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 2018, Eileen celebrates her 33rd year in broadcasting & media communications. She has worked at 10 radio stations in Buffalo and Albany, NY. Eileen has served as a former news director and assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team.  Now as senior reporter, she 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 30 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 an nine-time recipient of this award, winning first place in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 & 2018, winning second place in 2017 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award  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.

Ways to Connect

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Members of the mental health community are working to educate the public about recognizing mental illness.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Erie County and its partner’s kicked-off Mental Health Awareness Month Tuesday.  

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May is observed as Mental Health Awareness month.  As part of our mental health reporting initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a bell was created more than six decades ago as a symbol and sign of hope.  

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The lack of teacher diversity in Buffalo and Erie County will be presented Thursday evening in a town hall forum.  The Education Trust - New York is hosting the event along with WNED/WBFO and the Center for Urban Education at Canisius College.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says having a teacher of color could be make a big difference for a  student’s education experience. 

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The Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation will be meeting Monday, April 30th at 2 p.m., in an attempt to resolve an on-going dispute at City Honors School.


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There are some difficult statistics out of Niagara County regarding infant deaths.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new campaign will be kicked-off Tuesday to help raise awareness in an effort to prevent deaths of infants placed in unsafe sleeping conditions.

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Students across the nation protested against gun violence marking National Walk Out Day.  Medaille College students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Friday to a demonstration on the campus.   

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Storytelling is being used to help break through the stigma of discussing mental health troubles. As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Just Tell One campaign is designed to give youth and young adults a chance to start a conversation. 


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A chaotic scene emerged in North Buffalo Thursday night after a house exploded into flames on Covington Road.

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A national motivational speaker visited students at Kenmore West High School Wednesday for an anti-bullying event. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students learned about how to 'build emotional resilience'. 

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Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community.  As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

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A longtime peace activist in Buffalo is very proud of the recent activism by Western New York students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Western New York Peace Center is part of the current "Never Again" movement to stop gun violence.

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The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming and Livingston counties from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday. 

 

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Pop series will feature a 'first-ever' celebration Saturday night of songs considered everyone's favorite titled Buffalo Sings.  The stage at Kleinhans Music Hall will be filled with musical talent.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it will feature Buffalo-to-Broadway's Michele Ragusa.

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The leader of the Mental Health Association of New York State says the recently adopted state budget provides a 'mixed bag' of funding for programs.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us it does provide state dollars to help schools launch mental health curriculums.

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It has been more than ten years since the Virginia Tech campus shootings, but the issue of mass school shootings remains at the forefront with recent events in Parkland, Florida.  A new play opens at Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo Thursday evening, April 12th, called “Lit 401: A School Shooting in One Act”. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this play will depict an active shooter on stage and provide a talk-back conversation with the audience. 

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Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has not given up his legal fight in an attempt to return to the Buffalo Board of Education. Meanwhile, a status conference will be held April 23rd in a courtroom on Paladino's federal civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Education. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explore the issue in this week's Press Pass conversation.  

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The stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center is all a buzz, but it's not a new show. The 13th annual Colvin Cleaners Gowns for Prom is underway until Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says area high school students, unable to afford a prom dress can select one free of charge.  

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A project designed to bring Mobile Produce Markets to underserved communities is receiving a big boost.  Rep. Brian Higgins announced a $3.1 million federal grant from the National Cancer Institute for five years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the project is being led by the University at Buffalo’s Department of Community Health and Health Behavior.

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With one in four people struggling with a mental health disorder, it has become a growing concern in the workplace. As part of our Mental Health reporting Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association of Erie County has named a new director of workplace well-being.   

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Buffalo Public school parents are being asked to say 'Yes to the Test'.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council, educators, community advocates and High Achievement New York are urging students in grades 3-8 to take next week's ELA state assessment.

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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins met with a group of local, suburban high school students to discuss gun reform. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was allowed to listen-in to part of the session and talked with the students.

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For more than 30-years a family has been creating a special Easter tradition at the Broadway Market. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned how real eggs are made into a 'work of art'.

Teenagers with mental health troubles are at a greater risk of getting addicted when prescribed opioids. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to an expert about these findings. 

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The long-time principal at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore has announced her retirement, saying she's wants to spend more time with her family. Dawn Riggie will be leaving after serving 25-years at the all-girls, Catholic high school. WBFO’s senior reporter met with Riggie to talk about her work and the strength of the school. 

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It is called the Radical Women's Night Out, a special event highlighting black arts.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to organizers about how it celebrates women. 

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There is a private high school in downtown Buffalo tucked inside a former Delaware Avenue mansion.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says The Buffalo Academy of Scholars is allowing students to customize their learning. 


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Women's History Month was celebrated in the lobby of Buffalo's City Hall Monday. This year's national theme is ‘Women fighting against all forms of discrimination against women’.   

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On the same day the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse, another victim has come forward. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story.

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Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the nation is divided. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, a local church is hoping that by looking back that we can move forward.  

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One of Buffalo's most beloved Sabres alums is still making a difference in our community. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says former goalie Dominik Hasek continues his commitment to reaching underprivileged children through his Hasek's Heroes program. 

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