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
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.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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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Local
10:30 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Gillibrand asks 'How do we address terrorism long term?'

U.S.Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appeared last Friday in Buffalo at a local daycare center. WBFO News asked the Senator about the on-going threats of terrorism.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

President Obama vowed the U.S. will stand with its allies to fight the recent round of terrorism globally. The President said he believes extremism will be something that will be defeated. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York for her thoughts on the issue.


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Local
4:42 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Gillibrand wants to offer relief for high child care costs

U.S. Senator Gillibrand appeared at Family Help Center on Dingens Street in Buffalo to discuss her proposed bill.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping to ease the burden of the high cost of child care for families.

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Focus on Education
11:29 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Buffalo students to view civil rights film 'Selma'

Movie poster for Selma.

Some students from six Buffalo Public Schools will have the chance to see the movie Selma free of charge thanks to the generosity of three Common Council members. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the movie fits into the school district's curriculum and understanding of black history.

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Focus on Education
10:08 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Creating Buffalo's 'green economy'

Downtown Buffalo's Canalside and waterfront.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo was recently named to the 2014 list of "Best of Green Schools," awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under the collaboration category. The council recognized UB for work that started almost a decade ago.

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Focus on Education
9:04 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The health of Buffalo Public School students: Risky behavior to improving physical education

Buffalo Public School students inside a classroom at the Makowski School on the city's east side.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide a healthy environment for its students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the district's director of Health Related Services about the District's Wellness Policy.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Wed January 14, 2015

More schools from NYS added to campus assault probe

Outside the Canisius College campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Eight more colleges in New York State have been added to the federal list of schools being investigated for sexual abuse complaints.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this involves a recent complaint filed against Canisius College in Buffalo. 

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Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Proposed ‘phase-in’ plans for four failing schools

Some Buffalo School board members listen to Phase-in proposals Monday at City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Board of Education is now reviewing school phase-in plans before sending a final decision on four-failing schools to the State Education Department. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says two phase-in proposals were presented to board members Monday.

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Focus on Education
11:14 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Joint Schools will continue to withhold payment

Outside International Prep, former Grover Cleveland High School, the final school to receive major renovations under the Joint Schools Construction Project.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Joint Schools Construction Board has decided to continue withholding payments to LP Ciminelli for construction projects completed at Buffalo public schools.

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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Hochul says education is governor's priority this year

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at a recent appearance at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. WBFO News asked her about Buffalo's education troubles.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is making education a priority this year, but exactly how the state will attempt to intervene in the troubled Buffalo Public Schools district is unclear. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and a city stakeholder about reforms for the city.

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Focus on Education
11:48 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Some school districts running out of ‘snow days’

Buffalo Public School classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A number of schools were forced to close Friday morning due to the Lake Effect snow storm that hit metro Buffalo. But some District's are running out of 'snow days.'  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley checked with some districts.

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Local
9:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Heavy Lake Effect snows pounds northtowns

Snowy conditions along Delaware Avenue before sunrise Friday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A heavy Lake effect snow band that pounded areas north of Buffalo overnight.  Snow bands have shifted southward and will continue south through mid-morning Friday. WBFO News spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel who is monitoring the bands and snowfall rates.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Fri January 9, 2015

ECC lawsuit dismissed

Renderings for future building at ECC North in Amherst.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A  judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for planned expansion of the Erie Community College's north campus. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Chimes ruled that Giambra and two co-petitioners did not have proper legal standing to mount the court challenge.

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Developing
5:46 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Lake Effect Snow Warninng for northern Erie & Genesee counties

Heavy Lake Effect snows pounded downtown Buffalo Thursday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for northern Erie and Genesee counties.  The warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.

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Cultural
5:34 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Ice: New additions

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul appeared at The Ice at Canalside Thursday morning to drop the puck on an ice hockey game.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation announced there will be Broomball and Pond Hockey at The Ice at Canalside.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Thu January 8, 2015

City schools faring well through flu spike

Buffalo Public School students at the Makowski School in a classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite a big spike in the number of flu cases across Erie County in the last couple of weeks, the Buffalo Public School District hasn't encountered any major problems.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the District's director of Health Related Services. 

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Focus on Education
12:30 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Project SOAR helps students excel

Three students from the Lovejoy Discovery School School #43 who were selected to be in Project SOAR.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A collaboration has been underway at four Buffalo Public Schools providing assistance to students in and out of the classroom.  Cradle Beach is working with the city district through the Project SOAR initiative. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited the Lovejoy Discovery School School #43 to find out how the program is providing support to struggling students.

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Local
10:06 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Local democrats to attend funeral for former Governor Mario Cuomo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins & Erie County Executive Mark Polonarz reflecting on the work of former Governor Mario Cuomo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Three democratic Buffalo lawmakers are attending Tuesday's funeral for former Governor Mario Cuomo.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley caught up with them at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport before they departed on a flight to New York City. 

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Fri January 2, 2015

City school students receive free supplies

Second graders at Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center open their supply packs.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public school children received packets of free-school supplies from The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students were thrilled to receive the items.


Focus on Education
2:06 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

School protest planned outside governor’s Buffalo inauguration

NYSUT members protested outside the Governor's mansion in Albany, NY late Wednesday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The state's largest teachers union says it is outraged at Gov. Cuomo's veto of a bill on the Common Core. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a protest is planned for Thursday in Buffalo.


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Focus on Education
9:17 am
Wed December 31, 2014

WBFO’s Focus on Education 2014 ‘Year in Review’

Images of the education stories from 2014 in the Buffalo region.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The education of children across this region has taken center stage in 2014, with attention on the rigorous Common Core Learn standards to boosting graduation rates. WBFO's Eileen Buckley complied an audio postcard of the various education stories our news team covered this past year as part of our Focus on Education reporting. 

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Local
8:37 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Significant spike in flu cases in Erie County

A look inside an Erie County Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Erie County Health Department is reporting a significant spike in the number of local flu cases. County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein announced Tuesday afternoon that new data confirms influenza cases have more than doubled in one week.

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Local
8:47 am
Tue December 30, 2014

WBFO’s 2014 'Year in Review'

A photo collage of some of the top stories covered by the WBFO news team in 2014.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As 2014 draws to a close, we look back at some of the most memorable stories of the year in the Western New York community. WBFO's Eileen Buckley produced an audio postcard for our 'Year in Review.'

Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Press Pass: School district rejects fact-finding report

Buffalo Teachers Federation fighting for a new contract deal.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District rejected a recent fact-finding report on their teachers' contract. In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the sticking points anticipated in future contract talks.

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