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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The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization rallied in Niagara Square Thursday morning to urge the city's School Board and New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to proceed with the ouster of  Carl Paladino.

Charter School for Applied Technologies

The high school environment can be a big challenge for some students.  Today and tomorrow we will take you inside the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley begins our on-going series called 'Cafeteria Chats'.   

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The Buffalo School Board is expected to vote on a resolution Thursday that will call for the ouster of board member Carl Paladino. A special session will be held at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall. 

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Demands to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board continue following inappropriate remarks he made for an Artvoice survey last week.  The latest call for his ouster came Tuesday from State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Ryan issued a letter to the State Education Commissioner.

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Canisius High School in Buffalo unveiled a new photo of the class of 1944 to honor a veteran who missed his class photo to serve in World War II.

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Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino said he won’t resign from his Park District seat. Paladino issued a written statement in response to disparaging comments he made about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that appeared in a published Artvoice survey last week.

In the written statement, Paladino explains how he responded to the Artvoice ‘wish list’ survey for 2017.

In Tuesday’s statement Paladino offers an apology to the minority community.

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The Buffalo Board of Education is calling for a special meeting to be held this Thursday to discuss the conduct of board member Carl Paladino. 

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WBFO News recently sat down with Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins before he heads back to Washington under the new Trump administration. We asked Higgins about his concerns for the future of education, especially for children living in poverty that attend Buffalo Public Schools.

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One area school district is working on a curriculum that exceeds state requirements for career and college ready.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Frontier Central School District wants students in K-through 12 to be unbind from the uncertainty of public education at the state and federal levels. 


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Buffalo Public school students from across the district participated in the Peace Project.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is an art exhibition is promoting the talents of city school children. 

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It is not just students creating high absenteeism rates in Buffalo Public school classrooms. Teacher are also chronically absent.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the high numbers and impact it has on student performance. 

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office adopted the Buffalo's Alternative School on South Park Avenue to work with troubled teens. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is offering students in grades seven through 12 a chance to focus on a stronger path for their future. 

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A Lake Effect snow squall hit the city of Buffalo mid-morning Friday, but moved to the north before 2 p.m.  However, it left behind another one to three inches of new snow and created slick streets.  

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For any school superintendent in Western New York winter weather is always a challenge. They have to make the decision of closing schools when bad weather arrives.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Frontier Central School District superintendent starts his decision making in the middle of the night. 

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A Lake Effect Snow warning is posted for Chautauqua, Wyoming and Cattaraugus Counties until 7 a.m. Friday.  A Winter Weather Advisory remains posted for the rest of Western New York through 5 a.m. Friday.   

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Immigrant and refugee students on Buffalo's West Side have a chance to work on a two-year college degree.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited Houghton College's Associate of Arts program inside the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. 

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The Buffalo Public School District canceled all after-school activities Wednesday, however, it is a slow ride home for some students. The District said First Student school buses are running late due to the snowy conditions.  

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Heavy lake-effect snows crisscrossed the region Wednesday, causing widespread traffic migraines in many communities. Strong winds created whiteout conditions.

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The University at Buffalo selected a long-time member of its staff to replace former vice president for student life Dennis Black.  Scott Weber will fill the role. Weber currently has been serving as UB’s senior vice president for academic affairs and vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. 

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Education students from D'Youville College can automatically be accepted and transferred to SUNY Buffalo State. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says since D'Youville announced it was suspending its education program, Buffalo State is trying to accommodate any interested students.  


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The use of alcohol is often believed to be linked to college sexual assaults, but a study issued by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions reveals new findings.

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This Wednesday will mark the four-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed by family members who lost loved ones in the massacre, have created a video meant to prevent future shootings.

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New York's powerful teachers union passed a resolution to combat federal education policy under President-Elect Donald Trump. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is gearing up to mobilize 'in defense of public education'.  

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New York State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo held his last district-wide roundtable discussion with several schools superintendents Thursday in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District. But it served as a first roundtable session for Senator-elect Chris Jacobs, who will take over in the 60th Senate District next month. 

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A number of University at Buffalo faculty members recently issued a letter to UB president Satish Tripathi to establish a 'sanctuary' campus' for students, faculty, staff and families.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says many are voicing concern with President-elect Donald Trump's proposals to deport or jail millions of undocumented immigrants.   

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For the first time in its history D'Youville College in Buffalo has selected a lay member as its next leader.  Dr. Lorrie Clemo has been named to serve as the 15th president of the Catholic college on the city's west side.  

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Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora has been offering some of its students a chance to apply for a unique international ethics program.  It's called Fellowships at Auschwitz (FASPE).  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a local priest and deacon who both attended the ethical training program.       

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Buffalo City Ballet is raising funds to construct a brand new dance center on the city's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo organization has been providing professional ballet training to inner city children for nearly 45 years.  

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A University at Buffalo student was assaulted with a knife and robbed on Lisbon Avenue near the UB South campus Thursday at 5:30 p.m.   

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For the first time ever, eminent classical composer Krysztof Penderecki of Poland will be performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday and Sunday. The concert is titled "Poland's Maestro." WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with him to discuss his work.     

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