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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A celebrity chef made a special visit to the Emerson School of Hospitality in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the woman known as Chef Lizette spoke to ninth graders in hopes of offering some inspiration. 

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The Kenmore Tonawanda School District broke ground for a major construction project Tuesday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports district leaders gathered at Adams Field off Parker Boulevard late Tuesday morning in Tonawanda to kick-off a $52 million Phase 2 Capital Project. 

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Many school districts are working to draft a transgender policy to protect a student’s rights.  The transgender issue effects not only students in K through 12, but at colleges and universities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says there is no one set policy in place for schools to follow.

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A grassroots literacy program was launched by a woman who wanted to make sure books are getting in the hands of city children. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo BookBike will be traveling into neighborhoods across Buffalo.   

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St. Bonaventure University has announced Dr. Andrew Roth will serve as interim president. Roth will succeed Sister Margaret Carney who announced she would step down July 31st. 

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The leader of Buffalo Seminary is preparing to retire at the end of the month.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports Head of School Jody Douglass is leaving the school on 'solid ground'.

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A former refugee from Russia is teaching immigrant and refugee adults English. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley said she is one of the teachers at the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division on Virginia Street.

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A former administrator with the Buffalo Public School District has admitted to stealing government funds.  Debbie Buckley, 56, of Niagara Falls appeared in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday and pled guilty to the theft of Title One funding. 

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Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour opened at Shea's Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.  The powerful, international show of Irish dancing is on stage only until Thursday evening. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with a former principal dancer who is now associate director of the show.


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The West Seneca Central School District serves a diverse population of students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the high school teachers says he helps students strive for success.


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Neglia Ballet Artists holds a special gala Thursday evening called "Dancing to Live" featuring national and international dancers. Proceeds will benefit the TargetCancer Foundation and Neglia's CityDance program in Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal.  

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One of the nation's top labor leaders visited the West Seneca School District and walked the picket lines with local Verizon workers Wednesday.  Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents 1.6-million members. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was invited by the local NYSUT representatives and the West Seneca Teachers Association for an exclusive sit-down interview  with Weingarten.  

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The Buffalo Public School District is beginning to launch new community schools that revive former failing schools. As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tell us these new innovative high schools are expected to create more equity in providing quality education to more students.

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The Buffalo Public School District has created an all new Bennett High School. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to open the first Computing Academy of Technological Sciences at Bennett on Main Street.

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A well-known national artist will be visiting a Buffalo Public high school today.  Abstract artist Mark Bradford will be speaking to students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created art work in preparation for his visit. 

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Many are anticipating a brand new direction on the Buffalo School Board when teacher-union backed candidates begin this July.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how a past reform agenda could end up 'off' the table. 

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For the first time next month, Say Yes Buffalo will be hosting a 'College Kickoff' event.  It is designed for Buffalo Public high school and city charter school students graduating next month and attending a Say Yes college this fall. A two-day conference will offer advice on making the transition from high school to college. 

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Canisius College Golden Griffins Men’s Basketball coach Jim Baron is retiring.  The 62-year-old Baron insisted he is in good health, but said he decided it was time to 'step aside' and spend more time with his family.

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As we recently highlighted the story of an 18-year-old Buffalo teen who unsuccessfully ran for city school board, there was another teenager who clinched a seat in the Iroquois Central School District. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has his story.

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A Character Education program was launched by the Buffalo Bills and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. It's called 'Character Playbook'.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it focuses on character development for middle school students.  

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Not everyone agrees that giving out iPads and gift cards to encourage Buffalo Public School students to attend school is a good idea.

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The U.S. Education Department has selected Niagara County Community College as one of six SUNY campuses to run a pilot program for high school Pell Grants. NCCC will work in partnership with the Niagara Falls City School District. 

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Voters in the Williamsville School District will be deciding on a proposed $183 million budget plan Tuesday as well as school board candidates. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the leader of the Williamsville Teachers Association, who voiced concerns of ongoing acrimony in the district.

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The SPCA Serving Erie County broke ground Monday for a new shelter and clinic in West Seneca. It has been more than 50 years since the SPCA first located to Ensminger Road in Tonawanda, but now construction has begun on a state-of-the art shelter at 300 Harlem Road. 

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KeyBank delivered a one million dollar gift to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship program. A pep rally was held Wednesday with Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts students to celebrate.  The free college tuition program for Buffalo Public and city charter school students is receiving praise from the national Say Yes program. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students are pledging not to waste the opportunity to succeed. 

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Absentee ballots were counted in the Buffalo School Board Park District race and incumbent Carl Paladino is the winner. Paladino defeated 18-year-old Austin Harig. But the 18-year-old opponent created a tight race for the powerful businessman.

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The red carpet was rolled out in Buffalo's theater district Monday afternoon as star power arrived at 710-Main Stage Theatre. Actress Ali MacGraw and Actor Ryan O'Neal are bringing the national tour of 'Love Letters' written by Buffalo playwright A.R. Gurney to the Queen City. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet the celebrities up close. 

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Some community stakeholders and educators are fully behind Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's effort to change struggling schools. WBFO Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with an elementary school principal and a college leader.

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Some Buffalo Public School students will soon be benefiting from reading tutors.  The AARP Foundation delivered a $200,000 Reading Intervention Grant to Read to Succeed Buffalo.

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