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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Cultural
9:30 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Honoring the victims & survivors of the Holocaust

Six candles to honor six million jews killed during the Holocaust
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The local Jewish community is honoring the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust. A remembrance service was held at City Hall Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports holocaust survivors and their families say it must never be forgotten.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on a Holocaust ceremony at Buffalo's City Hall.

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Crime
12:24 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Buffalo man charged with beating 4-year-old girl

Ediberto Rodriguez
Credit Photo provided by Buffalo Police

A Buffalo man his behind bars in connection with the alleged beating of his girlfriend's four-year old daughter.

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Clean Air Coalition calls for campaign finance reform to prevent polluters

Industry in Tonawanda
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After scoring a major court victory against Tonawanda Coke late last week, The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York has now launched a call for fair elections. 

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Art/Theater
1:21 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

MusicalFare Theatre expanding, adding cabaret space

Credit musicalfare.com

MusicalFare Theatre has announced plans for an expansion of its space on the Daemen College Campus in Amherst. 

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Local
8:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Leaving public assistance behind with proven workforce training

Deanner Peake & Orlando Perez in WBFO studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SkyView Learning Group in Buffalo continues assisting citizens with job training that is lifting some off the welfare roles. Over the last several years, SkyView has been providing workforce training. It also partners with area employers to place clients in jobs.

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Local
4:39 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Recall of frozen food product

Farm Rich product recall
Photo provided by Rich Products

Rich Products is working around the clock with federal agencies to pinpoint contamination in a brand of its frozen snack products.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says  the company voluntarily recalled more than 196-pounds of frozen food under the Farm Rich name after an outbreak of E-coli.


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Education
9:29 am
Mon March 25, 2013

New scholarship program based on student character

Harvest Time Partners
Photo from Harvest Time Partners Website

A new scholarship program will soon be offered to Western New York High School seniors. Harvest Time Partners, a Michigan-based company, will provide the funding through several local organizations. The scholarships will be provided to students who demonstrate strong character.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Polish legend of the pussy willow & Palm Sunday

Pussy Willows

This weekend marks Palm Sunday on the Christian calendar.  It will begin the final week of the Lenten season that leads to Easter Sunday.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley finds out how the pussy willow is a symbol of a Polish legend on Palm Sunday.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Father Czeslaw Krysa, rector of St. Casimir's Church in Buffalo & director of Worship for the Diocese of Buffalo.

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Politics
10:38 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Buffalo News: Mayor expected to launch campaign Saturday

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown
WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo News is reporting that Mayor Byron Brown is expected to officially launched his reelection bid for a third term this weekend.

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Business
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Women's History Month: Buffalo's Sundra Ryce

Sundra Ryce, president & CEO of SLR Contracting
Photo provided by SLR Contracting

A Buffalo woman has grown her business into a multimillion dollar company. Sundra Ryce is president and CEO of SLR Contracting on Michigan Avenue. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Sundra Rice, president & CEO of SLR Contracting in Buffalo about her success.

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Health
10:41 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Almost two-thirds of women missed proper ovarian cancer treatment

Roswell Park Gynecologic Cancer Center
Photo from Roswell Park's Website

A new study from the University of California reveals only about 37.2 percent of women treated for ovarian cancer are receiving the proper care. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a cancer expert from Roswell Park Cancer Institute about why some woman are missing the mark when it comes to following the national treatment guidelines.


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Education
10:16 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Strategies for protecting children at school

School lockers inside a Buffalo Public School
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Since the mass killing of 20 young children in Newtown, Connecticut in mid December there have been eight other incidents of school shootings reported nationwide.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Newspaper survey rates mayor & county executive

Mayor Byron Brown & Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo News has conducted its annual leadership survey.  It's not a scientific, random survey , but instead the results come from a cross-section of business, political, religious and community leaders. 

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Leadership
5:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Zemsky rated top leader in Buffalo News survey

Businessman Howard Zemsky (left) appears with Lt. Governor Robert Duffy
WBFO News file photo

Sunday's Buffalo News features its annual leadership survey.  The News lists 25 local figures as the top leaders of our community.  Topping the survey results is businessman Howard Zemsky. 

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Business
5:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Press Pass: Elmwood Village success

Elmwood Village
Photo from Elmwood Village Association Website

The Elmwood Village remains a thriving and bustling commercial district in City of Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer explore the successful of the Elmwood strip and what changes could be in store in this week's edition of Press Pass.

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Old First Ward
9:25 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Kennedy seeks Old First Ward listing on National Register

State Senator Tim Kennedy

An effort was launched Friday to list South Buffalo's Old First Ward on the National Register for Historic Places.

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Cultural
9:46 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Argentina's excitement for new Pope extends to Buffalo

Sergio Neglia (middle) joins his friends from Argentina in his studio, ballerina Silvina Vaccarelli & choreographer Mario Galizzi
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The newly elected Pope is being highly celebrated in Argentina --  Pope Francis -- is the first Latin American Pope.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says that celebration extended right here in Buffalo inside the ballet studio of Neglia Ballet Arts.

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Health
8:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

A local Multiple Sclerosis story: Working to raise research dollars

"Buffalo's Baddest House Party" to raise awareness and funds for MS

This week marked Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.  Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the Nation. 

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Art/Theater
8:24 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Theater Talk: New line up of show openings

Buffalo United Artists
Photo from BUA Facebook page

This week on theater talk -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for co-host Jim Santella and joins Anthony Chase for a chat on local theater.

WBFO'S Theater Talk

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Federal Weapons Charges
9:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Rochester area woman indicted on federal weapons charges

US Attorney William Hochul
Credit WBFO File Photo

A 24-year-old woman has been indicted on federal charges in connection with the deadly Christmas Eve ambush on first responders in Webster, NY. 

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Local
10:22 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Aggressive peregrine falcon removed from UB campus

Falcon at UB South Campus
Photo fromo UB Falcon Cam

A female peregrine falcon that had been nesting on a tower at the University at Buffalo was removed Wednesday due to its propensity for injuring people on campus.

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Local
10:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

WNY Catholics applaud choice of new Pope

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
Photo from Getty Images

Western New York Catholics were keeping close watch on Wednesday's papal election. Two local priests say the selection of Pope Francis is significant for the Church.

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Local
3:21 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Buffalo man confesses to murdering his wife

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda at Buffalo Police Headquarters
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police have charged a Buffalo man who has confessed to the murder of his wife.


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Local
2:50 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arrests made, weapons seized in East Side drug raids

Photos of the AK-47 weapons recovered in raids
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Early morning drug raids on Buffalo's East Side Tuesday netted ten arrests.

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Local
1:54 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to open in October

After a long wait, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be coming to downtown Buffalo this fall.

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Health
10:23 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Area health care provider gets high marks for member satisfaction

Dr. Michael Cropp, president & CEO
Photo from Independent Health

An area health care provided has scored the highest in the nation in a J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Member Health Plan Study.  Independent health has received the top score for health care plans.

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Local
10:02 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Women's History Month: Careers at the FBI

FBI Logo

As we continue to recognize the many accomplishments of local and national women in honor of Women's History month, WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with two local FBI agents. One is retired after serving 30 years and the other has served more than five years.


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Education
10:59 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Lockport teen receives honorable mention from C-SPAN

10TH grader Michael Pyskaty in his video "Our College Cost Conundrum"
WBFO News photo

C-SPAN awarded honorable mention to a Lockport teenage in its annual video competition.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to the Starpoint High School student and his mother about his winning documentary titled "Our College Cost Conundrum".

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Education
10:09 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Girl Rising: The global fight to educate girls

Girl Rising
Photo from Girl Rising movie trailer

Millions of girls around the globe face major obstacles to receiving an education, but a global campaign called 10X10 is working to break barriers. It has created a film called Girl Rising. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Seminary students will have an exclusive, private viewing of the film Sunday afternoon as part of Women's History Month.

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Local
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Local agency applauds signing of Violence Against Women Act

Advocates and survivors of domestic violence are celebrating a victory today as President Obama has signed an expanded Violence Against Women Act.

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