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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A three-alarm blaze in north Buffalo has displaced 24 people. The fire broke out at a two-family home at 91 Crestwood Avenue near Hertel Avenue around 9 a.m. Monday. 

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A Buffalo teenager has been selected to serve as a national ambassador for a ballet program that promotes black dancers. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says 'Brown Girls Do Ballet' supports diversity in ballet programs.

Christians are gathering this Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter marks one of the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Spring flowers are a symbol of the Easter season and as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports so is the Pussy Willow and a Polish tradition.


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Even with the teaching profession under fire from Common Core Learning Standards, some students are forging ahead with plans to become a school teacher.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter met a SUNY Buffalo State student who was 'out in the field' training for her future career. 

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Did you ever wonder how much school districts in Erie County have lost since the great recession?  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Erie County Association of School Boards just issued its Schools Reports revealing a total loss of more than $2-billion since the 2007-2008. 

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has unveiled proposed legislation that would fund lead-testing at daycare centers.  Schumer said his bill would help daycare centers and schools across the state to test drinking water for possible lead contamination. 

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The University at Buffalo held a rally Tuesday to celebrate its men's and women's basketball teams for their successful seasons. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the teams were honored for winning the Mid-American Conference Championship games and a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.

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There is some very positive reaction in Buffalo on the selection of Betty Rosa as the new State Regents Chancellor. Rosa, a Bronx educator, was selected Monday to replace out-going Chancellor Merryl Tisch.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says Buffalo’s Hispanic organization and the city teachers union are very pleased. 

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The New York State Board of Regents has selected Regent member Betty Rosa of the Bronx to serve as the next chancellor. 

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Some Canisius High School juniors are working to raise money to help build a playground for special needs students.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says the high school teens want to contribute  students at the Heritage Center's Maryvale School in Cheektowaga can enjoy some recreation.

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Some Buffalo Public school students will now have a healthier option in their cafeteria. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says four city schools are receiving salad bars thanks to Tops Markets and United Fresh Start Foundation.  

Irish Trad seisiún

Mar 17, 2016
Photo provided by Mark Warford

There will be plenty of the wearing of the green, green bagels and beer on this Saint Patrick's Day.  But WBFO's Eileen Buckley found out about some local musicians who provide traditional Irish music monthly in the area.

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Preventing and responding to violence at schools was the theme of the University at Buffalo's 13th annual Safe Schools seminar. About 1,000 school educators, counselors and law enforcement gathered at UB's Center for the Arts Wednesday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says 'threat assessment' could avoid an active shooter incident.

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The Daemen College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that President Gary Olson has signed a five-year contract that will allow Olson to continue to lead the college until 2021.

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SUNY is working to promote diversity on its campuses. Last fall a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy was announced. It works to allow students to voluntarily 'self-identify' their gender and sexual orientation.  As WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley learned, one student is praising SUNY Buffalo State for allowing him to pursue his passion in dance.

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The State Education recently announced that it would be removing 10-city schools from receivership.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes look at why State Ed believes these schools have made 'enough progress' to be removed.

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A panel of  Buffalo Public high school students spoke candidly about issues of race and diversity. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the topics were at the center of an Urban Forum hosted by Buffalo school leaders Monday at Bennett High School.

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St. Bonaventure senior will be honored Tuesday as the recipient of the 'Woman of Promise' award. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with the honoree.

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As parents, students and educators continue to raise concerns around Common Core and high stakes testing, a Community Forum will be held Saturday afternoon.  Educators will help lead a discussion starting at 12:30 p.m. on the SUNY Buffalo State campus.

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An education philanthropy website, that helps fund classroom projects across the United States, conducted a massive push Thursday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says a Buffalo native has pledge funding 35 Buffalo Public school classroom projects. 

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The long-time principal at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in south Buffalo recently announced his retirement. Thomas Sullivan has been with the school for 26-years, serving 22-of those as principal.    WBFO’s Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Sullivan about the strengths of the all-boys, Catholic high school.

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Buffalo will be the launch for the first national tour of "Finding Neverland." The tour will open October 11 at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Other big name shows like "42nd Street," "Wicked," and "the Sound of Music" are among the highlights of the 2016-2017 Broadway Series at Shea's.  

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Racism, poverty, gangs and immigration rise to the top of social issues for some Buffalo teens. Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts students have been play-acting those issues for their production of West Side Story. It opens tonight on the school's Main Stage. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal.  

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The New York State Board of Regents is getting closer to selecting a new leader. Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch is not seeking another term. WBFO’s focus on education reporter Eileen Buckley checked-in with western New York Regent Representative Catherine Collins on three new board members recently appointed and future leadership. 

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Some Buffalo public and private school students had a chance to learn about the art of Asian dance.  The H.T. Chen & Dancers from New York City are in Buffalo this week ahead of a weekend performance.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Asian-American dance troupe is conducting lecture demonstrations for students.  

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A new, hands-on learning program will help University at Buffalo students launch entrepreneurships. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at UB's north campus Monday as it officially opened Blackstone LaunchPad.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for a ban on the sale of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at pharmacies in the county.

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Immaculata Academy students in Hamburg must select new schools to attend next fall. School leaders announced last Friday the Catholic girls' school would shut down in June.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the school will offer help to students. 

A major town-hall style meeting will be held in north Buffalo Thursday evening to address the region's heroin and opioid epidemic.  Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is teaming with Save the Michaels of the World. The organization was founded by Avi and Julie Israel who lost their 20-year-old son Michael to an addiction of prescription medication.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to a woman who is sharing her story of addiction. 

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Students from Buffalo's Harvey Austin Elementary School had a chance to speak to a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students in 4th through 8th grade appeared at Buffalo State Ferguson Planetarium where they linked up to ask live questions to outer space.


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