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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The founder of LehrerDance recently fired by his board of directors is rehearsing for an international tour.  As we reported last week, the board terminated Jon Lehrer and shut down the contemporary dance company. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with Lehrer 'exclusively' while rehearsing dancers inside the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium Wednesday.  


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Two Niagara Falls City School students were suspended for carrying a BB gun with them on the way to school Tuesday. The third graders attend Abate Elementary School.  A concerned parent notified the school.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of school safety continues to be debated in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shootings. 

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February 27 was the original target date to transfer five and a half teachers out of City Honors School, but the issue is held up in court.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a labor dispute has not been resolved between the Buffalo Public School District and teachers' union.

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The labor dispute at City Honors School has not been resolved between the Buffalo Public School District and teachers' union. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey discuss the issue that could force the school to cut five and a half teaching jobs at City Honors.

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There is a call to hire armed security guards at ALL schools in the state.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Cattaraugus County Sheriff, New York State Assemblyman Joseph Giglio and the Randolph Central School District Schools Superintendent are calling for changes.

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The leader of the state's teachers union says arming teachers with guns will not make schools safer.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State United Teachers stands behind it's 'long-held' position.

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Some local private schools leaders signed an 'Open Letter' to the President and nation's lawmakers calling for action to ensure the safety of students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says heads of Independent Schools throughout New York are standing in support of the Parkland, Florida school shooting survivors to call for gun reforms. 

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The LehrerDance Board of Directors broke their silence on the abrupt shutdown of the contemporary dance company. The board issued a statement Thursday evening in response to the closing. 

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The on-going labor dispute at City Honors is causing distress among students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students and parents rallied Thursday calling on Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to intervene.

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A local contemporary dance company has quietly shut-down with no explanation.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says no one is talking about what happened to LehrerDance.

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Clarence High School students led a rally against gun violence in schools Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says dozens of students held a peaceful demonstration at the corner of Harris Hill and Wehrle Drive in Clarence.

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A new multi-state report is being released Wednesday revealing how communities can combat racism by providing Loving Systems for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new Loving Cities Index measured how Buffalo is doing to support student success.

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A man who fled Turkey last September is sharing his story of the human rights violations in his country. WBFO's senior reporter says he now lives in Rochester, but does not want to reveal his name. This man told us he did not want to be identified.  However, he wants you to hear his voice and comments to understand why there is so much unrest in Turkey.  

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A local Derby woman is in participating in the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says 20-year-old Tricia Mangan was late add the U.S. Alpine Ski team on Tuesday.

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City Honors parents in Buffalo say planned teacher cuts at their school would cause a major disruption for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this all revolves around a dispute over non-teaching duties. She spoke to a parent, the city school district and Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is crying foul over a district decision to reduce the number of teachers at City Honors.

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A new program was launched Wednesday to reduce high teen pregnancy rates in Erie County.  HOPE Buffalo is in collaboration with United Way and the Erie County Health Department.

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Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo remains on target to open a new K-through-five elementary school building this August.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the final steel beam was installed on the building Tuesday.   

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U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins has announced a federal grant of more than $11.54 million for Head Start programs in Western New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this will reach children who are being served in Community Action Organization (CAO) of Western New York classrooms in Erie and Niagara Counties. 

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Two young local students will be making their debut in the Tony nominated musical WAITRESS. The show opens Tuesday night at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with the young actresses about clinching the audition for the role of Lulu. 

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Whole child teams are in place in the Buffalo Public school district working to improve behavior among students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the issue of disruptive student behavior surfaced last week when the Buffalo Teachers Federation issued results of a student behavior survey.  

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Word has surfaced Friday that the Board of Trustees at Nichols School in Buffalo has agreed to change the name of the school's ice rink. 

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An administrator has been placed on leave in the Salamanca City Central School District. The information is posted in an on-line in a news release dated January 31.

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Some Buffalo Public school parents say they believe the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is attempting to 'sabotage progress' in the city school district. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says members of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) have two major concerns.

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This weekend WNED is hosting KidFest. It will feature the popular PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is being used in some preschool classrooms to help develop social and life skills.

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Several agencies are partnering for a collection drive to gather up two of the most requested items for area homeless. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a sock and glove drive.  

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Seven people were injured in multi-vehicle crash involving Metro Bus in Grand Island Wednesday morning. The bus and two other vehicles crashed just after 9 a.m. along Grand Island Boulevard.  

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The long-time organization known as Computers for Children has launched a major re-branding effort. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it continues to expand its educational reach for students. 

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A Buffalo Public School was placed in lockdown Tuesday morning as City police searched for a report of a gun. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a lockdown occurred around 11:30 a.m. International Preparatory School at Grover on the city's west side. 

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