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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Local
10:32 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Local family adopts young boy from Bogota, Colombia

4-year-old Andres arrvies at Buffalo airport
Photo provided from Judy O' Mara at Baker Victory Services

A family from Wheatfield welcomed their newly adopted child at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Tuesday night when David and Brandy Andrews adopted a young boy from Colombia.

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Local
5:44 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Councilman laments the loss of 'Miss Ida'

A beloved Buffalo woman who was struck and killed last week was remembered Tuesday in Common Council chambers.

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Politics
10:24 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Mayor appoints Antoine Thompson to lead BETC

Antoine Thompson

Former state senator Antoine Thompson has a new job.  Mayor Byron Brown has appointed him as executive director of the Buffalo Employment and Training Center.

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Local
4:38 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

DiNapoli: Niagara Falls, Salamanca fiscally distressed

The City of Salamanca hasn't seen any revenue from the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel since 2009.
Credit File photo

The state's top fiscal watchdog appeared in Niagara Falls on Monday to outline an already dismal budget picture.

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Local
4:14 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Rally urges protection of social safety nets

Tax Fairness rally in downtown Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Rallies are being held across the country today to urge federal lawmakers to end tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans.  One of those rallies was held in downtown Buffalo. 

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Arts
10:07 am
Mon December 10, 2012

BPO: "All Roads Lead to Carnegie Hall"

Carnegie Hall
Photo from Wikipedia

The month of May might seem far away, but not for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO has launched "All Roads Lead to Carnegie Hall," a fundraising effort to generate sponsors for it's May 8 performance in New York City.

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Local
4:03 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Two new pumpers for Buffalo Fire Department

New fire pumpers dedicated in downtown Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Fire Department has two brand new, state-of-the-art fire trucks.  The pumpers were dedicated at a ceremony Friday morning outside the department's headquarters in downtown Buffalo.

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Arts
12:26 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Theatre Talk: 'Tis the season for holiday shows!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Lancaster Opera House
Photo from Lancaster Opera House Website

This week on Theatre Talk  co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase rundown a number of holiday theatre productions. 

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Cultural
10:46 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Zooland: The Institution of Captivity

Buffalo Zoo enterance at Parkside Avenue
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A book written by a University at Buffalo professor takes an extensive, behind-the-scenes look at zoos.  A book launch party will beheld Thursday night at Talking Leaves on Main Street for "Zooland: The Institution of Captivity." 

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Education
9:24 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Parents, students, teachers rally for crucial education funding

Buffalo school students & parents rally for education funding
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Educate NY Now Express made more than 25 stops across the state to highlight the looming fiscal crisis in education.  The Alliance for Quality Education organized the bus tour to the state Capitol to lobby for a "sound, basic" education. 

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Business
10:52 am
Wed December 5, 2012

HSBC Bank will leave downtown tower

HSBC Tower in downtown Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The future of downtown's largest building is uncertain.  HSBC Bank has announced that it will leave the HSBC Center as of early next year. 

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Politics
2:55 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Finalized plans for Governor's $1 billion for Buffalo

Governor Cuomo listens to WNYREDC investment plan
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not backing down from his commitment of $1 billion for Buffalo.  The Governor appeared Tuesday before the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

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Local
10:07 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Reward offered for information about starving dog

The animal rights group PETA has posted a reward for information leading to the person or persons responsible for a starving dog.  

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Education
5:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Gow School tackles dyslexia and language-based learning difficulties; adds female students

Inside the Gow School dinning hall
Photo provided by Gayle E. Hutton : Director of Development at the Gow School

One of the world's oldest boarding schools is in our own back yard  -- the Gow School in South Wales.  It provides special teaching methods for boys in 7th through 12th grade who suffer with dyslexia and language-based learning difficulties. 

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Business
10:22 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Holiday shoppers urged to support local merchants

Peter Burakowski & Erin Habes look at Buffalo collection items at Visit Buffalo Niagara store at the Market Arcade
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A big emphasize is being placed on supporting local merchants this holiday shopping season.  The tourism group Visit Buffalo Niagara is reminding citizens about our independent retailers and encouraging Canadians to head over the border for their Christmas shopping.

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Crime
12:59 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

New campaign to stop driving while impaired

Billboards against driving impaired
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Erie County Sheriff's Department has kicked off National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  A conference and training session was held in Buffalo Tuesday to teach the public about making safe choices when getting behind the wheel.  

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Business
2:56 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Rich Products investing $18M in Buffalo HQ

Lt. Governor Robert Duffey appears at Rich Products
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Rich Products is making a major investment at its Niagara Street headquarters.  The company has announced it will invest $18.45 million to expand and create a Customer Innovation Center. 

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Business
10:31 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Press Pass: step-by-step city development

Inside the redeveloped Statler
WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo businessman Mark Croce continues the huge task of working to renovate the Statler Towers on Delaware Avenue.  It's one of many revitalization projects underway in the city.   WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discusses Croce's progress in this week's Press Pass conversation.

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Arts
10:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Neglia's Nutcracker ballet is a family affair

Nico & Sergio Neglia in the Neglia studio in Bufffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Neglia Ballet Artists and The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be delighting audiences this weekend with The Nutcracker at Shea's Performing Arts Center. 


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Local
3:01 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Deaconess demolition to clear path for new development

Former Deaconess Center
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Demolition began Monday on the former Deaconess Center on Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo.  The long-time structure housed a hospital until it closed in 1986.

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Local
9:52 am
Fri November 16, 2012

State-of-the-art athletic field for youth in South Buffalo

Mulroy Park is an empty field of grass and a worn out basketball court
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The city is investing in a warn-out and shuttered athletic filed in South Buffalo.  Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and other lawmakers announced $400,000  in city funds Thursday to help create a state-of-the-art field off Tifft Street and South Park. 

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Local
9:42 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Items collected for Hurricane Sandy victims

Hurricane relief items loaded onto truck
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Western New York community continues to respond to relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Donated items poured into the parking lot of Rich Products headquarters on Niagara Street in Buffalo Wednesday.

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Local
5:06 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Two Buffalo teens charged with setting dog on fire

Jack Russell Terrier -- now named Phoenix -- recovers from burns
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Buffalo teenagers have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty for setting a puppy on fire on the city's East side late last month. 

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Local
5:52 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Board member voices anger at Thruway Authority

Trucker along Thruway
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The vice chair of the New York State Thruway Authority is speaking out.  Donna Luh of Depew says she is angry that the Authority continues to work in secrecy over a proposed 45 percent toll increase for commercial trucks. 

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Local
9:29 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Thruway Authority postpones another meeting amid speculation of a truck toll hike

Truck traffic
WBFO News file photo

The New York State Thruway Authority Board has once again postponed a meeting that was scheduled for late Tuesday morning.

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Arts
10:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

BPO strives for wider appeal

Buffalo Philharmoic Orchestra
Photo from BPO Website

Some symphony orchestras in the U.S. have been struggling financially.  The Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy this past year.  Other orchestras,  like Chicago and Atlanta, have dealt with labor disputes.  But the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra ended its fiscal year this past summer with a balanced budget.

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Health
9:49 am
Mon November 12, 2012

UB participates in national periodontal study

Dr. Robert Geneco
Photo from University at Buffalo Website

The University at Buffalo is a part of a major study on Periodontal disease.  UB Distinguished Professor of Periodontics Dr. Robert Genco is the principal investigator for the Buffalo Clinical Center. 

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Local
3:32 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Slepian killer Kopp claims association with Facebook plaintiff Ceglia

James Kopp was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison in 2007 for murdering Dr. Barnett Slepian.
Credit File photo

A strange twist is being reported today in the Facebook lawsuit filed by Paul Ceglia of Wellsville. 

Federal court papers reveal that James Kopp,  who is serving life in prison for the 1998 murder of Amherst abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian, reportedly wrote and sent a letter to Ceglia from jail.  

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Cultural
10:19 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Gandhi's grandson continues peace legacy

78-year-old Dr. Arun Gandhi
Photo from Arun Gandh's Website

Did you know that the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi lives in Rochester, N.Y.?  78-year-old Dr. Arun Gandhi is the 5th grandson of the legendary leader of peace from India and he lives just up the Thruway. 

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Local
8:49 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Buffalo firefighters rally for new contract

Buffalo Firefighters rally in front of City Hall
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

"What is it that we want?  A contract. And when do we want it? Now!"  That was the rallying cry in front of Buffalo's City Hall late Thursday morning. 

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