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 an eight-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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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As high school students navigate academics and social lives, they also find themselves engaged in political discussions. In our ongoing series “Cafeteria Chats,” WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley sits down with students at Niagara Falls High School. In part one of this week’s installment, the students tell us President Trump has dominated conversations in their classrooms and hallways.  

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More questions than answers have surfaced in the saga of a Buffalo's home school mother. The woman was initially charged with educational neglect because they were not in school. Child Protective Services also took the children from her custody. But in this week's Press Pass, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes who has uncovered some new revelations.  

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A company in downtown Buffalo creates and provides digitized learning programs for teachers to advance K-through 12-education. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited PLS 3rd Learning, a spin-off company from the University at Buffalo. 

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New York State Regent Catherine Collins served as the keynote speaker at a Black History Month Celebration Thursday.  Collins delivered an address at The Eighth Judicial District Diversity Steering Committee event held in Erie County's Ceremonial Courtroom. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins discussed “The Crisis in Black Education". 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to the state education department to tell all school districts to protect transgender students. This is in response to the removal of a federal transgender bathroom guideline by the Trump administration. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley gathered reaction. 

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County held its first ever stakeholders breakfast in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday. The organization tells WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley it is working to reach out to community providers to help prevent suicides. 

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Some students from the Buffalo Public and Niagara Falls City School Districts have returned from a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the students won contests for their STEM projects. 

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Western New York Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins spoke with reporters Monday about immigration and congressional town halls. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the democratic lawmaker is unsure how those in Washington will find a "middle ground." 

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Former Buffalo School Board candidate Austin Harig is considering a possible lawsuit against the city. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Harig is claiming he falsely arrested last August. 

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The Buffalo Public School District has experienced another gain in its graduation rate.   The New York State Education Department issued new rates from across the state. 

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A Buffalo woman arrested for failing to send her children to school appeared at a news conference Friday. The woman is accusing the city school district of failing to provide proper notification that her children were being homeschooled. 


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The Buffalo Public School District's Wellness plan has caught the attention of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The District's wellness team will be meeting with the CDC Friday along with the New York State Health Department.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this meeting is unprecedented.   

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Students at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center in Buffalo celebrated reading Thursday with a special event.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the school hosted an African-American Read-In. 

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Two private neighboring schools in Amherst have announced an historic new partnership. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen College and The Park School of Buffalo signed a memo of understanding and will now collaborate to develop programs in academics, athletics and community outreach programs.

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Betsy DeVos will serve as the country's next U.S. Secretary of Education. The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominee Tuesday with Vice President Pence serving as the tie breaker in a final vote of 51-50. But as WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports, local education leaders are bracing for an attack on public education.  

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Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at SUNY Buffalo State Tuesday to drum up support for his free tuition plan, the Excelsior Scholarship Campaign.   

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The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority continues keeping watch over city school district spending.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the board met Monday to review the district's Four Year Financial plan.   


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Some Buffalo public high school students will be center stage this Sunday with a renowned jazz pianist and composer who is a Niagara Falls native. The Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Choir will perform at Second Sundays at the Buffalo History Museum. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was at a rehearsal Monday with students.  

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The University at Buffalo is investigating a report of a possible attempted sexual assault.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it happened on UB's North Campus early Monday morning.   

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The Buffalo Public School District is reaching out to the city for a financial boost. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader school board wants the Mayor to provide a funding increase.

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It appears the final vote on President Trump's controversial nominee for Education Secretary could occur Monday or Tuesday. Betsy DeVos cleared a major hurdle in the Senate late last week when senators voted 52-48 to stop debate and prepare for a confirmation vote this week. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling her one of the "worst nominees." WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two area school board leaders are speaking out against DeVos.   

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has denied two requests for stays in the removal Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board. 

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The leader of Daemen College has been elected as vice chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen is the only Division II school in the Western New York region. 

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A collaborative effort between Western New York STEM Hub, AT&T and the Girl Scouts will allow more than 200 Buffalo Public School students, Girls Scouts and teachers to see the movie" Hidden Figures" Saturday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event is designed to help encourage a new generation of women to consider STEM careers.

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President Trump's executive order on immigration is causing difficulties for some University at Buffalo students. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley spent time at UB's North campus to talk with students about the order that suspends travel from some international students. 

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Some University at Buffalo are being affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. UB says some international students experienced trouble traveling back to the United States following their break, as Monday marked the start of the new spring semester on campus.

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The Grand Island Central School District will host a job fair for substitutes later this month. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the district is in need of substitutes for all district jobs.


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High school students continue to take a strong interest in social justice. Students at Nardin Academy High School in Buffalo attended a private screening of the film Hidden Figures, and WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says after viewing the movie, students returned to their classrooms showcasing a day of celebrating and empowering women.   

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The District Parent Coordinating Council says it want the State Education Commissioner to put the entire city school district under receivership.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization has issued this request as it submitted their petition to remove school board member Carl Paladino. 

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WNED-TV will launch a new 24-hour PBS Kids channel and live stream Monday, January 30. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the educational programs will help low-income families across the region who cannot afford to send children to preschool.  

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