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

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Politics
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers 9th annual State of the City Speech Friday afternoon.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.

Mayor Byron Brown's entire State of the City Speech.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

AIA awards prominent member of UB community for Architecture work

Robert Shibley, dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning, one of three to receive the AIA's 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A prominent member of the University at Buffalo's community is being honored for his work.  The American Institute of Architects has selected Robert Shibley as one of three to receive the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.  Shibley serves as dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning.  As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Shibley has led the master planning process that has created Buffalo's Renaissance.

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Art/Theater
4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase conducts preview on Shaw Festival for WNED program

WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase.

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase will appear Friday night on WNED Television at 9:30 for a special program that offers a sneak peak at the 2014 Shaw Festival Season.  Chase and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discuss the program.  Chase also gives us a rundown of some of the local theater shows now on stage.


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Focus on Education
9:42 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Impact educators have on students & families

Kathy Wood (left) with teacher Anna Caci (right) inside a classroom at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

With much concern centered on Buffalo's education crisis,  one local college is putting educators in the spotlight.  Buffalo State College has dubbed 2014 as the 'Year of the Teacher'.  It's designed to celebrate educators and the impact they've had on students.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to St. Mary's School of Deaf where a mother shared the story of her autistic son inspired by his teacher.

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Cultural
2:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Crystal Beach ‘ice caves’ off limits

Crystal Beach ice cave.

Amazing ice formations along a section of Lake Erie at Crystal Beach could collapse at any point. Public access to those ice caves has been closed due to safety concerns.

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Local
10:13 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Call for first responders to be armed with Narcan for Heroin OD

Avi Israel of Buffalo remains in the forefront of fighting drug abuse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With the alarming and rapid rise of heroin overdose deaths in Erie County, a north Buffalo man urges first responders are armed with a drug that reverses an overdose of Heroin or Opiate.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the drug, called Naloxone or Narcan, has been proven to prevent deaths.

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Cultural
10:35 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'Always a Bridesmaid’: History Museum searches for bridesmaid dresses

'Always a Bridesmaid' at Buffalo History Museum.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo History Museum has been on the hunt for the most interesting bridesmaid dress and story in Western New York.  Last year, the museum featured a wedding dress contest. This year, in keeping with a wedding theme, it has asked women to dig deep into their closets for a bridesmaid dress. 

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Art/Theater
9:27 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Theater Talk: The Mountaintop, Cyrano and Dai

Dai on stage at Jewish Repertory Theatre/
Credit Photo from Jewish Repertory Theatre

This week on Theater Talk, co-host Anthony Chase takes us to a Nancy Drew mystery at the Theatre Of Youth. He also tells us about the mystery surrounding The Mountaintop, a docudrama by Subversive Theater. And Chase also has a scoop about Broadway star and Buffalo's own Michele Ragusa.


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Local
2:29 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Revelation of injuries in Tonawanda Coke blast stirring anger

Tonawanda Coke, River Road, Tonawanda, NY.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Rep. Brian Higgins says he is outraged after learning that three workers at Tonawanda Coke were injured in a January 31 explosion, contrary to what the company initially reported.

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Cultural
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Peacemakers: Serving jailtime for peace

Rosalie Riegle, author, professor and oral historian of nonviolent resisters who serve in jail-time for peace thumbs through her book in the WBFO studio as she discusses her work.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A longtime expert on the peace movement is in Buffalo Thursday. Rosalie Riegle appears at D'Youville College for a 3 p.m. session with students in the college's Blue Lounge to discuss "Crossing Lines and Doing Time: The Many Voices of Social Justice." At 7 p.m. she appears at Canisius College to speak on "The Heart of the Peace Movement: Nonviolent Resisters Doing Time for Peace."

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Local
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

On 5th anniversary, some 3407 families ready to turn the page

Flight 3407 family members.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Tim Russert office exhibit moving to Buffalo History Museum

Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

An exhibit that honors the memory of former NBC newsman and South Buffalo native Tim Russert has found a new home at The Buffalo History Museum.

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Local
9:20 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Students study in new tea café

Argo Tea cafe opened in the Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State.
Credit Photo from Buffalo State's Website

Buffalo State students are celebrating a brand new place to sip tea and other specialty drinks. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, an Argo Tea cafe opened in the Butler Library giving students a new area to catch up with friends or study on campus.

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Health
8:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Press Pass: Kaleida's future leadership

Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Kaleida Health is now operating under new leadership. The board of directors recently voted out CEO James Kaskie and named Erie County Medical Center CEO Jody Lomeo to run Kaleida in the interim.

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Focus on Education
11:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Heritage Centers improves school for students with extraordinary needs

Oishei president Robert Gioia with Heritage student thanking Oishei Foundation for grant.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The John R. Oishei Foundation received a very special 'thank you' Thursday.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students with developmental disabilities at the Heritage Centers' Maryvale School in Cheekotwaga showed their appreciation for a Challenge Grant from Oishei that will provide a new comfort in their classrooms.

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Focus on Education
10:33 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Buffalo State's connection to Monuments Men

With Friday's opening of the movie The Monuments Men, featuring heroic individuals who saved millions of pieces of art during and after World War II, local connections to the art conservation movement are being highlighted. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found one such connection at Buffalo State College.

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Art/Theater
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Theater Talk: 'The Lady With All The Answers'

This week on Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss what's opening and what's already on stage. O'Connell and Company's The Lady With All The Answers" continues. Actress Mary Kate O'Connell portrays Ann Landers.

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Developing
4:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Man arrested for bringing handgun into Harvey Austin School

Buffalo Police outside Harvey Austin School on Sycamore (right of photo) as they searched for possible person with gun.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Harvey Austin School on Sycamore Avenue was in lockdown late Thursday afternoon following a report of an individual with a gun near or on the school grounds. Some children were there at the time as part of an after-school program.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Bennett says Regents taking Common Core delay request seriously

Regents Bob Bennett.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A local member of the state Board of Regents says the board will be taking a close look next week at the State Legislature's request to delay Common Core standards for two years.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Buff State grad stars in Bud Light Super Bowl ad

Ian Rappaport with actor Don Cheadle in Bud Light ad.
Credit Photo from Ian Rappaport's Facebook page

A Buffalo State College graduate found himself unexpectedly smack dab in the middle of a Super Bowl commercial.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Ian Rappaport was featured in the Bud Light ad the feature an array of stars through an unexpected journey. 

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Local
9:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reaching domestic violence victims in the northtowns

Family Justice Center house in northtowns.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Family Justice Center of Buffalo officially opened its new Williamsville satellite office Monday to reach domestic violence victims in the Northtowns.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the new safe haven will provide shelter for women and children seeking protection from an abusive situation.


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Local
8:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Kaskie resigns as Kaleida CEO

Robert Gioia & John Koelmel.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A major leadership change has been announced at one of the area's largest health providers as Kaleida Health CEO James Kaskie has resigned. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended a news briefing Friday morning at Kaleida's Gates Vascular Institute in downtown Buffalo.

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Art/Theater
6:06 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Theater Talk: Plays with a mystery theme

Theatre of Youth's Nancy Drew.
Credit Photo from Theatre of Youth Website

Mystery is the theme of the latest round of new shows opening at area theaters. 

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase joins WBFO'S Eileen Buckley to run down local theater.

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Cultural
12:09 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Honored for outstanding contributions in the area of sisterhood & brotherhood

Let's Talk Native radio host John Kane honored in the media category for the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New leader awards.
Credit Photo by Robert D'Alimonte from John Kane's Facebook page

The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York recognized more than 30-individuals and organizations Wednesday. 

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Politics
9:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Former U.S. Ambassador to Vatican reacts to Cuomo’s 'extreme conservatives' remark

Robert James Nicholson will be keynote speaker Thursday at "Making a Difference Dinner".

The former secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert James Nicholson will be in Buffalo tonight. The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo selected Nicholson as the keynote speaker of the "Making a Difference Dinner." Nicholson is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and former chair of the Republican National Committee. 

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Local
9:25 am
Wed January 29, 2014

U.S. Labor Secretary talks exclusively with WBFO on minimum wage & jobs

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary & Buffalo native Thomas Perez.

President Obama has called for an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts.  The wage would rise from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.  In an exclusive WBFO News interview with Eileen Buckley,  U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez  talked about the wage increase and jobs. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with U.S. Labor Secretary & Buffalo native Thomas Perez.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Regents testing continues during cold weather school closings

Inside the hallway of a Buffalo Public School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Despite many area school districts that closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to frigid wind chills, some high students were required to take the state regents.  

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Health
12:12 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Flu season: Activity is widespread

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein received her flu shot in the fall.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Flu activity is now widespread across most of the nation.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked the Erie County Health Commissioner about this year's flu season.

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Health
6:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fight to ban controversial Conversion Therapy

WNY Against Conversion Therapy, with NYS Senator Tim Kennedy (center) and Assemblyman Sean Ryan (far left), who are sponsoring pending in Albany.
Credit Photo from WNY Against Conversion Therapy Facebook page

Two state lawmakers from Buffalo are calling to ban a controversial practice known as Conversion Therapy.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the coordinator of the newly formed organization fighting against a method they say is anti-gay.


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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Theater Talk: Very Fine Use of a Grenade

Very Fine Use of a Grenade at Road Less Traveled Productions.
Credit Photo from Road Less Traveled Productions Website

Opening Friday night, January 24, 2014  Road Less Traveled Productions presents -- Very Fine Use of a Grenade.  Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss the production. Chase provides insight and back stories on the original version.  

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