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 celebrates 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

Ways to Connect

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University at Buffalo Police are investigating a report of an assault on UB's South Campus. An alert was issued Sunday. 

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A group from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora will be leaving Tuesday morning bound for Washington, D.C. for the Pope's U.S. visit.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says seminarians and faculty members are hoping to have a special session with Pope Francis.

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A Buffalo native, with longtime ties to the Miss America pageant, is back in Western New York. Michael La Rocca, a three-time Telly Award winner, is now lending his expertise to help produce the Miss Buffalo Pageant that will be held early next year. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with La Rocca to learn about his work with pageants.


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A University at Buffalo art student has admitted to hanging controversial signs on campus.  The student, identified as Ashley Powell, is a graduate fine arts student.   

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Two local private colleges are experiencing enrollment spikes this semester. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says both schools have enhanced programs for students. 

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Daemen College in Amherst is celebrating the expansion of its campus with a brand new Academic and Wellness Center. 

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Buffalo's Curtain Up! remains one of the premier theater events in the country.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Friday night will mark the 34th annual celebration of Buffalo's professional theater season.

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Public input will be a key part of the Request for Proposal process in the redevelopment of Women  & Children's Hospital in the Elmwood Village. State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo and Kaleida Health officials outlined details of an RFP recently issued seeking a developer. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the site most likely will be redeveloped into residential and retail space.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing a federal bill to lend more assistance to campus sexual assaults.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley asked her about how it would assist college students.

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A Bhutanese Nepali refugee has made it is mission to visit Buffalo’s hospitalized immigrants and refugees. WBFO’S Eileen Buckley says he is working to offer the very ill and dying comfort.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins say school-age children are not getting enough exercise. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says they're promoting a piece of legislation to help tackle the childhood obesity crisis.

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school will be named after the Jacobs family. Jeremy Jacobs on Monday delivered a $30 million gift to UB.

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College and universities have a heavy task of applying policy and procedures in dealing with cases of campus sexual assaults. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says some experts offer local campuses advice. 

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Former Buffalo Bill and Pro-Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed made a special appearance at a Buffalo Public school Friday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Reed was the inspiration for a book written by a teacher at the D'Youville-Porter School #3 on the city's West Side. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the SUNY Board of Trustees has adopted a new diversity policy.  It is designed to make the campuses the most inclusive in the nation.

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Well-known playwright and Buffalo native Tom Dudzick is bringing his sequel to Over the Tavern to The Kavinoky Theatre  King O' The Moon: Over the Tavern Part 2 opens tonight.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Dudzick and local actress Loraine O'Donnell about why audiences are attracted to the story based on a Buffalo family living 'Over the Tavern'.

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New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reassured some local parents that a full review on Common Core tests is underway.

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The leader of the Buffalo Public School District has outlined some top priorities for boosting attendance and graduation rates. In this week's Press Pass conversation  WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss remarks made by Dr. Kriner Cash during last week's 'media tour'.

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The Western NY Area Labor Federation is at the forefront of the struggle for labor and human rights in the Buffalo area. Ahead of Labor Day weekend, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with the organization's leader, President Richard Lipsitz, to discuss the fight for fairness in the local job market and its support of public education.


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Buffalo public school children return for a new school year Thursday. Some parents are optimistic for change as a new district leader kicks off the return to the classrooms. Superintendent Kriner Cash is starting off the new school year at Burgard Vocational High School.

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Buffalo's brand new city schools superintendent says poverty should not impede a child's attendance at school.  Dr. Kriner Cash is conducting a media tour and kicked off his electronic media appearances starting with WBFO. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley interviewed Cash live on the air Wednesday morning. 

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Encouraging students to be future vehicle technicians is the goal of a new program by the Western New York Ford Dealers. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the dealers donated four cars to area auto tech schools as part of the Ford Future Techs Initiative.

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Days after students moved into campus dorms at SUNY Buffalo State an attempted sexual assault occurred in one of the buildings. 

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An alarming piece of data was presented last week by the new Buffalo Schools superintendent. Dr. Kriner Cash told the school board that in Buffalo for every 100 ninth graders, only 50 end up graduating. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to two school board members about the data.

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Students return to the Medaille College campus in Buffalo Monday under brand new leadership.  Dr. Kenneth Macur will serve as the 7th president of the school, replacing Dr. Richard Jurasek, who retired at the end of last semester. Macur is the former Provost and Dean of Bethany College in Kansas.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new leader in his college office.

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A new charter school has opened its doors in an East Side neighborhood of Buffalo. The Charter School of Inquiry on Edison is  located in the former Community Charter School building, that closed last year. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the school will emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and engaging students.

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Area Catholic school teachers learned how to bring STEM into their classrooms.  The Diocese of Buffalo held its STREAM Academy for its elementary teachers.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this allows teachers to incorporate religion and art in STEM Learning.

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The Western New York Charter School Alliance is hosting its first charter school conference for more than 400-charter schools Wednesday in Buffalo. The conference will feature urban education expert and author Dr. David Kirkland. He is a professor at New York's University's Steinhardt School of Culture. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley reached Kirkland be phone ahead of his keynote address. 

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Students are returning to college campuses starting this week.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at SUNY Buffalo State's campus where it was 'move-in' day for freshman preparing for a new school year.

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The contract for the newly appointed Buffalo Schools superintendent has been signed. Last week the Buffalo Board of Education approved a four-year contract for the hiring of Dr. Kriner Cash.

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