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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Homeless and formerly homeless students continue scoring poorly on state assessments. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new report was issued by The Education Trust-New York. 

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City students from Buffalo Promise Neighborhood schools participated in a lesson of giving Monday to help those in need. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the students from Westminster Community Charter and Highgate Heights Elementary helped prepare holiday food donations in the University District.   

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The New York State Board of Regents is proposing a $1.6 billion increase in funding for schools, and calls to continue to phase in Foundation Aid.  The Regents issued its state aid and legislative priorities for 2018 during its meeting in Albany Monday. 

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Nursing students at Daemen College in Amherst will have access to wound care information.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college has announced a new partnership.

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A Lake Effect snow band shifted north during the height of the Friday morning commute in the city of Buffalo and nearby suburbs. In some spots, it caused gridlock and snarled traffic at times.  

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The Buffalo Public School District and SUNY Buffalo State have launched the city’s first-ever Urban Teacher Academy for high school students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 20-ninth graders joined the program this fall at McKinley High School.

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is ready to fight against an outside receiver taking over B.U.I.L.D. Academy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story. 

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An old time radio-style show continues at Shea's 710 Theatre.  In fact It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play has been held over through December 16th and 17th.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the director of the on-stage show. 

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Last month some student radio hosts at the University of Minnesota, Morris were kicked-off their airwaves during their live broadcast for what was considered inappropriate comments.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with some local media communication majors who follow strict on-air rules on campus radio. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is seeking applications for an outside receiver to take over the B.U.I.L.D. Academy. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey discuss the legacy of the school and time line for selecting a receiver.

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A group of students at Amherst Central High School officially trained to become "Upstander Ambassadors".  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they will work to combat cyberbullying. 

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Many students in the Niagara Falls City School District are dealing with poverty.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district works to stop poverty barriers for students.

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Student retention for colleges is important for both finances and student success. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Erie Community College is working to increase retention rates.

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The Buffalo charter school community gathered together Tuesday at the Aloma Johnson Charter School calling for equitable funding.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city charter schools want their fair share.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she believes it is "harmful" not having women equally represented in leadership roles. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Hochul was Monday's speaker at the University at Buffalo Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness.


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A church in Lockport is the recipient of a national grant to build a new playground.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the Grace Episcopal Church is also planning to open a new early childhood education and day school next fall.

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Substitute teachers in the city of Buffalo are demanding a new union contract.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the substitute have been without a deal for about six years.

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Erie Community College has been issued a warning on two accreditation standards.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the warning comes from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

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Students at The Park School in Snyder were busy preparing Thanksgiving meals for Compass House in Buffalo on Monday, in an annual lesson about serving those in need. The meals will be served to area youth who are in crisis and seeking help.   

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Urban school children are facing a number of barriers to learning.  A new nation-wide study says one of those barriers is the high rate of students arriving at school hungry.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, the Buffalo Public School District is serving thousands of meals to city kids.  

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The University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received a $4.5 million bequest gift. The gift comes from the estate of a beloved faculty member who spent nearly 50 years of teaching at the medical school.

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The WNY Women's Foundation has released a new report on the barriers girls and women face. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the report features stories from women both young and old. 

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A Salamanca School student is a 'whiz' at naming capital cities.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with the 8th grader Kendell Valvo, his teacher Adam Bennett and Salamanca High School principal Chris Siebert.

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Some Buffalo Public school students had a chance to welcome a Buffalo Bill player into their classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Classroom Champions program provides mentoring from athletes for students.

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Canisius College in Buffalo is ready to launch a new teacher residency program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say the college's Center for Urban Education will establish the program to prepare future educators. 

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A brand new school year begins Tuesday  in the Buffalo Public School District.  As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, another underperforming city school opens as a 'community school'.

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The new leader of Erie Community College is calling for change. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Dan Hocoy is the 11th president at at ECC. 


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You might not expect to find a therapeutic dance program occurring in the middle of an art center. But that's exactly what's taking place each Wednesday morning, now through December, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us how the Art Moves Me dance program is helping people with Parkinson's disease. 

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Ellia has issued a ruling and order regarding start times at three Buffalo Public Schools.

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Hurricane Harvey has shut down the nation's seventh-largest public school district in the nation.  The Houston school district will remain closed at least the rest of the week due to the devastation caused by the hurricane damage and massive flooding in Houston and southeast Texas.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State's largest teachers union wants to offer assistance. 

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