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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Local
9:28 am
Thu March 12, 2015

St. Patty's Parade prep underway

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda outlines parade plans in Niagara Square.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the city is ready to host two separate St. Patrick's Day Parades this weekend. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says police will be out in full force to keep citizens safe. 

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Sports
9:14 am
Thu March 12, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Teams future needs

Sabres practice from March 10th.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed

The Buffalo Sabres lost in a 4-3 shootout Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. As the team continues plowing through the rest of the season, they've been dealing with changes on the ice and plenty of injuries.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe in this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench'. 

Local
9:54 am
Wed March 11, 2015

City crews begin filling potholes after brutal winter season

Buffalo Public Works crews were filling potholes along the Delaware Avenue 'S' curves Tuesday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The city of Buffalo is already trying to get ahead of what could become one of the worst pothole season.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Public Works crews began filling potholes.

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Art/Theater
9:22 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Photo exhibit: Children of San Jose Del Negrito

Children of San Jose Del Negrito exhibit at the CEPA Gallery.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Buffalo artists set out on a photography journey in a remote village in Honoduras. They work is now on display at CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with the artists to learn about their photos that portray Honduras children from impoverished lives. 

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Focus on Education
9:37 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Advanced education for economically disadvantaged students

Inside a Buffalo Prep classroom located on the University at Buffalo South campus.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For more than 25-years a program has been providing advanced education for promising students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Prep serves students aspiring to attend a preparatory high school.  

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Focus on Education
10:22 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Push back from teachers against Cuomo's proposed reforms

Buffalo Public School students.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Governor's proposed education reforms are not being well received by teachers.  But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says according to the Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul  they 'don't understand' what Cuomo is trying to accomplish.

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Focus on Education
9:25 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Proposed condom program for city schools

Buffalo Public Schools considering a proposed condom program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues to collect feedback on a proposed condom program for city schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended a session at South Park High School where only about a dozen parents and community members attended.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres trade deadline deals

Sabres practice at Harborcenter Wednesday.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The NHL trade deadline was somewhat of a distraction for some members of the Buffalo Sabres.  In this week's 'Behind the Bench', WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe.

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Local
1:23 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Pridgen puts management of Town Gardens on notice

Darius Pridgen's video of the snowy, iced covered sidewalks outside Town Gardens apartments.
Credit Photo from Darius Pridgen's Facebook video.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen is outraged by the snow and ice conditions around the Town Gardens apartments on Clinton Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the U.S. Post Office notified the lawmaker that there will be no mail delivery due to unsafe conditions.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Future school leadership search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie is searching for a deputy superintendent.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie continues the search process for a new deputy superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says that person could become the future superintendent.

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Art/Theater
9:23 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Silver Band: 100-years of entertaining

Bill Cocca,David Myrow & Michael Van Der Puy are members of the Buffalo Silver Band.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the region's oldest cultural organizations is celebrating its Centennial Year.  The Buffalo Silver Band has been entertaining local audiences for 100-years. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with some members of the brass band about their legacy.

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Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Parent leader says ‘school choice’ leaves out City Honors & Olmsted

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Thousands of Buffalo Public School children now eligible to request a transfer out what are deemed failing schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a parent leader who explains the transfer period is underway through the end of this month. 


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Focus on Education
10:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Villa hires new athletic director as it applies for NCAA Division III

Don Silveri hired as Villa Maria College's athletic director & men's basketball coach.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local, private college is trying to entice more students as it moves into NCAA Division III membership sports. Villa Maria College has hired a new athletic director and head coach of men's baseball.  Don Silveri is the former head coach of men's basketball at Daemen College. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Silveri brings 38-years of experience to Villa where his career began.

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UB transforms C3 dining center into 'Hunger Games' theme

UB's North Campus, Amherst, NY.
Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

The University at Buffalo has transformed its campus dinning complex into a scene out of the 'Hunger Games'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the organizers for Tuesday night's event open to the school and public. 

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Local
3:38 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

U.S. Attorney highlights consumer protections against scams

Money pile.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Consumers across the western New York region are encouraged to protect their rights and watch for scams. 

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Focus on Education
12:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Area students recognized for academics

Caroline Colpoys, Maria Giaquinto and Maria Tompkins.
Credit Photo from Nardin Academy website.

Buffalo's Business First recently released a list of 100-area high school seniors for its 2015-All-Western New York Academic Team.  124-schools nominated more than 400-of their smartest and most accomplished students. 

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Promoting sign language as a 'cool factor'

Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta appearing in a video spot with Karen Gambino, sign language interpreter.
Credit Photo from Deaf Access Services video

A Buffalo Sabre has offered his 'star power' to promote sign language.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Deaf Access Services (DAS) wants the community to learn how sign language can expand communications and behavior strategies. 

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Art/Theater
10:16 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bawdiness: Mommy’s Martini Hour 2

Kerrykate Abel & Loraine O'Donnell in the WBFO studio discussing their show Mommy's Martin Hour 2: The Hangover.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If you're looking to shake off the winter blues with some laughter Mommy's Martini Hour 2: The Hangover hits the stage Friday evening as Buffalo United Artists presents the show at the Alleyway on Main Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Loriane O'Donnell and KerryKate Abel -- who considered themselves Buffalo's theater divas. O'Donnell and Abel are offering the cabaret-style, adult only show this weekend.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Governor pushes reforms for failing schools

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, one of the failing city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo is weighing in with his turnaround plan for failing schools state-wide.  Cuomo specifically points to 27-failing Buffalo Public Schools in presenting his reform plan.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Enough is Enough': Fight against campus sex assaults

Students on UB's Amherst Campus.
Credit WBFO News file photo

In response to the high number of sexual assaults on college and university campuses, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched the Enough is Enough campaign.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says it includes the Governor's proposed legislation to create a new law for all campuses.

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Sports
8:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres injuries after high scoring win

Past Sabres game at First Niagara.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Sabres face-off at First Niagara Arena Thursday night fresh off a big win Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe. Hoppe said some injuries could be the next big problem for the team.

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Focus on Education
10:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

President of Canisius High to resign

Father Joseph Costatino in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO News has received confirmation that the President of Canisius High School has announced his resignation. Rev. Joseph Costantino, S.J. announced his resignation Monday to the school's board of trustees and to members of the school and alumni Tuesday evening. 

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Focus on Education
10:35 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Is it time for school district takeover? Lawmakers weigh in

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown speaking to a Burgard Vocational High School student. The mayor said he would be in favor of a mayoral takeover of the city school district.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board meets in regular session Wednesday evening.  The last meeting was filled with controversy and personal attacks against a deeply divided board.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks some local leaders if they feel it's time for intervention.

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Focus on Education
9:28 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Mayor adds more summer youth jobs to target at-risk students

Mayor Byron Brown appears at Burgard Vocational High School to kick-off his annual Summer Youth Internship program encouraging students to begin the application process for a job.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo has added more summer youth jobs to its paid-internship program.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says even though it it is still winter, Mayor Byron Brown kicked off the annual Summer Youth Internship Program at Burgard Vocational High School to encourage students to begin applying for the May first deadline. 


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Local
2:57 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

New baby giraffe born February 21st at the Buffalo Zoo.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Zoo.

The Buffalo Zoo has welcomed a new female giraffe born this past weekend.  Baby Zuri arrived Saturday, February 21 at the city Zoo.

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Cultural
12:07 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Buffalo celebrates a century of Black History

Students from the Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts shared there talents during Black History month celebrations in the lobby of City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A century of Black History was celebrated in the lobby of City Hall in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says some of the oldest and youngest African-American contributors to the city were honored.

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Focus on Education
11:52 am
Tue February 24, 2015

'Farm to Food' grant for Buffalo Schools

Bennett Park Montessori School student talks about her healthy salad toppings.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has received a $45,000 'Farm-to-Food' planning grant. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will allow the district to begin setting up salad bar in elementary schools to promote healthy eating.


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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Press Pass: City school board – what’s next?

Buffalo School Board during a contentious February 13th meeting on the "out-of-time" school decision.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board meets Wednesday evening at City Hall. School Board member resume their work after one of the most tumultuous special session's was held Friday the 13th.  In this week's Press Pass WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the rocky meeting that actually led to a compromise on four "out-of-time" failing city schools. 

 
 

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Focus on Education
4:39 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Canisius High School making reforms

Outside Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some new reforms are being issued at Canisius High School in Buffalo in wake of last year's firing of its dean of students.  An independent review has revealed several issues.

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Health
10:25 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Landmark Medical offers 'house calls' to subscribers

Landmark Medical opens headquarters at the Larkin Center of Commerce in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new health care company, specializing in house calls, has opened in Buffalo. Landmark Medical, based in California, has opened a headquarters at the Larkin Center for Commerce. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the service offers an extension of primary care for those most chronically ill, homebound or bed-bound patients.


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