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 celebrated 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 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 C-SPAN Campaign 2016-Bus Tour is visiting western New York today.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as it rolled up at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts School Monday morning.  

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As college students deal with the cost of higher education, the private schools are working hard to keep enrollment levels stable. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Daemen College in Amherst has experienced an increase in its enrollment.

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Buffalo Public School parents and families received a robocall message altering them of an incident that occurred Friday morning.  A female student was followed this morning on the city's west side at Niagara and Virginia.

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National Welcoming Week kicks off Friday around the United States to welcome immigrants and refugees into communities. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown and city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared together Friday morning at the school district's Central Registration office. It is where they recognized the work of new Cultural Resource specialists.

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One of Buffalo's prominent members of the theater community will be honor Friday night at the 2016 Curtain Up! Actress and director Mary Kate O'Connell will receive a Star in the Theatre District's Plaza of Stars.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with O'Connell to talk about her theater group, O'Connell & Company and her work with area youth.

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The debate continues over a proposed gender-identity policy for the Buffalo Public School District.  Once again Wednesday night about 30-speakers lined at the school board meeting to speak both for and against the gender-identity policy.  Much of the debate last night centered on the treatment of transgender city school students.

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The Ken-Ton School District has issued a warning to parents and students about a suspicious person. Town of Tonawanda Police informed the district of two incidents. 

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President Obama's initiative called Computer Science for All is making progress.  A White House summit was held Wednesday.  The effort is to make sure ALL American students from kindergarten through high school learn computer science.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, SUNY Buffalo State was cited in the President's 'fact sheet'.

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This school year marks the 125th anniversary of Nichols School in Buffalo.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us while the coed, private, prep school is embracing its past, the campus is working to become more diverse and innovative in attracting future students.

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Some local colleges and universities are cited by  U.S. News and World  Report in its 2017 America’s Best Colleges rankings. The University at Buffalo remains in the 'top 50' for the third year in a row for public colleges.

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The New State Education Department has awarded $95 million in School Improvement Grants to 39-Priority Schools statewide. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says six Buffalo Public Schools are included in these federal grants to support academic outcomes for students.   

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With children spending more time on computer and mobile devices and less time playing, a Kenmore school now has mandatory recess.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports students at St. John the Baptist School are loving the free time to play.  

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Students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo received a technology upgrade Friday that will enhance their STEM learning. National Grid gas donated 10 Atlas laptop computers from Bak USA to the school. 


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Parents in Albany, Yonkers and New York City are suing Governor Cuomo's Division of Budget asking for the immediate release of receivership grants promised to nine struggling schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the lawsuit will affect three Buffalo Public Schools.  

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Late last week New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reversed a decision allowing an 18-year-old Orchard Park teen with autism to temporarily play football. Jacob Kohler will continue to play on the Orchard Park High School varsity team while his case is appealed.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Commissioner Elia during an appearance at Daemen College in Amherst Thursday about her decision. 

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New students at Daemen College received advice from one of the state's top education leaders. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was the keynote speaker Thursday at Daemen's Convocation  2016 ceremony. 

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) has issued a new set of goals to deal with several major issues from reducing class size to improving family engagement.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with Co-chairs Larry Scott and Roberta Kates and Secretary Kate Haq. They believe the once failing city school district is now headed in the 'right direction'. 

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Catholic Bishops across New York State are urging Catholics to vote in this November's elections, but they are asking students to make sure their parents are registered to vote. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo met with 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew Wednesday.

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Buffalo Public Schools begin a brand new school year Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited West Hertel Academy to learn how leadership and teacher spent the summer preparing for the new school year. 


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The Buffalo Public School District begins a brand new school with high hopes of improving student performance.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss some new strategies that are in place to support student learning in this week's edition of Press Pass.  

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Catholic school students in Western New York begin their first day of classes both Tuesday and Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley stopped by Our Lady of Black Rock School off Amherst Street in Buffalo as preparations for a new school year were underway were enrollment continues to rise.

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An Orchard Park teen with autism has received some good news following a ruling from the State Education Commissioner. Jacob Kohler will be allowed to play on the high school football team after an initial ruling declared that he was ineligible.

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With a huge spike in the price for a life-saving shot, school districts are wondering how they will be affected in the future. The Buffalo Public School District was able to secure free EpiPens this school year, but there is uncertainty once they run out.

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A brand new semester kicked off this week for thousands of college and university students across the state.  The last couple of years there has been a major emphasize on preventing campus sexual assaults.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the SUNY Chancellor about the issue.

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A brand new Western New York music campaign recently kicked off on-line called BuffaloBlues.ORG. It’s too help homeless veterans and is building fast. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with two musicians who are participating. 

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Community support is mounting for an Orchard Park High School teen with autism who wants to play football.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an on-line petition has been posted. 

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It may be more common on a larger college campus or university, but at Canisius College two young women have traveled thousands of miles to attend the school on Main Street in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the students are from Micronesia.

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Thousands of new University at Buffalo students are settling in to dorms on both the North and South campuses.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 90-percent moved in Thursday at Goodyear Hall on the South Campus.   

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An Orchard Park High School senior, with autism, has been shut out of eligibility by Section VI to play football this school year.  But the teen's family and State Senator Tim Kennedy are appealing to the State Education Commissioner to reverse that decision.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the teen is eager to play with his team this fall.


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A Lockport woman has been on a mission to collect shoes for Niagara County children in need just before the start of a new school year.  The non-profit organization, Lockport New Beginnings, is hosting the 'Stepping Up Project'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley say it is helping to improved student attendance. 

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