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
10:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

SUNY adopts system-wide sexual assault policy

Students entering building at University at Buffalo north campus in Amherst, N.Y.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has adopted a comprehensive system-wide sexual assault policy for all 64-of its campuses.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this will include a 'bill of rights' for victims and survivors of campus assaults. 

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Seminary educates future priests & laity

Christ the King Seminary entrance on Knox Road in East Aurora.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

There is a new leader at the helm of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.  The Rev. Joseph Gatto  recently began his new position as President-Rector.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says growth is occurring on the campus, as new seminarians are studying to become priests and laity seek theologian teachings. 

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Focus on Education
9:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Press Pass: The education formula at Grabiarz School

Grabiarz School of Excellence PS 79 at Lawn Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Public Schools Website

A Buffalo Public School with a high poverty rate that is following its own formula which includes the Common Core and is achieving some success. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes about her upcoming featured article for 'How to Fix Buffalo Schools' that will focus on the Grabiarz School of Excellence Public School 79.

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Focus on Education
5:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

UB introduces one of the nation’s ‘winningest’ college coaches

Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach Lance Leipold on the big screen during his UB news briefing at UB Alumni Arena.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the 'winningest' college football coaches in the nation is coming to the University at Buffalo. Monday UB announced it has hired Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach of the Bulls.  Lance Leipold  has won five-national championships.  Leipold appeared at a news conference at UB's Alumni Arena at the north Campus in Amherst Monday.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Local organization constructs girls school in remote African village

African girls in Tanzania.
Credit Photo from the Girls Education Collaborative Facebook page

An organization in Buffalo is diligently working to build a girls school in a remote village in northern Tanzania. Tuesday evening, the Girls Education Collaborative brings in Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for a fundraising event. 

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Local
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Whiteness Project examines the 'white experience'

Alex participated in The Whiteness Project
Credit Photo from The Whiteness Project

A special documentary features Western New Yorkers talking about race and being white. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says The Whiteness Project examines what the filmmaker calls the 'white experience.'

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Local
3:15 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local NAACP leader calls for peace

NAACP President Frank Mesiah with Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit Photo from Congressman Higgins Twitter page

Both Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the city's local leader of the NAACP Chapter are calling for peace in response to the violent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Local
5:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Mayor Brown says city is getting “back on its feet” post storm

Mayor Byron Brown updating on flood relief efforts in South Buffalo and Kaisertown
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The City of Buffalo's storm response continues in south Buffalo and Kasiertown. During a news briefing Monday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the city is getting “back on its feet.” Brown says they are monitoring for potential flooding around the clock.

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Local
5:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Water damage at Southside Elementary; City schools to return Tuesday

Southside Elementary School #93 on Southside in south Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Public Schools Website

One city school was damaged by the heavy and melting Lake Effect snows.  A  drain pipe caused leaking into Southside Elementary School on Southside Parkway Monday. 

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Local
3:03 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Watching for rising waters along Cazenovia Creek

Ice chunks along a major stretch of Cazenovia Creek at the Stevenson Street bridge in south Buffalo Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A stretch of  Cazenovia Creek in south Buffalo is attracting a great deal of attention Monday. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says a large portion of the creek is filled with chunks of ice.


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Focus on Education
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Buffalo students explore creative writing at Just Buffalo

Some Buffalo Public school students take writing class at Just Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students are enhancing their writing skills.  They're attending the Just Buffalo Literary Writing Center.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited a recent after-school session to find out how some students are hungry to learn more about the written word.

Local
7:09 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Governor's snow-storm tour

Potters Road in south Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Residents in some of the hardest hit snow storm areas received a visit from the Governor and National Guard Friday.

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Local
9:12 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Trekking through & stranded truckers

Snow cutter along the edge of the I-90 in Cheektowaga.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite the many warnings not to travel some residents ventured out of their homes.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with people about the storm and its aftermath.

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Local
5:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

City hauling snow to Central Terminal

Dump trucks hauling snow from south Buffalo to property at the Central Terminal in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works and Streets has been removing the snow with high lifts in South Buffalo and placing it on dump trucks.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says tons of snow is being transported to the Central Terminal on the city's East Side.


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Local
9:13 am
Wed November 19, 2014

'Limited progress' in removal of snow wall in south Buffalo

Snapshot of south Buffalo Wednesday morning. The WBFO listener says "Buffalo is way worse this morning. The roads are 100% impassable."
Credit WBFO News photo provided by listener M. Msilkowski

A limited State of Emergency and drive ban remain in effect for South Buffalo Wednesday. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stresses there is no unnecessary travel is still in place for South Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Mayor Brown about the extensive snow removal effort and dealing with emergencies in south Buffalo.

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Developing
8:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Fifth death reported from Lake Effect storm

The depth of snow fall in Marilla.
Credit WBFO News photo provided by Karen from Marilla

The Lake Effect snow storm that buried areas south of Buffalo under several feet of snow is now attributed to five-deaths.

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Local
3:56 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Wegmans closes three stores due to snowstorm

Heavy snow fall in Lancaster Tuesday
Credit WBFO News photo by Megan Wagner

For the first time, Wegmans said it was forced to close three Buffalo-area stores south of the city due to the Lake Effect storm. 

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Local
9:57 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Lake-effect snows hammer southtowns

Vehicle buried in snow along a entrance to the NYS Thruway in West Seneca, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Heavy Lake Effect snows hammered areas south of Buffalo overnight.  It has  been an extremely difficult Tuesday morning for some motorists who have been literally stranded on the Thruway.

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Local
7:11 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Partial driving ban in city for South Buffalo

Skyway is closed due to Lake Effect snows.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a driving ban for South Buffalo where two-feet of Lake Effect snow has fallen over night. Mayor Brown telling WBFO News this driving ban is from Clinton Street south.  

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Developing
6:25 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Canisius Board of Trustees to conduct full review & investigation

Outside Canisius High School in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Canisius High School Board of Trustees will begin a full review and investigation into the recent suspension of a student athlete and the employment termination of the former Dean of Students. WBFO News has obtained statements from both the board and the school's President, Father Joseph , Costantino,   S.J.

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Local
6:05 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Williamsville native found at WVU frat house has died

Nolan Burch
Credit Courtesy of Twitter

A college freshman from Western New York has died following a "catastrophic medical emergency" at a West Virginia University fraternity house.


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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Public Art initiative reaches out to students

Students at BEST School #6 are already using art kits.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Public Art Initiative between the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Erie County has now headed into area schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to a generous donations 60,000 art kits will be in the hands of local school students. 

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Focus on Education
12:20 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Canisius High offers little information

Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Controversy continues to mount at Canisius High School in Buffalo, but there are few answers.  On Monday the school confirmed Dean of Students Beck O'Connor was out. It was also revealed that senior and star football player Brad Zaffram was suspended from post-season football. 

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

JFK Middle School embraces Common Core; Buff State student, teachers participate

Inside a classroom at JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga where teachers and student teachers are engaging students in Common Core.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

We often report on the struggles of Common Core Learning Standards in the classroom, but in this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley takes us inside JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga to hear about how educators and students are embracing it successfully and how future teachers are gearing up for the challenge. 

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Local
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

City says it's ready for winter

Inside Buffalo's Broadway Garage.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

With snow in Western New York's forecast, the City of Buffalo showed off its snow-fighting fleet at the Broadway Garage Wednesday morning.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

‘How did we…?’: UB’s eclectic & avant-garde performance

UB students work on 'How did we...?' set.
Credit Photo from UB YouTube video

A unique performance hits the stage at UB's Center for the arts tomorrow night blending music, art and dance.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says student artists are required to go beyond traditional performing to provide the audience with a first-ever experience.

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Focus on Education
6:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014: ECC honors those who died in service

Veterans graves at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo are lined with flags each Veterans Day.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

For nearly seven decades, Erie Community College has served and continues to serve thousands of veterans. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says ECC will be honor them at all three campuses for Veterans Day that will include the dedication of a new Fallen Heroes Memorial Park at ECC's North campus. 

         

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Focus on Education
6:35 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Canisius High School Dean of Students out & football player violates school rules

Canisius High School on Delaware Ave.
Credit Photo from Canisius High School Website

Two major developments occurring at Canisius High School in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one involves a top administrator -- the other a nationally ranked football player.

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Local
4:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election results: Panepinto, Ortt, Wozniak heading to Albany

Democrat Marc Panepinto conducts live interview with WBFO
WBFO News photo by Jerry Urban

Democrat Marc Panepinto and Republicans Robert Ortt and Angela Wozniak were among the big winners on Election Day, winning seats in the state legislature.

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Developing
5:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014: Races, Governor & NYS Senate seat

Lawn signs and polling signs in Buffalo & Kenmore and one of the Propositions on the 2014 ballot.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Voters have been casting their ballots for Election Day 2014. Polls across the region will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

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