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

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Another member of the Schuele Boys Gang is behind bars.  U.S. Attorney William Hochul said 31-year old Julio Contreras of Texas was arrested as he attempted to return to the U.S. from Mexico.

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Some Buffalo children attended an anti-violence program the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo Thursday afternoon.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says they heard from a former gang member who encouraged them to avoid a life of crime.

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The contract for the Distinguished Educator working for the Buffalo Public School District is set to expire at the end of this month. Judy Elliott was appointed to serve the city district by the State Education Department in 2012 by then former Education Commissioner John King. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says some are calling for an end to the position.

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Evergreen Health Services is ready to undergo a major expansion in Buffalo.  A groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning outside the downtown headquarters on South Elmwood Avenue.

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Buffalo School parents, teachers and citizens lined the steps of City Hall Tuesday speaking out against school board member Carl Paladino's behavior.

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The Buffalo School Board will be heading into special session Tuesday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports Board members will be conducting interviews for superintendent.

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U.S. flag makers agreed last month to stop the production of the Confederate flag. The decision was made following the horrific murders of several African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. But there still some consumers in search of the controversial symbol.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with the General Manager of Ace Flag on Transit Road in Depew, Peter Roe. 

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The first local school visit by the newly appointed State Education Commissioner took place late last week in the Sweet Home School District.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Reporter Tiffany Lankes recorded immediately following the visit to recap the Education Commissioner's MaryEllen Elia's message to teachers, parents and school leaders. 

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It is something Buffalo stakeholder and government leaders have been waiting to happen -- tourists -- enough to fill up local hotels.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley found some visitors from Texas in downtown Buffalo learning about the city's great culture and architecture.  

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The Girl Scouts of Western New York are celebrating 85-years at Seven Hills Camp Saturday.  The camp is located in Holland, New York.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke to one of the leaders of the local Girl Scouts about the celebration that will feature former girl scouts from the first decade of the camp.

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Buffalo Police officers are another step closer to a new contract. Members of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association have ratified a tentative contract with the city by a six-to-one margin.

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Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger was spotted in North Buffalo Thursday night. Jagger dined in a late night meal at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue.

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New state Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia has only been on the job for four days and she’s already visiting her old stomping grounds.

A local literacy specialist is encouraging families to make sure they are supporting reading for their children. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Judy Bradbury, a local literacy specialist and co-author of Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy.

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The Buffalo Public School District works to make sure the needs of its special education students are met.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education to learn how the District is working to engage students in their academics.  


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As children enjoy their summer break from school, experts warn of the so-called "summer slide." Studies indicate most students will lose about two months of a grade level in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months in reading.

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The Buffalo Board of Education met and interviewed candidates applying for the superintendent job Tuesday. The board met behind closed doors most of the day after gathering in special session. Meanwhile, WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the community continue to pressure the board to remain transparent in the search for a new superintendent. 

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A collaboration is underway to focus on the prevention of sexual violence.  Crisis Services is sharing a Sexual Assault Prevention grant from the state Health Department with the YWCA of Niagara and RESTORE Sexual Assault Services will share in the regional grant.

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Three members of the graduating class of Mount Saint Mary Academy in Kenmore want to pursue careers in the U.S. military. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with the young women to discuss their future endeavors and their thoughts on women in the military.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has figured out a great way to get art history into the hands of youth. It will launch new interactive mobile gaming App Saturday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the new game App provides interaction with art history.

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Teachers at the Grabiarz School of Excellence say they are outraged at the Buffalo School District's plans to add more special education classes at their school. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley explains why the teachers believe it will disruptive and why the district needs to make the changes.

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Wegmans has announced that it is donating a $1.5 million gift to establish 'Wegmans Wonderplace' at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for early childhood learning. 

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One of the more popular operas is being performed this weekend at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.  Nickel City Opera will stage Mozart's masterpiece  The Marriage of Figaro.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to attend a rehearsal where the stars of this opera were gearing up for performances Friday and Sunday. 

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The Carousel Academy in Lancaster and North Tonawanda  is looking for new students to join it new science and nature classes.  As WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the pre-school is teaming with the Buffalo Science Museum and Tift Nature Preserve.

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to name a new interim superintendent at tonight's meeting.  That leader will replace outgoing interim leader Don Ogilvie and the hold the district over as the board selects a new superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with Ogilvie at his City Hall office as he wraps up his work for the city school district.

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Parents of students in grades sixth through 12th grade, who are experiencing speech difficulties, are encouraged to sign up for a Articulation Boot Camp.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says UB's Communicative Disorders and Sciences is currently screening for the program.  She sat down with the director of an 'Articulation Boot Camp' that opens next month to correct speech impairments.

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Daemen College in Amherst is receiving a nearly half-a-million dollar state grant to create a new  Graduate Studies Technology Center. 

New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer appeared at Daemen Monday for a news conference to announce that he secured the funding.

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A long-time '5 & 10' store in East Aurora is celebrating a milestone. Vidler's turns 85 and will be holding a special celebration Saturday. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley toured Vidler's on Main Street in the village, exploring the many items sold and how a family continues the tradition.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has delivered 35,000 free books to city school students.  It's part of a national program called 'First Book'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley was at BEST PS#6 as books arrived for some of the youngest students.


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The Buffalo Board of Education has agreed to move forward with background checks on nine of the 20 candidates who applied for the superintendent post. 

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