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 and 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

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Cultural
10:44 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Photography exhibit spotlights 'The American Worker'

The Artist - Sean Madden - The American Worker
Credit Phil Pantano

The toil and sweat of a variety of local workers is being portrayed in a brand new exhibit opening this Friday in Buffalo called The American Worker.

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Education
10:01 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Hip history lesson from Buffalo school teacher

Keith Hughes, Social Studies teacher at McKinkley & junior Ali Rexhepi
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Students across the region began taking New York State Regents tests Tuesday and a Buffalo Public Schools teacher is using digital means to help students review for their History Regents.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the classroom of McKinley High School teacher Keith Hughes to learn about his "Hip Hughes History" lessons on YouTube.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on "Hip Hughes History" lessons on YouTube.

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Science/Technology
9:58 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Teaching creativity and innovation for Biomedical research

Dr. Leonard Epstein, SUNY Distinguished Professor (left) and Dr. Steven Fliesler, Meyer H. Riwchun Endowed Chair
Credit Photo from UB Website

A two-day workshop hosted by the University at Buffalo kicks off today called Conversations in the Disciplines. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the workshops are designed to inspire creativity and innovation in the Biomedical Sciences, an important component in gaining grant dollars for research.

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Local
9:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

New owner of injured dog Phoenix provided 'around the clock care'

Judi Bunge of Getzville with Phoenix
Photo from Judi Bunge's Facebook page

The search for a permanent home for a burned puppy ended last week when The Buffalo Small Animal Hospital announced that the woman who has been serving as a foster caregiver for the dog named Phoenix was selected for his "forever home." 

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Business
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Press Pass: Preserving the Richardson Olmsted Complex

Richardson Olmsted Complex, Buffalo, NY
Credit WBFO News file photo

The mammoth Richardson Olmsted Complex on Forest Avenue in Buffalo is part of a major preservation project. 

On this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about his recent tour inside the complex. Meyer talks about the rehab and project price tag.

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Education
4:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Bittersweet goodbye for Holy Angels Academy

Holy Angels Academy, north Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It was a bittersweet goodbye for members of the Holy Angels Academy community in North Buffalo Sunday.

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Crime
12:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Kenmore Police make arrest in murder of bar owner

Home of Vincent James Cottone, 21 Landers, Kenmore, NY
Credit WBFO News file photo

Kenmore Police have made an arrest in the May 19 murder of the owner of Malone's Bar and Grill restaurant on Delaware Avenue. 

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Politics
12:24 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Member of Native American community warns of possible Thruway demonstration

Past protests against New York State by Seneca Nation of Indians near Thruway
Credit Photo from Let's Talk Native Web

A local member of the Native American community is warning of a possible demonstration against the governor's proposed casino in Western New York.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with John Kane, host of Let's Talk Native.

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Local
2:17 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Flood watch, creeks & streams to rise

Heavy rain in downtown Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for Western New York until 6 a.m. Friday.

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Widely popular musical The Book of Mormon coming to Shea's

The Book of Mormom coming to Shea's

A widely popular Broadway show is heading to Shea's Performing Arts Center next week.  The Book of Mormon -- a Tony Award winning musical -- will be on  stage starting Tuesday, June 11 and running through June 16 for eight shows.  As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, a lottery ticket policy is being followed for the production.

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Local
5:26 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Burned puppy finds 'forever home' with hospital caregiver

Phoenix will permanently live with the the woman who has cared for him for the past seven months.
Credit Facebook

A puppy that was severely burned in Buffalo last fall has found a permanent home with the woman who has helped nurse him back to health.

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Cultural
1:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Buffalo's polar bear cubs on display together

Kali & Luna play together Monday morning in the public exhibit area of the Buffalo Zoo
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's two biggest celebrities can now be spotted together in public. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Kali & Luna now on public exhibit at Buffalo Zoo.

Kali -- the orphaned polar bear cub from Alaska has now joined the Zoo's six-month old Luna on exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo. 

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Business
7:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Niagara Falls, Canada on casino revenue sharing

As the Seneca Nation of Indians continues to withhold casino revenues payments from the cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo in a dispute with New York State -- across the border a casino agreement was hammered out for the Ontario government.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the Mayor of Niagara Falls, Canada about a new casino revenue sharing formula.

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Health
10:39 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Inside a Baby Cafe: Moms & breastfeeding

Jill Haynie of Buffalo arrived at the Baby Cafe with her newborn son.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Baby Cafes are opening up all across the U.S. and the world, from the UK to China to Buffalo. The cafes are designed to assist breastfeeding mothers. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently visited a Baby Cafe that opened earlier this month in downtown Buffalo serving women in the inner-city.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visits a Baby Cafe in downtown Buffalo.

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Politics
9:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Citizens groups demand campaign finance reforms in Albany

Citizens rally for campaign finance reform
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Citizen groups continue putting pressure on Albany to clean up campaign financing. The rally cry was "people not profit" in front of Buffalo's City Hall Thursday.

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Local
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Buffalo firefighters agree to new contract, ending decade-long dispute

Buffalo Fire truck parked outside union headquarters on Delaware Thursday during voting
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Firefighters ratified a new contract Thursday, giving them their first new contract with the city in 11 years. 

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Local
9:34 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Judge sets trial date for outstanding Flight 3407 lawsuits

Victims of Flight 3407
Credit WBFO News file photo

A federal judge in Buffalo has issued a trial date for several outstanding lawsuits filed by families of Flight 3407. Those families appeared in court Wednesday for the first time in a year to attend a status update.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to Jennifer West of Clarence.

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Local
9:33 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Son carries out wish of departed mother and donates to Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities logo

The Catholic Charities Appeal drive is in the final stretch as it edges closer to its $10.7 million goal for this year.  With about six weeks remaining, the drive is still trying to raise about $500,000 before ending June 30th.

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Cultural
9:08 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Pianos in Public Buffalo: Music & art in open spaces

Piano located at Canalside as part of Pianos in Public Buffalo
Credit Photo from Mark Weber

Brightly painted upright pianos are popping up at some outdoor gathering spaces in Buffalo. The project is meant to bring music and art together.

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Local
12:54 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Legislators want beer ads removed from NFTA trains

Beer ad on NFTA Metro Rail car

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is being urged to remove alcohol advertising from its public transportation vehicles.

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Local
9:42 am
Tue May 28, 2013

WNY Congressman responds to Obama's counterterrorism vision

U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins talking about counter terrorism
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Late last week President Obama outlined his counter terrorism vision. The President said "America is at a crossroads" when it comes to the changing nature of terrorist threats.  He warns that Americans need to be vigilant against the increase of homegrown terror threats.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley caught up with a Western New York Congressional leader who is a ranking member of the counter-terrorism intelligence committee.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins about counter terrorism vision.

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Local
9:41 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Significant increase in absentee landlords in Lackawanna

City of Lackawanna
Photo from video on City of Lackawanna Website

The mayor of Lackawanna says his city is experiencing a "significant" increase in absentee landlords.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Lackawanna has teamed up with the City of Buffalo to try to resolve the issue.


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Local
3:08 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Residents affected by Tonawanda Coke pollution urged to come forward

Tonawanda Coke smoke stacks in the distance from River Road facility, Tonawanda, NY
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A major effort is underway to get any citizen who was affected by pollution from Tonawanda Coke to issue an impact statement in court.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports Tonawanda residents urged to send in stories about Tonawanda Coke to judge.

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Crime
9:28 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Buffalo Police add foot & bike patrols for summer months

Buffalo Police kick off summer bike & foot patrols
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The city has launched the Buffalo Police Department's annual summer foot and bike patrols. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports officers will be located at specific areas throughout each of the city's five police districts to help make streets safer.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on foot & bike patrols.

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Crime
8:52 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Buffalo Police make 2nd arrest in taxi cab driver murder

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announces 2nd arrest in cab murder
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police arrested and charged a second suspect Thursday in the murder of an Airport Taxi cab driver. 55-year-old Mazen Abdallah was shot to death inside his cab on Norfolk In March. 16-year-old Sean Austin of Buffalo was arraigned on murder and robbery charges in Erie County Court. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on second arrest in cab driver murder.

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Cultural
9:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Rare posters once seized by Nazis on display in East Aurora

Rare posters
Credit Photo from Urban Design

Rare posters that were seized by Nazis in 1938 in East Berlin are now right here in Western New York.  About 30 of those posters were recently up for auction in New York City.

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Local
9:09 am
Thu May 23, 2013

One year later, Niagara County SPCA turnaround

Erie County SPCA director Barbara Carr
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Niagara County SPCA in Wheatfield has made a 180-degree turnaround following last year's disturbing findings according to Barbara Carr, director of the SPCA of Erie County.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on major improvements at the Niagara County SPCA a year later.

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Local
5:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Republican county lawmakers want hearing on unsecured records, deputy county executive responds

Erie County Legislature's Minority Caucus
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of the Erie County Legislature's Minority Caucus are calling for a full investigation into the improper disposal of confidential Social Services documents.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on mishandled documents.

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Education
10:19 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Voters deciding school budgets

WBFO News file photo

Voters across Western New York are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide on school budgets and candidates in a number of districts. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has more on budget votes in the City of Niagara Falls and Clarence.

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Local
8:59 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Comptroller says county carelessly disposed sensitive documents

Mychajliw says unshredded records were carelessly disposed at the county Rath Building.
Credit File photo

The privacy of hundreds of Erie County residents has been breached, according to the county's top fiscal watchdog.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw.

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