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 2018, Eileen celebrates her 33rd year in broadcasting & media communications. She has worked at 10 radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, NY. Eileen has served as a former news director and assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team.  Now as senior reporter, she 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 30 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 nine-time recipient of this award, winning first place in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 & 2018, winning second place in 2017 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award  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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Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore is calling the city school district’s Teacher Transfer Process an "utter disaster". WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's been calling on the district to fix the process since a year ago last June.

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The leader of Nichols School will be leaving after the next school year.  Bill Clough, Head of School at Nichols in Buffalo, has announced the 2018-19-school year will be his last.

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Once again the Buffalo Board of Education must fill the Park District seat.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the school board will be accepting new applications.

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The Buffalo Board of Education has approved a new company to supply nurses to city schools. But Kaleida Health, which lost its contract with the district plans to appeal. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to two city school board members about the controversial issue.

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The Buffalo Public School District officially marked the start of construction of the new Emerson II culinary and hospitality school. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the second site is part of the district’s new high school programs.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 was officially declared Crisis Services Day in Buffalo by the city.  The center provides crucial services to the community.  Six months ago Crisis Services moved from Main Street in Buffalo to a new, larger space in Buffalo's riverside neighborhood on River Rock Drive. But an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was celebrated Thursday.

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A Buffalo School Board member says she resigned over the board's approval of a new school nursing contract. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Park District Board member Dr. Catherine Flanagan-Priore is not pleased with the way the board handled the process. 

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A new mental health awareness campaign is featuring a bipartisan message.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins and Republican Congressman Tom Reed are coming together for the BeKind2TheMind.

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There is a mysterious story about woman who was once treated at the Buffalo State Asylum, the original psychiatric center at the Richardson Olmsted Campus, in the late 1800s. In our ongoing Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a descendant who remains committed to finding out the truth about what happened to his relative.

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Caring for the mentally ill in an institutional setting began in the Buffalo in the late 1800s at what was once the Buffalo State Asylum at Forest and Elmwood avenues. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative, WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores the origins of the massive Richardson Olmsted Complex, built as a place of healing for the mentally ill.

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University at Buffalo undergraduate students have been participating in a literacy training program at a Buffalo Public School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they are teaching students from around the globe how to read in English.

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The Hamburg Central School District has unveiled the first in a series of promotional videos designed to allow the schools to ‘tell their story’.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this project is to create a ‘Culture of Kindness’ in the Hamburg schools. 

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The Niagara Falls City Schools superintendent is being recognized for promoting mental wellness for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Office of Mental Health honored the Falls city school leader Tuesday in Albany.

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The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would protect students from sexual abuse.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this bill calls to close a loophole preventing private schools from reporting abuse and will require training. 

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Students at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore tackled a difficult mental health issue through a stage play performed this past weekend.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students wrote, directed, composed music and choreographed the two act musical called 'Army of One' with all proceeds going to a veteran organization. 


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The SUNY Board of Trustees has revoked two honorary degrees given to comedian and actor Bill Cosby and former Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the board vote Thursday in favor of rescinding the honors.

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Members of the mental health community are working to educate the public about recognizing mental illness.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Erie County and its partner’s kicked-off Mental Health Awareness Month Tuesday.  

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May is observed as Mental Health Awareness month.  As part of our mental health reporting initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a bell was created more than six decades ago as a symbol and sign of hope.  

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The lack of teacher diversity in Buffalo and Erie County will be presented Thursday evening in a town hall forum.  The Education Trust - New York is hosting the event along with WNED/WBFO and the Center for Urban Education at Canisius College.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says having a teacher of color could be make a big difference for a  student’s education experience. 

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The Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation will be meeting Monday, April 30th at 2 p.m., in an attempt to resolve an on-going dispute at City Honors School.


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There are some difficult statistics out of Niagara County regarding infant deaths.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new campaign will be kicked-off Tuesday to help raise awareness in an effort to prevent deaths of infants placed in unsafe sleeping conditions.

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Students across the nation protested against gun violence marking National Walk Out Day.  Medaille College students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Friday to a demonstration on the campus.   

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Storytelling is being used to help break through the stigma of discussing mental health troubles. As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Just Tell One campaign is designed to give youth and young adults a chance to start a conversation. 


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A chaotic scene emerged in North Buffalo Thursday night after a house exploded into flames on Covington Road.

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A national motivational speaker visited students at Kenmore West High School Wednesday for an anti-bullying event. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students learned about how to 'build emotional resilience'. 

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Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community.  As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

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A longtime peace activist in Buffalo is very proud of the recent activism by Western New York students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Western New York Peace Center is part of the current "Never Again" movement to stop gun violence.

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The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming and Livingston counties from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday. 

 

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Pop series will feature a 'first-ever' celebration Saturday night of songs considered everyone's favorite titled Buffalo Sings.  The stage at Kleinhans Music Hall will be filled with musical talent.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it will feature Buffalo-to-Broadway's Michele Ragusa.

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The leader of the Mental Health Association of New York State says the recently adopted state budget provides a 'mixed bag' of funding for programs.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us it does provide state dollars to help schools launch mental health curriculums.

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