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 2018, Eileen celebrates her 33rd year in broadcasting & media communications. She has worked at 10 radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, NY. Eileen has served as a former news director and assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team.  Now as senior reporter, she 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 30 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 nine-time recipient of this award, winning first place in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 & 2018, winning second place in 2017 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award  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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Teenagers with mental health troubles are at a greater risk of getting addicted when prescribed opioids. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to an expert about these findings. 

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The long-time principal at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore has announced her retirement, saying she's wants to spend more time with her family. Dawn Riggie will be leaving after serving 25-years at the all-girls, Catholic high school. WBFO’s senior reporter met with Riggie to talk about her work and the strength of the school. 

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It is called the Radical Women's Night Out, a special event highlighting black arts.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to organizers about how it celebrates women. 

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There is a private high school in downtown Buffalo tucked inside a former Delaware Avenue mansion.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says The Buffalo Academy of Scholars is allowing students to customize their learning. 


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Women's History Month was celebrated in the lobby of Buffalo's City Hall Monday. This year's national theme is ‘Women fighting against all forms of discrimination against women’.   

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On the same day the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse, another victim has come forward. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story.

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Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the nation is divided. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, a local church is hoping that by looking back that we can move forward.  

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One of Buffalo's most beloved Sabres alums is still making a difference in our community. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says former goalie Dominik Hasek continues his commitment to reaching underprivileged children through his Hasek's Heroes program. 

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says with another high school shooting occurring in Maryland Tuesday, it's time to take action. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Flynn announced the School Critical Incident Initiative during the annual Safe Schools conference hosted by the University at Buffalo at the Center for the Arts in Amherst Tuesday.


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Five area school districts recently participated in mental health workshops.  As part of our Mental Health reporting Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says educators were given information about identifying signs and symptoms of mental health issues. 

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Mayor Byron Brown says the city continues lending a hand to help make Buffalo Public schools safe for students. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the mayor is not in support of arming city school teachers.

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A 90-year old Buffalo businesswoman is putting aside her floristry tools for the first time in more than five decades. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the founder and owner of The Floristry inside her Delaware Avenue store as gets ready to retire.  

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It is one of the most iconic traditions in Buffalo – the annual trip to the Broadway Market to buy Easter goods. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was at the Market Thursday as the city of Buffalo kicked-off the Easter Season.  

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A large majority of students at the Leonardo Da Vinci High School in Buffalo walked out of class Wednesday morning. They protested for 17-minutes as part of the national movement against gun violence and to honor the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shootings last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley covered the protest and asked students what's next?

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Buffalo Public students at the Leonardo Da Vinci High School participated in the national 'walk-out' against gun violence. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students held a peaceful and respectful protests to send a message to congress.

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Mental health and social-emotional behavior continues to take center stage in education.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited a preschool classroom where young children are learning how to manage their emotions. 

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Students across Western New York are expected participate in a national walk-out Wednesday at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence. Students will hold a 17-minute demonstration to honor the 17-killed in the Parkland, Florida shootings one month ago. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says several groups stood together in solidarity in full-support of Buffalo Public school students who join the nation-wide protest.


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High school students across Western New York are expected to demonstrate Wednesday to call on Congress to pass tighter gun laws. Students will be participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout to honor those killed last month in the Parkland, Florida school shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to educators in Niagara County about how local students will participate.

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This Wednesday some students’ nation-wide and right here in Western New York are planning to protest against gun violence. They want to send a message to Congress to support changes in gun laws in wake of the Parkland, Florida school shootings.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the New State Education Commissioner and Buffalo Schools superintendent about school safety. 

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Burgard High School in Buffalo has new opportunities to train for advanced manufacturing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a grand opening Friday of the school's new welding, auto and machine tool labs. 

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A national group of scholars is calling for 'prevention' over 'reaction' in wake of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a University at Buffalo expert who has joined the national 'call for action' to prevent gun violence.

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A local theater company is celebrating women’s history month. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says O’Connell and Company has created a special ‘Diva by Diva’ performance to mark the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York.

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The long-time leader of Villa Maria College in Buffalo will be retiring. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Sister Marcella Marie Garus has been serving as president since 1978.

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Buffalo Police said a 15-year-old male was arrested for making threats on social media to the Lewis J. Bennett High School located in the 2800 block of Main Street.

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A new LGBTQ children's book is helping teach young children about love and acceptance of others. "The Boy with the Rainbow Heart" is now in two local school districts Buffalo and Cheektowaga.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and his sister who inspired the book.

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SUNY Buffalo State will be hosting a special forum this week to discuss issues on school violence as debate continues since the Parkland, Florida shootings.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college's School of Education will lead a discussion Thursday, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

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A state of emergency is in place in the city of Salamanca in Cattaraugus County. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city was hit hard by more than a foot of heavy, wet snow.

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A winter storm rolled across the Western New York region dumping heavy wet snow, knocking out power to thousands and leaving roadways treacherous. 

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There was sad news from former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly Thursday, who announced that his cancer has returned. 

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A Winter Storm Warning is posted for all of Western New York from 7 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.  The National Weather Service said to expect heavy snow with accumulations of 8 to 14 inches across the region.

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