Eileen Buckley

Assistant News Director

Eileen Buckley is an award-winning radio news reporter who actually began her radio career as an intern at WBFO in 1984. In 2005, she celebrated her 20th year in radio broadcasting. At WBFO, Eileen produces and reports on 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, WROW & WGNA and now WBFO.

In the spring of 2005, Eileen received the Buffalo AFL-CIO Media award in recognition of her coverage of labor and union issues. The award cited Eileen's commitment to covering local labor issues while maintaining journalist integrity. Eileen also received special mentions from the Associated Press in 2005 for team coverage of the on-going Erie County budget crisis and the 27th Congressional race.

In 2004, Eileen received first place honors for Best Continuing news coverage of Western New York's response to the Iraqi war from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Radio contest. Eileen also received four special mentions from the Associated Press in 2004 for continuing coverage of the James Kopp murder trial, enterprise reporting on a heartburn drug, a feature on the Moscow Nutcracker and for coverage of the Buffalo Sabres bankruptcy.

In 2003, Eileen received first place honor for the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. The awarded recognized her coverage of the Lackawanna Six story. Her reports were broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio. She was the first to report on NPR from the scene of the FBI raids in Lackawanna the evening of the arrests. Eileen was also featured on Fox Television providing analysis of the court proceedings.

During her time as a reporter at WGR-AM Radio she earned New York State Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for trial coverage, in 1992, of former Buffalo Parks Commissioner Robert Delano. She also earned two team coverage awards from the Associated Press for reports on the "I-190 Steel Coil Crash" and the "Niagara Falls Tour Helicopter Crash". In 1993, Eileen was awarded NYS Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for the "Tool Box Bombings" and "Law Enforcement Tragedy". 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. In the mid to late 90's she served, served as a board of director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Buffalo, New York, assisting with media coverage and press information as well as emcee of fundraising events. From 1993-95 she a board of director for the Empire State Ballet in Buffalo from 1993-95.

Eileen enjoys ballet dancing in her spare time. She is married to Mark Buckley, who spent 20 years in the television news business. They reside in Kenmore.

You can e-mail Eileen at ebuckley@wbfo.org

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Cultural
10:12 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Local Native American says Native American Month doesn’t go far enough

November is Native American Month
Credit Photo from Native American Month Webpage

The month of November has been declared Native American Month, a time set aside to recognize the significant contributions of America's first citizens. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, one local Native American says it is not enough in dealing with the current struggles of those living on native territories. 

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Local
9:20 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Former local newsman recalls day of JFK assassination

WEBR
Credit Image from Buffalo Broadcasters Association

A former local radio news man reflected on the dramatic moments that unfolded 50 years ago, November 22 1963  with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ron Arnold was news director the former WEBR-AM-970 radio.  Arnold tells WBFO News he was on the air when word came in that the President had been shot. He recalls the wire service alarms ringing. 

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Local
10:01 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Memories from Buffalonians reflecting on the day JFK was shot dead

JFK

The assassination of John F. Kennedy was 50 years ago, November 22 1963. President Kennedy was shot while driving in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. It is a day that is burned in the minds of a generation who remembers Kennedy as their president. WBFO's Eileen Buckley collected some of those memories from Buffalonians who remember the day JFK was shot.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Theater Talk: More on 'Clybourne Park' and 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Theater Talk's Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley have more on the Road Less Traveled production of Clybourne Park and Tom Dudzick's Miracle on South Division Street at the Kavinoky Theater.

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Local
7:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Tonawanda Police deny racism accusation by Ying's owner

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Town of Tonawanda police chief is denying allegations of racism against his department by the owner of a popular restaurant.

WBFO's EileeN Buckley reports on Tonawanda Police denying allegations of racial profiling.

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Cultural
9:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

CEPA Gallery receiving White House honors for after-school program

18-year-old Jose Lagares, a junior at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, shows his business card for photography. Lagares is enrolled in CEPA's after-school photography program.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's CEPA Gallery will be honored Friday at the White House as First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. 

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Local
6:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

City Mission receives turkeys from NOCO for holiday & winter season

NOCO president Jim Newman helps unload frozen turkeys at Buffalo City Mission.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A delivery of 160 frozen turkeys arrived at the Buffalo City Mission Tuesday. NOCO made the generous donation along with more than 1,800 packets of coffee. The City Mission is trying to collect 3,000 turkeys for next week's Thanksgiving Day Holiday and upcoming winter months.

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Local
3:57 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Proposed bill ensures veterans receive SUNY credit

Kennedy spoke to veterans and their families at his Veterans Forum and Services Fair Tuesday.
Credit Senator Tim Kennedy's office

A bill unveiled Tuesday by a local state senator would help veterans earn academic credit for coursework they completed as part of their military training.

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Local
12:49 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Bills fan falls from upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium

Buffalo Bills fan falls from upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium

A Buffalo Bills fan plunged from the stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Sunday's game in Orchard Park.

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Cultural
10:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Art exhibit pays tribute to fallen Bethlehem Steel building

Credit Facebook

A Buffalo State graduate student's work is part of a special exhibit opening Friday night at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York. The project is in honor of the former Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna, which was recently torn down.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Panel examines futures of Medicare, Social Security

AARP held an informational session in Clarence Thursday to education citizens about the future of Medicare and Social Security. The session was held to alleviate the fears Americans may have about the programs running out of money.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Theater Talk: "War Horse" and "A Miracle on South Division Street"

The powerful Tony-award winning War Horse is on stage now through Sunday at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley discuss the elaborate puppetry and story-line of War Horse

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Affordable Care Act
8:52 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Local health insurance exec says Obamacare roll-out smoother in New York

Don Ingalls

President Barack Obama Thursday offered a fix to those Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance. The President says insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans for one more year that would otherwise be canceled. 

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Education
10:35 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Say Yes Buffalo off to a successful start

Say Yes Buffalo banner outside Medaille College in Buffalo. Medaille is one of the partners for the scholarship program.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo announced an important goal at its quarterly update Wednesday. Leaders and stakeholders of Say Yes gathered at Medaille College in Buffalo Wednesday announcing that the program is already a success.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Say Yes Buffalo update.

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Sports
10:33 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Sabres fans say 'it’s about time'

Kenneth McFadden of Syracuse & Patrick Lamattina of Dunkirk react to changes with Buffalo Sabres.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

News of the Buffalo Sabres' big shake-up at First Niagara Center spread quickly Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley caught up with some Sabres fans happy to see the major changes.

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Crime
9:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New report points to disparities among minorities in the Erie County Criminal Justice System

Members of several agencies that work with Open Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A new report points to disparities among minorities in the Erie County criminal justice system.  Open Buffalo revealed results Tuesday calling it "alarming". 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Amazing War Horse arrives at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

War Horse arrives at Shea's
WBFO News photos by Misty Harris

A Buffalo audience can expect to be wowed by puppeteers, who control a horse, on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  Tony-award winning War Horse opens at Shea's Tuesday evening.

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Local
1:19 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Paying tribute to America's veterans

Military salute at Forest Lawn Cemetery
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Western New Yorkers are paying tribute to America's Veterans Monday for their courage and self-sacrifice.  Ceremonies are being held across the region.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on the Veterans Day 2013 ceremony at Forest Lawn in Buffalo.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Press Pass: Post-election -- what's next?

Jim Heaney of Investigative Post
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

As Governor Andrew Cuomo gears up for a reelection run in 2014, will he pluck Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for his Lt. Governor running mate? In this week's Press Pass , WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Investigative Post's Jim Heaney take a look at the post-election season.

Delaware North Expansion
8:51 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Uniland scales back on tax incentive request for Delaware North project

Proposed headquarters for Delaware North

Uniland Development will submit a revised application for financial incentives to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency next week for its proposed Delaware North project. 

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Local
4:24 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Lancaster demolition clears way for smart growth initiative

Poloncarz was joined by local leaders Friday to kick off the demolition in Lancaster.
Credit Erie County Executive’s Office

Demolition of a complex along West Main Street in the Village of Lancaster is now underway as part of a smart growth revitalization project.

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Cultural
10:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Buffalo’s Italian-Americans celebrated in new film

Photo from Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Stories of Buffalo's Italian-Americans will be revealed this weekend when a brand new film premiers.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with one of the writer and producers of the film, Joey Giambra of Buffalo, to discuss the creation of "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".


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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Theater Talk: Clybourne Park, Promises Promises, War Horse & more...

WBFO'S Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase.

Friday brings us our weekly round-up of area theater.  This week, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Theater Talk host Anthony Chase discuss brand new productions that are opening and will be opening: Clybourne Park, Promises Promises and War Horse.

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Local
9:35 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State to hold CPS hearing in wake of child deaths

State officials will probe the circumstances that led to the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
Credit facebook.com/restinpeaceeainbrooks

A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

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Cultural
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Celebrating the musical works of a UB professor

The musical works of a SUNY Distinguished Professor will be celebrated Friday night.

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Local
6:11 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Flight 3407 families celebrate announcement of new pilot training rules

Mary & James Neill lost their pregnant daughter in crash of Flight 3407.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Families of Colgan Air Flight 3407 are celebrating the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement of new pilot training rules.  The FAA issued the final rules in Washington earlier Tuesday.

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Developing
11:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day 2013: Several local races of interest

Computerized balloting
Credit WBFO News photo

It’s Election Day 2013.  Voters in Erie County began casting ballots at 6 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened. Several races are taking center stage, including the race for Buffalo Mayor, Erie County Sheriff and Erie County Comptroller.

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Local
9:37 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Reed defends position on Affordable Care Act

Thousands of Western New Yorkers are receiving letters from the federal government saying they will need to drop their current health insurance coverage. Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed, republican  for the 23rd Congressional District of New York said he's received numerous complaints from constituents.

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Local
8:55 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Archive center under construction at Forest Lawn

Rendering of future site at Forest Lawn.

Ground was broken Monday at Forest Lawn Cemetery for The Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, a facility which looks to host genealogical and historical research.

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Local
2:55 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Buyers interested in Lake Shore hospital

Lake Shore is scheduled to close January 31
Credit tlchealth.org

Some lawmakers remain optimistic that there will be a buyer for Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving.

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