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 an eight-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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.

Ways to Connect

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You have a chance to weigh in Tuesday evening and learn more about the proposed sites for a new train station in Buffalo.  The Governor's Train Station Site Selection Committee, led by Mayor Byron Brown, is set to host a hearing at 5 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

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A brand new Muppet will debut next month on Sesame Street.  The new character is Julia, who has autism. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says our region's Autism Services is very excited about the character.  

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The leader of SUNY is projecting a high need of new teachers in the next ten years.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has more on remarks made by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.  

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A Roman Catholic Church in Olean has been designated as a 'basilica' by Pope Francis.  St. Mary of the Angels Church has been granted what is considered a 'rare' honor. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the church's Pastor Rev. Greg Dobson about the process.

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New York State Senate republicans are proposing a plan to make college more affordable and protect private colleges. They have proposed a significant increase in the Tuition Assistance Program known as TAP. 

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Private school affordability remains a major challenge for local families. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Park School of Buffalo has adopted a "flexible tuition" approach. 

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo announced the hiring of Adrienne Forgette, a former Western New Yorker, who will serve as the new principal of the high school.  

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The New York State Mentoring Program is getting a boost from the governor's mother. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Matilda Cuomo is working to expand the program across the state for students. 

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Much of the area is dealing with over a foot of snow that has been steadily falling over recent days. Once again, many school districts across the region closed Wednesday because of the winter storm.   

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NPR Special Correspondent Renee Montagne will visit the WNED|/WBFO Studios March 29. Montagne's radio career started in the 1970s at while attending UC Berkeley at community radio station in San Francisco. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Montagne about her public radio career. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York State.  A winter storm is moving through much of the upstate region, Hudson Valley and New York City.

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Teachers from the Buffalo Public and Cheektowaga Central School Districts heard from a best-selling author about how to relate students of color in the classroom. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Dr. Christopher Emdin was the keynote speaker at the Urban Forum Speaker Series held at Bennett High School in Buffalo Monday.   

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The long-time union leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation is gearing up for re-election. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Phil Rumore, who has been BTF president since 1981. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is launching a city-wide campaign for Stronger Community Schools. More than 100,000 flyers will be mailed to city residents outlining community school locations and ways citizens can participate.

Buffalo Police have located a 4-year-old girl who was the subject of an AMBER Alert early Friday morning.

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The Williamsville School Board rejected a proposal earlier this week to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the school board president in hoping to revisit the idea in the future.  

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The National Federation for Just Communities works closely with students. This week it hosted its annual Spring High School Youth Leadership Conference. WBFO's Senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with three Buffalo high school teenagers at Temple Beth Zion where they discussed racism and segregation issues. 


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High winds forced the closing of the SUNY Genesee Community College (GCC) campus in Batavia Wednesday afternoon. All classes and activities were canceled.   WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.  

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NPR's "From the Top" was in Buffalo Tuesday to conduct a recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the show highlighted the classical music performances of two local high school students. 

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A youth program in the city of Buffalo is designed to prevent high school drop outs and promote graduation. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) after-school program where city high school students are using their creative talents to succeed.

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Several of the region's private colleges say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for free state college would have a negative effect on their schools. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the Medaille College community are being encouraged to write to state lawmakers to consider an increase for the Tuition Assistance Program instead of supporting the tuition-free plan for SUNY.   

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visited the Jewish Community Center on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo Thursday as a sign of solidarity.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the JCC and others across the state have been targeted by recent bomb threats and anti-Semitism.

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Teenage life is filled with challenges. They often work to balance academics and sports while navigating through social media. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley continues her installment of Cafeteria Chats with students at Niagara Falls High School. 

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As high school students navigate academics and social lives, they also find themselves engaged in political discussions. In our ongoing series “Cafeteria Chats,” WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley sits down with students at Niagara Falls High School. In part one of this week’s installment, the students tell us President Trump has dominated conversations in their classrooms and hallways.  

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More questions than answers have surfaced in the saga of a Buffalo's home school mother. The woman was initially charged with educational neglect because they were not in school. Child Protective Services also took the children from her custody. But in this week's Press Pass, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes who has uncovered some new revelations.  

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A company in downtown Buffalo creates and provides digitized learning programs for teachers to advance K-through 12-education. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited PLS 3rd Learning, a spin-off company from the University at Buffalo. 

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New York State Regent Catherine Collins served as the keynote speaker at a Black History Month Celebration Thursday.  Collins delivered an address at The Eighth Judicial District Diversity Steering Committee event held in Erie County's Ceremonial Courtroom. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins discussed “The Crisis in Black Education". 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to the state education department to tell all school districts to protect transgender students. This is in response to the removal of a federal transgender bathroom guideline by the Trump administration. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley gathered reaction. 

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County held its first ever stakeholders breakfast in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday. The organization tells WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley it is working to reach out to community providers to help prevent suicides. 

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Some students from the Buffalo Public and Niagara Falls City School Districts have returned from a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the students won contests for their STEM projects. 

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