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 2018, Eileen celebrates her 33rd year in broadcasting & media communications. She has worked at 10 radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, NY. Eileen has served as a former news director and assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team.  Now as senior reporter, she 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 30 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 an nine-time recipient of this award, winning first place in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 & 2018, winning second place in 2017 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award  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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D’Youville College in Buffalo is ready to embark on constructing a Health Professions HUB. D’Youville announced it is the recipient of a $5-million  HECap State grant.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the higher education grant will help kick off funding for the $20-million facility that will provide training to students in healthcare and include a community clinic for the undeserved.

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The summer months are still busy times for school districts. This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO’s Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey look at five items the Buffalo Public School District is working on for the next school year. 

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St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has completed a “record-breaking” capital campaign. The school raised more than $20 million over the last five years. The campaign was to build the school’s endowment and strengthen its ability to provide needed financial aid and scholarships. And it is a successful end for the longtime leader of the school. Friday is president Robert Scott’s last day on the job. 

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Niagara Catholic junior-senior High School has closed in the city of Niagara Falls.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says financial factors and low enrollment led to the decision.

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Peace Of The City continues providing inner city youth with life, arts and social justice skills. One of its showcase events is Shakespeare Comes to (716).   WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal for a modern-day performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at the Shea’s Smith Theatre, featuring a diverse cast and crew of 50-Buffalo teens.

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Say Yes Buffalo is holding its ‘Countdown to College’ kickoff. Say Yes Scholars have been attending a two-day event of workshops to prepare for navigating college.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the keynote speakers who guides underserved students of color.


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Two local high school students will be performing in the 10th annual Jimmy Awards in New York City Monday eveing. They are among 80-high schoolers from 40-regional programs across the country to compete for Best Performance by an actor and actress. The local students emerged as top winners at the annual Kenny Awards at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, receiving Outstanding Actress and Actor awards.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the local nominees, Emily Kuhn from Tonawanda High School and Christopher Palumbo from Starpoint High School, to talk about their talents.

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June 25th, 2018 would have marked the 62nd birthday of celebrity chef and television star Anthony Bourdain.  Bourdain recently took his own life while on location in France for his CNN program Parts Unknown.  Monday evening in Buffalo members of the food and beverage industry have created a special event in Bourdain’s honor. 

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Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore has selected a new leader of the all-girls Catholic high school.  Western New York native Katherine Spillman has been selected as the new principal.

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A Catholic elementary school in Williamsville is offering a round of new scholarships.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the goal is to provide affordability to private school education. 

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New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul delivered a $10-million state gift to Say Yes Buffalo Friday. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains how this funding boost will help Say Yes Scholars. 

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Visitors to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will have an added piece of technology to enhance their experience. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Bak USA delivered 20-tablets to the downtown Naval Park at Canalside. 

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It will be a few months before the official search process for a new president at Niagara County Community College kicks off. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with the interim leader about the process.

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The Buffalo Board of Education will hold a ‘special meeting' Wednesday evening to swear-in newly appointed Park District Board member Louis Petrucci. The school board approved his appointment following the resignation of Catherine Flanagan-Priore.  She was appointed after the New York State Education Commissioner removed Carl Paladino last year.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with Petrucci at City Hall to talk about his return to the school board.

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The community is encouraged to help break the stigma" to generate a new understanding surrounding mental illness. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley lead a Facebook panel discussion Tuesday called In Pursuit of Healing. 


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Last part of a series

Mental illness treatments have improved dramatically over the years, but past methods left scares and a stigma for those seeking help.  In our on-going Mental Health Initiative project, WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley looks at today’s methods offering a new direction in the last part of our series.  

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The store window at the Kate Spade New York shop inside the Factory Outlets of Niagara Falls this week noted the designer's death. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to some shoppers who were saddened to learn Spade died by suicide. 

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Niagara Falls City High School students gave a World War two veteran a hero’s welcome Thursday.  WBFO’s senor reporter Eileen Buckley says the veteran delivered a historic lesson to the students.

The shocking death of fashion designer icon Kate Spade renews discussions about mental illness.  Spade died by suicide and was found dead Tuesday in her New York apartment. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to New York State commissioner of the Office of Mental Health.

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A new facility for outpatient behavioral health services opened in Gowanda.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the important mental health services will reach adults and children in the rural communities of southern Erie County. 

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The leader of SUNY toured the Niagara County Community College campus in Sanborn Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says among the topics discussed was campus safety.

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Part 2 of a series

The very first psychiatric center in Buffalo was called Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. The name changed over the years and so did the way patients were handled. In our Mental Health initiative WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores past treatment, as the former mental institution decline. 

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One of Neglia Conservatory of Ballet’s pre-professional dancers will be heading to an international competition this weekend. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the ballet student will be part of an 18-day event.  

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One of Gates Circle’s newest neighbors on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is pitching in to beautify the traffic circle. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Canterbury Woods, along with residents contributed a $5,000 donation to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for the circle. 

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The Food Bank of Western New York unveiled a brand new refrigerated truck that will now serve Cattaraugus County.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Food Bank is expanding its Direct Delivery Program. 

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The Parent Network of Western New York will be launching a new effort to help families of individuals with disabilities. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has a preview on the "Guide & Connect" campaign that will be launched Wednesday.

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Students at a Catholic grade school in Williamsville are working to raise funds to help a community in Sudan in need of clean water. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Gregory the Great School held a symbolic 'Walk for Safer Water' to kick-off their fundraising effort.  

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union says they continue to review school safety.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says in wake of recent school shootings in the nation, the Buffalo Teachers Federation is hoping to work to make schools safer.


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PBS Television kicked off The Great American Read Tuesday evening.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was also launched locally and you can participate.   

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The Buffalo Public School District approved a new contract last week for city school nurses, but the decision remains controversial. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey discuss the issue in this week's Press Pass conversation.

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