Eileen Buckley

Assistant News Director

Eileen Buckley is an award-winning radio news reporter who actually began her radio career as an intern at WBFO in 1984. In 2005, she celebrated her 20th year in radio broadcasting. At WBFO, Eileen produces and reports on 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, WROW & WGNA and now WBFO.

In the spring of 2005, Eileen received the Buffalo AFL-CIO Media award in recognition of her coverage of labor and union issues. The award cited Eileen's commitment to covering local labor issues while maintaining journalist integrity. Eileen also received special mentions from the Associated Press in 2005 for team coverage of the on-going Erie County budget crisis and the 27th Congressional race.

In 2004, Eileen received first place honors for Best Continuing news coverage of Western New York's response to the Iraqi war from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Radio contest. Eileen also received four special mentions from the Associated Press in 2004 for continuing coverage of the James Kopp murder trial, enterprise reporting on a heartburn drug, a feature on the Moscow Nutcracker and for coverage of the Buffalo Sabres bankruptcy.

In 2003, Eileen received first place honor for the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. The awarded recognized her coverage of the Lackawanna Six story. Her reports were broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio. She was the first to report on NPR from the scene of the FBI raids in Lackawanna the evening of the arrests. Eileen was also featured on Fox Television providing analysis of the court proceedings.

During her time as a reporter at WGR-AM Radio she earned New York State Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for trial coverage, in 1992, of former Buffalo Parks Commissioner Robert Delano. She also earned two team coverage awards from the Associated Press for reports on the "I-190 Steel Coil Crash" and the "Niagara Falls Tour Helicopter Crash". In 1993, Eileen was awarded NYS Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for the "Tool Box Bombings" and "Law Enforcement Tragedy". 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. In the mid to late 90's she served, served as a board of director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Buffalo, New York, assisting with media coverage and press information as well as emcee of fundraising events. From 1993-95 she a board of director for the Empire State Ballet in Buffalo from 1993-95.

Eileen enjoys ballet dancing in her spare time. She is married to Mark Buckley, who spent 20 years in the television news business. They reside in Kenmore.

You can e-mail Eileen at ebuckley@wbfo.org

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Health
12:12 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Flu season: Activity is widespread

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein received her flu shot in the fall.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Flu activity is now widespread across most of the nation.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked the Erie County Health Commissioner about this year's flu season.

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Health
6:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fight to ban controversial Conversion Therapy

WNY Against Conversion Therapy, with NYS Senator Tim Kennedy (center) and Assemblyman Sean Ryan (far left), who are sponsoring pending in Albany.
Credit Photo from WNY Against Conversion Therapy Facebook page

Two state lawmakers from Buffalo are calling to ban a controversial practice known as Conversion Therapy.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the coordinator of the newly formed organization fighting against a method they say is anti-gay.


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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Theater Talk: Very Fine Use of a Grenade

Very Fine Use of a Grenade at Road Less Traveled Productions.
Credit Photo from Road Less Traveled Productions Website

Opening Friday night, January 24, 2014  Road Less Traveled Productions presents -- Very Fine Use of a Grenade.  Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss the production. Chase provides insight and back stories on the original version.  

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Health
9:58 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Suicide ‘huge public health issue in Erie County’

Information from Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County is working to end the stigma that surrounds suicide. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says members of the community gathered in downtown Buffalo yesterday to learn about prevention.

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Art/Theater
9:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

BPO & Cirque Musica featuring the Wallendas

Lyric Wallenda with Cirque Musica.

A most unusual Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert will be staged this Saturday, for one show only, at Kleinhans Music Hall. The BPO is teaming up with Cirque Musica. Among the cast performing are two members of the famed Wallenda family. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Lyric Wallenda, the cousin of daredevil Nik Wallenda, about the circus artisans performing with live BPO music below.

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Politics
10:34 am
Wed January 22, 2014

WNY state delegation reacts to Governor’s budget

Governing deliver his budget proposal.
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Members of the Western New York delegation offered reaction Tuesday to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget plan.

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Local
12:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Arctic blast moves into Buffalo Niagara region

Icy Lake Erie waters in Buffalo region
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A cold snap is moving into the Buffalo Niagara region Tuesday that should last all week. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Child Advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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Focus on Education
10:50 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Westfield music teacher wins educator GRAMMY

Westfield Academy Secondary Music Teacher Kent Knappenberger named Grammy Music Educator of the Year 2014.
Credit Photo from Westfield Academy Website

A Chautauqua County music teacher and choir director has won a GRAMMY.  Kent Knappenberger has been named for the the first annual Music Educator Award.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on GRAMMY win for Westfield teacher.

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Cultural
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

MLK speech from ’62 discovered in state museum archives

Part of 1962 MLK speech

As Monday marked the Martin Luther King Day holiday, news came from the State Education Department that the New York State Museum in Albany has discovered an audio recording in its archives of a speech King delivered in the early 1960s.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Press Pass: Government transparency

Investigative Post's Jim Heaney.
Credit WBFO News file photo

It has become more difficult in recent years for reporters to obtain timely information when applying for Freedom of Information requests. Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney says he often hits road blocks when conducting research for stories.

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Local
9:49 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Developmental disability service providers urge Governor to keep funding in place

Inside People Inc. on Delaware Ave., Tonawanda, NY.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Organizations that serve those with developmental disabilities are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo not to make any funding cuts when he releases his budget proposal Tuesday. One of those service providers is People, Inc.

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Cultural
10:10 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'Building a Basilica' told by Daybreak Productions

Looking up at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, N.Y.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Many Western New Yorkers marvel at the grandeur of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, built in the 1920s. A local television crew from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo spent hours researching and conducting interviews to create a documentary that will air across the U.S.  It provides the back story of how the Venerable Father Nelson Baker accomplished the task.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Theater Talk: A 'Wicked' time at Shea's

Catch great theater action.
Credit WBFO News photo

The audience is having a 'Wicked' time at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.  The musical Wicked is on stage now until January 26. WBFO's Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley chat about the elaborate production. Chase also takes us to the Kavinoky Theater in Buffalo for Proof  in this week's edition of Theater Talk.

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Politics
4:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'The Donald' coming to Buffalo

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be making a visit to Buffalo in a couple of weeks for an event hosted by the Erie County Republican Committee.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on upcoming Trump visit.

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Local
9:59 am
Thu January 16, 2014

FEMA funds secured for Lakeshore Hospital

Some federal funding has been secured as part of the fight to keep a Chautauqua County hospital open. Western New York Congressman Tom Reed says he has secured FEMA dollars for Lake Shore Hospital in Irving.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Congressman Tom Reed about federal funds to assist Lakeshore Hospital.

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Local
1:28 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal budget includes funding for more border agents

Delays at the Peace bridge have gotten worse, according to federal lawmakers.
Credit File photo

A federal budget bill released late Tuesday night includes funding to hire more border agents in Western New York.

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Cultural
9:27 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Fundraising continues at Saint Ann’s Church & Shrine in Buffalo

Saint Ann's Church, Broadway, Buffalo, NY.
Credit Photos from Saint Ann's Website

A fundraising effort to save Saint Ann's Church and Shrine continue to move forward in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says a calendar is being sold in an effort to raise the needed funds to spare the 127-year-old church from the wrecking ball.

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Education
2:18 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Buffalo School Board leader to run for at-large seat

Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals-Nevergold.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals-Nevergold says she will be running for an at-large school board seat.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Roger Tory Peterson Institute featuring renowned wildlife artist

Bob Hines is remembered as one of the great wildlife artists and illustrators of the 20th century.
Credit Photos from Roger Tory Peterson Website

The work of a nationally-known wildlife artist is now on display at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown. Bob Hines is remembered as one of the great wildlife artists and illustrators of the 20th century. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, his work is now part of one the biggest exhibits in the institute's history. 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Theater Talk: Halfway through the local theater season

Buffalo's theater season is at the halfway mark now that we're into the New Year. This week, Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley rundown the highlights so far, with much more to come.

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Local
10:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

City defends lack of travel ban in Buffalo during storm

Inside the city's Broadway garage -- the hub of the city's snow fighting fleet.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The City of Buffalo says crews are hard at work removing snow from secondary and residential side streets from this week's blizzard. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the media on Wednesday pressed one city official about why Buffalo never issued a travel ban during the height of the storm.

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Health
5:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kaleida urges employees to report to hospitals in storm

Snowy weather during storm.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Kaleida Health is urging employees to report to their shifts Tuesday evening. That includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, and other employees. Employees living in areas that are under travel bans should carry their Kaleida identification.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Kaleida Health president & CEO James Kaskie about staffing the four Kaleida Hospitals during the blizzard.

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Municipalities declare emergency states, driving bans

Man crossing the street during the blizzard.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

States of Emergency have been declared in the City of Lackawanna, Orchard Park, the town of Evans, and the villages of Angola, Depew, Tonawanda, and Kenmore.

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Local
3:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Tuesday's Sabres game postponed

Past Sabres game at First Niagara Center.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

The NHL has postponed Tuesday night's game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes because of this week's winter storm.

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Local
10:15 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Blizzard Warning continues through Wednesday morning

Poor visibility on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's blizzard continues to impact parts of the region. A State of Emergency remains in effect for Erie County.


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Local
4:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Heavy Lake Snows causing whiteout conditions downtown

Lake Effect snow in downtown Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Strong winds are whipping across downtown Buffalo Monday,  causing white out conditions and near zero visibility at times.  

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Developing
11:53 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Region braces for another storm: Lake effect & wind chill warnings

Winter Weather
Credit WBFO News file photo

A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Genesee Counties, especially areas south of Buffalo and Batavia.

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Politics
10:11 am
Mon January 6, 2014

PR expert says Gabryszak needs to break silence

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak
Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

Sexual harassment allegations continue to mount against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of Cheektowaga, but Gabryszak continues to maintain his silence and appears to be in hiding. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, one public relations expert it's time for the lawmaker to step forward.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Press Pass: HARBORcenter’s infusion of economic development

HARBORcenter construction in full swing.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The large cranes that line downtown Buffalo are a sign of true economic development and progress the city hasn't witnessed in decades. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss HARBORcenter and how it is a catalyst of future growth in downtown's Canalside area. 

Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Theater Talk: New shows coming to Buffalo in 2014

As WBFO's Theater Talk begins another New Year, host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley tell us about new shows opening in Buffalo next week.  That includes Wicked at Shea's and Proof at The Kavinoky Theatre

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