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 and 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

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Focus on Education
11:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Buffalo Public School students encouraged to take on a reading challenge

Students from PS #32 Bennett Park Montessori help Mayor Brown kick-off summer reading challenge.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 13th annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge  program Thursday. The program challenges city students to maintain and improve their reading during the summer months.

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Focus on Education
8:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Higher Ed prepares for new teacher testing requirements

Inside a school classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Education Department is implementing new testing requirements for initial teacher certification. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says leaders from the state Education Department met with some members of higher education in Buffalo about these changes that begin April 30.

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Focus on Education
11:11 am
Wed April 9, 2014

King Center Charter School's plan to move draws ire

Dr. Henry Louis Taylor speaks out against King Center Charter School plans to move from current Genesee Street site. Both sides made their arguments before a Buffalo Common Council committee meeting.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Plans by the King Center Charter School’s to buy a former city school building continue to draw fire from the King Urban Life Center. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a strong conversation was delivered between both sides before a Buffalo Common Council Committee meeting Tuesday.

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Focus on Education
9:14 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Prestigious jazz education program works with Buffalo school students

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz performs at Academy for Visual and Performing Arts in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the most prestigious jazz education and outreach programs in the world is spending time with some Buffalo Public School students this week. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is visiting three city schools.

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Focus on Education
8:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Buffalo school students excited about science careers

Students at School 19 in Buffalo wear lab coats in a STEM class learning about EKG's.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students are engaging in classroom programs that focus on future careers in science. The District kicked off science week Monday morning at School 19, the Native American Magnet School on West Delavan. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked a group of 8th graders at the school about their interest in a scientific career.

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Local
3:26 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Allegany soldier injured in Fort Hood attack recovering

Major Patrick Miller (right) was wounded in Wednesday Fort Hood shooting spree.
Credit Photo from Patrick Miller's Twitter page.

A native of Western New York who was seriously wounded in Wednesday's Fort Hood shootings is expected to recover. 

WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Olean Times Herald newspaper reporter Christopher Michel. Michel spoke family and friends of Miller in his home town of Allegany.

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Art/Theater
10:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Neglia stages tragic romance Romeo & Juliet at Shea’s

Sergio Neglia & Silvina Vaccarelli rehearse a Pas de Deux for Romeo & Juliet at Neglia's Elmwood Avenue studio in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of Shakespeare’s most tragic romances will be staged tonight at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Neglia Ballet Artists performs its production of Romeo and Juliet. WBFO’S senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited a rehearsal where Sergio Neglia practiced with his partner - a ballerina from Argentina.

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Focus on Education
8:45 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Students opt out, parents upset with ‘Sit & Stare’

Inside a Buffalo School classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Controversy is rising this week as some students opt out of the English Language Arts Assessment tests for third through 8th graders.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains why parents are so fired up over this issue.

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Focus on Education
9:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Buffalo teacher union leader outraged at 'Sit & Stare' policy

Buffalo School students.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The leader of the Buffalo teachers union is outraged over the Buffalo School District's Sit and Stare policy for students who opted out of state assessments this week. 

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

College filmmaker to premiere 'All in the Sauce'

Clip from movie trailer of All in the Sauce.
Credit Photo from movie trailer of All in the Sauce.

An aspiring young filmmaker is about to premiere a locally produced short film this week titled All in the Sauce. As part of Buffalo State College's 'Year of the Teacher', WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about the student's work outside the classroom and what he has learned in his undergraduate studies.


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Focus on Education
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Superintendent tries to clear air on uncertified administrator hires

Buffalo School administrators placed on leave for lack of proper certification.
Credit Photo from Facebook and LinkedIn

The Buffalo Schools superintendent is embroiled in the latest controversy over recent administrative hires.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked  superintendent Pamela Brown what the plan is for two top-level administrators placed on unpaid leave.

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Focus on Education
9:38 am
Tue April 1, 2014

City school leader holds listening tour

Buffalo Schools superintendent Pamela Brown at the downtown library Monday for her listening tour.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the midst of a city education crisis, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown kicked off the first in a series of 'listening tours' and community conversations Monday at the downtown library, part of the district's Pathways to Success effort that include community conversations.

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Focus on Education
5:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Buffalo Public Schools to receive state aid boost

Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.
Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

The Buffalo Public School District is expected to receive an increase in state under the new budget agreement. The city school district will see a more than a 4.3 percent increase in aid.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

When charter school closes, city district gets slight financial benefit

Inside the hallway at Community Charter School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Another Buffalo charter school will be closing at the end of the school year.  Community Charter School will closed at the end of June. Last year Pinnacle Charter School shut down, but was reopened last fall under the Buffalo Public School District as School 115. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city district benefits from these charter shut downs.

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Focus on Education
8:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Community Charter School loses court fight to stay open

Inside a classroom at COMMUNITY Charter School in 2013.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo has lost its court battle to stay open. State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek on Thursday ruled in favor of a New York State  Education Department's (NYSED) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the school.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports Community Charter School will closed at the end of the school year as part of our Focus on Education reporting.

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Focus on Education
10:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Two city school administrators placed on leave could return as interns

WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports on review of the administrators placed on leave as part of our ongoing Focus on Education reporting.

Talk has surfaced that the two high-level Buffalo Public School District administrators placed on leave might be allowed to stay on as interns.  Last week the schools superintendent placed Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison-Alexander on unpaid leave.

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Focus on Education
9:17 am
Thu March 27, 2014

NYSED leaders say students should not 'fear failure' in next round of tests

Buffalo School students in a classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As early as next week some students will begin taking another round of tests under the new Common Core Standards.  3rd and 8th grade are scheduled to take the ELA's next week, followed by math next month.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Thu March 27, 2014

New study examines school board leadership

Fordham Institute study on school board leaders.
Credit Photo from the Fordham Institute

A national study released by the Fordham Institute in Washington takes a look at school boards. The study titled Does School Board Leadership Matter? determined if local school board member’s focus on academic improvement is likelier to "beat the odds" in classroom performance.

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Local
9:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Former Bills color commentator Pete Weber reflects on Ralph Wilson

Bills owner Ralph Wilson during the championship years of the 1990's.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Bills

Reaction to the death of Ralph Wilson came quickly Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with longtime sports broadcaster Pete Weber, who now serves as the play-by-play voice for the Nashville Predators. During his time in Buffalo, Weber served as color commentator for the Buffalo Bills during the Super Bowl playoff years of the 1990s.

Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

School mourns loss of 7-year-old East Side boy

The family of Alexavier Torres-Santiago appeared with school leaders at the Frank Sedita School Tuesday
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Public School District

Students at the Frank Sedita Academy in Buffalo are trying to cope with the tragic loss of one of their classmates.  7-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago died Sunday in a fire at his home on Fillmore Avenue.  The boy and  his three siblings also attend the school.

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Developing
10:55 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Paladino uncovers more school district employees without proper credentials

Bennett High School.
Credit buffaloschools.org

Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino tells WBFO News he has uncovered more district employees lacking proper credentials.

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Cultural
10:24 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mexican woman granted asylum in U.S. tells her tragic story

33rd Annual Latin American Event.
Credit WBFO News photo of poster for event.

Violence flows at the Mexican border where many seek asylum in the United States. That issue will be highlighted Wednesday night as the 33rd Annual Father A. Joseph Bissonnette Lain America Event will be held at Daemen College in Amherst.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Buffalo Schools invite motivational speaker to kickoff ‘Pathways to Success’

Motivational speaker Simon Bailey, Bennett High School graduate returns to Buffalo.
Credit Simon Bailey marketing photo

Buffalo Public Schools superintendent Pamela Brown begins her Strategic Plan Listening Tour Saturday morning.  Brown has invited motivational speaker and author Simon Bailey to appear at the "Pathways to Success" program.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting -- WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to Bailey -- who is a graduate of Bennett High School and founder and CEO of Brilliance Institute.

As part of our Focus on Education reporting -- WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to Simon Bailey -- who will appear at the Buffalo Public School's "Pathways to Success"/ Bailey is a graduate of Bennett High School and founder and CEO of Brilliance Institute.

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Focus on Education
4:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Two city school administrators placed on leave, school board president calls it 'oversight'

Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino speaking during Wednesday's School Board meeting at Waterfront School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The superintendent of Buffalo's schools has placed two school administrators on unpaid leave for lack of proper certification.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals-Nevergold about the administrators placed on unpaid leave.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Aspire constructing new Center For Learning to serve developmentally disabled

Aspire student uses computer technology to communicate. He thanked John R. Oishei Foundation for grant to help build new Center For Learning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Aspire of Western New York is housed in temporary space at a Maryvale School building in Cheektowga.  But by September, a new state-of-the art Center For Learning will open nearby on Union Road.

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Focus on Education
9:54 am
Thu March 20, 2014

High percentage of Lafayette students struggle with language

World flags line the hallway inside Lafayette High School to represent the many different countries of the school's student population.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo Public school parents kicked off a campaign Monday to demand transferring their children out of failing city schools, one school continues working on its turnaround plan. Leaders of Lafayette High School are trying to improve their graduation rates. In our Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports there's not an unwillingness to learn, but it's a matter of some students learning a new language.

WBFO'S Focus on Education reporting takes you inside Lafayette High School.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Buffalo Public Schools take student registration into community

Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten at Central Registration on Ash Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For the first time the Buffalo Public School District is hitting the road to register Pre-K and Kindergarten students for next school year. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to the District's main registration center learning that over 800-students are already registered to attend city schools for the 2014-2015-school year.

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Focus on Education
6:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

King Urban Center says charter school relocation plan is 'act of disinvestment'

King Center Charter School is housed in the King Urban Life building on Genesee Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The King Urban Life Center (KULC) says it is "strongly opposed" to the relocation of the King Center Charter School.

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Focus on Education
9:52 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Plans to relocate King Center Charter School outrages Council member

King Center Charter School on Genesee Street in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Controversy is now brewing around the King Center Charter School's plans to move from its current site. A Buffalo lawmaker is outraged for being left out of the school's plans.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the charter school is seeking to purchase former School 71.


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Breaking
4:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Concord standoff subject identified, charged with attempted murder

A bullet hole on the hood of an Erie County Sheriff's car.
Credit Erie County Sheriff's Department

A standoff described as an 'active shooting' in the Town of Concord ended Monday morning after a gunman fired shots at authorities responding to a domestic call on home Brown Hill Road Road Sunday night.

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