Eileen Buckley

Assistant News Director

Eileen Buckley is an award-winning radio news reporter who actually began her radio career as an intern at WBFO in 1984. In 2005, she celebrated her 20th year in radio broadcasting. At WBFO, Eileen produces and reports on 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, WROW & WGNA and now WBFO.

In the spring of 2005, Eileen received the Buffalo AFL-CIO Media award in recognition of her coverage of labor and union issues. The award cited Eileen's commitment to covering local labor issues while maintaining journalist integrity. Eileen also received special mentions from the Associated Press in 2005 for team coverage of the on-going Erie County budget crisis and the 27th Congressional race.

In 2004, Eileen received first place honors for Best Continuing news coverage of Western New York's response to the Iraqi war from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Radio contest. Eileen also received four special mentions from the Associated Press in 2004 for continuing coverage of the James Kopp murder trial, enterprise reporting on a heartburn drug, a feature on the Moscow Nutcracker and for coverage of the Buffalo Sabres bankruptcy.

In 2003, Eileen received first place honor for the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. The awarded recognized her coverage of the Lackawanna Six story. Her reports were broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio. She was the first to report on NPR from the scene of the FBI raids in Lackawanna the evening of the arrests. Eileen was also featured on Fox Television providing analysis of the court proceedings.

During her time as a reporter at WGR-AM Radio she earned New York State Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for trial coverage, in 1992, of former Buffalo Parks Commissioner Robert Delano. She also earned two team coverage awards from the Associated Press for reports on the "I-190 Steel Coil Crash" and the "Niagara Falls Tour Helicopter Crash". In 1993, Eileen was awarded NYS Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for the "Tool Box Bombings" and "Law Enforcement Tragedy". 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. In the mid to late 90's she served, served as a board of director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Buffalo, New York, assisting with media coverage and press information as well as emcee of fundraising events. From 1993-95 she a board of director for the Empire State Ballet in Buffalo from 1993-95.

Eileen enjoys ballet dancing in her spare time. She is married to Mark Buckley, who spent 20 years in the television news business. They reside in Kenmore.

You can e-mail Eileen at ebuckley@wbfo.org

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Local
12:17 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

City Mission works to raise funds critical to serve a growing homeless population

Buffalo city Mission has kicked off its annual campaign --  One Mission -- One Hope -- to raise critical funds needed for its program and services. 

There re more and more local families are seeking help as the city remains the third poorest in the nation

"Give them a nice warm place to stay, and circle them with food and any other things that they may need, medical attention or anything like that," said Stuart Harper, executive director at the City Mission. 

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Untimely death thought to be self-inflicted
10:10 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Buffalo priest found dead

Father Joseph Moreno
Photo from St. Lawrence Parish Website

A well-know Buffalo priest was found dead over the weekend in the rectory of the parish he led

The body of Father Joseph Moreno was discovered by a church employee at Saint Lawrence Church on East Delavan Avenue Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo Police investigators are not suspecting foul play, but an autopsy is being scheduled.  It is suspected that the 54-year-old Moreno committed suicide.

Moreno was known for his  ministerial work.  He served a number of parishes and as a chaplain at St. Francis Nursing Home. 

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Cultural
10:09 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Long-time peace activist to speak at "1,000 Peace Women Across the Globe" exhibit

Cora Weiss

A peace activist since the early 1960's will be speaking at St. John Fisher College in Rochester Monday, October 22. 

Coral Weiss is president of the Hague Appeal for Peace.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with Weiss from her home in New York City about her upcoming visit, which will be in conjunction with the "1,000 Peace Women Across the Globe" exhibit on display at the college.


 

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Health
3:10 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Roll up your sleeve: Drive-thru flu shot clinics

WNY Immediate Care drive-thru flu clinics

If you think you're too busy to get a flu shot -- think again!  Western New York Immediate Care will be holding drive-thru flu clinics in the region Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Claire Jones is with Immediate  Care.  She says you don't have to leave your vehicle to receive shot.

"Drive right up, roll down the window and roll up their sleeves," said Jones. "They will be met by a registration person.  They will have their temperature taken.  They will drive up to the next person to get their shot.  The whole process takes not even five minutes."

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Buffalo superintendent not surprised at findings of critical report

In a scathing report issued by the Buffalo Public School District's 'distinguished educator,'  Judy Elliott claims the district's central office is "out-of-touch" with principals at struggling schools. 

Elliott says district administrators rarely visit city schools and often ignore calls from schools for assistance. Her report claims the central office did not schedule meetings with principals during the 2011-2012 school year and that principals have little say in the teachers hired at their respective schools. 

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Local
10:06 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Unlicensed deli causes concern in Broadway-Fillmore District

Marlies Wesolowski, executive director, Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center in Buffalo pleads with common council to assist with illegal deli
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The leader of the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood says a deli store is conducting illegal business.

"If I don't speak out, and if I get hurt or somebody else gets, and hurt I don't bring your attention to it, then I don't feel I've done my job.  So please help me help our community," said Marlies Wesolowski, executive director of Matt Urban. 

It's not the first time Wesolowski has gone public with her concerns.   Last month she brought her story to The Buffalo News. 

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Business
4:51 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Historic Niagara Falls hotel getting new life

Niagara Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Photo from Wikipedia,

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency has approved tax assistance for a company that plans reopen the historic Niagara Hotel.

JSK International Corp. plans to fully restore the hotel at 201 Rainbow Boulevard in the City of Niagara Falls.  JSK was approved for a 10-year sales tax abatement program of a little more than $3 million.

Niagara IDA chairman Henry Sloma tells WBFO News the assistance will allow the company to fully restore the hotel on Rainbow Boulevard.

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Local
10:12 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Discussion begins on dealing with stray city cats

Carol Tutzauer, president of Buffalo Humane appeared in Common Council chambers
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

What to do about the city's growing cat population was discussed Tuesday during a public hearing at City Hall.

Elliccott District Common Council member Darius Pridgen sought to clarify his proposal to license cats. Pridgen stressed that his resolution is simply to deal with the stray cat population, not to put any limits on the number of cats per household.

"We have been having a problem with people not wanting to pick up the cats, because some agencies say they don't know who they belong too," said Pridgen.

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Business
9:59 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Bar owners complain to lawmakers after commingling ordinance expires

Ellicott District Common Council member Darius Pridgen on commingling issue
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some downtown bar owners are claiming they're losing thousands of dollars with the end to a commingling ordinance experiment. 

Eighteen to 20 year olds were allowed, over the last six months, to attend bars along the Chippewa strip every Thursday night.  That ruled hit its sunset last Thursday. 

Ellicott District Common Council member Darius Pridgen, who sponsored the ordinance, spoke out at a Common Council committee meeting Tuesday. 

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Environment
9:32 am
Wed October 10, 2012

West Side residents accuse city leaders of ignoring air quality around Peace Bridge

Elizabeth Martina appeared in Common Council chambers Tuesday accusing Niagara District lawmaker David Rivera of ignoring air quality issue. Rivera seated below Martina.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some West Side residents living near the Peace Bridge are accusing a number of lawmakers and the Governor of working with the Peace Bridge Authority to expand the plaza for a new Duty Free shop. 

Several spoke out Tuesday at a Buffalo Common Council Community Development committee meeting.  They said the leaders are ignoring major air quality issues.  

Elizabeth Martina, who lives directly across from the Peace Bridge, spoke on behalf of long-time resident Kathy Mecca who was unable to attend. 

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Local
1:30 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Man causes second grenade-related incident in two days

Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

An East Aurora man has now caused bomb scare concerns for two consecutive days in Western New York.

Tuesday's incident occurred at the man's workplace, Anderson Equipment on Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda, where the company discovered a grenade in the work area of 26-year-old Paul Kaiser. 

Kaiser was arrested Monday morning in the Village of Leroy during a routine traffic stop after he was found carrying a live grenade in the trunk of his car. 

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Local
10:05 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Science of Sports: Exploring aspects of physics and math

Science of Sports
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Sports fans and science majors could collide at a new exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

The Science of Sports lets visitors explore various aspects of physics and math with a chance to pick up a hockey stick.  

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley reports the demonstration features a number interactive exhibits.

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Crime
6:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Inmate death from Erie County Holding Center fight leads to serious charges

Inside the Erie County Holding Center
WBFO News file photo

An inmate being held in the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo has died from injuries suffered in a fight with another inmate.  

19-year old Tyshawn Ball of Buffalo has been charged with second degree murder for the beating death of an inmate at Holding Center.   

Acting jail superintendent Thomas Diina said the fight between Ball and 49-year old Patrick Yale occurred in June.  Yale was treated at ECMC and died at the end of August.

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Crime
9:44 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Tackling graffiti on city's West Side

Mayor Brown works with Ameriacorp volunteers to paint away graffiti off Niagara Street on the city's West Side
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Over the last several years, the city has worked hard to tackle graffiti and other tagging. 

Mayor Byron Brown appeared at an area off Niagara Street Thursday as Americorp volunteers helped to remove the latest batch of graffiti.   

The back side of some buildings along Niagara Street  is visible from the 190.  That was the latest section of the city to be tagged with big chunky lettering in several colors.  

The Mayor announced that the city is partnering a stretch of Niagara Street businesses between the 198 and the Peace Bridge in the clean up effort.  

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Politics
4:33 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Local debate watcher weighs in

Photo/logo from University of Denver

Mainstream media and even some liberal commentators say Republican Mitt Romney was the clear winner in Wednesdsay night's Presidential debate against President Barack Obama. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley spoke with Republican political lobbyist Carl Calabrese, who says Romney won "hands down."

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Business
9:43 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Mayor Brown says other developers are interested in former AM&A's building

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown
WBFO News file photo

It appears a new developer will be needed for the former AM&A's Building on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. 

A couple of weeks ago, developer Rocco Termini said he would end his plans to redevelop the site because Governor Andrew Cuomo failed to sign a bill that would have raised the amount on tax credits used by developers to restore buildings.  

But now, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says there are some other developers eyeing the site. 

"AM&A's obviously has been a white elephant.  It has been vacant more than a decade in downtown Buffalo," said Brown.

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Arts
9:39 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Inspired by St. Francis: Francis, The Holy Jester

Italian stage star Mario Pirovano in our WBFO & AM-970 studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

St. Bonaventure University is celebrating the Feast of St. Francis with some special events.  Tuesday evening  Italian stage star Mario Pirovano will perform Francis, The Holy Jester by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. 

St. Bona philosophy professor Dr. Michael Chiariello traveled to Italy where he convinced Pirovano to perform his internationally acclaimed one-man show in the U-S.  He agreed. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley had the privilege of interviewing Pirvoano just hours after arriving in Buffalo to discuss his North American tour. 

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Politics
7:20 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Kennedy declares victory in State Senate primary

Kennedy declares victory in front of the Board of Elections in downtown Buffalo
Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

State Senator Tim Kennedy is declaring victory in his primary day contest against Erie County Legislature chairwoman Betty Jean Grant.  

The Erie County Board of Elections has spent the week counting absentee and affidavit ballots after a machine count showed Kennedy with a lead of less than 100 votes. 

Speaking in front of Board of Elections headquarters on West Eagle St. late Friday afternoon, the incumbent democrat says after the week-long ballot count, his lead is now "insurmountable."

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Crime
7:11 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Virginia man wanted in connection with homicide of Clymer Schools superintendent

42-year-old Anthony Robert Taglianetti wanted for questioning in death of Clymer Schools Superintendent

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Virginia man in connection with the homicide of the Clymer Schools superintendent. 

Chautuaqua County Sheriff Deputy Joseph Gerace and District attorney David Foley held news conference Thursday afternoon to announce that 42-year-old Anthony Robert Taglianetti II is wanted for questioning.

"We have evidence to put the suspect in Chautauqua County the night of the homicide which we believe would have been Friday night," said Sheriff Gerace.

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Local
5:33 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Library's "Bullying Stops Here" campaign begins

The "Bullying Stops Here" campaign was kicked off Thursday in downtown Buffalo. 

More than a dozen human service organizations are joining forces with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library for the initiative.

Library System Director Mary Jean Jakubowski says it is an opportunity for organizations raising awareness against bullying to come together to share their efforts.

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Local
9:46 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Prescription drug drop-off sites to fight abuse

U.S. Attorney William Hochul encourages students at Cheektowaga Central High School to tell their parents to drop-off unused prescription drugs this Saturday
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With an epidemic of prescription drug abuse -- citizens are once again being encouraged to drop-off any unused medications. 

More than 30-sites will be set up in the region this Saturday, September 30th from 1o a.m. to 2 p.m. for the fifth National Take Back Initiative.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul appeared at Cheektowaga Central High School Wednesday where he asked students to urge their parents to turn in any unused prescriptions and avoid dangerous addictions.

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Arts
9:45 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Indigo Girls symphony tour comes to Buffalo with the BPO

Indigo Girls

An iconic American folk rock duo has just embarked on a brand new tour.

The Indigo Girls are conducting their first-ever symphony tour.  They will be performing on stage this Friday night,  September 28 at 8 p.m. with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, who explains why they decided to perform their hit songs with symphony orchestras.

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Local
10:21 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Casino opponents fight for city to end contract with Senecas

Buffalo Common Council committee meeting, discuss of city's agreement with Seneca Nation for Buffalo Creek Casino
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Casino opponents appeared at City Hall Tuesday afternoon encouraging lawmakers to support the end to an agreement with the Seneca Nation for its downtown casino. 

The issue was discussed during a Buffalo Common Council committee meeting.

Delaware District lawmaker Michael LoCurto has proposed a resolution to end the city's contract.  He says the Nation has failed to live up to the agreement.

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Cultural
9:46 am
Wed September 26, 2012

60 years as a crossing guard and still going strong

Jane Ervin, Buffalo crossing guard for 60-years has no plans to retire
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo crossing guard has been helping children safely cross streets for 60 years and Jane Ervin is still going strong.

"It hasn't been a chore at all.  I love children. I love to go to work," said Ervin, an 86-year-old great-grandmother, who children call her Miss Jane.  She has been working for six decades as a crossing guard.

Ervin appeared Tuesday in the lobby of Mayor Byron Brown's City Hall office.  The Mayor took time out Tuesday to honor Ervin's dedication and work, declaring it Jane Ervin Day in Buffalo.

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Crime
9:28 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Victim's best friend charged in city homicide

Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announce arrest in fatal Fillmore Avenue shooting
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A 22-year-old Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend.  23-year-old Jeremy Lott was shot to death in a double shooting early Sunday on Fillmore Avenue. 

John Carney has been charged with second-degree murder and assault.

26-year-old Lareecea Love of Buffalo was also shot, but was treated and released from ECMC.  Love was standing with Lott outside, smoking a cigarette, when Lott's friend Carney approached them.

"This reinforces our message to young people to put the guns down," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Crime
5:39 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

UB students arrested after police discover large drug cache

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda stands next to a photo of the home where seven were arrested on drug charges in the city's University District
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Four University at Buffalo students have been arrested on felony drug charges in the city's University Heights neighborhood. 

Police seized more than a half-ounce cocaine, eight ounces of ecstasy and other pills, nine pounds of marijuana, along with $64,000 in cash Friday night.

Police Commissioner Derenda says an illegally parked car on West Northrup Place in the University District led to the arrests after the drugs were on display in plain view of officers.

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Crime
9:35 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Clymer superintendent found dead in apparent homicide

Photo from Clymer Central School District website

The superintendent of the Clymer School District in Chautauqua County has been found dead outside of his home, the victim of an apparent homicide. 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies discovered 51-year-old Keith Reed at his residence on Clymer-Sherman Road with gunshot wounds this morning.  Reed lived alone and hadn't been heard from him since Friday night. 

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace says Reed was reported missing by friends Sunday night.

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Health
9:33 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Light the Night Walk: Lives touched by cancer

Wayne Bryant, Light The Night committee member & chair of Day of Fundraising for Light the Night. Bryant is also a cancer survivor.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

This Friday the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will hold the 14th Annual Light the Night Walk.  The fundraising event celebrates and commemorates the many lives touched by cancer. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley met with this year's Light The Night committee member and chair of Day of Fundraising for Light the Night -- Wayne Bryant of Williamsville.  He is a cancer survivor and shares his story.

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Local
3:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Buffalo councilman seeks to halt Seneca casino

File photo

A Buffalo lawmaker has submitted a resolution that calls to halt construction of the Seneca Nation of Indians' multi-million dollar downtown casino and sever the city's agreement with the tribe. 

Delaware District council member Michael LoCurto's resolution will be discussed at Tuesday's community development committee meeting.  LoCurto says the Senecas have broken several promises to the city.

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Arts
10:03 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Sprucing up Kleinhans Music Hall

Inside Kleinhans Music Hall
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

When the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra opens its season tomorrow night, patrons might notice a sharper sound.  Renovation work was conducted to Kleinhans Music Hall over the summer.   The work has altered the acoustics to its original sound.

A few BPO members were warming up for rehearsal on the main stage Thursday morning.  When you enter the auditorium you can smell new carpeting.   All the seating -- more than 1,500 seats -- were carefully pulled out for the carpet installation. 

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