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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Democratic candidate for Erie County Clerk has conceded.  Whyte called Republican Chris Jacobs Friday morning.

 Whyte issued a written statement.  She says although the Board of Elections still has work to do to certify the outcome of the race -- she called Jacobs to acknowledge that it seems highly unlikely she will obtain the number of votes needed to win. 

Whyte was a county legislator, but lost her seat to run for Clerk.  Whyte said it has been a great honor and hold public office and serve the residents of the 6th legislative district over the past 6 years.  

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The State Education Department  issued its list of schools that need to improve state-wide.    More than 1,300  elementary, middle and high schools are on the list  -- an unprecedented number of schools statewide.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says in Buffalo 16-schools have been identified as "Schools in Need of Improvement.

"The impact of changing the cut scores on the 3rd through 8th ELA and Math would result in something like this. So no we weren't surprised by this. This is exactly what we understood would happen," said interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon.

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Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula calls the events at Penn State "deeply troubling".  Pegula is a graduate of Penn State where he earned his degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering.  He is from Carbondale, Pennsylvania.  

WBFO News contacted the Buffalo Sabres Thursday morning requesting an interview with Pegula.  Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert said Pegula had not spoken about it, but would notify the media if he is willing to offer comments.

This afternoon the Sabres issued the following statement from Pegula:

A member of Western New York's Congressional delegation visited the Occupy Buffalo movement Wednesday afternoon.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley said Western New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter accepted the movement's invitation.

Members of Occupy Buffalo greeted the congresswoman as she approached Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

"We are delighted that you decided to come to Buffalo to talk with us and to meet with us," said member of Occupy Buffalo.

"Yes, absolutely," Congresswoman Slaughter.

Mark Poloncarz defeats Chris Collins

Nov 9, 2011
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

Democrat Mark Poloncarz has clinched a victory against incumbent Republican Chris Collins.  Poloncarz will now become the next county executive.  

Erie County Executive Chris Collins delivered his concession speech from Republican Headquarters at the Rich Atrium Tuesday night. 

"The public has spoken. I don't know quite what to make of that," said Collins.

"Things didn't work out tonight.  Sometimes life isn't fair," state Collins.  

But Collins has pledged a "smooth transition".   

WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

The race for Erie County Clerk did not end last night with a clear winner.  But Tuesday morning, Jacobs has appeared to emerge as the unofficial winner.

With 98 percent of the vote tabulated, Republican candidate Christopher Jacobs leads with 51 percent to Democratic candidate Maria Whyte with 49 percent of the vote.

Whyte appeared at Democratic campaign headquarters Tuesday night at the Adam's Mark in Buffalo.
She spoke with reporters.

"I'm staying optimistic about the votes as they unfold and obviously I intend to hang right in there," said Whyte.

Local republicans are concerned about results

Nov 8, 2011
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Erie County Republicans are subdued as they continue to watch results in the race for county executive.

Democrat Mark Poloncarz is leading the race. WBFO News reporter Michael Mroziak is at watching the results from the Rich Atrium in Buffalo. 

Photo from Niagara Falls Office of the Mayor

Democratic incumbent Mayor Paul Dyster won re-election Tuesday night.  Dyster defeated republican Johnny Destino.  Dyster also made history -- he becomes the first two-term mayor in two decades in Niagara Falls.   Dyster won 53% to Destino's 45% of the vote.   

In the city of Buffalo, all nine Common Council members retain their seats.  But they ran in Tuesday's elections uncontested.  Four incumbents did face opponents in the September Democratic primary.

WBFO News producer Ashley Hassett is camped out with the democratic candidates at the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.  That is where Erie County candidate Mark Poloncarz is will be watching results.

Ashley spoke with Erie County Legislature chairman Len Lenihan who believes the race for Erie County Executive is "locked in a close" race.

You can click on the above audio to listen to the interview.

WBFO News reporter Michael Mroziak is at watching the results from the Rich Atrium in Buffalo.  That is where the Erie County Republican Party is gathered.  Michael spoke with Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy.

Michael also spoke with former gubernatorial  candidate and Buffalo developer Carl Paladino about the county executive race.

You can click on the above audio to listen to his interviews.

Polls close: Result watch begins

Nov 8, 2011

Polls are closed and supporters of candidates across Erie and Niagara Counties are awaiting the results.  

WBFO News reporter Michael Mroziak is standing by with republican supporters at Erie County Republican Party headquarters set up Tuesday night at the Rich Atrium. That is where incumbent Chris Collins is due to appear for results.  
WBFO News producer Ashley Hassett is camped out with the democratic candidates at the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.  That is where Erie County candidate Mark Poloncarz is will be watching results.  

It is election day 2011 and voters will decide on one of the biggest races in Erie County.   Incumbent Republican Erie County Executive Chris Collins is facing a tough challenge from Democratic County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz.   

Voter Laurie Carroll of North Buffalo cast her ballot at the University Presbyterian Church and Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard late Tuesday afternoon.  She wouldn't reveal who she voted for, but is expecting a close race for county executive.

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Voters are deciding whether to give Chris Collins four more years as Erie County Executive or give Mark Poloncarz a chance to hold the County's reigns until 2016. It's Election Day 2011.  And the County Executive's race is the marquee local contest.

 WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says both candidates yesterday held a final "get out the vote" effort. On the eve of elections, both candidates were making one last attempt to get their message to the voters. Democrat Poloncarz attended a rally on the steps of City Hall.

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The race for Erie County Executive is in a "dead heat" according to the latest polls.  But Tuesday voters will finally have a chance to cast their ballot --  ending a long-campaign battle that pits republican incumbent Chris Collins against democratic opponent Mark Poloncarz. 

Both candidates held final "get-out-the-vote efforts Monday.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to University at Buffalo political science professor Joshua Dyck  for his analysis on the county executive race on this Election Day 2011.

A University at Buffalo professor brought an anti-bullying message that is targeted to pre-schoolers to Sesame Street. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Dr. Jamie Ostrov is associate professor of psychology at UB. He's been working on a federal level to help develop a uniform definition of bullying.

They were our neighbors, they were brilliant, and each had a vision to do some good in the world. "They were both intellectual and practical explorers," says management consultant Emmett Murphy.  "Both wanted to do something that would change the world."

Dr. Herbert Hauptman won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1985. His work on crystal structures led to development of thousands of life-saving drugs and medical procedures.  Wilson Greatbatch developed the implantable heart pacemaker in the late 1950's.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Federal and local leaders got the first view inside Buffalo’s new U.S. Courthouse Friday afternoon.

The building stands on Delaware Avenue, Niagara Street & Mohawk across front Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.   A public opening is planned for November 28th.

Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) attended Friday’s viewing.

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The coordinator of Western New York’s largest Tea Party Friday announced that a reward has been posted for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction in Erie County's ballot tampering case.  

Local Tea Party coordinator Rus Thompson says a donor, who asked to remain anonymous, pledged to pay a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information which results in an arrest in the Buffalo ballot fraud investigation.  

Buffalo Police are on the hunt for a man that has been approaching young boys while he rides on a bike. The child predator is now linked to three separate incidents in the city.

Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards told reporters the most recent incident  happened Wednesday near Erb Street and East Delavan on the City's far East Side. 

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 Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended, without pay, for four games for a head butt to another player.  

It involved an illegal hit to the face of  a Philadelphia Flyers forward during NHL Wednesday night in Buffalo.  The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced the decision Thursday.  

The state's largest public employees union has agreed to a tentative contract deal that will prevent thousands of layoffs. The Public Employee Federation says it has ratified a revised contract deal that will preserve more than 3,400 jobs.

"More than 75 percent of our membership voted on the agreement," said PEF President Ken Brynien.

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The Seneca Nation of Indians will call for arbitration to resolve millions of dollars in casino payments to host cities.

Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter wrote to the Cuomo administration Thursday scolding it for not negotiating in good faith. The Seneca's have withheld tens of millions of dollars in casino revenue to host cities because it says the state has violated the Nation's exclusivity casino rights.  

WBFO News photo by EIleen Buckley

Buffalo's international population is on the rise as more and more refugees emigrate into the U.S. 

Thursday evening the International Institute hosts "Buffalo without Borders". The event is designed to celebrate the Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi cultures.

 WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with the leader of the Institute and a local immigrant about what it is like for refugees adjusting to life here in the Queen City.   


Buffalo is finding itself in defense mode once again. An article by a New York Daily News sports reporter refers to the region's weather as "Upstate purgatory".

It's titled "NY Jets need to start winning big games on road, starting Sunday against Buffalo Bills".

The article is about the Buffalo Bills home game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park against the Jets.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The City of Buffalo has been selected as a launch city for Google's "New York Get Your Business On-line" campaign. Google will offer small business with a chance to get on-line. 

"Google is doing this all over the country and has made a major push to do this in New York State," said Mayor Brown.

Photo from Governor's Website

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law Tuesday that requires health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism disorders. 

The measure was approved unanimously by both the state Senate and Assembly in June.  The law will take effect one year from Tuesday.

Early treatments and interventions can help improve the quality of life for those affected with autism spectrum disorders.

The legislation is expected to help families pay for expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders.

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Local education leaders plan to meet Tuesday night with parents from Buffalo's persistently low achieving schools. The city's District Parent Coordinating Council is continuing its effort to help turnaround failing schools.

"What we want to do as parents is be proactive and make sure we are understand everything that is going on, said Sam Radford is vice president of the parent council.

A 22-acre waterfront park is complete in the city's Ship Canal Commons. 

A brownfield site near Buffalo's waterfront off Route 5 was transformed into a new, public green space along the Union Ship Canal at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park.

"If you build it, in the right place, with the right incentives and right amenities, and infrastructure, they will come," said Thomas A. Kucharski, President and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As trick or treaters ring door bells this evening for Halloween, some University at Buffalo students will asking for donations. 

Students will be heading out around UB's North campus in Amherst collecting non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Western New York.

UB students will be dressed in Halloween costumes to participate in Trick or Eat, a program  sponsored by the Meal Exchange.  Terri Budek is the community engagement coordinator at UB's student leadership and community engagement.   Budek said this event engages students to get involved in important issues.

Western New York Congressional leaders and U.S. Senators from New York are calling on the U.S. Attorney to investigate Colgan Airlines regarding emails about the pilot from  the crash of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 in February 2009 .