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

Ways To Connect

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A local organization is working to raise funds for the Buffalo Zoo's Giraffes.  It highlights the Zoo's effort for conservation of endangered species and to educate the public about helping to curb the decline of these animals.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with Dr. Janet Gane of the Community Papers of Western New York. Gane said when Sampson the Giraffe was born last fall, his birth 'inspired' the campaign. 

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The East Aurora Union Free School District has moved to the top slot in Business First's academic rankings. This is the first time East Aurora has moved to first place, knocking out longtime leader Williamsville.

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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading program Wednesday. The event encourages children to continue their reading while on summer break.

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As Buffalo's immigrant and refugee population continues to grow dramatically, Mayor Byron Brown is working to enhance the city's Office of New Americans. The city says it wants to make sure the new residents receive the right assistance.

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A program continues to rescue students who are 'at-risk' of dropping out at some of Buffalo School District's lowest performing schools.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of those students who was enrolled in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute has appointed a new principal. Brother Christopher Belleman, FSC, begins his new post immediately.

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A 13-year-old Buffalo teen is now recovering at home after nearly drowning last week. Larryn Watkins was pulled from the pool at Waterfront School last Tuesday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says two people are being honored for saving the teen's life.

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A Clarence school has held its top position in Business First of Buffalo annual school rankings. Today it released it's 2015-Academic Rankings of Western New York elementary Schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Ledgeview Elementary Clarence is number one.

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The Lancaster School Board is expected to vote Monday evening on a new mascot name and logo.  Students voted in favor of renaming their sports team the Lancaster Legends.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Leadership Student committee will formally present their results to the board.

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The co-founder and president of Buffalo's Uncrowded Queens Institute has made a historic discovery. It involves her extensive research over the most controversial  film from 1915 Birth of a Nation.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with Peggy Brooks-Bertram to discuss her work that refutes the racist film. 

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Four area businesses are vying for state approval to begin growing and selling medical marijuana. New York is the 23rd state in the national that legalized use of the drug to treat patients. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke to one of the local applicants.

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Buffalo's Science Magnet PS 59 is part of a pilot program for Positive Behavior Systems using Restorative Practices. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley said the school recently invited members of a Brooklyn public school to provide training on how to change behavior and promote cooperation. 

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The leader of the Grabiarz School of Excellence in Buffalo has been mentioned as a possible contender for the superintendent's job. But WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Principal  Gregory Mott said he hasn't applied yet. 

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The students in the Lancaster School District have spoken. The selected the name Lancaster Legends to replace the former and controversial Redskins name.

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A former Sisters of Charity Hospital nurse has been arrested and charged with stealing pain medications from the hospital. 54-year-old Leyla Samadi, formerly of Buffalo, was charged with illegally obtaining controlled substances.

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A former Amherst resident is accused of a 'murder for hire' scheme.  56-year-old Debra Arno was arrested for attempting to have her ex-husband and his family murdered.  

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Students in the Lancaster School District begin voting on a new mascot name Tuesday. The Lancaster School Board recently approved removal of the former 'Redskins' name.  Middle and Elementary students will submit their ballots today and high school students vote tomorrow. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley checked in with Native American John Kane who is pleased to see the former Redskin name removed. 

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"The Book of Mormon" returns to Shea's Buffalo this week.  The show broke records two-years ago with the Buffalo audience. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Shea's President Tony Conte about why the Broadway hit is so popular in this community and its one-week return for eight-shows.

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Buffalo's theater community will be celebrating its best productions and performers Monday night. The 25th Annual Arties will be held at 710-Main Theater downtown. 

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Buffalo's Deputy Mayor Dr. Ellen Grant coordinates all of Mayor Byron Brown's education initiatives, like Say Yes Buffalo. Deputy Mayor Grant attends school board meetings regularly. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Grant in her City Hall office to discuss the city's education crisis.


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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta is the recipient of the statewide SUNY Distinguished  Medallion of Distinction Award.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Falletta was honored for her accomplishments and working closely with the University at Buffalo.

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One of Buffalo's professional sports teams is set to host an event next month for members of the LGBTQ community.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Bisons will host "Out At The Ballpark" for a game in July.

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Another Western New York military member has been killed in a traffic crash.  24-year old U.S. Air Force Sergeant  Michael Klose died last Sunday in a traffic accident near Daun, Germany. 

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Buffalo Public School students are standing up against violence with the signing of a historic 'Peace Pledge.' WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students from Kindergarten through 12th grade made their commitment Thursday to promote peace.

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Armed with search warrants, investigators are conducting raids at the homes of three key political figures in Western New York.

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Despite language barriers, one of the many refugee students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo has successfully completed his four years. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the student, who created a powerful self-portrait in his art class displaying the strife he left behind in his home country and the difficulties he experienced while living in Buffalo.


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There has been another round of park vandalism, this time at the Black Rock Canal Park in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood.

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The Cuomo Administration is making a final push as it calls on the state legislature to approve the Enough is Enough bill before the end of the session on June 17th.  This bill calls to combat sexual assault on all college campuses in New York.  It would implement measures already adopted by SUNY schools last year.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for an in-depth discussion on the legislation.

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Medaille College in Buffalo has a new leader. Dr. Kenneth Macur has been selected to serve as the college's seventh president.

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Toys, chocolate and clothing are coming to the HARBORCENTER in downtown Buffalo. Clayton's Toys, Fowler's Chocolates and Modern Nostalgia are the latest retailers to sign three-year leases at the mized-use facility.

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