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
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Buffalo Schools: I-Prep celebrates reconstruction

I-Prep students hold up flags from across the globe.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has completed the last school building of the more than $1 billion Joint Schools Reconstruction Project. On Monday morning, city school officials and students gathered outside of International Preparatory for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of reconstruction work.

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Focus on Education
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Higher education discusses best practices for campus assaults

Inside Hilbert College's Swan Auditorium for The Sexual Assault Prevention and Compliance Summit 2014.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

College and university officials from across the region shared best practices Friday on how to prevent sexual assaults and rapes on campus. 

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Local
4:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Examining why children get involved in gangs

Experts on gang violence shared information with welfare agencies.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Experts on gang violence shared information with various agencies that serve families and children. Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies hosted the event. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the forum was designed to discuss why children get involved in gangs.

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Focus on Education
9:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Principal placed on leave after student wanders from building

Hector Ortiz, parent is joined by Sam Radford outside PS 82 Monday.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A Buffalo school principal under fire for suspending a 5-year old who walked out of school has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Art/Theater
6:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Glee star to kick off BPO Pops series

Matthew Morrison will open BPO Pops Concert Series

A pop culture celebrity from television and Broadway will open the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pops concert series this Saturday at Klenihans Music Hall.  Singer, actor and dancer Matthew Morrison -- one of the star's of "Glee" -- will make his debut with the BPO.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Morrison ahead of this weekend's Buffalo appearance.

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Focus on Education
11:47 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo expands scholarships for CSAT students

CSAT students were elated to learn they are eligible for Say Yes Buffalo college scholarships.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo is expanding its college tuition scholarship program and has added new colleges and universities partners.   Students attending the Charter School for Applied Technologies middle school in Buffalo are now eligible to receive scholarships to college. 

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Focus on Education
8:30 am
Wed September 24, 2014

STEM at work in Niagara Falls High School

Inside brand new STEM lab at Niagara Falls High School
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Niagara Falls City School District has made an impressive investment to implement STEM programs in every one of its schools. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley toured the Niagara Falls High School were students were breaking in brand new STEM labs for learning.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Parents want to know how their child left PS 82 unnoticed

Early Childhood Center School 82 on Easton Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Many questions surround how a five year old special education student in Buffalo was able to leave his school building unnoticed.

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Focus on Education
11:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Buffalo State under new leadership: Meet Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner

Buffalo State President Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner in the WBFO studio.
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It's a new era at SUNY Buffalo State as a new president has taken the helm. Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner previously served as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Hood College in Maryland. She also served as provost at  SUNY Geneso.

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Local
2:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Authorities search area along 219 in Orchard Park

219 southbound at the interchange with NY 179 (Mile Strip Road) in Orchard Park
Credit Photo from Wikipedia

Authorities are conducting a search along a section of Route 219-in Orchard Park.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the search began earlier today, but police remain tight lipped about this investigation.

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Focus on Education
4:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Commissioner King tours two area schools finding success with Common Core

Student works to solve problem
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

State Education Commissioner John King continued on his fall school tour Thursday with a stop in Western New York.  King began the day at the Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School in the city of Niagara Falls.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Buffalo school nurses see little impact from new respiratory virus

A hand sanitizer at the Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts. Sanitizers are in all Buffalo Public School classrooms.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite a big spike in the number of children being treated for a possible respiratory virus at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, there appears to be no major effects in the Buffalo Public School District.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charter school families say state funding formula is unconstitutional

Buffalo families speak out against state's funding formula for charter schools saying it is 'unconstitutional'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A lawsuit is claiming the funding formula for charter schools in New York State is unconstitutional.  The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County.  It claims charter students receive only three-fifths of what school district students receive. 

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Girl Scouts: Providing leadership and more

Inside the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Girl Scouts of Western New York continues to guide and educate young women on leadership. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the Girl Scouts headquarters on Walden Avenue in Depew learning the organization serves 20,000 girls across the region.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New program encourages students to study genetics & genomics

WNY Congressman Brian Higgins joining news conference on NIH grant at UB's South Campus Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new program, funded through a federal grant, will work to encourage local high school students to seek careers in genetics and genomics. Rep. Brian Higgins appeared with University at Buffalo leaders Monday to announce a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Focus on Education
10:06 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Buffalo teens study distressed neighborhoods

Dr. Henry Taylor, Director of UB's Urban Studies program, Gavin Luter, Coordinator of Educational Programs for UB's Urban Studies with Buffalo students, Malilk Rainey, Nyah Shaw & Nisa Jenkins.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students recently participated in the 'Community as Classroom' program. The University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies used the Fruit Belt and other distressed city neighborhoods as a virtual classroom. 

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Focus on Education
1:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

City school parents learn more about respiratory virus

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District has issued letters to parents offering information about a new respiratory virus that is affecting some children in the Buffalo region. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the letter is not to alarm, but inform school parents.

 

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Local
2:32 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Plans approved for AMC movie theater at Market Arcade

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown makes announcement about developer for Market Arcade Cinema.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An eight-screen AMC movie theater is coming to the Market Arcade building in downtown Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown on Thursday announced the city has selected Benchmark to redevelop the Market Arcade Cinema Complex.

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Focus on Education
10:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Students study genocide & racism through Anne Frank Project

Students at Buffalo State work on The Anne Frank Project
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the most memorable stories of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is used as a teaching tool on the Buffalo State campus. Since 2009, the Anne Frank Project has been educating new generations of college students about genocide and racism.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

UB gives athletic director contract extension

UB Athletic Director Daniel "Danny" White.
Credit Photo from UB Website

University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi has announced a five-year-contract extension with athletic director Daniel "Danny" White.  The new agreement will extend White's contract through 2019.

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Focus on Education
8:01 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bittersweet opening for new early childhood center at former Catholic school

New Early Childhood Academy at St. Bernadette in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A  former catholic grade school, closed by the Diocese of Buffalo, has re-opened as a pre-school.  New students celebrated a ribbon cutting at St. Bernadette Early Childhood Academy on South Abbott Road in Orchard Park.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the young students were excited, but some parents remain angry at the Diocese for closing the elementary school.

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Local
1:35 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Striving for good in one city community

Gina Davis, Calvin Johnson & Charles Cruel stand on the steps of City Hall concerned about their city neighborhood.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some members of Buffalo's African American community say they are poorly portrayed in the local media.  They say too much coverage of east side crime and youth violence dominates the news, covering up good things happening in their neighborhoods.

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Focus on Education
1:34 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City teachers await contract talks

Inside a Buffalo School classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Teachers Federation will hold more informational pickets later this week and rally on Wednesday outside City Hall prior to the school board meeting. Teachers have been working without a new contract for more than a decade.

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Focus on Education
3:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Canisius College rightsizing to fit lower enrollment

Outside Canisius College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

High college costs have caused declining enrollment and financial difficulties for some area private colleges. Enrollment is down at both Canisius and Medaille Colleges in Buffalo.

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Local
9:45 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Promising drugs could help Suneel’s battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Suneel Ram in our WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A special gala will be held Friday evening to raise awareness and funding for Suneel's Light Research Foundation. The organization was named after Suneel Ram. Since the age of three, Suneel, now 17, has coped with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Buffalo Public Schools begin new school year

Bus pulls up for the first day of classes at the Hamlin Park School on the city's east side.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School children headed back to the classroom Thursday for a new school year.  But many are returning as the school district struggles to improve student achievement.

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Focus on Education
11:22 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Music Educators: Passion & knowledge to entertain & educate

Joe Baudo (left), Jack Prybylski (middle) & Joe Parisi (right)
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Several members of this year's Buffalo Music Hall of Fame class are music educators. As a new school year begins this week, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks to to them about teaching music and performing. 


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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Back to School: Low performing school working toward improvements

Inside Highgate Heights Elementary a sign hangs in the school office.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School children begin a new school year Thursday, but many city students are heading back to low-performing schools.  In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley takes us inside Public School #80 Highgate Heights Elementary.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Zoo captures education grant

Buffalo Zoo
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The Buffalo Zoo has received a $5,000 education grant from Disney. In this Focus on Education report  WBFO Eileen Buckley says the funding will allow the Zoo to create the first ever family nature clubs in the region.

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Focus on Education
9:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

College victims of sexual assault at higher risk for reoccurrence

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

There is more reason for women on college campuses to protect themselves from sexual assaults. A new study out of the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions says female college students of past sexual assaults at a much higher risk to become victims again. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks to the principal investigator of the study.

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