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 and 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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As many school districts around the region struggling with the fight over high-stakes testing, Buffalo School Board members discussed the issue at Wednesday night's lengthy meeting.

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Work continues to improve health care services for veterans nationwide.    Last year it was revealed there were long wait times for vets at VA clinics. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley checked in with the leader of Buffalo's VA to discuss the challenges for local veterans.

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Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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The Buffalo Public School District reports some 7th grade students at School #74 Hamlin Park School on Donaldson Road drank a diet supplement. 

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Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is calling for the ouster of interim Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.  But Ogilvie plans to stay at least until the end of the school year.

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Say Yes Buffalo is now offering free legal advice to city school families.  Say Yes Legal Clinics are operating at four city school buildings.

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A group of African American clergy is calling for the resignation of Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York are urging stakeholders to also call for Paladino to leave.

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How will the new state Board of Regents member representing Western New York effect local schools? That is discussed in this week's edition of Press Pass. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes talk about Regent Bob Bennett's departure and his replacement, Catherine Fisher Collins.

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The NFL announced Monday that it will suspend the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season. The league said it will “re-evaluate” the rule after the season. 

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A temporary daycare service provided at VA medical centers is scheduled to close at the end of the year. But Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is co-sponsoring a bill to keep the program open permanently.

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With calls for a takeover of the city school district and a search for new leadership, a SUNY Board of Trustee from Buffalo offers some insight.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has details.


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Buffalo's Chippewa district is emerging as a strong, economic force for the city.  Alliance president Elizabeth Vealey applauds the Mayor and Buffalo Police for assisting to clear past troubles along the Chippewa strip.  

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A second year University at Buffalo student will be cheering on the UB Bulls Friday at the NCAA Tournament.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says civil engineering major from Syracuse is well known for leading chants of 'Let's Go Bulls'.   

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Friday marks the final day of a city-wide science week encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics among Buffalo Public school students. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with four Waterfront Elementary School students who explain what attracts them to STEM.

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Leaders of Western New York SUNY campuses are calling on the New York State Legislature to 'Invest in SUNY'. They're urging state lawmakers to create a new, SUNY 'Investment Fund' that would help pay for faculty pay raises and offer predicable tuition. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says as more students are faced with poverty, this could key in securing their college education.
 

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Some Buffalo School parents are calling for a federal receiver takeover of city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says parents claim the district has failed to address several issues for students.

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The Buffalo Sabres return to the ice tomorrow night after a successful shootout earlier this week against Boston.  In this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench' Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO'S Eileen Buckley the team is not giving up despite a difficult season.

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An area contractor says allegations of 'price gouging' made by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are false. Collingwood Construction of Getzville is defending the prices it charged for work conducted during last November's devastating snow storm.

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As members of the UB's men's basketball prepare for their big NCAA 'dance' this Friday against West Virginia, the UB campus is buzzing with excitement. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited the North Campus in Amherst. 

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The University at Buffalo and North Tonawanda City School District are partnering to create better feature school administrators. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is called Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow's Schools or LIFTS for short.

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The U.S. Education Department has released data showing improvements in nationwide graduation rates for minorities. The rates for African Americans and Hispanic high school students increased nearly 4-percent from 2011 to 2013. That outpaced the growth for all students.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan prior to the release of the data. 


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The Buffalo Public School District continues to struggles with absenteeism and some city teens are often caught in the daytime roaming the streets. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the district no-longer has truancy officers. 

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Two Buffalo artists have created new paintings and sculptures and their work is inspired by some of the greatest artists of all time.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the artwork is on display at the Dolce Valvo Art Center on the Niagara College Community Campus in Sanborn and will share some artist advice with students. 

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Buffalo Public School students are being encouraged to consider future careers in STEM.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says higher education continues collaborating with the local school community. 

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The Casting Hall of Buffalo State's Theater Department brings a classic comedy to the stage. The Importance of Being Earnest opened Thursday night at Upton Hall on the campus.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students embraced the great works of Oscar Wilde and are joined by one of their professors on stage. 


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Several area school districts will be holding a joint protest in downtown Buffalo Friday morning calling for equity in school aid and an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  A similar rally will be held Friday night for East Aurora Schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says teachers, administrators, superintendents and parents are coming down hard on the Governor's education reforms.

 

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A freshman state lawmaker from Buffalo has managed to cut through some delays in education reimbursements for some local districts. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has details.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the city is ready to host two separate St. Patrick's Day Parades this weekend. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says police will be out in full force to keep citizens safe. 

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The Buffalo Sabres lost in a 4-3 shootout Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. As the team continues plowing through the rest of the season, they've been dealing with changes on the ice and plenty of injuries.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe in this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench'. 

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The city of Buffalo is already trying to get ahead of what could become one of the worst pothole season.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Public Works crews began filling potholes.

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