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 an eight-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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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Pathways to Early College High School (P-TECH) is providing students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two-year associates degree. In part II of our Cafeteria Chats series WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley continues her conversation with five P-TECH students who fully embrace this school program.  

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About a dozen local protesters appeared in the lobby of the New York State Education Department in Albany Wednesday demanding the immediate removal of Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says protesters wanted to confront state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. 

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There are high school students across the Western New York region who are completely focused on their careers. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley continues our Cafeteria Chats series, meeting with students enrolled in a program called P-TECH (Pathways to Early College High School). 

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Student vision is an important component to their academic success.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Lions Club International has completed eye screenings at all Buffalo Public Elementary Schools.   

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The Allentown Village Association is helping to support an education program at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this program provides learning at the Burchfield for students from Buffalo Public School #33 the Bilingual Center. 

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Daemen College in Amherst was recently named to the "Best Value School" ranking.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the listing is based on variety and quality of programs, student satisfaction and affordability.     

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The principal at McKinley High School has been placed leave during an investigation following a lawsuit filed earlier in the week. The Buffalo Public School District has issued a response to a lawsuit filed earlier this week alleging discrimination against LGBTQ students at McKinley High School.

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The longtime leader of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore is planning his retirement. President Robert Scott says he will retire at the end of the next school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Scott about his decision to leave after more than four decades.


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Neglia Ballet Artists is preparing for their annual Dancing to Live Gala to be held Thursday, May 18th. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the event will premier two new ballet dances featuring world-renowned artists.   

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Some University at Buffalo athletes staged a sit-in outside President Satish Tripathi's office Monday. They were protesting against UB's plans to cut four sports teams.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a UB alumnus is planning to file a lawsuit. 

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The Buffalo Public School District has managed to close a $10-million shortfall as the budget process is underway. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the district's proposed spending plan that school board must approved by May 17th.  

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A California Congressman introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to stop conversion therapy. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently spoke with a local member of Buffalo's LGBTQ community who decries the method.    

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The very first class of Say Yes Buffalo students to achieve four completed years of college is ready to graduate. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the Say Yes scholars who will be graduating from Medaille College this month.  

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Erie Community College students will be paying a little more to attend classes this fall. The ECC Board of Directors approved Thursday a 3 percent annual tuition hike, an  increase of $167. The hike brings the total tuition cost to $4,900 a year.


Photo from Netflix series trailer, 13 Reasons Why

A stunning new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" has parents and schools concerned.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says some believe the content is harsh and "glamorizes" suicide.   

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A threat was made to Public School #99 in Buffalo earlier today.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us a student called in a threat to the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center on Jefferson Avenue. 


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The public will now have a chance to weigh-in on revisions to the state's Learning Standards for Math and English. The Common Core is now being referred to as New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released its revisions Tuesday. 

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A Buffalo Public school is making sure students with autism are thriving. City Honors has a program called Students with Autism Rising to Success (STARS). WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley met a couple of students, their moms and teachers who are part of this program.

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Applications for the state's tuition-free plan for eligible students to attend all SUNY schools will be ready at the end of this month.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the UB's North Campus Monday touting the Excelsior Scholarships to students.   

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The National Weather Service has canceled a Tornado Watch that had been in effect for all of Western New York.

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This month will mark a number of college and universities commencement ceremonies. Next month many high schools hold their graduations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a national leader of higher education about why some students are still not 'college ready'.   

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Thursday's weather delivered a summer-like day. The temperature reached 85 degrees in Buffalo breaking the old record for that date of 84 degrees setback in 1984. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had the best assignment talking to citizens soaking up the record warmth down at Canalside.      

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Teenage boys say they're not as worried about social media as high school girls. But they share the same pressures of fitting in and time management. This morning WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley brings you part two of our Cafeteria Chats series with students from Lake Shore Central High School in Angola.  


Niagara County Community College

Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees is expected to take a crucial vote on future of the college’s president.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Board has called for a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Pressures for high school students vary depending on their grade level and gender.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with eight students from Lake Shore Central High School in Angola as she brings us another installment of our on-going Cafeteria Chats.


Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District

The Ken-Ton Board of Education is appointing Stephen Bovino to be the next superintendent of schools. Bovino was unanimously appointed after serving as interim superintendent since January. He says his main focus is student achievement.

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The debate continues over a proposed ban on gay conversion therapy in Erie County. County legislator Patrick Burke is sponsoring a law to make the practice illegal. Members of the LGBTQ community testified against the practice at a legislature committee meeting Thursday, calling it "barbaric."

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Say Yes Buffalo's success was presented to a national audience this week at the America's Promise Alliance summit.  America's Promise is working to increase graduation rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo served on a panel discussion about how Buffalo is increasing its graduation rate.

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A panel discussion is planned for this Sunday afternoon at the Islamic Center on Heim Road in Amherst. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the University at Buffalo is teaming with the organization to provide community education on how Muslim communities are covered by journalists.  

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A new generation is ready to fight against racism, bias and discrimination. A small group, from a variety of backgrounds, is working together to raise awareness and assist the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York. WBFO’s Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says they recently held a fundraising event called "Unite by Night" raising over $1,000 dollars to begin their journey.   

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