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 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

Ways to Connect

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The leader of the American Federation of Teachers is weighing in on the state's flawed Common Core rollout and school receivership in Buffalo. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Randi Weingarten was a member of the Governor's Common Core Task Force.

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The Buffalo Zoo has a new edition to its family. A baby western lowland gorilla was born Sunday evening.  The mother and father are 18-year-old Sydney and 28-year-old father Koga.

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Some education leaders say it's time to hear Governor Cuomo on the troubled Common Core Learning Standards when he delivers his annual State-of-the-State message. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Governor's own Common Core Task Force issued 21-recommendations calling to stop linking the controversial assessments to teacher evaluations.   

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Within seconds, a wall of heavy snow squall blasted through a section of the I-190 and into downtown Buffalo during the noon hour.

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A winning Spaceflight Experiment created by three Buffalo Public School students has caught the attention of the White House. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says three Hamlin Park students will be in Washington Wednesday.

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The Buffalo Public School District has reason to celebrate. New numbers released Monday by the New York State Department of Education indicate an increase in the district’s 2015 graduation rate

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The Charter School for Applied Technologies on Kenmore Avenue in Tonawanda was in 'lockout' for a couple of hours Monday as Town of Tonawanda Police helped North Tonawanda Police search for a suspect.

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Some leaders in higher education say if Congress would consider reforms in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act it could make college more affordable.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says lawmakers could consider measures to improve access and affordability for students.

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Buffalo Mayor Brown tells WBFO News it appears the fight between the School District's Joint Schools Construction Board and LPCiminelli might end up in 'serious litigation'.

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In parts of the nation there has been mounting racial tension on some college campuses with students making claims of racial slurs. It has sparked protests. The topic of race and higher education was discussed by as part of Daemen College's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series Friday. 

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The University at Buffalo continued its long-time tradition Thursday of marking the birthday of Millard Fillmore.  An annual ceremony is held at Forest Lawn Cemetery where he is buried.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited Millard Fillmore College to see how his legacy has been returned to downtown Buffalo.

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New York State's first-ever Hispanic mayor is serving in a near-by local community. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfried "Willie" Rosas took the oath of office last week after he won a landslide victory last fall.  But he faces major challenges to turn around economic development. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to Mayor Rosas who will be recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo at next week's State of the State Address.

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The Niagara Wheatfield Central School District placed the high school and middle school in 'lock out' Thursday afternoon.

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The Frontier Central School District in Hamburg is stepping up its emergency plans. It will be holding an 'active shooter drill' this spring. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the schools superintendent wants to make sure his district is prepared for major emergencies.

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Buffalo Police are asking for help sorting out a dispute between people in two different vehicles that resulted in a double shooting. 

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A Buffalo school board member is urging the State Education Commissioner to clarify what she calls a 'confusing and contradictory' message sent by the Common Core Task Force. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Board member Barbara Seals Nevergold is the latest to question the use of state assessments as part of placing city schools on receivership lists.

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The president of the Chautauqua Institution has announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year. Thomas Becker issued a letter outlying his decision to leave.

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As receivership plans for 15-of Buffalo's most struggling public schools could mean changes to the school day, the teachers union is planning to fight the new rule. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says one city school teacher calls receivership 'union busting'.  

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The Buffalo schools superintendent now has expanded power to change the union contract at 15-city schools in receivership. In this week's Press Pass WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how this is expected to end up in a court battle between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and District. 

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The national trends indicate teacher shortages in some parts of the United States.  The teaching profession has faced difficult changes with high-stakes testing, salary disputes and poor performing schools. But WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the state's education commissioner is encouraging those in higher education to help future teachers.  

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The West Valley Central School District has continued to experience a drop in enrollment. There are only about 260 students in pre-K through 12th grade. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says a citizens committee is now encouraging  annexation or partnerships to strengthen school programs.


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A Buffalo Public school parent leader is asking where is promised money for schools under receivership.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the receivership law was to provide $75-million statewide.

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A team of three students from the Hamlin Park School Public School #74 in Buffalo emerged the top winners as they participated in part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program in the classroom. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the local students scored big in a STEM competition.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has imposed a receivership collective bargaining agreement at 15 Struggling Schools in the Buffalo City School District.

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Although the region is experiencing a mild winter, the installation of the ice boom was delayed because of weather. High winds and large waves along Lake Erie hampered the annual project.

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As 2015 closes out this week we look back on another round of leadership changes in the Buffalo Public School District. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley rewinds her audio files to create this montage audio post card reflecting on the appointment of Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash and receivership for some struggling city schools. 

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Young Audiences of Western New York recently taught a program to some Buffalo Public school and rural students. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter says the Arts for Learning is an "art-integrated" literacy curriculum.

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The Buffalo Public Schools District is the recipient of a state Farm to School Grant. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the funding will allow the district to increase the use of healthy foods served up on school menus. 

Photo from the Niagara Falls City School District.

The Niagara Falls City School District has created a classroom that focuses on children with Autism. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the program allows the students to stay at their school during their day of learning.

Photo from The Robert H. Jackson Center.

The story of a powerful Western New Yorker is now being told in a documentary.  Liberty Under Law: The Robert H. Jackson Story will air Tuesday, December 22nd at 10 p.m. on WNED-Television.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with the co-founder of The Robert H. Jackson Center to discuss the man who remains the only one in United States history to serve in three federal legal positions.

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