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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Focus on Education
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Larry Quinn will run for at-large school board seat

Larry Quinn appeared at Bacchus Restaurant on Chippewa Wednesday afternoon to announce his run for an at-large city school board seat.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres has thrown his hat into the rink for the Buffalo School Board elections.  Larry Quinn, a long-time business leader, said he will run for an at-large seat.

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Cultural
10:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Celebrating Black History: Civil Rights legend to lead march reenactment in Buffalo

Rev. C.T. Vivian in 1965 fighting for the right to vote.
Credit Photo from YouTube video

A civil rights legend will appear in Buffalo Thursday to celebrate Black History month.  Reverend Dr. Cordy Tindell Vivian will be a guest of Canisius College and led students in a reenactment of the Freedom March to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Rev. Vivian about his work that traces back to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Cultural
9:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Buffalo’s Central Park Grill features famed Campbell Brothers

Darik Campbell & Buffalo musician David Michael Miller in WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's Central Park Grill has attracted the attention of a world-famous band. The Campbell Brothers, who have been featured on NPR, are holding six sessions that kicked off this month. The band is known for its Sacred Steel, African-American gospel music as well as soul and blues. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Darik Campbell  and Buffalo musician David Michael Miller, who are teaming in this collaborative music venture.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Darik Campbell, of the Campbell Brothers and Buffalo musician David Michael Miller about sessions at Central Park Grill.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers 9th annual State of the City Speech Friday afternoon.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.

Mayor Byron Brown's entire State of the City Speech.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

AIA awards prominent member of UB community for Architecture work

Robert Shibley, dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning, one of three to receive the AIA's 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A prominent member of the University at Buffalo's community is being honored for his work.  The American Institute of Architects has selected Robert Shibley as one of three to receive the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.  Shibley serves as dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning.  As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Shibley has led the master planning process that has created Buffalo's Renaissance.

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Art/Theater
4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase conducts preview on Shaw Festival for WNED program

WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase.

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase will appear Friday night on WNED Television at 9:30 for a special program that offers a sneak peak at the 2014 Shaw Festival Season.  Chase and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discuss the program.  Chase also gives us a rundown of some of the local theater shows now on stage.


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Focus on Education
9:42 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Impact educators have on students & families

Kathy Wood (left) with teacher Anna Caci (right) inside a classroom at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

With much concern centered on Buffalo's education crisis,  one local college is putting educators in the spotlight.  Buffalo State College has dubbed 2014 as the 'Year of the Teacher'.  It's designed to celebrate educators and the impact they've had on students.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to St. Mary's School of Deaf where a mother shared the story of her autistic son inspired by his teacher.

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Cultural
2:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Crystal Beach ‘ice caves’ off limits

Crystal Beach ice cave.

Amazing ice formations along a section of Lake Erie at Crystal Beach could collapse at any point. Public access to those ice caves has been closed due to safety concerns.

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Local
10:13 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Call for first responders to be armed with Narcan for Heroin OD

Avi Israel of Buffalo remains in the forefront of fighting drug abuse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With the alarming and rapid rise of heroin overdose deaths in Erie County, a north Buffalo man urges first responders are armed with a drug that reverses an overdose of Heroin or Opiate.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the drug, called Naloxone or Narcan, has been proven to prevent deaths.

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Cultural
10:35 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'Always a Bridesmaid’: History Museum searches for bridesmaid dresses

'Always a Bridesmaid' at Buffalo History Museum.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo History Museum has been on the hunt for the most interesting bridesmaid dress and story in Western New York.  Last year, the museum featured a wedding dress contest. This year, in keeping with a wedding theme, it has asked women to dig deep into their closets for a bridesmaid dress. 

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Art/Theater
9:27 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Theater Talk: The Mountaintop, Cyrano and Dai

Dai on stage at Jewish Repertory Theatre/
Credit Photo from Jewish Repertory Theatre

This week on Theater Talk, co-host Anthony Chase takes us to a Nancy Drew mystery at the Theatre Of Youth. He also tells us about the mystery surrounding The Mountaintop, a docudrama by Subversive Theater. And Chase also has a scoop about Broadway star and Buffalo's own Michele Ragusa.


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Local
2:29 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Revelation of injuries in Tonawanda Coke blast stirring anger

Tonawanda Coke, River Road, Tonawanda, NY.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Rep. Brian Higgins says he is outraged after learning that three workers at Tonawanda Coke were injured in a January 31 explosion, contrary to what the company initially reported.

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Cultural
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Peacemakers: Serving jailtime for peace

Rosalie Riegle, author, professor and oral historian of nonviolent resisters who serve in jail-time for peace thumbs through her book in the WBFO studio as she discusses her work.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A longtime expert on the peace movement is in Buffalo Thursday. Rosalie Riegle appears at D'Youville College for a 3 p.m. session with students in the college's Blue Lounge to discuss "Crossing Lines and Doing Time: The Many Voices of Social Justice." At 7 p.m. she appears at Canisius College to speak on "The Heart of the Peace Movement: Nonviolent Resisters Doing Time for Peace."

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Local
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

On 5th anniversary, some 3407 families ready to turn the page

Flight 3407 family members.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Tim Russert office exhibit moving to Buffalo History Museum

Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

An exhibit that honors the memory of former NBC newsman and South Buffalo native Tim Russert has found a new home at The Buffalo History Museum.

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Local
9:20 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Students study in new tea café

Argo Tea cafe opened in the Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State.
Credit Photo from Buffalo State's Website

Buffalo State students are celebrating a brand new place to sip tea and other specialty drinks. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, an Argo Tea cafe opened in the Butler Library giving students a new area to catch up with friends or study on campus.

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Health
8:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Press Pass: Kaleida's future leadership

Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Kaleida Health is now operating under new leadership. The board of directors recently voted out CEO James Kaskie and named Erie County Medical Center CEO Jody Lomeo to run Kaleida in the interim.

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Focus on Education
11:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Heritage Centers improves school for students with extraordinary needs

Oishei president Robert Gioia with Heritage student thanking Oishei Foundation for grant.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The John R. Oishei Foundation received a very special 'thank you' Thursday.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students with developmental disabilities at the Heritage Centers' Maryvale School in Cheekotwaga showed their appreciation for a Challenge Grant from Oishei that will provide a new comfort in their classrooms.

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Focus on Education
10:33 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Buffalo State's connection to Monuments Men

With Friday's opening of the movie The Monuments Men, featuring heroic individuals who saved millions of pieces of art during and after World War II, local connections to the art conservation movement are being highlighted. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found one such connection at Buffalo State College.

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Art/Theater
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Theater Talk: 'The Lady With All The Answers'

This week on Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss what's opening and what's already on stage. O'Connell and Company's The Lady With All The Answers" continues. Actress Mary Kate O'Connell portrays Ann Landers.

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Developing
4:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Man arrested for bringing handgun into Harvey Austin School

Buffalo Police outside Harvey Austin School on Sycamore (right of photo) as they searched for possible person with gun.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Harvey Austin School on Sycamore Avenue was in lockdown late Thursday afternoon following a report of an individual with a gun near or on the school grounds. Some children were there at the time as part of an after-school program.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Bennett says Regents taking Common Core delay request seriously

Regents Bob Bennett.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A local member of the state Board of Regents says the board will be taking a close look next week at the State Legislature's request to delay Common Core standards for two years.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Buff State grad stars in Bud Light Super Bowl ad

Ian Rappaport with actor Don Cheadle in Bud Light ad.
Credit Photo from Ian Rappaport's Facebook page

A Buffalo State College graduate found himself unexpectedly smack dab in the middle of a Super Bowl commercial.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Ian Rappaport was featured in the Bud Light ad the feature an array of stars through an unexpected journey. 

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Local
9:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reaching domestic violence victims in the northtowns

Family Justice Center house in northtowns.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Family Justice Center of Buffalo officially opened its new Williamsville satellite office Monday to reach domestic violence victims in the Northtowns.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the new safe haven will provide shelter for women and children seeking protection from an abusive situation.


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Local
8:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Kaskie resigns as Kaleida CEO

Robert Gioia & John Koelmel.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A major leadership change has been announced at one of the area's largest health providers as Kaleida Health CEO James Kaskie has resigned. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended a news briefing Friday morning at Kaleida's Gates Vascular Institute in downtown Buffalo.

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Art/Theater
6:06 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Theater Talk: Plays with a mystery theme

Theatre of Youth's Nancy Drew.
Credit Photo from Theatre of Youth Website

Mystery is the theme of the latest round of new shows opening at area theaters. 

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase joins WBFO'S Eileen Buckley to run down local theater.

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Cultural
12:09 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Honored for outstanding contributions in the area of sisterhood & brotherhood

Let's Talk Native radio host John Kane honored in the media category for the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New leader awards.
Credit Photo by Robert D'Alimonte from John Kane's Facebook page

The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York recognized more than 30-individuals and organizations Wednesday. 

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Politics
9:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Former U.S. Ambassador to Vatican reacts to Cuomo’s 'extreme conservatives' remark

Robert James Nicholson will be keynote speaker Thursday at "Making a Difference Dinner".

The former secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert James Nicholson will be in Buffalo tonight. The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo selected Nicholson as the keynote speaker of the "Making a Difference Dinner." Nicholson is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and former chair of the Republican National Committee. 

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Local
9:25 am
Wed January 29, 2014

U.S. Labor Secretary talks exclusively with WBFO on minimum wage & jobs

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary & Buffalo native Thomas Perez.

President Obama has called for an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts.  The wage would rise from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.  In an exclusive WBFO News interview with Eileen Buckley,  U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez  talked about the wage increase and jobs. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with U.S. Labor Secretary & Buffalo native Thomas Perez.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Regents testing continues during cold weather school closings

Inside the hallway of a Buffalo Public School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Despite many area school districts that closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to frigid wind chills, some high students were required to take the state regents.  

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