Eileen Buckley

Assistant News Director

Eileen Buckley is an award-winning radio news reporter who actually began her radio career as an intern at WBFO in 1984. In 2005, she celebrated her 20th year in radio broadcasting. At WBFO, Eileen produces and reports on 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, WROW & WGNA and now WBFO.

In the spring of 2005, Eileen received the Buffalo AFL-CIO Media award in recognition of her coverage of labor and union issues. The award cited Eileen's commitment to covering local labor issues while maintaining journalist integrity. Eileen also received special mentions from the Associated Press in 2005 for team coverage of the on-going Erie County budget crisis and the 27th Congressional race.

In 2004, Eileen received first place honors for Best Continuing news coverage of Western New York's response to the Iraqi war from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Radio contest. Eileen also received four special mentions from the Associated Press in 2004 for continuing coverage of the James Kopp murder trial, enterprise reporting on a heartburn drug, a feature on the Moscow Nutcracker and for coverage of the Buffalo Sabres bankruptcy.

In 2003, Eileen received first place honor for the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. The awarded recognized her coverage of the Lackawanna Six story. Her reports were broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio. She was the first to report on NPR from the scene of the FBI raids in Lackawanna the evening of the arrests. Eileen was also featured on Fox Television providing analysis of the court proceedings.

During her time as a reporter at WGR-AM Radio she earned New York State Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for trial coverage, in 1992, of former Buffalo Parks Commissioner Robert Delano. She also earned two team coverage awards from the Associated Press for reports on the "I-190 Steel Coil Crash" and the "Niagara Falls Tour Helicopter Crash". In 1993, Eileen was awarded NYS Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for the "Tool Box Bombings" and "Law Enforcement Tragedy". 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. In the mid to late 90's she served, served as a board of director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Buffalo, New York, assisting with media coverage and press information as well as emcee of fundraising events. From 1993-95 she a board of director for the Empire State Ballet in Buffalo from 1993-95.

Eileen enjoys ballet dancing in her spare time. She is married to Mark Buckley, who spent 20 years in the television news business. They reside in Kenmore.

You can e-mail Eileen at ebuckley@wbfo.org

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Aspire constructing new Center For Learning to serve developmentally disabled

Aspire student uses computer technology to communicate. He thanked John R. Oishei Foundation for grant to help build new Center For Learning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Aspire of Western New York is housed in temporary space at a Maryvale School building in Cheektowga.  But by September, a new state-of-the art Center For Learning will open nearby on Union Road.

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Focus on Education
9:54 am
Thu March 20, 2014

High percentage of Lafayette students struggle with language

World flags line the hallway inside Lafayette High School to represent the many different countries of the school's student population.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo Public school parents kicked off a campaign Monday to demand transferring their children out of failing city schools, one school continues working on its turnaround plan. Leaders of Lafayette High School are trying to improve their graduation rates. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports there's not an unwillingness to learn, but it's a matter of some students learning a new language.

WBFO'S Focus on Education reporting takes you inside Lafayette High School.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Buffalo Public Schools take student registration into community

Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten at Central Registration on Ash Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For the first time the Buffalo Public School District is hitting the road to register Pre-K and Kindergarten students for next school year. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to the District's main registration center learning that over 800-students are already registered to attend city schools for the 2014-2015-school year.

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Focus on Education
6:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

King Urban Center says charter school relocation plan is 'act of disinvestment'

King Center Charter School is housed in the King Urban Life building on Genesee Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The King Urban Life Center (KULC) says it is "strongly opposed" to the relocation of the King Center Charter School.

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Focus on Education
9:52 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Plans to relocate King Center Charter School outrages Council member

King Center Charter School on Genesee Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Controversy is now brewing around the King Center Charter School's plans to move from its current site. A Buffalo lawmaker is outraged for being left out of the school's plans.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the charter school is seeking to purchase former School 71.


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Breaking
4:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Concord standoff subject identified, charged with attempted murder

A bullet hole on the hood of an Erie County Sheriff's car.
Credit Erie County Sheriff's Department

A standoff described as an 'active shooting' in the Town of Concord ended Monday morning after a gunman fired shots at authorities responding to a domestic call on home Brown Hill Road Road Sunday night.

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Politics
8:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.  But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism. 

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Focus on Education
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

A need for funding for English language programs in Buffalo Schools

Inside a classroom at Lafayette High School where English Language Learners and Refugee students are learning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If the State Legislature approves the Assembly's budget increase for education aid -- it could mean more funding for Buffalo Public Schools. 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

'Fisherman' from Catfish Row on The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The Gerswhins' Porgy and Bess continues on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center Friday evening. A Western New Yorker is debuting in the first national tour of the show. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with that cast member.

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Local
2:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wegmans donates $1 million to Canalside children's museum

A rendering of the 'From Farm to Fork' area planned at the new Explore & More Children's Museum.
Credit Explore & More

As the community continues to see major redevelopment along downtown Buffalo's waterfront, another piece of the future is getting closer to reality. Explore & More announced a major capital gifts donation Thursday as it works to build a children's museum at Canalside.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how a future downtown museum will help education children outside the classroom.

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Local
10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Digging out from March Blizzard 2014

Tonawanda resident snow blows heaving snow fall from blizzard Thursday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The March Blizzard that moved through the area Wednesday brought the season's snow total to more than 120.5 inches - which is about two-feet more than average. The storm also broke a few records. 

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Cultural
10:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Women’s History Month: Conversation on Human Trafficking & Equal Pay

Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
Credit Photo from Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Website

The entire month of March is devoted to Women's History.  Locally, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is holding its 5th year of events to celebrate women of the past, present and future.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down the leader of the organization -- commissioner Sawrie Becker to discuss the fight for equal pay and generate awareness to stop human trafficking.

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Local
9:22 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Blizzard of March 2014

Erie County snow fighting fleet
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

You can call this one the March blizzard of 2014.  For the second time this season Western New York is dealing with heavy snow and strong winds, creating tough driving conditions and poor visibility at times.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on the Blizzard.

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Local
1:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Blizzard conditions cancel many flights at airport

Inside Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A majority of flights at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are canceled due to the blizzard-like conditions occurring in the region. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says not much is moving in and out of the airport at this time.


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Focus on Education
4:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Common Core panelist from WNY says recommendations were ‘incomplete’

Fight against Common Core in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

An East Aurora High School teacher says the recommendations released by Governor Cuomo's Common Core Implementation Panel are "incomplete." Several recommendations were released Monday night, but Todd Hathaway says the panel only met twice and never addressed some of the problems that teachers, parents and students have complained about for more than a year.

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Crime
10:22 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Human trafficking is the second largest money making crime in U.S.

Human Trafficking images.
Credit WBFO News file photo

As we celebrate Women's History month, a terrifying crime is occurring in our community that is a threat to dignity and freedom. Human trafficking is considered the slavery of the 21st century. A local law enforcement official is working to raise awareness of how human trafficking is happening in right here Western New York. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Human trafficking in the Buffalo region.

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Focus on Education
10:04 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Public schools fight for promised state education funding

Across the state, school board associations are rallying against a reduction in state aid. Tonight, the Chautauqua County and Allegany Cattaraugus County Association of School Boards and the Southwestern and Western Region Parent Teachers Associations will hold a rally in Ellicottville. 

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Local
5:45 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Labor expert warns unions to be 'self-critical'

Protesting workers in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A national labor leader is warning unions to rethink and realign their efforts in the labor movement. Bill Fletcher, Jr., who works with the National AFL-CIO, will be appearing in Buffalo Saturday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley will be the keynote speaker at the Western New York Area Labor Federation's 2014 meeting in Cheektowaga.

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Focus on Education
9:30 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Revamping the SATs

Major changes are in store for the SATs. The College Board unveiled a revamp Wednesday. As part of our continuing Focus on Education reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the changes will lower the score and remove some difficult vocabulary words.


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Local
9:03 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Internationally recognized expert on foundations appears in Buffalo

Foundation Center president Bradford Smith.
Credit Photo from Foundation Center Website

Foundation funding and grants have become an essential part of fundraising for many non-profit organizations. An expert on the topic appeared in Buffalo for the very first time.  Foundation Center president Bradford Smith visited the region at the request of The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Smith who was pleased to learn about the private-public partnerships in Buffalo to assist our community.

Focus on Education
10:16 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Students at a South Buffalo school participate in kindness exercise

Notre Dame students participate in kindness program.
Credit Photo from Notre Dame facebook

Students at a South Buffalo school received a lesson in "kindness".  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the Catholic Charities in-school Social Work program delivered the Rachel's Challenge program to Notre Dame Academy on Abbott Road.

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Focus on Education
9:58 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Assembly Republicans unveil APPLE plan to address Common Core concerns

NYS Assembly Republican Conference offers their APPLE Plan for Common Core.
Credit Photo from YS Assembly Republican Conference logo

The State Assembly Republican conference is pushing for passage of a Common Core bill that they refer to as the APPLE Plan.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says members of the Assembly Minority Conference held a news conference in Albany Tuesday to discuss their bill.

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Focus on Education
8:28 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ukrainian student shares 'Stories of Student Activism'

Photo of protests.
Credit Photo from Slavka Kutsay Facebook page

With Ukraine on the brink of a civil war, a graduate student who works as a journalist in the the country is in Buffalo to tell her story.

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Focus on Education
9:50 am
Mon March 3, 2014

High school junior from Buffalo follows dance dream

Elizabeth DiStasio-Waddell, Isabella Kowalski and Rosina Kowalski at Royal Academy of Ballet.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A young Buffalo woman is working on a career and dream to become a professional dancer. After receiving training in Buffalo, she's now attending the Boston School of Ballet.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the former Buffalo Seminary student is now training to become a ballerina. 

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Local
5:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Buffalo Police begin using Narcan to treat overdoses

Narcan (Naloxone) has been proven to save lives in cases of drug overdose.
Credit WebMD.com

Buffalo Police officers are now trained to carry Narcan, a temporary antidote for drug overdoses.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Narcan.

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Focus on Education
10:14 am
Fri February 28, 2014

City students offered tuition help to attend private schools

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Buffalo Public School families, who requested a transfer out failing schools, are now being offered scholarship funding to attend private schools. The Children's First Scholarship will provide the funding.  This this could be a win-win for public school students and some Catholic elementary schools in the city.

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Art/Theater
9:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase checks shows in NYC

Friday means it's time to check out what's on stage. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Theater Talk host Anthony Chase discuss local performances and Chase's recent visit to New York City.

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Focus on Education
12:46 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New controversy swirls for Buffalo School District as Mary Guinn returns

Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

A high-paid consultant, who was ousted by the Buffalo Board of Education, is returning as a new assistant superintendent.

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Focus on Education
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Mayor discusses possible control of Buffalo School District

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is saying it's time for a debate to turn control of Buffalo's Public School system to the mayor.

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Local
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Difficult commute in latest snow blast

Buffalo snow plow clearing snow Thursday morning along Forest Avenue between Delaware and Elmwood Avenues.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Another wind whipped blast created a treacherous ride into work for commuters across the Buffalo Niagara region.  A very fine snow and strong winds made driving conditions difficult Thursday morning.

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