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 Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers didn't file court papers against Receivership as planned last week.  But union leaders say they are expecting to file sometime this week.  In our Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the objections to the receivership law for struggling city schools that by-passes the union's collective bargaining. 

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Mayor Byron Brown wants to make sure Buffalo Public School children remain safe before and after school. In his State of the City address Brown pledged to deliver more funding to the Buffalo Peacemakers.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization has made major strides in protecting children to and from school.  

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The Rich Family Foundation has made a major donation to benefit education initiatives in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund.

Photo from Nardin's web announcement of his hiring.

Nardin Academy in Buffalo announced the abrupt departure of its 24th president, John Thomas West III.

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Daemen College in Amherst has become the first private college to endorse federal legislation designed to combat campus sex assaults.

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The Iroquois Central School District in Elma has updated its school dance policy. Iroquois High School students can no longer 'twerk' or 'grind' as part of their dance moves.

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Charter school advocates rallied in Albany Monday.  About one-thousand students, parents and teachers from across the state called on state lawmakers to erase the funding gap between public and charter schools and create equity.

A Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District Librarian is under investigation for allegedly inappropriate online conduct with a student. 

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The Buffalo teachers union has rejected the latest contract offer from the city school district. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.       

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Students will no longer have time limits on state tests this spring.  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says students third through eighth graders will be given the time they need to talk the assessments. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter asked some area schools superintendents if this will ease over testing concerns.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said 82-school districts are in 'fiscal stress'.  Eight districts are listed as 'Significant Stress'. That includes the West Seneca Central School District.

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Buffalo's premier ballet company is about to make a major announcement.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley has learned that Neglia Ballet Artists is preparing a big change for its long-time ballet company and conservatory. The announcement will be made Thursday evening at the Tri-Main Building.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is calling for more time for students to complete state-testing this year.  Commissioner Elia made her remarks as she testified  at a state budget hearing in Albany Wednesday. 

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One of the most diverse populations of students can be found inside a west side Catholic elementary school in Buffalo. Many students at Our Lady of Black Rock are able to attend through the Catholic Diocese Bison fund. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the school to find out how educators are engaging students despite high poverty and language barriers.

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues to encourage students to attend college, many are trying to navigate through the application and financial process. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited one of two College Success Centers set up inside city high schools by the University at Buffalo.

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Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he "feels great" about hiring the NFL's first full-time female assistant coach. Kathryn Smith will serve as a Special Teams Quality Control Coach for the team. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended a news conference with Ryan at Ralph Wilson Stadium Friday where the coach explained why he hired Smith.

A major merger in secularism was announced Thursday. The Center for Inquiry in Amherst is merging with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with the woman who will be leading the newly blended organizations.

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The Ralph Wilson Foundation continued its generosity handing out one of the largest education gifts to date to Say Yes Buffalo. Mary Wilson delivered $2-million in funding to Say Yes for its college scholarship program. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of the city school district is hoping to apply for a future Foundation grant.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said the district is implementing receivership recommendations issued by the New York State Education Commissioner.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the changes are happening at those persistently struggling city schools.

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Say Yes Buffalo is the latest recipient to receive funding from The Ralph Wilson Foundation. Mary Wilson delivered a $2 million gift Wednesday morning.

The president of St. Bonaventure University has announced plans to step down and retire. Sr. Margaret Carney said she will be leaving July 31st.  

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We continue to report on how STEM programs are increasing a student's interest in the field of science, technology, engineering and math. This Saturday a conference will be held in Buffalo titled STEM and Social Justice.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this year's focus is 'Girls in STEM'.

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Police in Geneseo say a 24-year-old man, apparently distraught over the end of a longtime romantic relationship, brought a large knife to a house not far from the SUNY Geneseo campus and killed two people before taking his own life early Sunday morning.

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The New York State United Teachers Southwest Regional and the Olean Teachers Association holds an annual march and rally on this Martin Luther King Day.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this year's event will highlight the hardships of wage inequality and struggling public schools.

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The leader of the American Federation of Teachers is weighing in on the state's flawed Common Core rollout and school receivership in Buffalo. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Randi Weingarten was a member of the Governor's Common Core Task Force.

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The Buffalo Zoo has a new edition to its family. A baby western lowland gorilla was born Sunday evening.  The mother and father are 18-year-old Sydney and 28-year-old father Koga.

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Some education leaders say it's time to hear Governor Cuomo on the troubled Common Core Learning Standards when he delivers his annual State-of-the-State message. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Governor's own Common Core Task Force issued 21-recommendations calling to stop linking the controversial assessments to teacher evaluations.   

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Within seconds, a wall of heavy snow squall blasted through a section of the I-190 and into downtown Buffalo during the noon hour.

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A winning Spaceflight Experiment created by three Buffalo Public School students has caught the attention of the White House. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says three Hamlin Park students will be in Washington Wednesday.

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The Buffalo Public School District has reason to celebrate. New numbers released Monday by the New York State Department of Education indicate an increase in the district’s 2015 graduation rate