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

Ways To Connect

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It's been more than 70 years since the death of Glenn Miller. But his music, popularized during World War II, lives on in modern times. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs Friday morning and Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to the music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher. 


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The numbers are in. Thousands of students across Western New York sat out the first day of the English Language Arts state tests. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says some of the highest numbers occurred in the West Seneca School District.   
 


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Free Wi-Fi is coming to downtown Buffalo this summer. The city announced it's teaming with M&T Bank and Univeristy at Buffalo to create a new network called 'Buffalo Connects'. 

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Mayor Byron Brown said he is 'ready and willing' to provide leadership in the Buffalo School District.  Reporters asked the Mayor about his remarks of a potential mayoral takeover.  

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Many parents and students are standing up against state assessments. Thousands of students in grades 3rd through 8th are expect to opt out of standardized testing statewide today.  But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one school leader is urging parents to make sure their children take the tests.

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Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie said he was 'mildly surprised' when learning Mayor Byron Brown would be willing to take over the district if given the power. 

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Parents and students want to send a strong message to New York State by opting out of assessments. On Tuesday students in grades three through eight will be administered the English Language Arts exam. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to local parents about allowing their child to opt out.


If you are a Downton Abbey fan you might want to check out a comedy theater production in Buffalo.  America's Got Downton plays Friday and Saturday evenings, April 10th & 11th, at 7:30 at 710-Main Theatre downtown. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with London actor and impressionist Luke Kempner who performs a one-man show featuring his comedic take on more 30 Downton characters. 


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Third through eighth graders are scheduled to take the English Language Arts next week. Last year 60,000 students opted out across the state, refusing to take the Common Core standardized tests. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the latest Brookings Institution study finds opting out would most likely be "inconsequential."


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The Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board has backed off from its proposed boycott of the state's standardized testing. Board members held a special session Wednesday night, voting unanimously to abandon the boycott. 


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The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York is calling for a national search for a new city schools superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports it's one of two demands the coalition is requesting. 

At the end of this year The Lennon Sisters will mark their 60th year in the entertainment business. They will be performing Friday, April 10 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. They first made their debut on the Lawrence Welk Show in December of 1955. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Kathy Lennon about their legacy and success.

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The University at Buffalo and campus police are investigating a sexual assault reported over the weekend. An alert was shared with the campus community stating a student reported a sexual assault at a campus apartment Sunday by a person she was acquainted with.

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Support for opting out of standardized testing is mounting. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says while the State Education Department and Cuomo Administration warn against it, others are urging parents to have their children opt out.


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Dyngus Day celebrations are kicking into high gear Monday as many Western New Yorkers are celebrating the end of the Lenten season by honoring the Polish tradition. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended the "world's shortest" Dyngus Day Parade in Lackawanna.

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Some Buffalo Public high school students participated in MoneySKILL Mania on Thursday. It's a financial literacy challenges sponsored by UB's School of Management and M&T Bank. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this program tests a teens' financial skills. 

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An insightful Frontier Central High School student has posted his views on school curriculum and Common Core rules in an online video. It features a poem he wrote to articulate that students are fed up. WBFO’s Eileen Buckley sat down with the student and his principal to discuss the video titled This Is Genius.

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New numbers released by Say Yes Buffalo indicate a higher rate of students heading to college. 64 percent of Buffalo Public High School gradates from the class of 2014 enrolled in two and four-year colleges this past fall.

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A piece of artwork, rejected by some cities, has been installed at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral purchased the 'Homeless Jesus' bronze statue. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the unveiling sparked a buzz among some citizens.

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The leader of the state's largest teachers union is boldly calling on parents to "opt out" of standardized testing.

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As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Dancers ranging in age of five to 65 will perform the classical ballet story of Cinderella Saturday evening.  The Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet performs at UB's Center for the Arts. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the classic tale features over 60-dancers.  

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Members of an African-American media group say they're teaming with Carl Paladino's Ellicott Development to restore the former Sattler Broadway Theatre in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says millions of dollars must be raised to begin the restoration. 

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WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has obtained a letter from the New York State Education Department to the Kenmore Tonawanda School Board President in response to this week's vote to consider a possible boycott against state assessments.

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As many school districts around the region struggling with the fight over high-stakes testing, Buffalo School Board members discussed the issue at Wednesday night's lengthy meeting.

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Work continues to improve health care services for veterans nationwide.    Last year it was revealed there were long wait times for vets at VA clinics. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley checked in with the leader of Buffalo's VA to discuss the challenges for local veterans.

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Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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The Buffalo Public School District reports some 7th grade students at School #74 Hamlin Park School on Donaldson Road drank a diet supplement. 

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Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is calling for the ouster of interim Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.  But Ogilvie plans to stay at least until the end of the school year.

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