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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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is criticizing the Buffalo School Board's search for a new leader. Ryan held a news conference Monday morning at his Delaware Avenue office in Buffalo calling on the board to hire a consulting firm to conduct a national superintendent search. 

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As some school districts struggle to improve high school graduation rates, students talked candidly about distraction about teenage life.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley brings us part three of Focus on Education: Student Voices radio series reporting on those barriers to academic success.


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Some Buffalo Promise Neighborhood students learned about teamwork, a healthy diet and how to play a better game of basketball.  University at Buffalo Athletics and M&T Bank collaborated to the present 'Basketball 101' program. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this new program is a day-long mentoring and academic enrichment program for students.


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Three area schools are among 11-private colleges and universities now supporting Governor Cuomo's proposal for sexual assaults on campus. The Governor's bill calls for a uniform protocol in preventing and responding to assaults at all campuses in the state.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with two local college officials about support of the bill.

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11-private colleges and universities are now backing Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to require uniform protocols to prevent and respond to sexual assaults on campus. 

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The principal of Emerson High School has been in the center of the Buffalo School District's controversy of trying to select the next district leader. Principal James Weimer backed away from becoming school board's majority choice as the next superintendent. He faced personal attacks after word surfaced that his wife conducted legal work for board member Carl Paladino. As WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley reports Weimer pulled out of a public appearance Wednesday because of the turmoil.


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After much controversy over the selection of a new Buffalo schools superintendent School Board Member Larry Quinn says it is time to move forward.

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The New York State Board of Regents will be hosting an invite-only 'Learning Summit' Thursday in Albany.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Western New York's Regents representative about addressing teacher evaluations.   

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Long-time New York State Board of Regents member Robert Bennett will offer his expertise to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Richard Malone announced that Robert Bennett has been appointed to serve on the Catholic School Advisory Board.  

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A local organization is working to assist homeless women. As Sunday mark Mother's Day Family Promise of Western New York has launched a Mother's Day Campaign reaching out for donations. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with Family Promise Executive Director Charlie LeFevre learning that some women could be spending Mother's Day on the streets.

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A judge has tossed out the verdict in the Jeffrey Basil trial.  The defense called for a mistrial following Basil's conviction after learning a juror failed to disclose prior military service and a felony charge.

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There are several barriers students say prevent them from academic success.  From peer-pressure to difficult family and home environments to bullying and navigating their social media accounts.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley continues with our 'Focus on Education: Student Voices' series high school students from charter, suburban and private schools reveal their stresses. 


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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and First Niagara team together each school season to host the 'Future Curators' program. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Western New York high school students are given the opportunity to serve as real art curators.

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A big debate is expected at Wednesday evening's Buffalo School Board meeting on selecting the next superintendent. Majority members are expected to name their candidate, Emerson School Principal Jim Weimer, by blocking out minority members.  But as WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) is demanding a comprehensive and transparent selection process.

Buffalo's new State Board of Regents representative is discouraged in the latest call to change the leader of the city school district.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Regents Catherine Collins believes there have been too many superintendent changes. 

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The Buffalo School Board's majority is gearing up for plans to name a new schools superintendent.  But there are some concerns and caution from some community members.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley say parents are worried about the latest battle on the school board for a new leader.

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo serves 142,000 people in the Western New York Community.  The annual appeal drive is underway to secure the needed dollars that provide a variety of services. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with the director of Catholic Charities Sister Mary McCarrick to discusses who serving those in need can turn around lives.

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There are many factors in a student's life affecting their academic performance. WBFO and WNED-TV recently hosted more than 40 students from 13 area high schools to talk about their education. WBFO's Eileen Buckley brings us the first installment of 'Focus on Education: Student Voices,' a radio series leading up to our May 18 televised broadcast. 

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Good news came to Buffalo's East Side today. Nine projects in the community will be funded with $11 million through the Better Buffalo Fund.

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There were three separate emergency landings at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport this week. Two were large commercial aircraft and one was a small plane. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with a longtime pilot who puts the incidents into perspective.

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Some school districts have dropped the controversial 'sit and stare' policy for students who opt out of Common Core testing.  But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Charter School for Applied Technology is not backing down from the policy.

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WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned a current city school district administrator is vying for the deputy superintendent position.  

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After a tumultuous  school year, Canisius High School in Buffalo will have a new leader.

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The Tony Award winning Broadway show Kinky Boots opened this week at Shea's. The lead producer is a 25-year veteran in Broadway shows and a four-time Tony Award winner. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the producer says he is thrilled to bring Kinky Boots to a Buffalo audience.


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Another round of Common Core testing will be held Wednesday across the state. Students in grades three through eight are taking the math exam. While thousands opting out across Western New York last week for the ELAs, the opt out rate in the Buffalo School District was only at seven percent. 

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Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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Some top stakeholders are apparently holding conversations about a mayoral takeover of the Buffalo Public School District. At the same time, some names are being floated as the next potential leader of city schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley asked Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes about the latest behind-the-scene maneuvering from business leaders and the school board's majority in this week's Press Pass conversation.


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We could see similar high opt out numbers as students in 3rd through 8th grade are scheduled to take another round of Common Core tests in mathematics this Wednesday.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports says a Buffalo school teacher has created a new opt out video.

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A combination of local and out-of-town candidates have applied for the deputy superintendent position in the Buffalo Public School District. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the interim schools superintendent is working on the hiring process before he leaves at the end of this school year.


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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) is speaking out against a proposal for possible mayoral control of the city school district.   

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