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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Some Buffalo Public school children wore their Halloween costumes to class Monday. Several city schools hosted Halloween parades for students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with some young students at the Hamlin Park School.


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The leader of the New York State Board of Regents says they are working to make some changes to assessments. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Chancellor Betty Rosa.  

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A conversation on critical education issues took center stage Friday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is holding its annual convention. The three-day conference kicked off Thursday and draws about 2000 educators to the region. 

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New York States Big 5 School Districts gathered in Buffalo Friday morning to issue a list of recommendations to support English Language Learners in classrooms.  

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Construction is on track for the University at Buffalo's brand new medical school in downtown Buffalo.  An update was provided by UB officials Thursday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the future Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will engage students and the community. 

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Buffalo Public school families were expected to begin receiving letters Wednesday in the mail regarding results of lead levels in the water. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Mayor Byron Brown is pleased the district initiated the testing process, but is not making a commitment to help for cost in remediation. 

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The Western New York Library Resources Council hosted a conversation about the literacy skills gap crisis affecting students heading into college and the workforce. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a panel discussion on The Skills Gap Crisis From High School to College held at ECC's North campus Wednesday. 

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As Buffalo's new economy shifts to high tech manufacturing there is a strong need for trained employees.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says STEM training is playing a key role to prepare the future workforce for advanced manufacturing job.  

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a long legacy of performing concerts for area school children.  This school year the BPO Youth Concerts are featuring a blend of music and visual arts. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside Kleinhans Music Hall where some young Buffalo Public School children started their day with a lesson on how the power of music changes emotions.

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The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says there is much work ahead, even with a new teacher’s contract in hand. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains.  

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The Buffalo Board of Education emerged from executive session and approved a tentative contract deal for city school teachers in a vote of 7-2 early Monday night.  

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After 12-long years without a contract, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and city school district reached a tentative deal late Sunday night. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says two city leaders are reacting.

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As the community continues searching for answers in dealing with the Opioid addiction crisis, Medaille College in Buffalo is set to host a public conversation, “The Opioid Epidemic: What you Need to Know.”  It will be held Wednesday, October 26th at 6 p.m. 

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo has a new leader who formerly served.  Marsha Joy Sullivan has returned as president. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Sullivan agreed to extend her  role from interim to permanent.   

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One of the largest group of refugees living in Buffalo is from Burma. This Sunday, The Buffalo News begins a special series "From Burma to Buffalo".  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski and Chief Photographer Derek Gee who traveled to Burma following refugees now living in Buffalo.  They share their stories and sounds from their travels to Burma and refugee camps.

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The Buffalo Public School District has a brand new curriculum focusing on teaching Cybersecurity at two of its innovation schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Delaware North announced a partnership with the district.  

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Pressure is mounting against Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino's support defending remarks made by GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.    

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Ten years ago, October 12, 2006, marks the arrival of the "October Surprise." It was an early Lake Effect snowstorm that hit Buffalo, crushing trees and bringing down power lines. It started the evening of October 12 and by Friday, October 13, there were extensive damage and heavy snow across the region. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look back and how our trees have recovered over the last decade. 

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Speculation is mounting on how the Buffalo Teachers contract saga will conclude.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the issues that need to be hammered out between the City School district and Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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A teenage artist from East Aurora is showcasing her talents at the Museum of disABILITY History on Main Street in Amherst.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us the artwork is part of an exhibit 'In Celebration of Down Syndrome'. 

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The national tour of Finding Neverland opens with a preview performance Friday evening at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The tour is actually premiering in  Buffalo and that is a first for Shea's. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a 'sneak-peek' and talked to some of the members of the show.


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A Buffalo musician, who once met 'The King of Swing', Benny Goodman, will perform a tribute show Friday and Saturday at Kleinhan's Music Hall.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Sal Andolina about his show, Benny and Me, in which he performs with the BPO Big Band.

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The threat of hunger appears to be a growing concern for some college students.  Nearly 4,000 students, on 34-campuses in 12-states, including New York, participated in a recent survey on the topic. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new report found more than one in five students struggling with buying food. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide a safe option for students who live near their school to walk. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district tested out the 'walking school bus' to Highgate Heights Elementary School.

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A Nashville school leader recently traveled to Buffalo to learn more about Say Yes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says like Buffalo's school district, Nashville is experiencing high poverty among students and many English Language Learners.   

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

Organizers of the Occupy Buffalo movement that grew out of Occupy Wall Street are marking the fifth anniversary. They plan to convene in Niagara Square Wednesday evening from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. for a candlelight vigil.

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Leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Buffalo Teachers Federation are expected to hold a conversation Tuesday.  


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The graduation rate for Catholic high school students in Western New York is at 99-percent.  98-percent of those graduates go on to college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the Schools Superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo about strengthening Catholic schools and challenges ahead.   

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Canisius College has received a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance its STEM learning.   The five year grant will allow the college to provide 700-thousand dollars in scholarships starting in the fall of next year.

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A theater company in Buffalo, solely devoted to children, is celebrating its 45th season.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Theatre of Youth, known as TOY, continues entertaining young children with special performances as an educational tool. 

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