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 celebrated 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 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.

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New State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling the charges against political operative Steve Pigeon and State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek a 'multi-year illicit and corrupt scheme'.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy immediately following the Attorney General's news conference Thursday. 

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A special reading series kicked off at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.  Every Person Influences Children, known as EPIC, is hosting a Storytime summer series. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a free program for young children and families to promote reading and a healthy lifestyle. 


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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo concludes its 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal drive Thursday. One of the programs supported through Catholic Charities is Education and Workforce Development. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley explains how the program assists those 16 to 24 years old achieve their high school equivalency after they drop out of school.  

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be in Buffalo Thursday with more details about the ongoing investigation into political operative Steve Pigeon.  On Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek  entered a guilty plea to taking a bribe and filing a false instrument.


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The Buffalo Zoo has announced the birth of three more African Lion cubs. This is the second time in just months that new cubs arrived at the Zoo. 

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College bound Buffalo Public School students return Wednesday for a two-day Say Yes Buffalo workshop in the WNED-TV studio.  It's titled 'Count Down to College', Designed to help Say Yes scholars achieve a smooth transition from high school to college this fall.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 200-city high school students, who just graduated, are attending the event and excited about heading to college. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is working toward more changes to the admissions process for the city's criteria-based schools. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how numbers of African American students attended City Honors and Olmsted schools actually declined slightly. 

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A group of north Buffalo residents is the latest to voice outrage over Level II sex offenders living in their neighborhood. Two sex offenders were recently relocated from a home on Leydecker Road in West Seneca to a developmentally disabled group home on Rosemary and Kenmore Avenues.  Residents said they never received notification and want answers. 

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A Buffalo native will be sworn-in today to serve as the next U-S Ambassador to Somalia. Stephen Schwartz is a member of the Senior Foreign Service.  President Obama nominated him in January. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in May.

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Two area students have been nominated for national performing awards. They were top local winners of the recent Kenny Awards at Shea's Performing Arts Center that recognizes students in high school musicals. They are in New York City for the National Jimmy Awards Monday evening. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the students about their work and future theater ambitions.

A new law will crack down on '"zombie houses."  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law this past week. It  now means new requirements for mortgage lenders. They must maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's essential for Congress to pass similar gun legislation already in place in New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he appeared in Buffalo late Thursday afternoon announcing details of Safe Act arrests made in the Rochester area.

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The Buffalo Public School District admits it has much work ahead in resolving the equity issue when it comes criteria-based schools. The District recently released a report finding a slight decline in the number of African American students at City Honors.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says now the district is working on new recommendations.  

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Friday marks the last day of school for students at the West Buffalo Charter School.  But throughout the school year, The Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York runs an afterschool program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited students as they spent their late afternoon completing homework and playing 'learning' games. 

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The Monday death of a 10-year-old South Buffalo Charter School student from Lackawanna is being called a "tragic accident."

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After nearly three years investigators finally made an arrest in the deadly hit and run of Barry Moss of Evans. A 51-year old Evans woman was arrested and arraigned on charges Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports Gabriele Ballowe was indicted by and Erie County Grand Jury.   

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West Buffalo Charter School fourth graders participated in a series of workshops to learn about art. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Burchfield Penney Art Center is collaborating with the charter school to provide a program for children and access to the museum. 

The first-of-its-kind community service initiative called 'Film Good/Do Good' debuted in Buffalo.  Some production team members from the film Marshall worked alongside local students from Western New York YouthBuild.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says they worked on a Habitat for Humanity home in the inner-city. 

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The New York State Board of Regents has taken new steps to make it easier for some students with disabilities to graduate. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports this change is being applauded by the leader of the Parent Network of WNY.

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The leader of the Buffalo School District is concerned effects the Orlando tragedy will have on children. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash is encouraging education as a tool to 'change and heal'.  

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Students at East Aurora High School have an opportunity to learn about making films. The school houses the Aurora Film Academy.  Tuesday night their work will be showcased at the annual student Film Festival at the Aurora Theatre. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with some seniors who shared their film work and experience. 

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The Buffalo Public School District continues rolling out new community schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells says some top leaders are confident it’s the right formula for change.

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The Buffalo Public School District turned another corner Friday to improve struggling city schools and low student performance.

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A Maryvale High School teacher in Cheektowaga received a top state honor Thursday.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Adam Norris was awarded with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.

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An important slice of Buffalo history will be staged at Shea's Performing Arts Center Friday evening.  A brand new opera called 'SHOT!' will be performed by Nickel City Opera. It tells the story of the 1901-assassination of President William McKinley. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Nickel City Founder and national opera star Valerian Ruminski. He explains how the show was written by world-renowned, award-winning composer Persis Vehar. 

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The Hutch Tech high school teen who attempted to unseat Carl Paladino on the city school board last month has been arrested.

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Military representatives appeared at St. Francis High School in Hamburg Wednesday. They presented ROTC scholarships to college to four students.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports the students are headed to the Army, Air Force and Marines.


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A small electrical fire forced the evacuation of Hutch Tech high school in Buffalo Thursday morning.


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A celebrity chef made a special visit to the Emerson School of Hospitality in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the woman known as Chef Lizette spoke to ninth graders in hopes of offering some inspiration. 

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The Kenmore Tonawanda School District broke ground for a major construction project Tuesday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports district leaders gathered at Adams Field off Parker Boulevard late Tuesday morning in Tonawanda to kick-off a $52 million Phase 2 Capital Project. 

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