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

Ways To Connect

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Veteran Buffalo radio newsman Ray Marks (Markiewicz) has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.  His friends say Ray died at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where he was being treated as he continued his recovery from a bone marrow transplant.

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The pilot who managed to safely land an airplane years ago on the Hudson River is now joining continuing fight over airline safety with the Families of Flight 3407.

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Parent engagement is considered a key ingredient in child's academic success.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter met with the Buffalo Public School District's director of Parent and Family Engagement to learn about how the district is enhancing parent involvement.

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Legendary and multi-talented entertainer Ben Vereen appears Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Pop Series. Vereen, well known for his Broadway work, brings his star power to Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Vereen ahead of Saturday's performance. 


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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be appearing Monday with retired airline Captain Sully Sullenberger in Clarence to show support for Flight 3407 families. They will gather at the memorial site where Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed six years ago Long Street. Jennifer West, who lost her husband Ernie, will travel to Washington, D.C on Feb. 4 to continue to fight for air safety rules. But West tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley says she won't attend the annual memorial service.

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The Buffalo School Board will be deciding the fates of four failing city schools Wednesday evening. School Board members are expected to vote on the redesign plans for Bennett High School, Lafayette High School, East and MLK School.

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Two Western New Yorkers are calling on Pope Francis to investigate their cases of sexual abuse against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

It appears a search for a new superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES has been completed. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned the BOCES Board of Education has selected a new leader.

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Some members of Buffalo School Board's majority indicated they would like to select the next superintendent from within the city district. But some minority board members insist a national search is needed.

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A ground swell of support is growing among groups and community members calling to keep failing city schools from closing. On Wednesday evening, a rally is expected outside the Buffalo School Board meeting where board members are scheduled to take a final vote on four failing schools.

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Many African Americans continue to feel a racial imbalance in our community.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports black males experience a great deal of profiling.


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About 140 Buffalo Public School students received a history lesson in civil rights outside their classrooms Thursday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students from six city schools saw the movie Selma at the Regal Theater on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo.


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The leader of one of Buffalo's parent organizations is reacting very favorably to the Governor's public education reform proposals. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the president of the District Parent Coordinating Council.


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As the city school district grapples with failing schools, a powerful Buffalo stakeholder will lead a discussion on 'The State of Public Education in Buffalo' Wednesday evening.  M & T Bank Chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers will deliver remarks.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has this preview.

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A new, 10-room science addition will be unveiled at Pioneer Central High School in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire Tuesday night. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the district's superintendent ahead of this evening's ribbon cutting.


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This past fall, the president of Medaille College announced he will retire from the school at the end of this academic year citing unspecified health reasons.

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Members of Buffalo's African-American community celebrated the silver anniversary of the Annual MLK Scholarship Breakfast Monday morning.

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President Obama vowed the U.S. will stand with its allies to fight the recent round of terrorism globally. The President said he believes extremism will be something that will be defeated. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York for her thoughts on the issue.


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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping to ease the burden of the high cost of child care for families.

Some students from six Buffalo Public Schools will have the chance to see the movie Selma free of charge thanks to the generosity of three Common Council members. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the movie fits into the school district's curriculum and understanding of black history.

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The University at Buffalo was recently named to the 2014 list of "Best of Green Schools," awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under the collaboration category. The council recognized UB for work that started almost a decade ago.

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The Buffalo Public School District is working to provide a healthy environment for its students.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley recently spoke with the district's director of Health Related Services about the District's Wellness Policy.

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Eight more colleges in New York State have been added to the federal list of schools being investigated for sexual abuse complaints.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this involves a recent complaint filed against Canisius College in Buffalo. 

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The Buffalo Board of Education is now reviewing school phase-in plans before sending a final decision on four-failing schools to the State Education Department. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says two phase-in proposals were presented to board members Monday.

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The Joint Schools Construction Board has decided to continue withholding payments to LP Ciminelli for construction projects completed at Buffalo public schools.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is making education a priority this year, but exactly how the state will attempt to intervene in the troubled Buffalo Public Schools district is unclear. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and a city stakeholder about reforms for the city.

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A number of schools were forced to close Friday morning due to the Lake Effect snow storm that hit metro Buffalo. But some District's are running out of 'snow days.'  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley checked with some districts.

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A heavy Lake effect snow band that pounded areas north of Buffalo overnight.  Snow bands have shifted southward and will continue south through mid-morning Friday. WBFO News spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel who is monitoring the bands and snowfall rates.

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A  judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra for planned expansion of the Erie Community College's north campus. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Chimes ruled that Giambra and two co-petitioners did not have proper legal standing to mount the court challenge.

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The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for northern Erie and Genesee counties.  The warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.

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