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.

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Some area high school students set aside their summer break this week to attend a three-day leadership program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports nearly 50-students attended the Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience at Canisius College.

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St. Bonaventure University hosted an STEM camp featuring international high school students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the students came from China, Spain & the U.S. to work on a variety of projects to enhance their learning in a cross-culture atmosphere.

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The United States Coast Guard in Buffalo and several other agencies continue an extensive search along Lake Erie for a missing Niagara Falls, Ontario fisherman.

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The FDA announced Tuesday it would begin a review of its policy on blood donations from gay men. But many members of the LGBTQ community are still upset about being turned away when they tried to donate blood following the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. 

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The Tapestry Charter High School is dealing with the tragic death of one of its refugee students. 18-year-old Kanu Kasonko was found dead along the NFTA Metro Rail’s Utica Station Monday evening. WBFO’s Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports the school has set up a second day of grief counseling. 

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The 18-year-old Buffalo teen who tried to unseat City School Board member Carl Paladino returned to Buffalo City Court Tuesday, but the case against Austin Harig was adjourned once again.

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery leaders are promising the public will have a chance to join the museum's expansion conversation. An architecture firm has been hired, but there is no specific design plan yet.

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A Black Lives Matter protest was staged in and out of Buffalo Police headquarters in downtown this morning. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says it was organized by a group called Showing Up For Racial Justice Action demanding a web post by a police union leader be removed.  

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Students from Cornell University appeared with Mayor Byron Brown to sign the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the students are participating in a fellowship program, spending the last couple of months working in the city.  

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A blend of music, art and a lecture series will kick off for another season in Buffalo this fall. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced dates for 'Art of Jazz', Buffalo Chamber Players and Director's Lecture Series.  

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The Niagara Falls City School District is making sure some young students keep learning this summer. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley visited an Extended Learning Program for first and second graders at the Harry Abate Elementary School. 

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The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a body at the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg on Royce Road. 

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization is endorsing the city school district's draft proposal for a Student Gender Identity Policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the organization has made minor recommended amendments, but is now seeking public support.

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UB Center for Urban Studies is hosting its 4th annual Summer Academic Camp. The camp is designed for middle school students.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the theme is neighborhood development.

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New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia recently reached out directly to students for suggestions in dealing with cyberbullying.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports Elia used digital media to chat with some students across the state.  

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The Italian Festival continues today in north Buffalo.  It runs along Hertel Avenue from Delaware to Colvin. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the highlights for families and children is the amusement rides. 

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Chronically ill children treated at Women & Children's Hospital had the entire Italian Festival in Buffalo all to themselves Friday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports it was time away from daily medical routines.

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An important tool in fighting domestic violence will remain in place at the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced he secured $100,000 to the Center to continue to fund its Forensic Medical Unit. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at how this unit plays a major role in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.   

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The Cantalician Center for Learning has opened a new state-of-the-art building in Cheektowaga to teach life skills. The building is located in the former St. Barnabas Parish rectory.

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The giraffes at the Buffalo Zoo are now able to seek some shade when roaming in their outside exhibit.

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Buffalo Police have arrested a couple on child endangerment charges after three young children were discovered living in "deplorable conditions" on the city's West Side. Central District officers responded to a call at 5 p.m. Monday at a residence in the first block of 15th Street near York. The Buffalo Police Juvenile/Sex Offense Squad was also called in soon after.

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A delegation of children from Buffalo's sister city, Changzhou in China, brought their artwork to the Queen City. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the exhibit of their paintings will promote cross-cultural learning for the cities.  

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An inflatable ‘fat cat’ was displayed Monday morning outside the Catholic Health headquarters facing Oak Street and Genesee Streets as the busy morning commute was underway. It was displayed by the Communications Workers of America.

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Members of Buffalo's African American community are speaking out against the violence in other cities involving blacks and police officers. There is a big concern about the city's youth and some members of Buffalo's community say it should not be a black versus white issue.

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Citizens gathered for a Black Lives Matter rally at MLK Park in Buffalo late Friday afternoon. 

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Whether it was local elected officials, leaders in the faith community, retired law enforcers or other everyday people, Western New Yorkers reacting to this week's events in Baton Rouge, suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas are calling for renewed conversation and respect. 

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The Erie Community College Foundation announced an added round of scholarship money. Say Yes Buffalo scholars and any student who applied for a scholarship, even if they didn't receive one, will get an extra $90 for the fall semester. Part-time students will receive $45.

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The tragic death of a Tonawanda Coke employee last January could have been prevented. That is the conclusion of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Buffalo office following an inspection.

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Students in the Eden Central School District are taking an active role in helping shape a social media policy. The district is working to improve technology access and while some schools are trying to minimize online access during the school day, the Eden district is using the issue as an educational tool.

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New State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling the charges against political operative Steve Pigeon and State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek a 'multi-year illicit and corrupt scheme'.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy immediately following the Attorney General's news conference Thursday.