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 an eight-time recipient of this award, winning in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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.

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A teacher from Lewiston-Porter High School has become the first Western New York educator to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a special ceremony to honor her work.  


The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization and several other groups are calling on city school members to join a conversation tomorrow. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the event is called "Pushing Past Paladino".


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The Diocese of Buffalo announced a Catholic elementary school in Cheektowaga will be closing at the end of this school year. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Mary Queen of Angels School has experienced a steady decline in enrollment.  

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Understanding cultural diversity in classrooms, especially in urban schools is the focus of a new Center for Urban Education at Canisius College in Buffalo.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the center will provide future teacher training for urban classrooms. 

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The New York State English Language Arts assessments will be administered Tuesday to students in grades third through eighth begin. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports, there hasn't been as much noise from the ‘opt out’ movement as in past years.

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The University at Buffalo Law School has a new leader. Aviva Abramovsky has been named dean of UB Law.      

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The state's largest teacher union is crying foul over potentially more state funding for charter schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the union claims charter schools are "flush" with cash and do not need more public dollars. 

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A Climate Change Justice rally was staged in downtown Buffalo Friday and targeted two area business leaders. 

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All students and staff at Northtowns Academy BOCES in the Town of Tonawanda are safe, following a school-wide lockdown on Thursday afternoon. The lockdown was initiated following a report of an armed student threatening to shoot.


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Multiple fire crews battled a large blaze in Falconer in Chautauqua County Wednesday morning. The fire broke out on West Main Street in the downtown business district. It involves several buildings that include apartments.

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A state-wide campaign was kicked off Tuesday on Buffalo's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the "Say Yes to the Test" campaign is urging parents to make public school children take next week's New York State Assessments for 3rd through 8th graders.

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You have a chance to weigh in Tuesday evening and learn more about the proposed sites for a new train station in Buffalo.  The Governor's Train Station Site Selection Committee, led by Mayor Byron Brown, is set to host a hearing at 5 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

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A brand new Muppet will debut next month on Sesame Street.  The new character is Julia, who has autism. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says our region's Autism Services is very excited about the character.  

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The leader of SUNY is projecting a high need of new teachers in the next ten years.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has more on remarks made by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.  

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A Roman Catholic Church in Olean has been designated as a 'basilica' by Pope Francis.  St. Mary of the Angels Church has been granted what is considered a 'rare' honor. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the church's Pastor Rev. Greg Dobson about the process.

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New York State Senate republicans are proposing a plan to make college more affordable and protect private colleges. They have proposed a significant increase in the Tuition Assistance Program known as TAP. 

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Private school affordability remains a major challenge for local families. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Park School of Buffalo has adopted a "flexible tuition" approach. 

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo announced the hiring of Adrienne Forgette, a former Western New Yorker, who will serve as the new principal of the high school.  

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The New York State Mentoring Program is getting a boost from the governor's mother. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Matilda Cuomo is working to expand the program across the state for students. 

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Much of the area is dealing with over a foot of snow that has been steadily falling over recent days. Once again, many school districts across the region closed Wednesday because of the winter storm.   

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NPR Special Correspondent Renee Montagne will visit the WNED|/WBFO Studios March 29. Montagne's radio career started in the 1970s at while attending UC Berkeley at community radio station in San Francisco. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Montagne about her public radio career. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York State.  A winter storm is moving through much of the upstate region, Hudson Valley and New York City.

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Teachers from the Buffalo Public and Cheektowaga Central School Districts heard from a best-selling author about how to relate students of color in the classroom. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Dr. Christopher Emdin was the keynote speaker at the Urban Forum Speaker Series held at Bennett High School in Buffalo Monday.   

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The long-time union leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation is gearing up for re-election. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Phil Rumore, who has been BTF president since 1981. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is launching a city-wide campaign for Stronger Community Schools. More than 100,000 flyers will be mailed to city residents outlining community school locations and ways citizens can participate.

Buffalo Police have located a 4-year-old girl who was the subject of an AMBER Alert early Friday morning.

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The Williamsville School Board rejected a proposal earlier this week to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the school board president in hoping to revisit the idea in the future.  

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The National Federation for Just Communities works closely with students. This week it hosted its annual Spring High School Youth Leadership Conference. WBFO's Senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with three Buffalo high school teenagers at Temple Beth Zion where they discussed racism and segregation issues. 


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High winds forced the closing of the SUNY Genesee Community College (GCC) campus in Batavia Wednesday afternoon. All classes and activities were canceled.   WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.  

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NPR's "From the Top" was in Buffalo Tuesday to conduct a recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the show highlighted the classical music performances of two local high school students. 

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