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.

Ways to Connect

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State Supreme Court Justices ruled on two Buffalo School Board petition challenges Wednesday.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was in the courtrooms for the day-long proceedings.

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A judge has ruled Buffalo School Board President James Sampson does not have enough valid petition signatures to be on the ballot for the upcoming board election. 

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Next Tuesday eligible Buffalo voters will have the chance to decide on six Board of Education races.  But the ballot is not finalized as two of the candidates appear in court today for petition challenges. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the Erie County Board of Election Commissioners about preparations for the school board election.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals decision issued last week a first of its kind ruling says it is sex discrimination to bar students from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity. The court sided with a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl, but now identifies as a boy. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently talked about transgender issues with some Cheektowaga Central High School students who weighed in on the use of restrooms.


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The Buffalo Public School District provides training for students with severe intellectual disabilities.  Young adults 18 to 21 years of age attend the School 42 Occupational Training Center at the Tri-Main Building. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students receive a variety of experiences to become independent and employable. 


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The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative's Success Looks Like Me project is helping some Buffalo Public high school students learn about STEM careers in the automotive world. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us this program provides low-income, minority students with a chance to interact with local and national leaders of color who are successful adults. 

A longtime local educator has authored a children's book just in time for Earth Day. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the book can be used to teach a child about backyard nature.

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Some Buffalo public school students are benefiting from afterschool programs operated by the Northwest Buffalo Community Center. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited one of the sites at the Grabiarz School of Excellence.     


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Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino tried to knock his opponent out of the May 3 school board election. 18-year-old Hutch Tech student Austin Harig of South Buffalo defended his nominating petitions Thursday morning at an Erie County Board of Election.

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Two lawyer organizations are teaming to help a school library on Buffalo's West Side. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has that story. 

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Buffalo native and Broadway star Michele Ragusa performs at Kleinhans Music Hall this Friday for a cabaret-style show.  She returns to her home-town performance after recently starring in Hello Dolly in Vero Beach, Florida.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Ragusa ahead of this week's performance learning about a special song she will sing to honor the legacy of her father's musical work. 

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Buffalo School Board races are beginning to take shape. The election is next month. This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes examine what power plays are underway for those seats. 

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump spoke in front of 11,400 people at Buffalo's First Niagara Center Monday night, in a large rally on the eve of New York's primary election.


A long-time political satirist is finding an endless stream of material. Buffalo native and PBS comedy icon Mark Russell is still dishing out his tough political humor to both republicans and democrats. He returned home last Friday for a performance with for the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Russell who continues his work at the age of 84.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared in the Buffalo area Thursday.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says one of his stops included Charlie the Butcher in Cheektowaga for lunch.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting in Amherst Thursday. He immediately took on a question about his comment about "New York values" and then drew cheers from the audience of about 300 invited guests when he declared, "we will beat Donald Trump in Cleveland."

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A new charter school application has been approved for Buffalo. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says the SUNY Board of Trustees' Charter Schools Committee has said yes to the Elmwood Village Charter School 2-to open.

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A movie filmed all in the Buffalo Niagara Falls area is set to premiere at the North Park Theater next Friday, April 22.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the director and star of the murder mystery.

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Students from Autism Services kicked off their annual art show with a special performance Tuesday.  It was held in our WNED-Television studio's.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the event celebrates American Music. 

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Over the last couple of years, the Cheektowaga Central High School has participated in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley discovered, this year the students produced a story about a transgender high school student. 

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Not everyone was happy to see former President Bill Clinton in Western New York. Although outnumbered by Hillary Clinton supporters, there were some protestors representing various sides.

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All this week higher education is honoring girls and women in sports. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a discussion on the importance of females in sports at Daemen College Monday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley Gillibrand encourages women to 'stay in the game'.

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Despite changes to the New York State Assessments, some parents said they will still have their child 'opt out'. Public school students in grades 3rd through 8th will be taking the English Language Arts exams Tuesday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at both sides in this opt out battle. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be traveling around the state for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton prior to the April 19th state primary.

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A new device is being created with the help of a University at Buffalo professor that will track what you eat through sounds. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about a necklace that hears what you are eating and could be used to help in dieting.

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Inside a classroom in the West Seneca Central School District you will find some parents and grandparents volunteering.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley brings us that story.

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The University at Buffalo has made some major gains in closing the completion gap between white and black students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says a new, national study shows an improved graduation rate for black students at UB.

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As the so-called 'opt out' movement is expected to rev up with next week's English Arts Assessment, one Buffalo Public school is encouraging students to take the tests. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the principal at West Hertel Academy. 

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A smoky blaze caused damaged inside St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo early Friday morning. 

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited West Hertel Academy in Buffalo Thursday morning. Elia is traveling to school districts to explaining changes to state assessments, encourages students and parents not to opt out.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley followed Elia during her stop at West Hertel Academy.

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