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.

Ways to Connect

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Two of the state's top education leaders appeared at the University at Buffalo Tuesday. It was one of four stops on a state-wide 'listen tour' to promote the TeachNY initiative. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the discussion center around a teacher shortage. 


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Getting all the basic items needed to live in a college dorm room can be costly. State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo kicked off a 'dorm drive' for Say Yes Buffalo students Tuesday outside the Say Yes offices on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be bringing her campaign to support teachers to the University at Buffalo Tuesday. Zimpher will be leading a public forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UB's at Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is also expected to appear. Zimpher is hosting listening tours as part of TeachNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve the way teachers are prepared and address the teacher shortage. 

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A western New York native will take over as the next leader of Shea's Performing Arts Center this fall. The Shea's Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Michael Murphy as president on Monday.

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Racial unrest remains at the forefront across the nation and right here in western New York. Last week, a black volunteer firefighter in North Tonawanda received a racist note. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with a UB professor who explores our past to understand the present.  

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The Buffalo Zoo's new lion cubs will make their official public debut Saturday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us how the new African lion cubs play an important conservation  role. 

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A program that provides added staffing support in some city classrooms received a federal funding boost.  U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins delivered a more than $3.4 million federal grant to The Service Collaborative of Western New York for the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education, known as ABLE.  ABLE members will provide social, emotional and behavior assistance in classrooms.  

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The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will be inducting the "Queen of Soul" into its Class of 2016 this fall. The winners were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Buffalo History Museum and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin has been named as one of this year's inductees. 

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A fire ripped through the home of a North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter who received a racist note earlier this week.  

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The Buffalo Zoo's four new lion cubs will make their highly-anticipated public debuts on Saturday.

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Buffalo Police officers are still waiting for city lawmakers to make a decision on their request for AR-15-Rifles. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the first vice president of the Buffalo Police Union about the recent wave of national violence.

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Since the federal government issued guidance this past spring directing public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, districts like Buffalo drafted a proposed policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the executive director of The Pride Center of Western New York about assisting with that policy.

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It will be a beautiful day across the region Tuesday, with low humidity, but the muggy weather will return by mid-week. Temperatures will climb into the 90's with hot and humid conditions by Thursday and Friday. There is no relief in sight from the very dry weather.


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The new leader of the Buffalo Board of Education has called for a ‘working session’ to discuss the impact of violence and safety in city schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports session is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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There have been just two Buffalo School board meetings since the newly elected members officially took their seats early last month. The school board returns to regular board session on August 24th.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss new leadership that is now in place prior to the start of a brand new school year. 

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State-wide students are showing some increases in proficiency in Common Core testing. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued results late Friday afternoon from this spring's ELA and Math Standardized testing students in 3rd through 8th grade. 

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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and Outer Harbor Management unveiled unique wooden benches at Wilkeson Pointe Friday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the handcrafted benches were created by students at The Foundry in Buffalo.  

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Some area high school students set aside their summer break this week to attend a three-day leadership program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports nearly 50-students attended the Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience at Canisius College.

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St. Bonaventure University hosted an STEM camp featuring international high school students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the students came from China, Spain & the U.S. to work on a variety of projects to enhance their learning in a cross-culture atmosphere.

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The United States Coast Guard in Buffalo and several other agencies continue an extensive search along Lake Erie for a missing Niagara Falls, Ontario fisherman.

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The FDA announced Tuesday it would begin a review of its policy on blood donations from gay men. But many members of the LGBTQ community are still upset about being turned away when they tried to donate blood following the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. 

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The Tapestry Charter High School is dealing with the tragic death of one of its refugee students. 18-year-old Kanu Kasonko was found dead along the NFTA Metro Rail’s Utica Station Monday evening. WBFO’s Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports the school has set up a second day of grief counseling. 

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The 18-year-old Buffalo teen who tried to unseat City School Board member Carl Paladino returned to Buffalo City Court Tuesday, but the case against Austin Harig was adjourned once again.

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery leaders are promising the public will have a chance to join the museum's expansion conversation. An architecture firm has been hired, but there is no specific design plan yet.

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A Black Lives Matter protest was staged in and out of Buffalo Police headquarters in downtown this morning. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says it was organized by a group called Showing Up For Racial Justice Action demanding a web post by a police union leader be removed.  

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Students from Cornell University appeared with Mayor Byron Brown to sign the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the students are participating in a fellowship program, spending the last couple of months working in the city.  

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A blend of music, art and a lecture series will kick off for another season in Buffalo this fall. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced dates for 'Art of Jazz', Buffalo Chamber Players and Director's Lecture Series.  

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The Niagara Falls City School District is making sure some young students keep learning this summer. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley visited an Extended Learning Program for first and second graders at the Harry Abate Elementary School. 


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The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a body at the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg on Royce Road. 

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization is endorsing the city school district's draft proposal for a Student Gender Identity Policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the organization has made minor recommended amendments, but is now seeking public support.

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