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.

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A private, all-girls Catholic high school in Buffalo will be dropping State Regents testing. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Nardin Academy is ready to phase out Regents exams over the next couple of years. 

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College students from Western New York traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Inauguration of President Donald Trump. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the trip is used as a learning experience for students.  

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A Washington-based organization for higher education is waiting to see what type of education policies will be enacted by the Trump administration. This week the nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, appeared before a Senate committee for a tough round of questions at a confirmation hearing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the leader of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (ASCU). 

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The Buffalo Board of Education is expected to vote on a resolution Wednesday night that would petition the State Education Commissioner to remove Carl Paladino.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization is also preparing to file an application for Paladino's removal.

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Some young Buffalo artists created a special original song for First Lady Michelle Obama to wish her well as she leaves the White House. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the project was led by their youth instructor at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.  

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department conducted a search Tuesday afternoon for a suspect in Alden off Broadway and Townline following an assault. 

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The Buffalo School Board could approve a resolution Wednesday night to file a petition that calls for the removal of Park District board member Carl Paladino. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says local leaders remain outraged at his egregious remarks about the Obamas and that a member of the New York State Board of Regents plans on attending the meeting.

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Funding details of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free plan for state colleges and universities could be revealed Tuesday when he issues his proposed state budget plan. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is working to promote Governor Cuomo's college tuition-free plan for New Yorkers. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with her to ask questions about this proposed plan. 

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Local and state elected leaders and members of the African American community gathered downtown for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Buffalo Convention Center Monday. It marked the 27th year for the annual Scholarship Breakfast hosted by the New Hope Baptist Church. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley attended.   

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A Catholic all-boys high school has a established a brand new innovation center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has created an environment for high-tech learning.   

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Some inner-city Buffalo Public school students are participating in a brand new pilot project to share their personal stories with the community. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited The International Preparatory School on the city's west side to learn about how students will work to create interactive digital maps.   

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Police in the Village of Hamburg are investigating a social media threat that appeared Thursday night and was directed at Hamburg High School.   

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Flight 3407 families attended the Senate Committee confirmation hearing Wednesday for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they wanted to make sure Chao is aware of their continuing efforts passenger safety on regional airlines. 

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As a City Honors student recovers from a horrific crash, his classmate is working to raise funds to help with his medical expenses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says more than $29,000 has been raised so far after two different on-line sites were established. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a bold approach to making college affordable for middle and low income families. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Cuomo's tuition-free proposal was well-received at the University at Buffalo's North Campus during his State of the State address Monday.

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A newly planned Center for Urban Education aims to improve teaching and learning in urban schools across Western New York. Canisius College and the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) are teaming up to build the center, which will be housed in the college’s School of Education and Human Services.

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The leader of the West Seneca School Central School District will be delaying his planned retirement.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Superintendent Mark Crawford will hold off to give the school board more time to conduct a search.   

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The leader of the Buffalo teachers union says Carl Paladino has now violated an important school board rule.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says as Paladino is facing calls for his removal from the city school board,  he has now given a new reason for his dismissal. 

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As the demands continue for the removal of Carl Paladino from the city school board, the Buffalo Common Council's Education committee used the topic of bullying to listen to citizens' comments about him.WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says more than a dozen speakers delivered passionate remarks.   

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Dozens of elementary students In West Seneca had to remain in their schools for hours after classes ended when Lake Effect storms dumped more than two feet of snow on the area Thursday.

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The Kenmore Tonawanda School Superintendent has announced her retirement.  Superintendent Dawn Mirand revealed her plans to retire in an email memo issued to district staffers and faculty Thursday.

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Governor Cuomo's proposed tuition-free plan for eligible students attending SUNY and CUNY schools is causing a buzz.  Many questions are surfacing as few details were released.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores how this could affect smaller, private colleges in the region.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is being asked to send a petition to the state education commissioner that calls for the removal of Paladino.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the request was made by a group of African-American women staged who staged an "Oust Paladino" protest in Niagara Square Tuesday. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make public colleges and universities in the state tuition-free for eligible students. Cuomo made the announcement Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.

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More than 100 protesters, many of them African-American women, are the latest to call for the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the demonstrators  staged a noontime "Oust Paladino" protest in Niagara Square on Tuesday. 


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With a nationwide teacher shortage, some districts are conducting recruitment programs. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those in higher education are trying to reach students to become new school teachers.

 


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There are more planned protests this week calling on  Buffalo  School board member Carl Paladino to resign. What's being labeled as an "Oust Paladino Action" is scheduled for Tuesday on the steps of City Hall.


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The protest against Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is now posted on a digital billboard located along the Kensington Expressway.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the woman who organized a GoFundMe page to buy the billboard.   

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High school students are navigating through a number of distractions, but students explain how they avoid trouble. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with several students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) in Buffalo for our ongoing "Cafeteria Chats" series.

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A diverse crowd gathered in downtown Buffalo Thursday calling for Carl Paladino to resign.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says protesters are calling Paladino a bully and a man who is setting a bad example for the children he was elected to serve.   

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