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 New York State Board of Regents is getting closer to selecting a new leader. Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch is not seeking another term. WBFO’s focus on education reporter Eileen Buckley checked-in with western New York Regent Representative Catherine Collins on three new board members recently appointed and future leadership. 

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Some Buffalo public and private school students had a chance to learn about the art of Asian dance.  The H.T. Chen & Dancers from New York City are in Buffalo this week ahead of a weekend performance.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Asian-American dance troupe is conducting lecture demonstrations for students.  

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A new, hands-on learning program will help University at Buffalo students launch entrepreneurships. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at UB's north campus Monday as it officially opened Blackstone LaunchPad.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for a ban on the sale of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at pharmacies in the county.

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Immaculata Academy students in Hamburg must select new schools to attend next fall. School leaders announced last Friday the Catholic girls' school would shut down in June.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the school will offer help to students. 

A major town-hall style meeting will be held in north Buffalo Thursday evening to address the region's heroin and opioid epidemic.  Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is teaming with Save the Michaels of the World. The organization was founded by Avi and Julie Israel who lost their 20-year-old son Michael to an addiction of prescription medication.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to a woman who is sharing her story of addiction. 

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Students from Buffalo's Harvey Austin Elementary School had a chance to speak to a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students in 4th through 8th grade appeared at Buffalo State Ferguson Planetarium where they linked up to ask live questions to outer space.


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A University at Buffalo football player, hospitalized last week  after a medical emergency, has died.  The University has issued a statement saying Solomon Jackson passed away last Monday night. 

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The Erie County Health Department has given the green-light for the cafeteria to re-open Tuesday at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center.  The cafeteria was shut-down for a week after rodent droppings were discovered in the food prep area. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the health commissioner the latest inspection report.

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra hosted a Western New York Symposium for educators. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the event feature a welcome and call to action from BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. 

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Some Buffalo Public School students spent a half-day at Buffalo State to explore science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. It is part of the city schools STEM Experience, a private/public partnership facilitated by the University at Buffalo. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the sessions included hands-on workshops for young students.

Advocates of convincing more women to run for elective office brought their message to University at Buffalo students Saturday.

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Immaculata Academy on South Park in Hamburg will be closing at the end of the school year. 

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A Buffalo Public School cafeteria, recently shut-down after rodent droppings were discovered, will remain closed.   The Erie County Health Department closed down the cafeteria at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center on Jefferson Avenue.

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The Olean City School District will be hosting a special celebrity Sunday and Monday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event is designed to encourage students not to use a derogatory word.

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Canisius College hosted a civil and human rights leader at its annual Black History Month celebration in downtown Buffalo today. Former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous was the keynote speaker at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. 

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One of Buffalo's best public schools is celebrating another achievement. City Honors in Buffalo received designation for a "Confucius Classroom". WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Confucius Institute Headquarters in China provides the status to 300-schools in the United States.

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A man, who has turned his life around, is helping to reach troubled youth through the game of chess. Eugene Brown delivered an inspirational speech to Kenmore East High School in Tonwanda students Tuesday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Brown's true-life-story was portrayed in the 2013 film "Life of a King" staring actor Cuba Gooding Junior. 

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said an investigation is underway into the alleged sexual abuse of two children on Buffalo school buses. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo reached out to the commissioner for help.

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Tapestry Charter School parents in Buffalo gathered Monday night to express their views on expansion plans to move some of the school to a former Buffalo school building. Students in K-5 would be moved from the Great Arrow Drive to Olympic Avenue. Parents question the building's air quality because of its proximity to the Scajaquada Expressway. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley made repeated requests for an interview with Tapestry's Executive Director Joy Pepper, who declined comment, until we caught up with her Monday.

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Buffalo charter schools are demanding their fair share in state funding.  Parents, students, teachers and charter advocates rallied at the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School on Jewett Avenue in Buffalo to call on state lawmakers to end inequity.

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Keeping high school students on track to graduate can be difficult in some school districts. But there are many individual schools maintaining high graduation rates. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with the principal of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda to learn about the school's success.

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Buffalo Police are investigating the death of a Buffalo State College student and allegations of an off-campus hazing. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a Greek fraternity has been suspended.


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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has launched an ambitious $100 million capital and endowment campaign. The campaign, dubbed Upon This Rock, was kicked off at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda Thursday morning.

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St. Bonaventure University will be hosting two separate STEM camps this summer. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says one is a creative camp for local students, the second will be a STEM camp feature international students.


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A Tapestry Charter School parent has started an on-line petition against proposed plans to its K-through five program to a former Buffalo school building. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter has an update on a story she first brought you last week.

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A driver, unfamiliar with streets in downtown Buffalo, drove their vehicle into a Metro Rail portal. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.


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The Buffalo Common Council's Education Committee continues searching for answers on school bus safety. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says district officials will return next month with a full presentation.

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February 12 marks the 7th anniversary of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.

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SUNY has announced a round of funding for 16-campuses to establish or expand an Educational Opportunity Program. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says SUNY Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo will both receiving funding for their programs.

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