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 2018, Eileen celebrates her 33rd 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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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.

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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 . 

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A major early season snow storm has hit parts of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southern New England.    

Heavy, wet snow has blanketed areas of the northeast, downing trees and knocking out power to thousands of homes.  There are also delays at some airports.

Governor Andrew Cuomo active New York’s State’s Emergency Operations Center as the early-season winter storm moves into parts of New York.   About 1.1 million homes in the northeast are without power. 

In New York State the Governor’s office says 261,338 are without power.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has reportedly sealed a new contract deal with the Bills.

The Associated Press reports a person familiar with negotiations has told The AP that Fitzpatrick has agreed to terms of a new contract.

Details of the deal were not immediately known. The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not made an announcement, told The AP Fitzpatrick was informed of the development immediately after practice.

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Parents of students at the Build Academy in Buffalo -- that's School 91 -- received letters about a tuberculosis risk. An adult staff member at the school has been diagnosed with TB.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony Billittier said students, faculty and staff at the school are urged to undergo testing.

"For parents who received a letter from us, they were encouraged to have their child tested," said Dr. Billittier.

Dr. Billittier says while all the measures being taken are prudent, TB is not easily spread.

The Sisters of Saint Francis are celebrating 150-years of service in Western New York.  They first came to Buffalo in December of 18

61.  They set out on a mission to serve the poor, the sick and to educate.

WBFO’S Eileen Buckley talks with Sister Ann Helene.   She had a long-career at several catholic schools and retired as principal when St. Agnes in Buffalo closed.

One of her former student’s,  Diane Liptak says she was inspired by Sr. Helene,  she pursued a teaching career and now serves as principal at Our Lady of Pompei School in Lancaster.

The Mark Poloncarz campaign has received numerous complaints from voters about harassing phone calls --  some claiming to be associated with the  campaign. 

Poloncarz insists the calls are not coming from him or anyone connected with him or his campaign.  Poloncarz spokesman Peter Anderson said the calls in some cases have been incessant.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department ended a Silver Alert for an elderly man from Colden.

80-year-old Robert Stevens suffers from Alzheimer's and disappeared Thursday, but  Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports  Stevens has been located safely in Pennsylvania. 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office received a notification from Franklin, PA Police that Stevens  was located in their jurisdiction. 

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A Freeze Warning has been issued for most of Western New York from midnight  to 9 a.m. Friday. 

The National Weather Service in Buffalo says temperatures will drop below freezing for several hours.  Temperatures will be in the upper 20's to near 30 Friday overnight and into the morning. 

Friday's highs only in the mid 40's.

This will no doubt bring an end to the to the growing season.

Buffalo Police made an arrest in a fatal hit and run accident that occurred earlier this month following an intensive investigation.  

32-year-old Michael Held of North Tonawanda was arrested Tuesday night.

48-year-old April Smith of Buffalo was struck by a vehicle along the 1100 block of Broadway on October 2 and died from her injuries.   Held is accused of leaving the accident. He was arraigned Wednesday.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said Held turned himself in Tuesday night.   

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Erie County Sheriff's Deputies and the union that represents them claim the County Executive is refusing to hire more deputies at the County Holding Center.  The Teamsters Local 2-64 launched a Website that directly attacks Chris Collins for his refusal to hire more sheriff deputies at the jail.

Local Teamsters president Mary Holl said the Website www.chriscollinsjail.com  designed to highlight dangerous working conditions at the county jail. She said deputies are given excessive overtime.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is demanding a hearing be held on why emails about a Colgan Air pilot were not revealed at the N-T-S-B hearings for the crash of Flight 3407.  

Late last week internal Colgan emails surfaced that indicated pilot Marvin Resnlow was not qualified to fly the Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 aircraft that crashed in Clarence two years ago killing 50-people.

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Buffalo's Nobel Laureate is being remembered by those who knew his work in scientific research.  Dr. Herbert Hauptman died Sunday at the age of 94.   Some leaders from the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo.

Hauptman-Woodward CEO Dr. Eaton Lattman said those who worked with Hauptman are feeling both "sad" and "privileged".

A painting by Michelangelo, found in a town of Tonawanda home, is now restored and in Rome to be part of a prestigious exhibit of  High Renaissance art.   Martin Kober of Tonawanda is the local owner of the painting that he announced he had in his possession about a year ago.  

The Fondazione Roma, the Rome Foundation, brought the painting called The Pieta, to Rome and funded its restoration over the last six months.  The Foundation is one of Rome's leading philanthropic and cultural institutions.  

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Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Hauptman has died.

Dr. Hauptman died at the age of 94 as a result of natural causes. Hauptman was an American mathematician and crystallographer.  He was best known for receiving the Nobel Price in Chemistry in 1985 for developing mathematical methods for deducing the molecular structure of chemical compounds.

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A former Buffalo politician urges more women to get involved in politics.  Former Erie County Legislator Joan Bozer encourages new generations to consider a run for office.

Quoting two great women who lead the suffrage movement,  Bozer said she would like to see more females become politically active.. She notes that the number of women in the House of Representatives remains low.

"Today only 16% of members of U.S. Congress are women. 16%...There just so outnumbered and we do need women's vision," said Bozer.

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Two massive preservation projects are underway simultaneously in downtown Buffalo.  The Hotel Lafayette and Statler Towers --both historic buildings continue to undergo transformations.

In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer who recently toured the restoration work inside the Hotel Lafayette.

New information has surfaced in the case against Colgan Air involving the fatal crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence.

Colgan Air documents were released by attorneys representing family members of the victims.  They are emails from airline supervisors written six months before the deadly crash.  They indicate that pilot Marvin Renslow was not qualified to operate the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. 

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A one-woman show is now on stage at the New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.  It is about the story of legendary and award-winning actress Vivien Leigh,  best remembered as Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.   

Local actress, Josephine Hogan of the Red Thread Theatre, portrays Leigh in "Vivien:  The Triumph and madness of Vivien Leigh".   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to Hogan and her director Darleen Pickering Hummert about the performance.  

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Ralph Wilson Stadium is in need of an extensive facelift expected to cost tens of millions in taxpayer dollars in a project that would be tied to the Bills renewing their lease within two years.

Bills CEO Russ Brandon says the team has hired a world-leading architectural firm to conduct a thorough study of what improvements are necessary to upgrade the stadium's existing structure and add fan-friendly, revenue-generating enhancements.

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Members of Buffalo's Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo celebrated the official designation on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S, Department of Interior. Club president Jan Kennedy led a ceremony Wednesday inside the history Delaware Avenue building to unveil a plague that will be placed outside the landmark on Delaware Avenue.

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The U.S. Military plays a role in historic preservation. The Camden Preservation Project,- led by Fort A.P. Hill from Richmond, Virginia, will receive the National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships.

An awards ceremony will be held Thursday evening as the National Trust continues its conference in Buffalo.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to Lt. Colonel Jack Haefner, Garrison commander of Fort A.P. Hill. 

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Among those visiting Buffalo with the National Trust conference is a New York City woman who's name is synonymous with National landmarks and preservation. Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel visited the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway in Buffalo Wednesday.

"A singular vision executed to perfection," said Diamonstein-Spielvogel

Diamonstein-Spielvogel is a New York City preservationist who has worked on urban issues over the last 40-years. She first visited the Martin House several years ago as restoration was just beginning.

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Some relief could be on the way to help clogged borders at the Peace Bridge. U-S Senator Charles Schumer said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano confirmed to him Wednesday that a pending pre-screening agreement between the U-S and Canada on border management will be announced in the next few weeks.

The agreement will allow the prescreening of all U.S.-bound truck traffic on the Canadian side of the border. Schumer said the agreement will help unclog Peace Bridge traffic.

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Michael J. Fox appears Wednesday night the University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speaker Series. Fox -- who suffers from Parkinson Disease -- serves as an advocate.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to a local Parkinson patient Tom O'Donnell and his physician -- Dr. Kimberly Trinidad about the disease and coping.  O'Donnell, like Fox,  also suffered the early onset of Parkinson in his late 20's. 

State Senator Mark Grisanti is denying that there was a a campaign cash promise from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his same-sex marriage vote.

Grisanti appeared at his office in downtown Buffalo Monday to answer reporters questions.

"It had nothing to do with politics, had nothing to do with gaining or losing any party lines. It had nothing to do with any sort of cash contributions," said Grisanti.

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Another movement is gaining in strength that targets wealthy Americans.   Several citizen organizations are teaming up under the banner of "99 New York".   

They gathered at the SEIU offices on Main Street in Buffalo Monday to launch their campaign.

From health care to housing -- one by one -- speakers lined up to voice their opposition against huge tax breaks proposed for the wealthiest citizens.

"Millionaires pay your fair share!"

Roz Hampton is member of Citizen Action and the Coalition of Black Trade unionists.

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The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread across the country, including Western New York, with Occupy Buffalo populating Niagara Square.

WBFO's Chris Jamele speaks with ArtVoice editor Geoff Kelly about that protest during this morning's Press Pass feature, our weekly conversations with area print media members.

Opening the conversation, Kelly discusses the secrecy surrounding a Republican poll that County Executive Chris Collins believes shows him with a commanding lead in his campaign against Democrat Mark Poloncarz.