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

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Focus on Education
2:06 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

School protest planned outside governor’s Buffalo inauguration

NYSUT members protested outside the Governor's mansion in Albany, NY late Wednesday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The state's largest teachers union says it is outraged at Gov. Cuomo's veto of a bill on the Common Core. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a protest is planned for Thursday in Buffalo.


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Focus on Education
9:17 am
Wed December 31, 2014

WBFO’s Focus on Education 2014 ‘Year in Review’

Images of the education stories from 2014 in the Buffalo region.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The education of children across this region has taken center stage in 2014, with attention on the rigorous Common Core Learn standards to boosting graduation rates. WBFO's Eileen Buckley complied an audio postcard of the various education stories our news team covered this past year as part of our Focus on Education reporting. 

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Local
8:37 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Significant spike in flu cases in Erie County

A look inside an Erie County Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Erie County Health Department is reporting a significant spike in the number of local flu cases. County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein announced Tuesday afternoon that new data confirms influenza cases have more than doubled in one week.

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Local
8:47 am
Tue December 30, 2014

WBFO’s 2014 'Year in Review'

A photo collage of some of the top stories covered by the WBFO news team in 2014.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As 2014 draws to a close, we look back at some of the most memorable stories of the year in the Western New York community. WBFO's Eileen Buckley produced an audio postcard for our 'Year in Review.'

Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Press Pass: School district rejects fact-finding report

Buffalo Teachers Federation fighting for a new contract deal.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District rejected a recent fact-finding report on their teachers' contract. In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the sticking points anticipated in future contract talks.

Politics
9:34 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Higgins calls for bipartisan work in 2015

Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

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Local
10:08 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Ice at Canalside: Skating fun downtown

Skating at Canalside in downtown Buffalo.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Brand new ice rinks at Canalside in downtown Buffalo appear to be a smashing success.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley toured The Ice which is quickly become Buffalo's latest waterfront destination.

Focus on Education
7:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Local school district makes parent engagement a priority

Inside the JFK Middle School classroom in Cheektowaga.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

School districts look to parent engagement for student success. But with Common Core, it's a major challenge. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports on how the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District is working more closely with its parents.

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Crime
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Buffalo Police investigating string of murders

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda discusses recent rash of murders and shootings from Buffalo Police Headquarters.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings, some of which were deadly. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports police are urging help from the public.

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FEMA funds made available
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

'Snovember' storm declared a federal disaster

November's massive winter storm dumped more than seven feet of snow on parts of the region.
Credit File photo

FEMA has officially declared parts of Western New York a "major disaster" following last month's massive snowstorm.

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Focus on Education
12:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

BTF leader voices blunt feelings about King

BTF President Phil Rumore recently speaking to WBFO News from his office.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says he is not disappointed to see State Education Commissioner leave his post. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to BTF President Phil Rumore about John King's departure at the end of the month.


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Focus on Education
10:36 am
Mon December 22, 2014

City school students explore Hispanic legacy

Buffalo school children tour the Buffalo History Museum and review a Hispanic exhibit.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues to strive for cultural diversity. About 80 elementary students had a chance to explore Hispanic history during a trip to the Buffalo History Museum.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Buffalo graduation rate dips slightly

Students in their classroom at the Stanley Makowski School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The graduation rate in Buffalo's public schools is down slightly, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Education Department.

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Focus on Education
2:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Buffalo School District 'can’t accept' fact-finding report

Buffalo Public School teachers past pickets.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilive says the District will not accept the released fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.

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Local
9:57 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Frack ban draws ire from business interests

Past anti-fracking projects in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

While anti-fracking organizations are celebrating a state ban against the gas extraction process, gas and business interests say they are outraged. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from both sides.

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Focus on Education
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

BTF says 'fact-finding' report on teachers contract is ready

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO News has learned that the long-awaited fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract has been released, but remains embargo.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore tells WBFO News he can't comment on it until after midnight Wednesday.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Young students receive a lesson on ‘Eight Nights of Tzedkah’

Temple Beth Zion Assistant Rabbi Adam Scheldt leads pre-schoolers in a lesson on the 'Eight Nights of Tzedkah'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Menorah lightings were held Tuesday night marking the first night of Hanukkah. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited Temple Beth Zion's Play And Learn School in Amherst where preschoolers received a lesson on the Jewish tradition. 

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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Inaccurate ratings for some Buffalo school teachers

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie explains the mistakes in the recent teacher evaluations.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District says mistakes were made in the teacher evaluation process.  More than 100 city school teachers and principals received ratings of 'effective' or 'highly effective',  but should have been rated 'ineffective'.

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Focus on Education
9:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Buffalo school students play role in Ferry Street Corridor Project

BAVPA theater majors Lissette DeJesus and Jacobs Rodriguez rehearse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In a time where there is so much racial divide across the nation, there is an effort underway in Buffalo to weave together two very different sections of the city. The Ferry Street Corridor Project is about stories of those who live on the city's East and West sides.

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Focus on Education
9:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

After-school program provides some low-income families with homework help

Union East second graders hug the sisters as they arrive for the after-school program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A brand new after-school program focuses on homework and academic assistance.  In October, Villa Maria College teamed with the Town of Cheektowaga to being an after-school services program for second graders from the Union East Elementary School and Mary Queen of Angels School.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is designed to support children from low-income families.


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Focus on Education
11:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Buffalo School leader doesn't expect interruptions as King leaves State Ed

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District must return proposed school new school plans to the State Education Department today.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie about the departure of State Education Commissioner John King as the district works to fix its failing schools.

Focus on Education
1:52 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo update: 995 from class of 2014 in college

Students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo were the latest to learn they would be eligible for Say Yes Buffalo scholarships to college.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo issued an update on the number of city public school students who headed to college this school year. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the report was issued during the organization's Community Leadership Council.

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Local
11:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Snowy city streets left traffic at a crawl

Traffic crawled along Delaware Avenue in Kenmore & Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Traffic was nearly at gridlock along many of the main streets metro Buffalo Thursday morning.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says what are normally shorter commute times took much longer for motorists.


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Developing
7:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

NYS Education Commissioner King appointed to U.S. Education Department

NYS Education Commissioner John King visiting with students in Niagara Falls during one of his most recent visits to the region.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State's top education leader has been selected by federal officials for a new role. State Education Commissioner John King will be stepping down for a high level post in the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Local
1:33 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mayor says city already researching possible downtown stadium sites

Current and newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Common Council has gone on record in support of a new downtown Bills stadium. Lawmakers approved a resolution calling on the mayor and the Department of Strategic Planning to explore various sites. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, that process is already underway.

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Local
5:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Electrical fire at ECC North

ECC North Campus.
Credit Photo from ECC Website.

An electrical fire at Erie Community College's North Campus in Amherst has closed the school for the day.  The blaze broke out after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning inside Bretscher Hall.  

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Focus on Education
10:58 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Deadline looms for proposed school turnaround plans

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie appeared at the Merriweather Library Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Don Ogilvie says the school district has a Friday deadline to submit a round of proposed turnaround plans for four failing city schools to prevent closure by the New York State Education Department.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Online access for Buffalo school students

Buffalo Public School children demonstrate the new BPS Desktop.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School students now have a new tool to help them with their school work.  The Buffalo Public School District has a new partnership with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library creating the 'BPS virtual desktop' for city students. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students can now remote into their school work. 

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Focus on Education
9:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

A call for a new teachers contract to focus on students

Bryon McIntyre, Vice President of the District Parent Coordinating Council, recently joined the Buffalo Niagara Partnership calling for a new teachers contract that puts children first.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is still waiting for a fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says as the board awaits the information, there is a call for changes in a new teacher contract that would focus more on students. 

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Focus on Education
3:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Daemen College opens Center for Excellence in Animation

Daemen College unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Animation at Buffalo's Tri-Main Building.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Hollywood producers could easily ask a new college animation center in Buffalo for production assistance.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Daemen College unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Animation.

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