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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The national tour of Finding Neverland opens with a preview performance Friday evening at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The tour is actually premiering in  Buffalo and that is a first for Shea's. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a 'sneak-peek' and talked to some of the members of the show.


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A Buffalo musician, who once met 'The King of Swing', Benny Goodman, will perform a tribute show Friday and Saturday at Kleinhan's Music Hall.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Sal Andolina about his show, Benny and Me, in which he performs with the BPO Big Band.

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The threat of hunger appears to be a growing concern for some college students.  Nearly 4,000 students, on 34-campuses in 12-states, including New York, participated in a recent survey on the topic. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new report found more than one in five students struggling with buying food. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide a safe option for students who live near their school to walk. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district tested out the 'walking school bus' to Highgate Heights Elementary School.

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A Nashville school leader recently traveled to Buffalo to learn more about Say Yes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says like Buffalo's school district, Nashville is experiencing high poverty among students and many English Language Learners.   

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

Organizers of the Occupy Buffalo movement that grew out of Occupy Wall Street are marking the fifth anniversary. They plan to convene in Niagara Square Wednesday evening from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. for a candlelight vigil.

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Leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation are expected to hold a conversation Tuesday.  


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The graduation rate for Catholic high school students in Western New York is at 99-percent.  98-percent of those graduates go on to college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the Schools Superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo about strengthening Catholic schools and challenges ahead.   

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Canisius College has received a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance its STEM learning.   The five year grant will allow the college to provide 700-thousand dollars in scholarships starting in the fall of next year.

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A theater company in Buffalo, solely devoted to children, is celebrating its 45th season.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Theatre of Youth, known as TOY, continues entertaining young children with special performances as an educational tool. 

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There are many stories about students being bullied, but often those victimized are people with disabilities. That was the focus of this year's annual conference by the University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us Thursday's conference was a gathering of educators, mental health professionals and individuals with disabilities.  


WBFO's Eileen Buckley

More than 20-colleges, high schools and middle schools have pledged their support to collect food for the homeless. The Buffalo City Mission kicked-off Mission Possible: Food Drive School Challenge Thursday. 

Photo from the St. Mary's School for the Deaf music video

September marks National Deaf Awareness Month and we bring you a story about students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they recently created an American Sign Language music video.  

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A music program providing violin lessons to West Side children in the city's under-served population has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Strings Works is the recipient of a $20,000 grant.

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A Canisius College graduate has produced a nationally-acclaimed documentary called "Dream, Girl".  It is designed to inspire and empower women to reach their career goals. WBFO's senior reporter  Eileen Buckley says Erin Bagwell brings her film to several venues in the Buffalo area this week.

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As StoryCorps continues its visit to Buffalo, some area college students are using it as a learning tool. WBFO's senior reporter talked to Villa Maria College students studying digital media to learn how the StoryCorps programming is influencing their studies.  


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A Sweet Home High School teacher in Amherst was honored with the New York State Excellence in Teaching Award. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the high school Monday to deliver the honor.

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is defending criticism against Governor Andrew Cuomo from his remarks Friday that he was unaware of the dealings behind 'Buffalo Billion' projects. 

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Mayor Byron Brown was not in Buffalo Thursday when the indictment in the Buffalo Billion public corruption case was announced. He was in Washington, but returned last night.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the mayor Friday morning. 

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The University at Buffalo held a celebration ceremony Friday morning to rededicate Hayes Hall on the south campus on Main Street. UB completed a $44 million renovation that started in 2010 and was completed this year. Hayes Hall is home to UB's School of Architecture and Planning. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Supervisor of Art Education for the Buffalo Public School District will be honored Sunday by the National Football League.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Michele Agosto will be receiving the Buffalo Bills Hispanic Heritage Leadership award.

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Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli, two of his executives and a top aide to Governor Cuomo have been indicted in the Buffalo Billion probe.  The allegations accuse them of bid rigging, bribery and play-to-pay schemes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with our Investigative Post partner Jim Heaney who first broke the Buffalo Billion investigation in 2014. 

WBFO News photo by Annie Mandart, WBFO education assistant

Say Yes Buffalo continues to play a key role in supporting new services in the city school district.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those services were outlined at Wednesday Say Yes Community Leadership Council Meeting.   

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Proposed changes are in the works for New York State's ELA and Math  Common Core Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Education Department issued the proposed Common Core changes at every grade level,-from pre-school through 12th grade Wednesday.  

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Both sides remain at the table in the on-going Buffalo teachers contract dispute.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Wednesday morning for an update.

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A special celebration was held at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Tuesday to honor the founder of the school. If you drive by the school on Kenmore Avenue in Kenmore you will see a large, bronze statue of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, who is running for the 60th New York State Senate seat, says Buffalo school students are spending too much time on school buses every day. Jacobs stood outside the North Park Academy Tuesday calling for a return to neighborhood and community schools in the city.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

An arbitrator has ruled against the Buffalo Board of Education's removal of the cosmetic surgery rider in its teachers' union contract.

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So far this new school year the Buffalo Public School District has enrolled more than 800 new immigrant and refugee students to attend city schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the District has added Cultural Resource specialists to welcome families into the school district.

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The C-SPAN Campaign 2016-Bus Tour is visiting western New York today.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as it rolled up at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts School Monday morning.  

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