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.

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Music and artwork will be blended this weekend at a north Buffalo home.  Buffalo Suzuki Strings will present "Music on Canvas". WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event will feature Suzuki music students and the artwork of well-known Buffalo artist Robert Blair.

Buffalo-born playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney died Tuesday in his New York City home. He was 86. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Gurney always remained fond of Buffalo. 

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Allegations of a student-teacher sexual relationship that occurred more than two-decades ago is being investigated at Nichols School in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports.    

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Students at a dance academy in Lockport have been working with a Russian ballerina. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this unique dance opportunity is leading up to a special performance this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Lockport.  

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The Williamsville Central School District received word Monday from a state hearing officer that it is justified to fire its assistant school superintendent.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a recommendation was issued after a very lengthy hearing process of more than 100-charges against the school administrator. 

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Disagreement over a preferred proposed site to build a new Emerson School of Hospitality erupted at a Buffalo Board of Education special session last week. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tell us the board tabled the item.  

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appeared at the BOCES in West Seneca Thursday night. Elia hosted a public hearing on the state's draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says many members of the Buffalo School community came to testify, but others appeared to protest, calling on Commissioner Elia to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education.  

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New York State is now accepting applications for its free tuition program.  The Excelsior Scholarship application period opened Wednesday or all of the state's two and four year SUNY/CUNY colleges and universities. In the few hours after the application process opened, more than 3,200 applications were received by the state.  

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Students at Starpoint High School in Lockport dealt with the tragic loss of a classmate earlier this year.  In our final installment of this school year's Cafeteria Chats WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley continues her conversation on how profound a classmate's death is for school students.   

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If you want to attend the hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino in Albany later this month, it will be decided through a lottery.

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Over the last few months we have explored the many day-to-day challenges of high school students. But we’re now focusing on a topic that surfaced during one of our recent Cafeteria Chats at Starpoint High School in Lockport.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says sadly, students faced a profound moment of losing a classmate earlier this year.  

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The University at Buffalo announced human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will be the first speaker of the annual Distinguished Speakers Series that begins September 19th.  

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Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is scheduled to appear in Albany later this month for a New York State Education Department hearing. Members of Showing Up for Racial Justice in Buffalo want the June 22 hearing moved to Buffalo. But WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to a state lawmaker who said it is protocol to hold the hearing in Albany.

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The parents of one of the victims of the 2012 Aurora Theater Shooting in Colorado are traveling nationwide to tell their story. They recently stopped in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the Texas couple to discuss their effort to raise awareness against gun violence. 

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Saying there are "no safe" levels of lead exposure, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo unveiled a new bill called the LEAD Act. It is designed to prevent and combat lead exposure and poisoning.    

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Some schools across the country are banning a popular new toy called fidget spinners. But one school in Western New York allows students to keep the spinners in their hands during school hours.  

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A blending of dance and music will be presented this evening at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal of the Buffalo Chamber Players and Lehrer Dance for their collaborative performance Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. 

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The leader of the Buffalo Public School District discussed critical education issues on Facebook Live in the WNED | WBFO studio Wednesday. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Superintendent Kriner Cash answered a variety of crucial questions posed by her, as well as Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes and the live Facebook audience.

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The two leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Catholic schools held a conversation Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash met with Catholic Schools Superintendent Sister Carol Cimino at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Tuesday.   

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Canisius High School in Buffalo is getting ready to create a new art center.  The school has purchased the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue on Delaware. It is directly across from the school campus at the corner of Delaware and West Ferry Street. 

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The Girls Education Collaborative continues to support the education of young women in developing countries. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the organization's executive director, Anne Wadesworth, who is now in Tanzania, for the grand opening of a new school supporting girls’ education.     

Thousands of Communications Workers of America walked off the job at 3 p.m. Friday after failing to reach a new contract deal with AT&T.


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Pathways to Early College High School (P-TECH) is providing students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two-year associates degree. In part II of our Cafeteria Chats series WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley continues her conversation with five P-TECH students who fully embrace this school program.  

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About a dozen local protesters appeared in the lobby of the New York State Education Department in Albany Wednesday demanding the immediate removal of Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says protesters wanted to confront state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. 

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There are high school students across the Western New York region who are completely focused on their careers. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley continues our Cafeteria Chats series, meeting with students enrolled in a program called P-TECH (Pathways to Early College High School). 

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Student vision is an important component to their academic success.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Lions Club International has completed eye screenings at all Buffalo Public Elementary Schools.   

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The Allentown Village Association is helping to support an education program at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this program provides learning at the Burchfield for students from Buffalo Public School #33 the Bilingual Center. 

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Daemen College in Amherst was recently named to the "Best Value School" ranking.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the listing is based on variety and quality of programs, student satisfaction and affordability.     

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The principal at McKinley High School has been placed leave during an investigation following a lawsuit filed earlier in the week. The Buffalo Public School District has issued a response to a lawsuit filed earlier this week alleging discrimination against LGBTQ students at McKinley High School.

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The longtime leader of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is planning his retirement. President Robert Scott says he will retire at the end of the next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Scott about his decision to leave after more than four decades.


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