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 Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) has issued a new set of goals to deal with several major issues from reducing class size to improving family engagement.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with Co-chairs Larry Scott and Roberta Kates and Secretary Kate Haq. They believe the once failing city school district is now headed in the 'right direction'. 

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Catholic Bishops across New York State are urging Catholics to vote in this November's elections, but they are asking students to make sure their parents are registered to vote. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo met with 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew Wednesday.

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Buffalo Public Schools begin a brand new school year Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited West Hertel Academy to learn how leadership and teacher spent the summer preparing for the new school year. 


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The Buffalo Public School District begins a brand new school with high hopes of improving student performance.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss some new strategies that are in place to support student learning in this week's edition of Press Pass.  

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Catholic school students in Western New York begin their first day of classes both Tuesday and Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley stopped by Our Lady of Black Rock School off Amherst Street in Buffalo as preparations for a new school year were underway were enrollment continues to rise.

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An Orchard Park teen with autism has received some good news following a ruling from the State Education Commissioner. Jacob Kohler will be allowed to play on the high school football team after an initial ruling declared that he was ineligible.

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With a huge spike in the price for a life-saving shot, school districts are wondering how they will be affected in the future. The Buffalo Public School District was able to secure free EpiPens this school year, but there is uncertainty once they run out.

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A brand new semester kicked off this week for thousands of college and university students across the state.  The last couple of years there has been a major emphasize on preventing campus sexual assaults.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the SUNY Chancellor about the issue.

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A brand new Western New York music campaign recently kicked off on-line called BuffaloBlues.ORG. It’s too help homeless veterans and is building fast. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with two musicians who are participating. 

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Community support is mounting for an Orchard Park High School teen with autism who wants to play football.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an on-line petition has been posted. 

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It may be more common on a larger college campus or university, but at Canisius College two young women have traveled thousands of miles to attend the school on Main Street in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the students are from Micronesia.

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Thousands of new University at Buffalo students are settling in to dorms on both the North and South campuses.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 90-percent moved in Thursday at Goodyear Hall on the South Campus.   

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An Orchard Park High School senior, with autism, has been shut out of eligibility by Section VI to play football this school year.  But the teen's family and State Senator Tim Kennedy are appealing to the State Education Commissioner to reverse that decision.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the teen is eager to play with his team this fall.


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A Lockport woman has been on a mission to collect shoes for Niagara County children in need just before the start of a new school year.  The non-profit organization, Lockport New Beginnings, is hosting the 'Stepping Up Project'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say it is helping to improved student attendance. 

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Erie Community College leaders believe a new STEM building will be key to the college's future success and student careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


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SUNY Buffalo State welcomed another large class of freshman for 'move-in-day' on Tuesday.  It is the third largest class in 25 years with 1,700 freshman are enrolled. The campus was buzzing as everyone moved into the dorms, but not all of the students were from out-of-town.

Photo from Leone Harper, Barksdale mother.

An east side teenager has achieved a top honor with the Boy Scouts. Saturday he will be honored with his Eagle Scout badge. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the teen and his mother about staying focused on a path to success.

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Tempers flared at a public hearing Wednesday to address the Buffalo Public School District's proposed gender policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Merriweather Library on Jefferson on the city's east side was packed for the second of two hearings.

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Some schools are getting a high-tech boost for the new school year.  EdTech of Western New York is working to wire 12-area schools for the upcoming school year.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the schools is Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo.  

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Students at one Buffalo Public school are expected to be wearing school uniforms this fall.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette International Community High School and their families have embraced the idea. 

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Competition against businesses is common, but it's not often a battle ground is drawn between local dance studios. Two ballet companies will soon be located in the same building. Buffalo City Ballet is accusing Neglia Ballet Artists of creating unhealthy competition.


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As minority students become a majority in public schools, there are still disproportionate numbers of minority teachers in the classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked two top state education leaders about trying to attract more students of color to consider the teaching profession. 

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The University of Buffalo has been placed on a federal list of other colleges and universities nationwide that are under investigation for campus sexual assaults.

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A major focus on improving reading for students in Buffalo Public schools is underway.  Mayor Byron Brown is calling on those ages’ 50-years and older to become reading tutors. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a chance to help city school students become better readers.

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Buffalo will play host to the world's largest youth Gaelic Games next July.  It's the first time the Gaelic Athletic Association Continental Youth Championships selected a smaller city to host the games. More than 3,000 youth athletes on 250-teams will participate to play Gaelic football and hurling.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some local students who play in Gaelic leagues.

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It is estimated that between five and seven percent of the Buffalo Public School population is homeless.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us some of those homeless students will be heading to college later this month.  

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Firefighters continued to battle a huge blaze at a tire recycling operation in Lockport which was "contained" as of early Thursday afternoon. City officials said they would determine later in the day whether evacuated residents could return home. Stopping short of confirming it, police acknowledged they are aware of reports of a missing person who may have been on the fire scene.

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Two of the state's top education leaders appeared at the University at Buffalo Tuesday. It was one of four stops on a state-wide 'listen tour' to promote the TeachNY initiative. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the discussion center around a teacher shortage. 


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Getting all the basic items needed to live in a college dorm room can be costly. State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo kicked off a 'dorm drive' for Say Yes Buffalo students Tuesday outside the Say Yes offices on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be bringing her campaign to support teachers to the University at Buffalo Tuesday. Zimpher will be leading a public forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UB's at Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is also expected to appear. Zimpher is hosting listening tours as part of TeachNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve the way teachers are prepared and address the teacher shortage. 

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