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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Focus on Education
1:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project

Say Yes banner outside Medaille College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund is about to receive another infusion of cash. WBFO News has learned that a group of business leaders is pledging to invest some of the profits they earn from a renovation project at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

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Focus on Education
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Park School offers 'common sense' advice on Common Core

Park School sign from similar meeting this past May.
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After receiving a big response from the public, the Park School of Buffalo will be holding a second Common Sense Approach to Middle School Roundtable Wednesday evening. The school is offering information on education as public schools work to adopt the Common Core Standards.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Olmsted Center programs assist blind, visually impaired and disabled

Inside the Olmsted Center for Sight.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For more than 100 years, the Olmsted Center for Sight has assisted adults and children who are blind, visually impaired and disabled. Each year it serves 2,500 people. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us how the center provides education, job training and retraining for daily living skills.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo teen lives out dream to be a chef

14-year-old Jaylynn Rivera is 'chef for the day' at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue with head chef Michael Obarka
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo student suffering from severe juvenile arthritis recently had a chance to live out her dream of becoming a chef. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learns that despite a difficult disease, the teenage girl recently graduated from School 89 in Buffalo and is now ready to enter Hutch Tech as a freshman this fall. 

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Press Pass
8:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Press Pass: Mandatory kindergarten & 'Vision Plan' for Buffalo schools

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio during a Press Pass recording.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Starting this fall, kindergarten will be mandatory for Buffalo Public School children. It's among the many education issues the city school district is tackling under new leadership.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

School choice & civil rights

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues review of its school choice policy, one national civil rights expert explains how important the issue is across the country. 

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Business
12:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

DASNY working to assist women & minority owned businesses

DASNY
Credit Photo from DASNY Website

Minority and women-owned business are encouraged to learn more about bid opportunities and strategies later today. The Dormitory Authority of New York State will be in Buffalo Wednesday to host a business outreach and networking event at the Hyatt Regency.  The Dormitory Authority helps facilitate finance and construction.

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Focus on Education
10:22 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hamburg schools superintendent placed on leave

Hamburg School Board votes unanimously to place Superintendent Jetter on administrative leave.
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The Superintendent of the Hamburg School District has been placed on administrative leave, a move that adds to a growing number of controversies within the district.

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Focus on Education
12:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Canisius College hires Collins to lead advancement

William Collins, former principal and co-founder of Travers Collins, hired at Canisius College.

A high-profile public relations expert has been hired by Canisius College in Buffalo to serve as vice president of Institutional Advancement at Canisius.

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Local
6:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Supporters urge governor to sign law to prevent GPS stalking

Wisniewski's brother David Wisniewski stands between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes in Niagara Square urging the Governor to sign Jackie's Law.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A state bill, if signed into law, could protect more domestic violence victims from dying at the hands of their abusers. The bill was inspired by a local woman who was murdered in 2012.

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Focus on Education
12:04 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Cuomo says sexual assault is ‘serious’ issue for colleges & universities

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the recent investigation into assaults on college campuses while appearing in Rochester Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation in May.

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Focus on Education
8:26 am
Thu July 17, 2014

FOIL request reveals UB paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech

Hillary Clinton on the big screen at last October's UB Distinguished Speakers event.
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A Freedom of Information request revealed the University at Buffalo paid 275-thousand dollars for Hillary Clinton's Distinguished Speakers Series speech last fall.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the FOIL request was issued by the Public Accountability Initiative based on Buffalo's West Side.

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Cultural
9:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Central Terminal ‘Happy’ video goes viral

School students from Westminster Charter School danced in HAPPY video at the Central Terminal.
Credit Photo from HAPPY Video

A locally produced video has gone viral as part of a fundraising effort for Buffalo's Central Terminal. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the video is sure to make you smile as you watch a diverse group of citizens dance inside the historic city landmark.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Common Council leader says school board has ‘very little’ discussion of education issues

Buffalo Common Council president Darius Pridgen discusses education issues.
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The leader of the Buffalo Common Council is weighing in on the education crisis in the city. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with the Council president and True Bethel pastor Rev. Darius Pridgen.  Pridgen, who once served as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, offers his thoughts on the city district.

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Local
8:37 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Buffalo FBI leader Brian Boetig talks about new interrogation rules, police issues

Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Division Brian Boetig in the WBFO news studio for an interview.
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The newest leader of Buffalo's FBI Office has nearly completed one full year in the Queen City. Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig was named to head the Buffalo division last September. He arrived in Buffalo with expertise in cyber investigation and has trained agents on intelligence. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to host Boetig in our studio for a conversation about the current work of the local FBI.

Focus on Education
2:50 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hobart and William Smith Colleges respond to NY Times sexual assault article

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
Credit Photo from Hobart and William Smith Colleges Facebook page

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, in Central New York responded to a complaint of alleged sexual assault filed by a student in response to a New York Times article dated July 12, 2014.

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Environment
9:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Wheatfield residents fight against use & storage liquid fertilizer

Wheatfield Sludge fight.
Credit Photo from Wheatfield Against Sludge Facebook page

Some Wheatfield residents are fighting against the use of a liquid fertilizer they say contains harmful waste. The battle involves a national company operates businesses in Erie and Niagara counties.

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Focus on Education
5:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Parent leader feels ‘validated’ in Office of Civil Rights resolution for criteria city schools

Sam Radford, president of District Parent Coordinating Council.
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The Buffalo Public School District has agreed to work toward resolving the admission requirements for criteria based-schools.  The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued a resolution after three parents filed a complaint. 

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Focus on Education
9:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Traveling to Brooklyn to find a successful graduation rate among ELL students

International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY.

Similar troubles within the Buffalo Public School District are happening in other districts across the country. The Buffalo News has been launching a series of stories that look at how a district in New York City is tackling low-graduation rates at an international school. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan who traveled to Brooklyn to learn about a teaching model for English Language Learners.

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Local
5:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Smoky two-alarm Buffalo fire called ‘suspicious’

Smokey fire on Moselle Street from the backside on St. Louis
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A two-alarm fire on Buffalo's East Side has left 11 people homeless. The fire broke out earlier this afternoon at a home at 122 Moselle near Genesee Street. It quickly spread to two nearby homes, including a vacant home at 126 Moselle. 

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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Regents Bennett says Ogilvie is an ‘extraordinary’ leader

State Regents Robert Bennett is pleased with the selection of Don Ogilvie as interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent.
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New York State Board of Regents member Robert Bennett is praising the work of newly named interim Buffalo Schools superintendent Don Ogilvie.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Bennett is convinced Ogilvie will be able to turn around the trouble city school district.

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Focus on Education
4:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Larry Quinn says it's time to do things 'differently' in city schools

Buffalo at-large school board member Larry Quinn.
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Larry Quinn is one of the new Buffalo Board of Education members and makes up the new majority on the board. Quinn said Wednesday he is ready to support former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent. 

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Focus on Education
2:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Buffalo parent group encouraged with Ogilvie’s solutions

Buffalo School Board.
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An effort to turn around a troubled Buffalo School District, the new school board majority is poised to select a new interim leader Wednesday night. The board is expected to select former Erie 1-BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie to serve as interim schools superintendent. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from one of the parent organizations seeking change.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Author of Great Lakes books examines Buffalo’s waterfront renaissance

Downtown waterfront at Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As part of our ongoing If Our Water Could Talk reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with author Edward McClelland. McClelland, who wrote Nothing But Blue Skies about the Great Lakes industrial past of Rust Belt cities like Buffalo, has been keeping a close watch on Buffalo's waterfront renaissance.

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Crime
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Fourth city employee admits to stealing from parking meters

Parking meters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.
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Another city worker has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from Buffalo parking meters.

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Crime
4:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tow truck manager admits to ‘pay to play’ scheme in bribing Buffalo cops

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (center), joined by Brian P. Boetig,special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Division (left) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr. during a news conference on the tow truck case.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A 30-year-old tow truck manager has admitted to taking part in a 'pay to play' scheme of bribing Buffalo Police officers.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Former BOCES leader in line to be interim Buffalo schools superintendent

Donald Ogilvie, former Erie 1 BOCES district superintendent on left.
Credit Photo from Erie 1 BOCES Website

Former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Donald Ogilvie could become the next interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public School District.

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Press Pass
9:56 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Press Pass: Brian Meyer on the impact of 43North

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Luring new entrepreneurs to Buffalo is the mission of 43North, a major business competition supported through the Buffalo Billion. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer explore the effort. Meyer says there is now significant international interest in Buffalo. 

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Focus on Education
8:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Young Audiences program helping at-risk teens

Teens gather in "circle conversation" for Most at Risk program. WBFO was not allow to photograph their faces
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

City school students who live in poverty and are left on their own after school hours are more likely to participate in risky behavior. But some of Buffalo's at-risk teenagers are being supported through an after school program provided by Young Audiences Western New York.

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Focus on Education
10:38 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Aloma charter students showcase literacy through songwriting

Aloma students take to the stage to perform songs they wrote.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Students at the Aloma D. Johnson Community Charter School in Buffalo celebrated the end to the school year by showing off their creative side.  In this Focus on Education report, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students performed songs they wrote after a long school year of learning the tough Common Core Standards.

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