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.

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New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia recently reached out directly to students for suggestions in dealing with cyberbullying.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports Elia used digital media to chat with some students across the state.  

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The Italian Festival continues today in north Buffalo.  It runs along Hertel Avenue from Delaware to Colvin. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the highlights for families and children is the amusement rides. 

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Chronically ill children treated at Women & Children's Hospital had the entire Italian Festival in Buffalo all to themselves Friday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports it was time away from daily medical routines.


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An important tool in fighting domestic violence will remain in place at the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced he secured $100,000 to the Center to continue to fund its Forensic Medical Unit. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at how this unit plays a major role in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.   

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The Cantalician Center for Learning has opened a new state-of-the-art building in Cheektowaga to teach life skills. The building is located in the former St. Barnabas Parish rectory.

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The giraffes at the Buffalo Zoo are now able to seek some shade when roaming in their outside exhibit.

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Buffalo Police have arrested a couple on child endangerment charges after three young children were discovered living in "deplorable conditions" on the city's West Side. Central District officers responded to a call at 5 p.m. Monday at a residence in the first block of 15th Street near York. The Buffalo Police Juvenile/Sex Offense Squad was also called in soon after.

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A delegation of children from Buffalo's sister city, Changzhou in China, brought their artwork to the Queen City. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the exhibit of their paintings will promote cross-cultural learning for the cities.  

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An inflatable ‘fat cat’ was displayed Monday morning outside the Catholic Health headquarters facing Oak Street and Genesee Streets as the busy morning commute was underway. It was displayed by the Communications Workers of America.

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Members of Buffalo's African American community are speaking out against the violence in other cities involving blacks and police officers. There is a big concern about the city's youth and some members of Buffalo's community say it should not be a black versus white issue.


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Citizens gathered for a Black Lives Matter rally at MLK Park in Buffalo late Friday afternoon. 


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Whether it was local elected officials, leaders in the faith community, retired law enforcers or other everyday people, Western New Yorkers reacting to this week's events in Baton Rouge, suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas are calling for renewed conversation and respect. 

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The Erie Community College Foundation announced an added round of scholarship money. Say Yes Buffalo scholars and any student who applied for a scholarship, even if they didn't receive one, will get an extra $90 for the fall semester. Part-time students will receive $45.

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The tragic death of a Tonawanda Coke employee last January could have been prevented. That is the conclusion of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Buffalo office following an inspection.

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Students in the Eden Central School District are taking an active role in helping shape a social media policy. The district is working to improve technology access and while some schools are trying to minimize online access during the school day, the Eden district is using the issue as an educational tool.


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New State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling the charges against political operative Steve Pigeon and State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek a 'multi-year illicit and corrupt scheme'.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy immediately following the Attorney General's news conference Thursday. 

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A special reading series kicked off at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.  Every Person Influences Children, known as EPIC, is hosting a Storytime summer series. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a free program for young children and families to promote reading and a healthy lifestyle. 


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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo concludes its 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal drive Thursday. One of the programs supported through Catholic Charities is Education and Workforce Development. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley explains how the program assists those 16 to 24 years old achieve their high school equivalency after they drop out of school.  

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be in Buffalo Thursday with more details about the ongoing investigation into political operative Steve Pigeon.  On Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek  entered a guilty plea to taking a bribe and filing a false instrument.


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The Buffalo Zoo has announced the birth of three more African Lion cubs. This is the second time in just months that new cubs arrived at the Zoo. 

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College bound Buffalo Public School students return Wednesday for a two-day Say Yes Buffalo workshop in the WNED-TV studio.  It's titled 'Count Down to College', Designed to help Say Yes scholars achieve a smooth transition from high school to college this fall.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says about 200-city high school students, who just graduated, are attending the event and excited about heading to college. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is working toward more changes to the admissions process for the city's criteria-based schools. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how numbers of African American students attended City Honors and Olmsted schools actually declined slightly. 

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A group of north Buffalo residents is the latest to voice outrage over Level II sex offenders living in their neighborhood. Two sex offenders were recently relocated from a home on Leydecker Road in West Seneca to a developmentally disabled group home on Rosemary and Kenmore Avenues.  Residents said they never received notification and want answers. 

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A Buffalo native will be sworn-in today to serve as the next U-S Ambassador to Somalia. Stephen Schwartz is a member of the Senior Foreign Service.  President Obama nominated him in January. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in May.

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Two area students have been nominated for national performing awards. They were top local winners of the recent Kenny Awards at Shea's Performing Arts Center that recognizes students in high school musicals. They are in New York City for the National Jimmy Awards Monday evening. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the students about their work and future theater ambitions.

A new law will crack down on '"zombie houses."  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law this past week. It  now means new requirements for mortgage lenders. They must maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's essential for Congress to pass similar gun legislation already in place in New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he appeared in Buffalo late Thursday afternoon announcing details of Safe Act arrests made in the Rochester area.

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The Buffalo Public School District admits it has much work ahead in resolving the equity issue when it comes criteria-based schools. The District recently released a report finding a slight decline in the number of African American students at City Honors.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says now the district is working on new recommendations.  

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Friday marks the last day of school for students at the West Buffalo Charter School.  But throughout the school year, The Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York runs an afterschool program.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently visited students as they spent their late afternoon completing homework and playing 'learning' games. 

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The Monday death of a 10-year-old South Buffalo Charter School student from Lackawanna is being called a "tragic accident."

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