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.

Ways to Connect

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The University at Buffalo community and elected leaders gathered at the Slee Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst Friday as UB President Satish Tripathi delivered his 7th State of the University Address. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the speech. 

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All kindergarteners in Buffalo Public Schools and across parts of New York State are receiving a free school supply kit.  National Grid is providing the supplies for distribution through The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the items were handed out to the first round of city school students Thursday.  

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Several African-American women will be appearing Friday evening in a special performance on stage at the University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and producer Latricia Davis who created this original play called "This Is My Story".   

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A national mental health leader says too many people with serious mental health issues are lost in the system.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the expert appeared in Buffalo Wednesday to offer advice to local mental health care experts. 

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Although a new state law directs school districts to implement mental health curriculum's, some local districts involved with the Western New York Family Support Center Coalition have been addressing student mental health needs for years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says mental health is the primary focus of this coalition.    

Explore & More Children's Museum

As the four stories of Explore & More's new $29 million home take shape at Canalside, the children's museum has launched its first crowdfunding effort to help shape its inside.

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The Frontier Central School District is preparing to bring telemedicine into some of its schools. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it will begin as a pilot program to meet healthcare challenges.


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Shea's Performing Arts Center was all a buzz in the early morning hours Friday as the public lined up early to have a chance to purchase tickets for Hamilton, the Broadway smash-hit musical. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was at Shea's Friday morning as the first batch of buyers stepped up to the box office.  

Photo from Amazon.

A recent Canisius High School graduate has authored a book Plugged In: How Mind Machines Interfaces Will Transform The World. It's about how the so-called ‘brain-computer’ is helping paralyzed patients and amputees regain movement.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Derby native was intrigued by the topic as he recovered from a broken neck.     

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A new study finds one in three college freshman dealt with a mental health condition before arriving at college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to the leader of D'Youville College in Buffalo about how the school supports students with mental health concerns on campus.  

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A city of Niagara Falls elementary school student brought a BB-gun to school Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to an observant student, the weapon was quickly discovered.


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As social injustices continue across the globe, SUNY Buffalo State marks its 10th year of The Anne Frank Project. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the event brings one of the most memorable stories of Jewish victims of the Holocaust to educate new generations of college students about genocide and racism.


Photos from the film God Knows Where I Am

A new documentary premieres Tuesday afternoon in our WNED|WBFO studio to shine the light on a heartbreaking mental illness story. There will be a screening of the film God Knows Where I Am followed by a local panel discussion. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to one of the panelists who will share her personal family story that is very similar to the film's theme.


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State-wide test results for students in 3rd through 8th grade show an increase in Math and English Language Arts scores.  The New York State Education Department (NYSED) released new numbers Wednesday. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, this year’s assessment scores can't be compared to last year's results.

From Erie County CASA webpage

There is a very important program reaching abused and neglected children and some with serious mental health issues. As part of our Mental Health Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Court Appointed Special Advocates, known as CASA, assisted nearly 400-area children last year. 

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There have been repeated warnings about teacher shortages across New York State.  In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey. Rey tells us those shortages are not as widespread and vary from district to district. 

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has placed yet another priest on leave. 

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An on-going labor dispute between the Buffalo Public Schools and teachers union has heated up once again. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it involves some teacher transfers at City Honors School.   

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There is a University at Buffalo connection to the Broadway tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The New Musical opens Friday event at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the general manager of the tour is a UB alum.  

Media pool photo from 2010 tour of Erie County Holding Center

The 2016 death of 27-year-old India Cummings has raised many questions about the care of inmates at the Erie County Holding Center.  As part of our Mental Health Initiative, WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley finds out how inmates are screened for mental health while held at the jail.

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With the new mandated state law for mental health education in schools across New York State, we learned more about how two school districts implemented a mental health curriculum.  As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley leads a conversation with New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins, who represents Western New York; Michael Cornell, Superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District; and Mark Laurrie, Superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School District.

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Teaching children about their mental health is underway in classrooms across New York State.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new mental health curriculum has been rolled out for the new school year. 

Photo from Macy's adveristment

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta had an interesting experience. Falletta appears as one of six inspiring women for the Macy's fall ad campaign. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Falletta about how the advertisement is design to empower women.

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More area police officers will be trained on how to handle individuals suffering from a mental health or drug abuse crisis. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins announced $1.65-million federal grant Monday, appearing at the City of Tonawanda Police Department. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's a five year grant to expand Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement.   

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It is estimated that 300-million people suffer from depression across the world.  Experts say it's important to take action to deal with it.  As part of our Mental Health Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a local attorney found a way to help others as a way of enhancing his own mood. 

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A new school year is underway in the Buffalo Public School District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the district begins the start of school with very promising graduation rates.

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The Buffalo Public School District kicked-off a brand new school year Thursday. More than 30-thousand students attend city schools. City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared with students at Leonardo Da Vinci High School on the D’Youville College Campus on Buffalo’s west side.  Cash has declared the 2018-19 school year as the “Year of Instruction.”

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The Lockport City School District welcomed back students Wednesday for the new school year, but a new, controversial security software system is not fully in place.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it involves Facial recognition and tracking software. 


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The heartache of suicide for surviving family members was highlighted as Erie County leaders kicked of Suicide Prevention Week Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the prevention message is of hope.


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Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo is celebrating an expansion. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday for a brand new, three-story building to house students in kindergarten through 5th grade. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the opening as it also kicked-off a new school year.

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