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 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

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High winds damaged a signal light at the busy intersection of the 198 at Parkside Avenue in Buffalo.

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Some Nichols high school students in Buffalo had a chance to present proposed waterfront building designs to an expert panel of judges.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created geometric models to portray very unique ideas. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has turned to the state's largest teachers union as it reviews the New York State Education Department's decision on receivership for struggling city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State United Teachers believe Buffalo teachers are being blamed for poor performing schools.

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With reading at the core of education, a local bookstore is hosting a 'free' Western New York Children's Book Expo in Buffalo Saturday, November 14th.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it will take place at Kleinhans Music Hall in an effort to encourage city families to attend.

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The Buffalo Public School District is rolling out a proposed attendance plan.  A community meeting was held Tuesday evening at the Merriweather Library where the district was seeking public input  its attendance policy. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with the district's director of Student Support Services at his City Hall office to learn how the plan could improve attendance.

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Three Buffalo Public Schools are being phased out for failure to perform. Bennett High School, Riverside High and the Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute are considered "out-of-time" schools. But as WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley learned, the principal at MLK is working hard to keep students positive.

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Before Dr. Kriner Cash was selected to lead the Buffalo Public School District he made a remark at community meeting about seeking future school funding from the Ralph Wilson Foundation.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley follows up on that comment.

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The leader of the Buffalo Public School District answered with caution when asked about charter schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley explains.

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It was just like "Dancing with the Stars" at Statler City Friday night. Suneel's Light Foundation held its third annual fund-raising gala that features local celebrities in a dance competition.

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Students at the Martin Luther King School in Buffalo were inspired Friday by an 11-year-old Texas girl who is having huge success with her own lemonade brand. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has her story.

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The treatment and research of sports-related injuries in the Buffalo community has received a boost. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation has delivered a four million dollar gift to the University at Buffalo's Sports Medicine Department. 

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said the receivership plan for five persistently failing schools is back in the hands of the State Education Commissioner.  Cash made his comments during A Wednesday forum with our new partner, Investigative Post's Jim Heaney. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Cash is vowing to be aggressive with receivership powers.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said the district might learn by this Friday about receivership plans for five city schools. Cash made his comments during a lunch-time forum Wednesday with Investigative Post's Jim Heaney.

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The Buffalo Police Department is warning of rape that occurred in the Hillery Park neighborhood in South Buffalo.

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With many local private colleges have witnessed enrollment declines over the last few years, students are searching for college programs that are relevant to finding a job.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the Trocaire College campus in South Buffalo to find out how the school is targeting the growing Healthcare Informatics industry.

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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz easily rolled by his Republican challenger Ray Walter celebrating a reelection victory.  Poloncarz won a second four year-term as Erie County Executive. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on what Poloncarz wants to accomplish in the next four years.

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A middle school teacher in the Southern Tier has created a new way for her students to give their best. WBFO's Focus on Education Eileen Buckley says in one Olean Intermediate Middle School classroom students are standing -- not sitting.


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The Buffalo Public School District was required to answer more than 50-questions the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights by last Friday. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the troubled selection process for the city's criteria-based schools. Lankes also provides insight into the Superintendent's search for some new staffers.

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Descendants of slaves participated in a three day workshop in Buffalo that wrapped up Sunday.  The University at Buffalo hosted the Descendants of Authors of Slave Narratives.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event was designed to reconnect participants with their ancestors and examine their family histories.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will now require meningitis vaccines for students entering sixth and 11th grades. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley discussed the new law with the Buffalo Public School District's medical director.  

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It is Halloween 2015 and celebrations are underway this weekend.  Many adults enjoy dressing up for some Halloween fun.  WBFO’s Eileen Buckley spoke with some hair stylists at  the Cia Bella Hair Studio on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. 

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What is it about zombies that has remained part of pop culture for decades? WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says that's is the question a University at Buffalo professor has been studying for the last three years.   

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There is a new development in the long, fought out case against the state for school funding for eight small school districts. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this lawsuit was filed back in 2008. 

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The Frank Sedita School at 21 Lowell Street on Buffalo's West Side was given the all clear after 10 a.m. Thursday following a false shooting report. WBFO's Eileen Buckley was on the scene when Buffalo Police and school resource officers issued the notification.

The Lewiston-Porter School Central School District is the latest district to announce plans to begin drafting a new student gender identity policy.

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The Governor's Common Core Task Force will be holding one of its first open public meeting for residents in New Rochelle, New York Thursday afternoon.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has learned  local meetings are being planned for the Buffalo community so citizens can weigh in on Common Core. 

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Erie Community College said it has reached a contract agreement with the Faculty Federation (FFECC) and Erie County after six years of negotiations. 

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The Buffalo Public School District must answer more than 50 questions regarding the admission process for its criteria-based schools. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (ORC) issued a letter to Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash dated October 15, 2015.

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The leader of the New York State Board of Regents will not seek a new term. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch made the announcement at the start of board meeting in Albany Monday morning.

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Campuses across the region continue to step up awareness efforts to prevent sexual assaults. But as WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley learns the problem still persists for some area colleges that provide on-campus living.

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