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
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

JFK Middle School embraces Common Core; Buff State student, teachers participate

Inside a classroom at JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga where teachers and student teachers are engaging students in Common Core.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

We often report on the struggles of Common Core Learning Standards in the classroom, but in this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley takes us inside JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga to hear about how educators and students are embracing it successfully and how future teachers are gearing up for the challenge. 

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Local
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

City says it's ready for winter

Inside Buffalo's Broadway Garage.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

With snow in Western New York's forecast, the City of Buffalo showed off its snow-fighting fleet at the Broadway Garage Wednesday morning.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

‘How did we…?’: UB’s eclectic & avant-garde performance

UB students work on 'How did we...?' set.
Credit Photo from UB YouTube video

A unique performance hits the stage at UB's Center for the arts tomorrow night blending music, art and dance.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says student artists are required to go beyond traditional performing to provide the audience with a first-ever experience.

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Focus on Education
6:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014: ECC honors those who died in service

Veterans graves at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo are lined with flags each Veterans Day.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

For nearly seven decades, Erie Community College has served and continues to serve thousands of veterans. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says ECC will be honor them at all three campuses for Veterans Day that will include the dedication of a new Fallen Heroes Memorial Park at ECC's North campus. 

         

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Focus on Education
6:35 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Canisius High School Dean of Students out & football player violates school rules

Canisius High School on Delaware Ave.
Credit Photo from Canisius High School Website

Two major developments occurring at Canisius High School in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one involves a top administrator -- the other a nationally ranked football player.

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Local
4:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election results: Panepinto, Ortt, Wozniak heading to Albany

Democrat Marc Panepinto conducts live interview with WBFO
WBFO News photo by Jerry Urban

Democrat Marc Panepinto and Republicans Robert Ortt and Angela Wozniak were among the big winners on Election Day, winning seats in the state legislature.

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Developing
5:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014: Races, Governor & NYS Senate seat

Lawn signs and polling signs in Buffalo & Kenmore and one of the Propositions on the 2014 ballot.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Voters have been casting their ballots for Election Day 2014. Polls across the region will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

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Focus on Education
6:29 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Athletic trainers to assess injuries in Southern Tier high school football

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The Buffalo Bills announced that athletic trainer grants are now provided to 12-southern tier high schools.  The NFL Foundation matched a $25,000 grant from the Ralph Wilson Foundation.   This allows the Western New York Amateur Football Alliance to provide athletic trainers. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says game day medical coverage is provided on the football field.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Early Childhood Staff Union seeks first contract

One of the CAO Head Start centers on East Ferry in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A group of newly-unionized early childhood workers will be staging an informational picket Monday night in Buffalo. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the workers are seeking their first ever union contract with the Community Action Organization.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Theater group tackles same-sex issues in 'The Children’s Hour'

The Children's Hour performed by Buffalo Public Theatre.
Credit Photo from the Buffalo Public Theatre

A child's lie, that destroys the lives of two school teachers, is now being performed on at the New Phoenix Theatre. Buffalo Public Theatre is staging 'The Children's Hour.' It is adapted from the original 1934 play, tackling the topic of gay rights. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with director Loraine O'Donnell, who explains how same-sex issues still transcend 80+ years later.

Parents attend summit for engagement on students
5:54 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Parents attend summit for engagement on student issues

Say Yes Buffalo host first Parent Power & Partnerships Summit

Parents and families of Buffalo Public School students got an opportunity to learn and engage in their child’s education, Saturday. 

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Focus on Education
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Family engagement encouraged in Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo school parent outside Highgate Heights Elementary.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School families will have a chance to learn how to play a bigger role in their child's education.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Parent Power and Partnership event will be held tomorrow at Bennett High School.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

City pushes diversity to fight student bullying

Students arrive at North Park Theater for anti-bullying event.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A combination of Buffalo public, private and charter school students gathered to watch an award-winning anti-bullying film Thursday. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, Mayor Byron Brown hosted the screening of 'Bully' at the North Park Theater as part of a nationwide screening through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Focus on Education
8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo picks up national recognition award for collaboration

Local Say Yes Buffalo team traveled to Washington, D.C.
Credit Photo from Samuel Radford's Facebook page

Say Yes Buffalo leaders had a chance to share their story as they appeared before a national panel.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says were invited to share how the local community has worked together for the college scholarship program.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Computers For Children enhancing reading for students

Tapestry Charter students from other countries are engaged in using The Reading Companion program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Tapestry Charter School students are receiving 200 computers with a special reading program. Computers For Children has teamed with IBM and First Niagara to provide The Reading Companion program, cloud-based software with voice recognition to help students improve their reading.   As WBFO'S Focus on Education reports, the App is especially helpful to international students.

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Focus on Education
6:05 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Press Pass: Buffalo teachers contract negotiations

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio for Press Pass.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo teachers have been without a new union contract for the last 12 years. But over the past decade there has been a major change in education. In this Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes about planned negotiations between the Buffalo School District and teachers union.

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Politics
1:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Corruption, Common Core hot topics at gubernatorial debate

Four candidates debated the issues.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in the WNED|WBFO studios. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the two major party candidates took repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Developing
7:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stage set for gubernatorial debate from WNED|WBFO

Inside the WNED/WBFO studio the stage is set for the debate
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Preventing immigrant domestic violence & human trafficking

Outside the International Institute of Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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Cultural
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Allegany Artisans Tour's 27th year features 39 studios

Allegany Artisans
Credit Photo from Allegay Artisans

What is considered one of the oldest studio tours in the country continues Sunday near the beautiful Genesee River in Allgeany County.  It the 27th annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with H.M. Bateman with Allegany Artisans. She said  39-studios will be opened to the public across the towns of Allegany.

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Focus on Education
5:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo school students enjoy Neglia's Baba Yaga

Neglia ballet performs Baba Yaga Friday to Buffalo school children.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some 1,600 Buffalo Public School children were dazzled by the high-energy performance of Neglia Ballet's Baba Yaga. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Neglia continues to provide the free performance as part of its "On School Time" program.

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Focus on Education
5:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hawkins campaigns against charter schools, Common Core

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo Friday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

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Health
9:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local nurses train for Ebola

Inside the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

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Cultural
9:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Russert exhibit ready to open at Buffalo History Museum

"Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'"
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A grand opening for an exhibit that honors the memory of Tim Russert opens to the public Friday. The Buffalo History Museum will hold a sneak preview for the media tonight. WBFO's Eileen Buckley got a private tour of the exhibit.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A rally cry against charter plans at four failing city schools

Protest against proposed improvement plan for four failing city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Citizens, students and minority school board members are calling on the State Education Commissioner to prevent plans to create charters at four failing city schools.

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Focus on Education
5:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

City district alerts parents & students of abduction attempts

Buffalo Schools Associate Superintendent for Student Support Will Keresztes.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police are investigating attempted abductions of city children that started on October first.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says police have beefed up patrols outside Buffalo Public Schools and the school district is ramping up awareness with students and parents.

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Local
5:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Van driver cleared in hunt for would-be child abductors

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda meeting with reporters Monday in Niagara Square to discuss investigation into attempted abductions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police say a man questioned Tuesday for possibly attempting to abduct two 13-year-old boys Monday is not being charged with a crime.

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Health
12:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

HPV vaccine
Credit Photo from Wikipedia

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.


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Focus on Education
6:33 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UB has not identified any students, faculty or staff who traveled to areas with Ebola

UB students at the Amherst Campus
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Well-before the first Ebola case was reported here in the U.S. the University at Buffalo began planning for its international students traveling to and from the affected areas in Western Africa.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says UB'S Student Health Services is keeping a close watch on the situation -- but assures citizens that the risk remains low in America.

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