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

Ways To Connect

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Four area businesses are vying for state approval to begin growing and selling medical marijuana. New York is the 23rd state in the national that legalized use of the drug to treat patients. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke to one of the local applicants.

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Buffalo's Science Magnet PS 59 is part of a pilot program for Positive Behavior Systems using Restorative Practices. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley said the school recently invited members of a Brooklyn public school to provide training on how to change behavior and promote cooperation. 

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The leader of the Grabiarz School of Excellence in Buffalo has been mentioned as a possible contender for the superintendent's job. But WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Principal  Gregory Mott said he hasn't applied yet. 

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The students in the Lancaster School District have spoken. The selected the name Lancaster Legends to replace the former and controversial Redskins name.

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A former Sisters of Charity Hospital nurse has been arrested and charged with stealing pain medications from the hospital. 54-year-old Leyla Samadi, formerly of Buffalo, was charged with illegally obtaining controlled substances.

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A former Amherst resident is accused of a 'murder for hire' scheme.  56-year-old Debra Arno was arrested for attempting to have her ex-husband and his family murdered.  

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Students in the Lancaster School District begin voting on a new mascot name Tuesday. The Lancaster School Board recently approved removal of the former 'Redskins' name.  Middle and Elementary students will submit their ballots today and high school students vote tomorrow. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley checked in with Native American John Kane who is pleased to see the former Redskin name removed. 

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"The Book of Mormon" returns to Shea's Buffalo this week.  The show broke records two-years ago with the Buffalo audience. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Shea's President Tony Conte about why the Broadway hit is so popular in this community and its one-week return for eight-shows.

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Buffalo's theater community will be celebrating its best productions and performers Monday night. The 25th Annual Arties will be held at 710-Main Theater downtown. 

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Buffalo's Deputy Mayor Dr. Ellen Grant coordinates all of Mayor Byron Brown's education initiatives, like Say Yes Buffalo. Deputy Mayor Grant attends school board meetings regularly. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Grant in her City Hall office to discuss the city's education crisis.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta is the recipient of the statewide SUNY Distinguished  Medallion of Distinction Award.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Falletta was honored for her accomplishments and working closely with the University at Buffalo.

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One of Buffalo's professional sports teams is set to host an event next month for members of the LGBTQ community.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Bisons will host "Out At The Ballpark" for a game in July.

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Another Western New York military member has been killed in a traffic crash.  24-year old U.S. Air Force Sergeant  Michael Klose died last Sunday in a traffic accident near Daun, Germany. 

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Buffalo Public School students are standing up against violence with the signing of a historic 'Peace Pledge.' WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students from Kindergarten through 12th grade made their commitment Thursday to promote peace.

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Armed with search warrants, investigators are conducting raids at the homes of three key political figures in Western New York.

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Despite language barriers, one of the many refugee students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo has successfully completed his four years. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the student, who created a powerful self-portrait in his art class displaying the strife he left behind in his home country and the difficulties he experienced while living in Buffalo.

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There has been another round of park vandalism, this time at the Black Rock Canal Park in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood.

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The Cuomo Administration is making a final push as it calls on the state legislature to approve the Enough is Enough bill before the end of the session on June 17th.  This bill calls to combat sexual assault on all college campuses in New York.  It would implement measures already adopted by SUNY schools last year.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for an in-depth discussion on the legislation.

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Medaille College in Buffalo has a new leader. Dr. Kenneth Macur has been selected to serve as the college's seventh president.

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Toys, chocolate and clothing are coming to the HARBORCENTER in downtown Buffalo. Clayton's Toys, Fowler's Chocolates and Modern Nostalgia are the latest retailers to sign three-year leases at the mized-use facility.

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Some area high school students will participate in an education program that promotes leadership. The Captains Leadership Seminar was created by the head of the Buffalo FBI office. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Buffalo's FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig. 

School district voting across the region

May 19, 2015
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Residents in school districts throughout the region will decide on new school budgets, board members and propositions Tuesday.

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The leader of the North Tonawanda City Schools is working to maintain spending, while looking to add more challenging work for students. Teachers have been working without a new contract for the last four years. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Superintendent Greg Woytila, who is about to complete his fifth year as district leader, overseeing 3,700 students.

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The Buffalo School Board is working on a very quick turnaround in collecting applications for a new superintendent. The filing deadline is June 5th.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the job posting and the reelection of Buffalo Teacher President Federation Phil Rumore.

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There is much debate and controversy about how to deal with high absenteeism and dropout rates in our schools, but we often don't hear directly from the students. On Tuesday at 3 p.m., WBFO 88.7 FM will rebroadcast "Focus on Education: Student Voices."

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Buffalo's Bhutanese Nepali community will hold a fundraising event Sunday night for earthquake relief.

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A Buffalo Public School music teacher was recently honored by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Donna Kerr, who teachers at City Honors, was recognized for "Excellence in Music Education." The Buffalo School Board also honored Kerr Wednesday for her work. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Kerr's classroom, where she is an inspiration to her students.

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For the first time the North Tonawanda City School District will be able to hire school counselors for elementary students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the school is receiving a more than $1.17 million grant from the U.S. Education Department. 

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The Lancaster School District has a list of seven finalists as it continues to decide on a new mascot name to replace the controversial use of the "Redskins" name. 

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With last week's word that the Buffalo School board is getting ready to launch a search for a new superintendent, some say 'not so fast'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a state lawmaker and School board member say an outside firm should conduct the search.