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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Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at D'Youville College in Buffalo Thursday morning to announce competition of the New York Gateway Connections Improvement Project at the Peace Bridge.

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The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning a disturbing incident that occurred Tuesday night at a campus dorm building. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's believed to be in response to the result of the presidential election and spoke with two students.

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In the 61st State Senate race, Republican incumbent Michael Ranzenhofer retained his seat, defeating Democratic Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran.

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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins was the first congressional leader to support Donald Trump for his campaign. Collins appeared at the Erie County Republican Party campaign event Tuesday night in downtown Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Collins about not backing down in his support of Trump and how republicans will maintain control in the Congress.

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The Erie County Republican Party celebrated a big win in a key New York State senate race. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Republican Chris Jacobs defeated Democrat Amber Small in the 60th Senate District.

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Many voters said they were thrilled to finally have a chance to vote in what has been a turbulent Presidential Election campaign. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with some voters in the Kenmore Tonawanda District Tuesday.

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As more and more schools hook up to high-tech, digital learning, school libraries are dramatically changing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited Canisius High School in Buffalo to check out the newly renovated library.

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An organization recently released a state-wide campaign that says 'standards are working'. High Achievement New York, known as HANY , works to help schools, teachers, students and parents to make sure learning standards are the best. But with all the fall-out over Common Core, some school districts, like Buffalo struggle with the high expectations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with HANY's Executive Director Stephen Sigmund and President of the District Parent Coordinating Council in Buffalo Sam Radford.

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Some local college students say they never registered to vote because they're so unhappy with the candidates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with students at Medaille College in Buffalo to discuss Tuesday's historic election.

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Children and families across the region are encouraged to attend this Sunday's WNY Children’s Book Expo . It's a free family literacy event taking place at Kleinhans Music Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the book expo will be filled with interactive kids’ events, story time with national authors and professional development for educators.

Photo from Travis Widrick Argentine Tango School of Buffalo, photo by by Don Nieman.

Not all learning takes place in a classroom especially when it comes to dance lessons. While on the "Education Beat", WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores a traveling tango school where lessons often come directly to the public.

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Two Buffalo Public schools are in a 'healthy competition' and it's all about fitness. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at West Hertel Elementary demonstrated new fit activity kits that are 'fitbits for kids'.

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With many education issues to tackle this school year, the leader of the New York State School Boards Association offers advice to board members. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Executive Director of the Association Tim Kremer.

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Daemen College in Amherst has received a $1 million gift. It is the largest private donation to the school’s history. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it comes from Orchard Park businessman Paul Saffrin, CEO of Tonawanda Coke.

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The Buffalo Public School District recently named a new leader at the Hamlin Park School Number 74. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the new principal as he was only on the third day of his new job.

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Buffalo Public school teacher is teaming up with some out-of-town colleagues to present a unique lesson for this year's historic Presidential election. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about Tuesday night's "The History Teacher Presidential Debate" .

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Some Buffalo Public school children wore their Halloween costumes to class Monday. Several city schools hosted Halloween parades for students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with some young students at the Hamlin Park School.

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The leader of the New York State Board of Regents says they are working to make some changes to assessments. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Chancellor Betty Rosa.

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A conversation on critical education issues took center stage Friday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is holding its annual convention. The three-day conference kicked off Thursday and draws about 2000 educators to the region.

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New York States Big 5 School Districts gathered in Buffalo Friday morning to issue a list of recommendations to support English Language Learners in classrooms.

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Construction is on track for the University at Buffalo's brand new medical school in downtown Buffalo. An update was provided by UB officials Thursday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the future Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will engage students and the community.

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Buffalo Public school families were expected to begin receiving letters Wednesday in the mail regarding results of lead levels in the water. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Mayor Byron Brown is pleased the district initiated the testing process, but is not making a commitment to help for cost in remediation.

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The Western New York Library Resources Council hosted a conversation about the literacy skills gap crisis affecting students heading into college and the workforce. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a panel discussion on The Skills Gap Crisis From High School to College held at ECC's North campus Wednesday.

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As Buffalo's new economy shifts to high tech manufacturing there is a strong need for trained employees. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says STEM training is playing a key role to prepare the future workforce for advanced manufacturing job.

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a long legacy of performing concerts for area school children. This school year the BPO Youth Concerts are featuring a blend of music and visual arts. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Kleinhans Music Hall where some young Buffalo Public School children started their day with a lesson on how the power of music changes emotions.

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The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says there is much work ahead, even with a new teacher’s contract in hand. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains.

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The Buffalo Board of Education emerged from executive session and approved a tentative contract deal for city school teachers in a vote of 7-2 early Monday night.

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After 12-long years without a contract, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district reached a tentative deal late Sunday night. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two city leaders are reacting.

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As the community continues searching for answers in dealing with the Opioid addiction crisis, Medaille College in Buffalo is set to host a public conversation, “The Opioid Epidemic: What you Need to Know.” It will be held Wednesday, October 26 th at 6 p.m.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo has a new leader who formerly served. Marsha Joy Sullivan has returned as president. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Sullivan agreed to extend her role from interim to permanent.

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