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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Members of the State Assembly held a public hearing in Albany Wednesday to try to figure out how to make college more affordable. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the hearing was held the same week SUNY is discussing a possible tuition increase.  

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West Buffalo Charter School students had a chance to meet an Olympic winner Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Amherst native Emily Regan, who captured a gold medal at the Rio Olympics on the U.S. Women's Rowing team, talked about her success. 

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The Siena College Research Institute is ready to embark on its next New York political poll. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports it will be asking about attitudes toward President-elect Donald Trump to measure the post-election mood.

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A unique collection drive for the holiday season is underway and it is not about food. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us volunteers are collecting new pillows to provide comfort to those in need who seek assistance at the Response to Love Center.  

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The Canisius College community is gathering early Monday evening for a candlelight vigil in the Christ the King Chapel to remember freshman Victoria Brooks.

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A language specialist in the Buffalo Public school district says the biggest challenge for refugee students is communicating with their fellow classmates. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, they are encouraged to preserve their native languages. 

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In the midst of applying for colleges a City Honors High School student is juggling a busy ballet schedule.  WBFO's senior reporter says the student has been rehearsing for a role in Neglia Ballet's  Nutcracker premiering Saturday night at Shea's Performing Arts Center with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.


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Students at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center in Buffalo participated in an anti-bullying event Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was part of the completion of a program called "Dignified Dissenters."

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There has been another racist incident on a local college campus. Two Daemen College students were placed on suspension after a male student wore a costume that resembled a KKK outfit inside Canavan Hall Monday night. A second student, who helped dress him, was also suspended. 

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An Erie County lawmaker wants to put an end to conversion therapy on youths. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Legislator Patrick Burke has introduced a local law that would ban the practice.   

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A Buffalo native has been named as the next president of St. Bonaventure University. Dr. Dennis DePerro was introduced to the campus community Monday morning at a news conference in the University’s Quick Center that was live streamed.   

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Call it the "Trump effect," the aftermath of the Presidential election of Donald Trump. It is being felt in many classrooms across the country. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to one Buffalo Public high school principal about how students have been reacting.  

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A new Siena Research Poll shows how far reaching cyberbullying is among teens throughout the state. In Western New York 19-percent of teens surveyed say they've been cyberbullied. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended an anti-cyberbullying event at City Honors in Buffalo Friday morning.

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The University at Buffalo continues to rank among the top 25 universities for enrolling international students. Earlier this week, the Institute of International Education released its Open Doors report, ranking UB 21st among American colleges and universities for international enrollment. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us UB is preparing to expand its recruitment effort.

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University at Buffalo Police report two women on UB's South Campus were threatened at knife point in an attempted robbery.  

Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, there have been reported cases of racial bigotry found on some SUNY campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a SUNY student leader about the issue.    

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There will be no changes for standardized tests for 3rd through 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics at least for the next couple of years. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and members of the Board of Regents announced Monday the length of those tests will remain at three days this and next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the reaction.

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Now that the Buffalo School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation resolved a lengthy contract dispute, what's next for the long-time union leader? In this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley that BTF President Phil Rumore is reviewing his options.   

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D'Youville College on Buffalo West Side is placing its undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs on hold for at least the next three years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college is ready to restructure the program, but current students are not pleased. 

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Canisius College in Buffalo has suspended students involved in an incident of a black baby doll found on campus earlier this week.    

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Some local members of the Karen community are expected to participate in a protest in Washington Friday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley said they speaking out against the atrocities happening to people in Burma.   

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A small protest against the Presidential election of Donald Trump was staged in Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Thursday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to protesters who say they wanted to show solidarity and "spread love."


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Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at D'Youville College in Buffalo Thursday morning to announce competition of the New York Gateway Connections Improvement Project at the Peace Bridge.  

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The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning a disturbing incident that occurred Tuesday night at a campus dorm building.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's believed to be in response to the result of the presidential election and spoke with two students.

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In the 61st State Senate race, Republican incumbent Michael Ranzenhofer retained his seat, defeating Democratic Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran.   

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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins was the first congressional leader to support Donald Trump for his campaign. Collins appeared at the Erie County Republican Party campaign event Tuesday night in downtown Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Collins about not backing down in his support of Trump and how republicans will maintain control in the Congress. 

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The Erie County Republican Party celebrated a big win in a key New York State senate race.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Republican Chris Jacobs defeated Democrat Amber Small in the 60th Senate District. 

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Many voters said they were thrilled to finally have a chance to vote in what has been a turbulent Presidential Election campaign.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with some voters in the Kenmore Tonawanda District Tuesday.   

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As more and more schools hook up to high-tech, digital learning, school libraries are dramatically changing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited Canisius High School in Buffalo to check out the newly renovated library.   


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An organization recently released a state-wide campaign that says 'standards are working'.  High Achievement New York, known as HANY, works to help schools, teachers, students and parents to make sure learning standards are the best.  But with all the fall-out over Common Core, some school districts, like Buffalo struggle with the high expectations.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with HANY's Executive Director Stephen Sigmund and President of the District Parent Coordinating Council in Buffalo Sam Radford.   

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