $4.5 million bequest gift. The gift comes from the estate of a beloved faculty member who spent nearly 50 years of teaching at the medical school.

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The WNY Women's Foundation has released a new report on the barriers girls and women face. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the report features stories from women both young and old. 

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A Salamanca School student is a 'whiz' at naming capital cities.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with the 8th grader Kendell Valvo, his teacher Adam Bennett and Salamanca High School principal Chris Siebert.

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Some Buffalo Public school students had a chance to welcome a Buffalo Bill player into their classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Classroom Champions program provides mentoring from athletes for students.

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Canisius College in Buffalo is ready to launch a new teacher residency program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say the college's Center for Urban Education will establish the program to prepare future educators. 

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A brand new school year begins Tuesday  in the Buffalo Public School District.  As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, another underperforming city school opens as a 'community school'.

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The new leader of Erie Community College is calling for change. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Dan Hocoy is the 11th president at at ECC. 


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You might not expect to find a therapeutic dance program occurring in the middle of an art center. But that's exactly what's taking place each Wednesday morning, now through December, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us how the Art Moves Me dance program is helping people with Parkinson's disease. 

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Ellia has issued a ruling and order regarding start times at three Buffalo Public Schools.

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Hurricane Harvey has shut down the nation's seventh-largest public school district in the nation.  The Houston school district will remain closed at least the rest of the week due to the devastation caused by the hurricane damage and massive flooding in Houston and southeast Texas.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State's largest teachers union wants to offer assistance. 

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The Larkin Square Author Series and talking Leaves Books announced Monday that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be appearing September 28th in Buffalo for a book signing.  However, as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us there will be some limits and restrictions for fans who want to meet the former presidential candidate up-close.


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Former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be traveling to Buffalo late next month.  Clinton will be conducting a book signing at Larkin Square on Thursday, September 28th at 12:30 p.m.  It will be presented the Larkin Square Author Series and Talking Leaves Books.

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Niagara University is teaming with the Lewiston-Porter Central School District to assist international students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains how the program works from high school to college. 

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Late last week Carl Paladino was kicked off the Buffalo School board by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. But Paladino is vowing to fight to retain his Park District seat.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with New York State Assembly woman Crystal Peoples-Stokes who says Paladino needs to move-on and not waste the school district's dollars.

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Some Buffalo high school students immersed themselves in a special film making project over the summer. They participated in the Buffalo Youth Media Institute. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they premiered their short film The Civic Heart at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.  

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At least two south Buffalo residents say they are seeking appointment to Carl Paladino's city school board seat. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says both are former Park District candidates.    

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For the second time in about a week offensive and racist graffiti was written on a school playground. The words "sit here if gay" and the “N” word were discovered Sunday evening outside the Maple East Elementary School Williamsville. 

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There are some slight gains for public school students on this year's New York State Assessments. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says that includes small gains for Buffalo Public School students in English and Math. 

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The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued Wind Advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans Counties from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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The president of the Buffalo School Board is pleased the State Education Commissioner ruling to remove Carl Paladino from his Park District School Board seat. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Barbara Seals Nevergold told reporters Paladino is to be removed immediately.


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A unique musical event will take place on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls Saturday evening.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Rumble at the Falls provides a rich history of Native American music influence.  

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iPads are giving a voice to children who cannot speak.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Cantalician Center are learning to communicate in a new way in the classroom and at home.

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Niagara University is making a bold move to no longer require the SAT and ACT for admission by the fall of 2018.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says University leaders held a news conference to announce the new 'test-optional' policy.

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Two teams from Mount St. Mary Academy High School in Kenmore were finalists in the SAGE – Student for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship held in Odessa, Ukraine. 

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The Council's Women Initiative, supporting women's leadership, met at the Marriott Harbor Center in downtown Buffalo this week. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was one of the speakers. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Hochul addressed the issue of a high percentage of women in education, but a low percentage seeking leadership roles.

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The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO) is trying to put pressure on the State Education Commissioner to remove city school board member Carl Paladino. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says BPTO co-chair Larry Scott made a plea at a rally Sunday in Buffalo to denounce the violent racism that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

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The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York condemns the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke the leader of the organization who is calling on Western New Yorkers to stand together against racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry.  

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The University at Buffalo has welcomed its largest-ever medical school class for a new semester.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says UB is calling this a "milestone". 

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