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 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

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A local school district is recognizing Monday as Indigenous Peoples' Day. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Akron Central School District wants to teach students about the important historic role played by Native Americans in the community.

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University at Buffalo Police are investigating an overnight assault that occurred on the south campus.  In an alert issued to the campus community, UB Police stated the victim and two friends were playing Frisbee in the Main-Bailey parking lot in Buffalo at 1:35 a.m. Thursday.  

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A program that promotes healthy living for children will be set up at eight Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley said it is the Coordinated Approach to Child Health known as CATCH.

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With more than half of Buffalo Public high school students missing more than a month of school the city district remains focused on removing barriers that prevent students from going to school. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says specific problems cause some students to stay home.

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A national leader in the 'opt out' movement appeared at an education forum last night at the Niagara Falls High School.  Carol Burris is an award winning retired principal from a Long Island School who now serves as the Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Foundation. Burris appeared in our studio's to discuss her mission with WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley as she speaks out against Common Core and standardized testing.    

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High absentee rates continue to prevent student achievement and graduation in the Buffalo Public School District. The Buffalo News recently wrote two major stories about the problem in its 'How to Fix Buffalo' schools series.  This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Mary Pasciak about her extensive articles.  

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Comedian Paula Poundstone brings her standup show to Asbury Hall at Babeville in Buffalo Friday at 7 p.m. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reached Poundstone, y phone from her home in California to discuss her comedic success.

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A SUNY Buffalo State student was robbed at knife point Tuesday evening on campus. University Police said a female student walking between two complexes before 9-o'clock was approached by two suspects who had a knife.

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This Saturday will mark the fourth annual American Graduate Day on PBS.  You can tune into to WNED Television from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This live broadcast, from Lincoln Center in New York City, will focus on those working to keep students on the path to graduation. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley looks at how two local districts are working to help students receive a diploma. 

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The Governor has launched a Common Core Task Force to conduct a comprehensive review.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Governor Cuomo has named a group of diverse education leaders, teachers and parents from across the state to this panel. 

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Teachers are often blamed for low student performance in public education.  But as WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us SUNY Buffalo State continues to provide support to current and future teachers.  

Broadway and television star Cheyenne Jackson will appear Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for its Pops Series at Kleinhans Music Hall.  Jackson will performing 'Music of the Mad Men Era'.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Jackson ahead of his  Buffalo visit where reveals his love for music of the late 50's and 60's. 

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Twenty-five years ago, a Buffalo native returned to his hometown with a vision to create an alternative newspaper that would provide a political voice and focus on the arts.  Today Artvoice features edgy journalism and coverage of the region's cultural and arts community.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with Artvoice Publisher Jamie Moses as he prepares for a 25th anniversary party to be held Saturday in an old industrial site.


With a growing epidemic of heroin and opioid overdoses, school nurses across the state will now be allowed to use a lifesaving drug.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Board of Regents recently approved a measure for the use of Narcan in schools. 

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A St. Bonaventure graduate has been selected to be one of the gift bearers at Wednesday's Mass with Pope Francis in Washington. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the woman selected is a leader of young Catholic organization in the D.C. area.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is recommending school districts adopt new policies to outline procedures for making student grade changes.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this follows an audit from the comptroller's office.

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A University at Buffalo art student said she makes no apologies for posting controversial signs on the north campus last week. Graduate student Ashley Powell placed signs stating 'Whites Only' and 'Blacks Only' as part of her art project.  It outraged both black and white students.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Powell about why she doesn't regret her actions.

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University at Buffalo Police are investigating a report of an assault on UB's South Campus. An alert was issued Sunday. 

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A group from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora will be leaving Tuesday morning bound for Washington, D.C. for the Pope's U.S. visit.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says seminarians and faculty members are hoping to have a special session with Pope Francis.

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A Buffalo native, with longtime ties to the Miss America pageant, is back in Western New York. Michael La Rocca, a three-time Telly Award winner, is now lending his expertise to help produce the Miss Buffalo Pageant that will be held early next year. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with La Rocca to learn about his work with pageants.

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A University at Buffalo art student has admitted to hanging controversial signs on campus.  The student, identified as Ashley Powell, is a graduate fine arts student.   

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Two local private colleges are experiencing enrollment spikes this semester. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says both schools have enhanced programs for students. 

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Daemen College in Amherst is celebrating the expansion of its campus with a brand new Academic and Wellness Center. 

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Buffalo's Curtain Up! remains one of the premier theater events in the country.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Friday night will mark the 34th annual celebration of Buffalo's professional theater season.

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Public input will be a key part of the Request for Proposal process in the redevelopment of Women  & Children's Hospital in the Elmwood Village. State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo and Kaleida Health officials outlined details of an RFP recently issued seeking a developer. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the site most likely will be redeveloped into residential and retail space.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing a federal bill to lend more assistance to campus sexual assaults.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley asked her about how it would assist college students.

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A Bhutanese Nepali refugee has made it is mission to visit Buffalo’s hospitalized immigrants and refugees. WBFO’S Eileen Buckley says he is working to offer the very ill and dying comfort.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins say school-age children are not getting enough exercise. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says they're promoting a piece of legislation to help tackle the childhood obesity crisis.

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school will be named after the Jacobs family. Jeremy Jacobs on Monday delivered a $30 million gift to UB.

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College and universities have a heavy task of applying policy and procedures in dealing with cases of campus sexual assaults. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says some experts offer local campuses advice.