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

Ways to Connect

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany recently took a stand to scale back on the number of Common Core tests it will administer. But as WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the Diocese of Buffalo has no plans to cut back.

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Some Buffalo Public school parents are calling on the city district to make needed changes to the after-school programs. 

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A private, all girls high school in Buffalo has had a long-time tradition of enrolling international students.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the students from China about learning in America.

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The Buffalo Public School district has placed East High School Principal Casey Young on administrative leave.

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For the second time this semester, a SUNY Buffalo State was robbed at knife point. University Police issued a safety advisory notifying the campus community of the incident.

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St. Bonaventure University issued an alert Sunday about a reported sexual assault incident.  In a Twitter report, St. Bona said over the weekend two people were sexually assaulted in an off-campus residence on East Union Street in the village of Allegany. 

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A school in Brooklyn is using a Google Drive program that is helping track chronic absenteeism. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter tells us the Attendance Heat Map has improved.

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A Buffalo native is trying to spread philanthropy into area schools through his charitable foundation.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Arts Connect Education and Attendance Program Presentation Thursday evening at the Buffalo Chophouse.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown donated BAK Board tablets to Say Yes Buffalo scholars. He appeared at the BAK USA headquarters in Buffalo to make the presentation. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the city's partnership with Say Yes and Bak is an effort to bring technology and educational opportunity to students.   

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A local college is offering a guarantee for students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says  SUNY Buffalo State promises students will graduate in four-years as announces the 'Roar in 4' program.

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Veterans attending SUNY Buffalo State have a new space to gather in at the college. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley attended a ribbon cutting ceremony held to open a brand new veterans lounge inside the Campbell Student Union.

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The South Park High School football team will be recognized by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting. The South Park Sparks won the state championship last Friday and made history as the first Buffalo Public School to win the title. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this is a major accomplishment for one of the district's persistently struggling schools under receivership.

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Buffalo Public School teachers recently received a letter directly from the city school board outlining the latest contract offer from the District. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes review the contents of that letter and the battle 'receivership' is creating between the teacher's union and district. 

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to grow.  The college scholarship program recently delivered an update to the Board of Education and superintendent.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Say Yes indicates the scholarship program for college is actually increasing attendance for some students. 

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Downtown Buffalo was hopping Saturday night. "The Nutcracker" was staged at Shea’s. There was the "World’s Largest Disco" at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. And the Town Ballroom hosted the third annual Continental Reunion.

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Neglia Ballet Artists and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kick off the holiday season Saturday evening at Shea's Buffalo with The Nutcracker. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Neglia has invited two dancers from the American Ballet Theatre in New York City to dance in this holiday classic.

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A local high school has embraced NPR's StoryCorps The Great Thanksgiving Listen.  Teachers across the country were encouraged to have students record interviews this Thanksgiving weekend. A tool kit for teachers and an app to download the interviews has been provided. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at Buffalo Seminary where students interview their grandparents.

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The New York Public Interest Research Group has issued its 30th annual dangerous and toxic toy survey just in time for the holiday shopping season. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the survey was revealed on the Buffalo State campus Tuesday by NYPRIG.

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Vandals struck the Michigan Street Baptist Church in Buffalo over the weekend leaving damage to the historic markers. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the church is a reminder of Buffalo's connection to the Underground Railroad.  

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A Buffalo Public School teacher is out with another hip-hop, rap video that blasts New York State for too many standardized tests, Common Core and state receivership. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has more on this latest education activism video.

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The Erie County Health Department is investigating a case of E-coli that is linked to an area Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant. In the past month there were similar outbreaks in five other states.

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Residents living in the University District of Buffalo have been plagued for years with rowdy college students and absentee landlords, but now the University at Buffalo is offering assistance to that neighborhood.  

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A local Catholic elementary school is one of the first in Western New York to try out a Google program that takes students on a virtual-style field trip.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at the school as children at St. Mark School in north Buffalo tested the Pioneer Expedition Program for the very first time.


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One of the members of the famed Peter, Paul & Mary trio appears Friday evening at Babeville in Buffalo. Peter Yarrow will be performing the well-known music that's more than five decades old. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Yarrow prior to tonight's visit who is still using his music for social activism.

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Tax-exempt cemetery property means a loss in revenue for area school districts surrounded by cemeteries. State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo stood across from Mount Calvary Cemetery on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga Thursday where he announced proposed legislation to close the funding gap for school districts.

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Improving the future care of veterans was the theme of a discussion for University at Buffalo medical students. A panel discussion was held Wednesday afternoon at UB's Medical School on the South Campus.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says personal stories and research were shared with students. 

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The Governor’s 15-member Common Core Task Force continues holding meetings across the state.  A public session will be held in Daemen College's Wick Center in Amherst Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the session will feature various education experts including one from Rochester.

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More than 50 students rallied and marched across the Niagara University campus Monday speaking out against what they say are "social and racial inequalities" at their school. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley was there as students marched to the president's office.

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Some refugees seeking asylum in Buffalo have experienced or witnessed torture in their countries. WBFO's Eileen Buckley say the Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture is working to train doctors to assist in the on-going treatment of these victims.

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High winds damaged a signal light at the busy intersection of the 198 at Parkside Avenue in Buffalo.

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