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 a former news director and assistant news director, managing the day-to-day news operations and assignment of news team.  Now as senior reporter, she 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 30 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 nine-time recipient of this award, winning first place in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 & 2018, winning second place in 2017 for her work at WBFO. Eileen also received a first place Edward R. Murrow Award  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 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.


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Ballet dancer Sergio Neglia has returned from his native Argentina where he performed a tribute in honor of his late father at the Colon Theatre.

Neglia says he is re-energized as he prepares for this weekend's performance of Baba Yaga. Neglia was treated like a movie star as he danced before an audience who recalled his father's ballet career 40-years-ago.

"It was unbelievable. I mean it was incredible 3,500 people screaming the Neglia name again after 40-years. It was the most powerful thing I felt. I was shocked of all the power of the massive crowd," said Neglia.

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This Friday the U-S Attorney's Office will host a first-of-its-kind Prescription Drug Summit. It is an effort to educate the public about the growing problem of prescription drug abuse that is now an epidemic in this region.

A Buffalo family is trying to recover from the devastation that occurred in their home this past June related to prescription drug abuse.

"Michael committed suicide on June 4th in our home while my wife and I were less than 20-feet away from him. This event, that morning have changed my life forever," said 59-year-old Avi Israel.

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- A high wind watch takes effect Friday night through Saturday night.

Forecasters say the wind watch is for all of Western New York expect Allegany County. Wind gusts could be as high as 55 miles per hour Saturday.

Lake effect rain showers will begin Friday night into Saturday. Some rumbles of thunder are possible with very windy and cooler conditions. High only in the upper 40's.

Strong winds could have the potential of causing some down tree limbs or knocking out some power.

Theatre Talk

Oct 14, 2011

WBFO'S Theatre Talk takes us to several venues. This week local theatre critic Anthony Chase tells us about attending Poor Behavior at LA's Theatre Company in California.

Chase and WBFO's Jim Santella also takes us through on-going local shows including Enron on stage at Buffalo State College 

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- Some of Buffalo's unemployed residents are getting discouraged with the local job market. A few hundred stood in line Thursday at the Father Belle Community Center for a West Side job fair.

For Buffalo's unemployed the pressure is mounting to find a job. Erik Martinez has been out of work since the start of this summer. Martinez has two children. He's willing to take even a part-time job to avoid applying for welfare.

That each side is claiming victory is no surprise considering the candidates in the race for Erie County Executive agreed on little during Thursday night's televised debate on WNED-TV.

Incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz traded mostly jabs, as they faced one another for the first time on the issues.

Poloncarz built a case based upon his record managing finances as County Comptroller.

Collins said his record speaks for itself.

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A lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to make conditions at Erie County jail safer for staffers. Teamsters Local 264 represents County Sheriff's deputies.

The suit calls on County Executive Chris Collins to comply with a New York state corrections law requiring the county to provide sufficient resources to safely staff the county's jail system.

The suit comes on the heels of a recent settlement agreement between the County and U.S. Department of Justice improve prisoner care and custody.

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Federal and local law enforcement uncovered a cross-border prescription drug ring. A man from Canada was conducting drug trade in a Buffalo suburb.

56-year-old Joseph Julien of Stevensville, Ontario and 20-year-old Kevin Hinca of Depew were arrested yesterday. They are accused with smuggling oxycontin into the U.S.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said prescription drug abuse is the fasting growing drug problem in America.

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As the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Buffalo rallies mount against the wealthiest, a brand new effort that focuses on Industrial Development Agencies in the region has been launched.

A group of dedicated advocates and policy experts gathered outside the Holiday Inn Express on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls to talk about solutions to our region's job and economic crisis.

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There will be a new operator for the Mattina Community Health Center on Niagara Street to serve the city's West side.

The Neighborhood Health Center, formerly the Northwest Buffalo Community Healthcare Center, announced it has reached a lease agreement with Kaleida Health to operate the Judge Joseph S. Mattina Community Health Center.

As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue into a fourth week, Occupy Buffalo is growing in strength. Members camped out overnight in Niagara Square downtown.

Local protestors waved signs with various messages including "End the Fed" and "Stop the war on workers".

"Against corporate lobbying, and we are buying off politicians and making their own laws and we are trying to defend the American public against corporations," said one identified protestor.

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Spokesmen for the campaign of Erie County Executive Chris Collins are dismissing the results of a recent poll that shows Collins with only a three point lead over his Democratic challenger, Mark Poloncarz.

The poll, conducted last week by the Siena Research Institute, was based on phone survey responses from likely voters, and the methodology estimates that 25% of voters in the general election will be Buffalo residents.

The Collins campaign believes turnout in the heavily Democratic city will be lower and the poll results are skewed toward Poloncarz.

Visit Buffalo Niagara continues moving forward with its "Buffalo.For Real TV" Webisode series.

As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley tells us, the agency released its latest video about Allentown First Fridays.

This latest video to promote area tourism features Buffalo musician Nelson Starr displaying an upbeat Allentown District.


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No charges have been filed yet in the bullying case of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville, but the investigation continues.

The Amherst Police Department held a news briefing at Amherst Police Headquarters late Wednesday afternoon to update the media in regards to the Rodemeyer investigation.

Rodemeyer took his life September 18th. His family said he suffered from extreme bullying at school and on-line as he struggled with his sexuality.

"Nobody has been charged at this point," said Amherst Police Chief Askey.

But there are three million Americans suffering from a food allergy-like disease that is still largely unknown - and largely misunderstood.

The Western New York Gluten-Free Diet Support Group is trying to change that by raising awareness of celiac disease with an event on September 10 at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew.