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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Local
5:24 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Food Bank faces increased demand during cold spell

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The record cold weather has resulted in a greater need for items supplied by Food Bank of Western New York.  Area soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries are using more food items to feed those in need

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Focus on Education
9:34 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Questions surround future of interim schools leader

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The future of interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie came into question at last Friday's contentious school board meeting. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has more. 

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Focus on Education
3:35 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Racially divided school board reached compromise: 4 schools will phase out

Buffalo Board of Education during major debate over out-of-time schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board held one of the most contentious sessions in recent history Friday.  After nearly four hours of arguments and disruptions from the audience, board members reached a compromise on the city's four-out-of-time schools.

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Focus on Education
9:25 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Expected vote on fate of four Buffalo failing schools

Buffalo Board of Education listening in January to MLK School's proposed phase-in plan.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education meets in special session Friday morning to decide the fate of four failing city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the board is meeting to consider the phase-in and request for space proposals.


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Focus on Education
8:59 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Bennett teacher creates anti-Common Core rap

Bennett High School Teacher Jeff Grossi in the WBFO studio discussing his anti-Common Core rap and what's happening at Bennett.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Bennett High School teacher, disgusted with the state's forced implementation of the Common Core, has created a music video.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says it's titled 'We're Teaching' and is an anti-Common Core rap that's gone viral.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Civil rights expert urges board to hold off on failing school decision

UCLA's professor Gary Orfield at a past visit to the Buffalo School District.
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A well-know civil rights expert is recommending the Buffalo School Board hold off on a decision to close four failing schools. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says UCLA's professor Gary Orfield urges the board to wait until he submits his recommendations on criterion-based schools.

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Local
3:26 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Working to entice film & television productions to the Queen City

The City of Buffalo is now seeking Requests for Proposals for hiring a qualified consulting team to help grow film, television and post-production in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Brown wants to enhance the city's effort in luring film, television and post-production to the Queen City.  Mayor Brown appeared inside Shea's Performing Arts Center Wednesday morning to announce the city is putting out requests for proposals (RFP) to hire a qualified consulting team to help grow that market.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

City crews working to remove snow from narrowed side streets

Henley Road in north Buffalo still covered by snow and narrowed by snowy build up.
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Some Buffalo residents living on the most narrowest of city streets say snow piles are making streets nearly impassable.  But Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown tells WBFO News city Public Works Department crews are doing the best to remove the snow.

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Focus on Education
9:15 am
Wed February 11, 2015

‘Football bully’ coming to the Bills, expert weighs in

Richie Incognito, suspended from the Miami Dolphins for bullying, now signed to play with the Buffalo Bills.
Credit Photo from the Buffalo Bills Website

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula says newly-signed offensive lineman Richie Incognito is "prepared to move forward" after being suspended in 2013 by the Miami Dolphins for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin. But WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a University at Buffalo bullying expert who calls the move "disheartening."


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Focus on Education
7:30 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Assemblyman Ryan urges solutions, not closures of failing schools

In the past, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and other State leaders from Buffalo have rallied against closing East High School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo School Board is expected to decide this week on final plans for four failing city schools. But earlier this week the board's majority aidd it will not act on the proposed plans for those schools unless it is able to negotiate a new contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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Health
9:29 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Measles vaccine: Facts, not fear

Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner urging parents to immunize their children against measles.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

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Health
4:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ryan proposes linking child vaccinations to tax breaks

Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein talked about the importance of childhood vaccinations at a news conference Friday.
Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

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Local
9:04 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Blowing snow causing difficult conditions

Difficult driving conditions in the city of Buffalo Friday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Snow and blowing snow is making driving conditions difficult across the region Friday morning.  The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement noting the blowing snow will continue to impact the area.  

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Local
6:58 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Obituary: Ray Marks, former Buffalo newsman

Ray Marks, former Buffalo broadcaster.
Credit Photo by Jim Bush, photographer

Veteran Buffalo radio newsman Ray Marks (Markiewicz) has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.  His friends say Ray died at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where he was being treated as he continued his recovery from a bone marrow transplant.

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Aviation safety
2:51 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

'Miracle' pilot joins Flight 3407 families' fight for aviation safety

Captail Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger vows support for Flight 3407 families fighting air safety.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The pilot who managed to safely land an airplane years ago on the Hudson River is now joining continuing fight over airline safety with the Families of Flight 3407.

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Focus on Education
6:12 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Buffalo School District working to engage parents

Heath Frisch, Director of Parent and Family Engagement, Buffalo Public School District.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Parent engagement is considered a key ingredient in child's academic success.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter met with the Buffalo Public School District's director of Parent and Family Engagement to learn about how the district is enhancing parent involvement.

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Art/Theater
8:58 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Ben Vereen to perform with the BPO

Ben Vereen.
Credit Photo from BPO website.

Legendary and multi-talented entertainer Ben Vereen appears Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Pop Series. Vereen, well known for his Broadway work, brings his star power to Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Vereen ahead of Saturday's performance. 


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Local
8:30 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Flight 3407 widow describes emotional moments of grieving

Jennifer West in the WBFO studio.
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be appearing Monday with retired airline Captain Sully Sullenberger in Clarence to show support for Flight 3407 families. They will gather at the memorial site where Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed six years ago Long Street. Jennifer West, who lost her husband Ernie, will travel to Washington, D.C on Feb. 4 to continue to fight for air safety rules. But West tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley says she won't attend the annual memorial service.

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Focus on Education
1:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Community urged to rally against closing four failing schools

Lafayette High School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board will be deciding the fates of four failing city schools Wednesday evening. School Board members are expected to vote on the redesign plans for Bennett High School, Lafayette High School, East and MLK School.

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Local
3:27 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Two victims seek papal investigation into past sexual abuse

25-year-old Vanessa DeRosa & 50-year-old Tino Flores described their allegations during a morning news conference in Amherst at the law firm of Hogan Willig.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Western New Yorkers are calling on Pope Francis to investigate their cases of sexual abuse against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Erie 1 BOCES selects new superintendent

Erie 1 BOCES logo,

It appears a search for a new superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES has been completed. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned the BOCES Board of Education has selected a new leader.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Press Pass: Should the next superintendent come from the district?

Buffalo Board of Education recently listening to phase-in proposals.
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Some members of Buffalo School Board's majority indicated they would like to select the next superintendent from within the city district. But some minority board members insist a national search is needed.

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Focus on Education
5:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bennett High teacher says school gets 'a bum rap'

Support for Bennett High School.
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A ground swell of support is growing among groups and community members calling to keep failing city schools from closing. On Wednesday evening, a rally is expected outside the Buffalo School Board meeting where board members are scheduled to take a final vote on four failing schools.

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Local
9:41 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Members of the African American community live with race profiling

Protests in 2014 in Buffalo against police profiling and racial profiling.
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Many African Americans continue to feel a racial imbalance in our community.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports black males experience a great deal of profiling.


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Focus on Education
9:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Buffalo students inspired by Selma film

Some of the students from six Buffalo Public Schools pose for a photo after seeing Selma with Erie County Legislature Betty Jean Grant.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

About 140 Buffalo Public School students received a history lesson in civil rights outside their classrooms Thursday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students from six city schools saw the movie Selma at the Regal Theater on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo.


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Focus on Education
11:12 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Parent organization praises Cuomo's proposed education reforms

Sam Radford, parent advocate and fighter for students in Buffalo schools.
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The leader of one of Buffalo's parent organizations is reacting very favorably to the Governor's public education reform proposals. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the president of the District Parent Coordinating Council.


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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

M&T Chairman Wilmers to deliver 'The State of Public Education in Buffalo'

Robert Wilmers, Chairman & CEO of M&T Bank, sits at his desk in his office at the M&T building in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As the city school district grapples with failing schools, a powerful Buffalo stakeholder will lead a discussion on 'The State of Public Education in Buffalo' Wednesday evening.  M & T Bank Chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers will deliver remarks.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has this preview.

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Focus on Education
10:30 am
Tue January 20, 2015

High school students at Pioneer Central settle into new science wing

New science classrooms with labs at Pioneer Central High School.
Credit Photo from the Pioneer Central School District Website.

A new, 10-room science addition will be unveiled at Pioneer Central High School in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire Tuesday night. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the district's superintendent ahead of this evening's ribbon cutting.


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Focus on Education
9:52 am
Tue January 20, 2015

A conversation with Medaille’s president: Hints to potential partnerships

Medaille College, Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

This past fall, the president of Medaille College announced he will retire from the school at the end of this academic year citing unspecified health reasons.

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Local
5:30 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

MLK Scholarship event in Buffalo reflects on civil rights

Christian Education Scholarship Committee of New Hope Baptist Church presented the 25th Annual MLK Scholarship breakfast at the Convention Center.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of Buffalo's African-American community celebrated the silver anniversary of the Annual MLK Scholarship Breakfast Monday morning.

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