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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Local
9:35 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Local director heading to state's Library Advocacy Day

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
WBFO News file photo

Library leaders from across the state will travel to Albany Tuesday to attend the New York State Library Advocacy Day. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the leader of the Buffalo & Eire County Public Library will be attending to encourage the state to keep funding in place.

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Cultural
5:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

BPO's Duke Ellington symphony release

BPO's Duke Ellington CD
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Duke Ellington's name is synonymous with jazz, but Ellington also wrote music for symphony orchestras.  The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has just completed recordings of Ellington's works, released by Naxos Music. The BPO's JoAnn Falletta tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley about the tribute.

Local
4:20 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

WNY Catholics reflect on end of Benedict's papacy, look ahead

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI retired Thursday.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Roman Catholics witnessed a historic day as Pope Benedict resigned his papacy at the Vatican Thursday.

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Art/Theater
10:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

BPO's Falletta shares her memories of Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn
Photo from NPR

Legendary pianist Van Cliburn died Wednesday at the age of 78.  Known as a brilliant musician, Cliburn had the honor of playing for every American president since Harry Truman.

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Health
9:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

New law for prescription Hydrocodone

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A potent prescription drug is now considered a "Scheduled 2" controlled substance.  Doctors and pharmacists across New York State are receiving an open letter from the State Attorney General.

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Local
10:28 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Olean General faces lawsuits over possible hepatitis infections

Olean General Hospital
Credit File photo

Three former patients have filed a lawsuit against Olean General Hospital, claiming they were infected with hepatitis after the hospital reused insulin pens.

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Cultural
10:29 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Celebrating the history of local brides

Wedding photos identified with help of Buffalo History Museum
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo History Museum is celebrating the history of brides in Western New York.  Sunday, March 3 the Museum hosts "Something Old, Something New.  The event also features 50 wedding photos spanning the 50's, 60's and 70's of local brides. 

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Politics
9:42 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Deadline to stop the sequester

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer during a visit to Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

First it was the fiscal cliff -- now the buzz word is sequestration.  Congress and the President are working against a March First deadline to stop the sequester.

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Developing
4:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Mother pulled from fire dies

Timon Street, Buffalo, NY
Photo from Google Street view

A Buffalo mother who tried to rescue her young son in an overnight fire has died. Firefighters rescued the two people from a burning two-family home at 174 Timon Street early Friday.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Peep Show: Hot Mess showcases artists

Squeaky Wheel's Peep Show Hot Mess
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's artist-run media arts center hosts a high-energy fundraising party Saturday night at the Ukrainian Center on Genesee Street.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Squeaky Wheel's party known as "Peep Show" will feature art installations, screenings, performances and live music.

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Local
3:47 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Erie County legislators endorse repeal of new gun laws, as Cuomo stands firm

Erie County lawmakers voted 7-4 Thursday afternoon in favor of a resolution calling for repeal of the state's new gun control laws. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in Buffalo today, said political opposition to the NY SAFE Act is based in "fear."

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Health
3:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Schumer working to secure tax credits for Roswell Park expansion

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appears at Roswell Park
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is working to gain recently extended New Market Tax Credits for Roswell Park in Buffalo so the cancer hospital so it can build a $42 million Clinical Sciences Center.

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Local
1:30 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hochul takes VP job with M&T Bank

Credit File photo

Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has landed a new job. M&T Bank Corporation has hired Hochul to serve as its Vice President of Government Relations.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Kathy Hochul about her new position with M&T Bank.

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Cultural
10:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Tourism & community partnerships touted for Michigan Street Corridor

Michigan Street Baptist Church
WBFO News file photo

Plans to create a tourist destination around the Buffalo's Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor were outlined at two public hearings Tuesday at City Hall. 

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Press Pass: Investigative Post's Jim Heaney

Investigative Post editor Jim Heaney at WBFO studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Albany power politics used to be three men in a room, but now Governor Andrew Cuomo is accused of rushing to approve new laws. In this week's Press Pass we welcome Investigative Post editor Jim Heaney.  Heaney discuss the Governor's power grab with WBFO's Eileen Buckley, as well as the upcoming reelection campaign of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Corasanti hit and run
8:28 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Auto dealer will not sell Corasanti car involved in hit and run

Dr. James Corasanti at his sentencing
Credit File Photo

A local car dealership will not sell a luxury vehicle that was involved in a notorious hit-and-run accident that killed a young Amherst girl in July 2011.

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Gun Law
8:15 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

"Opt Out" forms now available to pistol permit holders

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs

The much anticipated pistol permit privacy forms have arrived in Erie County. 

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Cultural
10:05 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Local medical team heads to Ghana

MOCA's photo from Ghana
Photo from MOCA Website

A group of Western New Yorkers is heading to Africa Friday on a medical mission.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the group known as MOCA --  Medical Outreach Community Assistance will travel to Ghana (Ga-nah) to help those in need of surgery. 

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Environment
11:08 am
Thu February 14, 2013

NYS DOH study finds higher cancer rates in Tonawanda

Stake at NGR In Tonawanda
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The State Heath Department has issued a long-awaited study on cancer rates in Tonawanda and areas of Erie County. 

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Health
9:32 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Creating a healthier Buffalo community

"Conversations for a HealthierTomorrow" held in Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo community is being encouraged to fight obesity. Independent Health hosted its second "Conversations for a Healthier Tomorrow" featuring former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.  Purcell served as the vice chair of the committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Washington. 

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Cultural
9:47 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Black History: Recognizing African Americans making a difference in Buffalo’s community

African American Cultural Center provided music & dance in lobby of City Hall
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of Buffalo's African American community took center stage in the lobby of City Hall Tuesday afternoon.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they attended a celebration of Black History Month hosted by the Mayor.


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Environment
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

New concerns at Love Canal

Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck & Charlie Specht in WBFO studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the world's most notorious toxic dump sites is making headlines once again following a sewer incident. Today, The Buffalo News continues its two-part series on the site. 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Theater Talk: Pledge drive edition

WBFO's Theater Talk co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase offer their special  winter pledge drive edition.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

New book highlights architecture of Kleinhans Music Hall

A new book was recently released about Kleinhans Music Hall.  It was authored by a University at Buffalo architecture professor Brian Carter.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the book examines the great architecture of Kleinhans -- a National Landmark.

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Politics
9:32 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Rodriguez for mayor: In-studio chat

Sergio Rodriguez in WBFO studio
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A republican has declared his candidacy for Mayor of Buffalo. Sergio Rodriguez kicked off his campaign in Niagara Square Wednesday afternoon. Rodriguez is a 32-year-old, single, former Marine, born in Santiago. After launching his campaign, Rodriguez visited our studios to talk with WBFO's Eileen Buckley about why he is running for mayor.  

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Local
3:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Mail union unhappy about ending of Saturday delivery

The United States Postal Service is calling for an end to Saturday mail delivery starting in August. The USPS says the change will save the financially struggling service about $2 billion a year.

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Health
9:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Young girl's death attributed to flu

A six-year-old girl died Monday night at Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein tells WBFO News the child's death is attributed to influenza.

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Local
4:13 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Audit suggests NFTA cut police department, end free zone

A state budget office says changes could help the NFTA realize savings.
Credit File photo

A state audit released Tuesday calls for reforms at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

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Local
9:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Press Pass: ECMC growth & Buffalo's blue economy

Brian Meyer, Buffalo News in WBFO studio
WBFO News file photo

This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss advances made at the Erie County Medical Center. They also tell us what the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper says is the"blue economy."  Eileen and Brian begin their conversation with ECMC's plans to open a brand new nursing home this month on the Grider campus replacing the former home in Alden.


 

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Local
10:40 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Groundhogs predict early spring!

Dunkirk Dave, Dunkirk, NY
WBFO News file photo

February 2 is Groundhog Day and both a national and local groundhog are predicting early springs for 2013.

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