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 an eight-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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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As part of WBFO's ongoing education reporting we are launching a new project called Student Journals. Over the next few weeks you will be hearing from Western New York high school students as they conduct interviews with other classmates. WBFO gave students digital recording equipment so they could ask questions to other students about teenage life. In some instances, the students created their own themes. 

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An experimental sound performance will be held at Artpark on Sunday, July 16. It's the second show of its kind. A similar performance was staged at Silo City last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the creators, composer and sound artist Colin Tucker of Buffalo. Tucker is serving as curator of the Null Point music project.  

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The University at Buffalo is keeping a close watch on the 90-day travel ban imposed for six Muslim countries.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned UB did issue an advisory to current students who might be traveling this summer.

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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville will be returning to the team.  The Sabres announced Friday they acquired Pominville and Marco Sandella from the Minnesota Wild's in a multi-deal trade.

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The new class of Say Yes Buffalo scholars received a free Bak USA tablet after completing a two-day conference.  Students from Buffalo Public and city charter schools are eligible for Say Yes scholarships to college. 

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It could be a few weeks before State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issues her decision on Carl Paladino.  The hearing to remove Paladino ended yesterday in Albany. Elia will render a written ruling, but hasn't indicated when it will be ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction to the hearing from a Buffalo school parent and the Mayor.

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The hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino concluded Wednesday morning in Albany after five days.  But it could be several weeks several weeks before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia renders her decision. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says attorneys delivered their closing arguments.

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A new group of Say Yes Buffalo scholars are gathering at WNED | WBFO Studios for a two-day college kick-off event. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a chance for about 180 city students to learn more about college life.  

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The hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is expected to wrap up Wednesday in Albany.  The school board is trying to remove Paladino for violating executive session rules. But the issue of his controversial Artvoice article, containing racist remarks against the Obamas last December, took center stage Tuesday.  Paladino testified he does "regret" making those remarks.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with our Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt who was in the hearing room for Paladino's testimony Tuesday.  

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The former president of Erie Community College has died.  William Mariani, currently serving as executive vice president at D'Youville College, died unexpectedly Sunday.  

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Two high school students from Western New York were the top Kenny Award winners hosted by Shea's Performing Arts Center.  The event recognizes students in high school musicals.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Monday evening the local students will be attending the National Jimmy Awards in New York City where they are among 74-high school students competing for Best Actor and Best Actress. 

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The Carl Paladino hearing continues for its third day in Albany Monday afternoon. The Buffalo School Board is fighting to have Paladino kicked off the board for disclosing teacher contract discussions in an Artvoice article. Attempts to remove Paladino began after he made racist remarks last December against the Obamas. School Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash was first called to testify when the hearing started at 1 p.m. 

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The hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino wrapped up around 4:30 Friday afternoon in Albany because there were no more witnesses to call.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Elibol

You have probably heard us explaining the future of public broadcasting is uncertain with the threat of federal funding cuts. The PBS Board of Directors is meeting Friday in Buffalo. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, about the state of public broadcasting.  

WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

Testimony began Thursday in the long-awaited hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is holding the hearing in Albany in response to a school board petition calling for Paladino's removal.


WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The long-anticipated hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino begins in Albany Thursday morning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has this preview.   

WBFO News photo from SUNY webcast by Eileen Buckley

Erie Community College (SUNY ECC) has a brand new leader. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the education leader comes from the West Coast.  

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Career and Technical BOCES Programs will be easier to access next year for students and adults living in the city of Niagara Falls. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Orleans-Niagara BOCES will open up a new center on Sixth Street.  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The long-anticipated hearing for Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will begin in Albany this Thursday. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has called the hearing to review a request to remove Paladino. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some citizens who are hoping to attend.  

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There is a new book that helps direct parents and children how to sing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the author is Nickel City Opera Founder and artistic director Valerian Ruminski.  

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The body pulled from Lake Ontario in Youngstown, New York earlier this week was that of a stuntman.  New York State Park Police said the body was positively identified as Kirk Jones of Spring Hill, Florida. 

A documentary highlighting world-renowned ballerina Wendy Whelan is playing at the North Park Theatre in Buffalo. One of the co-directors/producers of the film is Buffalo native Linda Saffire. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the film portrays the difficulty of an aging and injured ballet dancer.

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Music and artwork will be blended this weekend at a north Buffalo home.  Buffalo Suzuki Strings will present "Music on Canvas". WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event will feature Suzuki music students and the artwork of well-known Buffalo artist Robert Blair.

Buffalo-born playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney died Tuesday in his New York City home. He was 86. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Gurney always remained fond of Buffalo. 

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Allegations of a student-teacher sexual relationship that occurred more than two-decades ago is being investigated at Nichols School in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports.    

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Students at a dance academy in Lockport have been working with a Russian ballerina. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this unique dance opportunity is leading up to a special performance this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Lockport.  

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The Williamsville Central School District received word Monday from a state hearing officer that it is justified to fire its assistant school superintendent.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a recommendation was issued after a very lengthy hearing process of more than 100-charges against the school administrator. 

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Disagreement over a preferred proposed site to build a new Emerson School of Hospitality erupted at a Buffalo Board of Education special session last week. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tell us the board tabled the item.  

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appeared at the BOCES in West Seneca Thursday night. Elia hosted a public hearing on the state's draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says many members of the Buffalo School community came to testify, but others appeared to protest, calling on Commissioner Elia to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education.  

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New York State is now accepting applications for its free tuition program.  The Excelsior Scholarship application period opened Wednesday or all of the state's two and four year SUNY/CUNY colleges and universities. In the few hours after the application process opened, more than 3,200 applications were received by the state.  

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