Nick Lippa

Reporter

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.

He began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WBNY, the Buffalo State student-run radio station. He held multiple positions there including GM and Sports Director.

Nick was hired by Classical WNED and WBFO in July of 2016 after completing an internship for each earlier in the year.

Nick won a first place 2016 New York Associated Press Sports Feature Award for his story, "Old School Mentality on Hockey Head Injuries Slow to Change."  He also contributed works to WBFO’s first place award for sports coverage for excellent staff reports that were submitted as "Buffalo Has Become a Hockey Heaven." At the beginning of 2017, Nick started working every weekend as an afternoon host.

Nick is 2016 graduate of Buffalo State with a B.A. in Music and Media Production and a minor in Digital Music Production.

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Several groups, from police to the Peacemakers, came together to distribute 500 turkeys in downtown Buffalo Monday. But it also showcased the economic consequences and struggles the community continues to face as the pandemic rages on.


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For this Thanksgiving in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is telling families no more than 10 people can gather at the same location due to COVID-19. Protesters Monday morning outside of the Erie County Sherriff’s office called on local law enforcement to ignore the mandate.

Bob Wiltshire / WNY Alzheimer's Association

For those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having access to social activities is crucial. COVID-19 has presented a few challenges for the WNY Alzheimer’s Association, but it hasn’t stopped them from finding socially safe ways to gather an at risk population on a weekly basis. This includes art related Zoom activities with local partners like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Wind gusts from last night’s storm impacted over 51,000 National Grid customers across Western New York. Late this morning, over 1,000 remained without power throughout Buffalo. At 5 p.m. National Grid reported 90 percent of their nearly 53,000 customers impacted by the storm have had power restored.

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A multimedia art installation centered around Love Canal runs through the end of November at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. ‘UNSEEN’ appeals to the senses while showcasing the lasting consequences of the toxic waste that destroyed Niagara Falls neighborhoods more than 40 years ago. Artist Chantal Calato explained to WBFO’s Nick Lippa how the work came to be.


The tightly contested 2020 U.S. presidential election has put Americans from all backgrounds on edge. University at Buffalo professors illustrated that Wednesday, as they discussed the racial divide and the impact it’s had locally and nationally. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.


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With Election Day here, voters will be seeing countless signs as they make their way to the polls. In Buffalo, there’s street vendors on corners selling yard signs featuring a political ticket of star Bills quarterback Josh Allen and receiver Stefon Diggs. WBFO’s Nick Lippa stopped by one corner after seeing people swerve off the road to purchase some in North Buffalo.

Chautauqua County / Jason Schmidt for District Attorney

Some universal issues are bringing voters to the polls throughout Western New York like COVID-19 and the future of the economy. But in Chautauqua County, police reform is front and center as a tightly contested race for district attorney moves forward. Chautauqua Today news director Dave Rowley spoke with WBFO reporter Nick Lippa about how it’s taking shape.


I Love NY

There are not many local races of note within Steuben and Allegany County this year, but early voting indicates there will be a large turnout in these rural areas. So what’s drawing residents to the polls? Hornell Evening Tribune reporter and regional editor Chris Potter tells WBFO it’s Donald Trump.


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Cattaraugus County saw over 1,200 people this past weekend get to the polls for early voting. The national election is a big reason for that. And according to Olean Times Herald Reporter Rick Miller, it’s one of many factors that could impact the race to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Early voting kicked off this weekend in New York. In Orleans County, nearly 700 cast their ballots. That’s a drastic increase from a year ago where the opening weekend for early voting drew 58 total voters. In all, Orleans County saw 374 early voters over the course of nine days in 2019. Orleans Hub Journalist and Editor Tom Rivers tells WBFO the presidential election is a big factor for the large turnout, but it isn’t the only one.


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Buffalo is the birthplace of many legendary musicians. You may not know who all of them are, but you can see at least one now on the corner of Kensington and Bailey Avenue. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports how artist Edreys Wajed and M&T Bank brought Grover Washington Jr. to life through an art mural.


The Buffalo Bills, barring any last minute setbacks, will be playing Tuesday night football against the Tennessee Titans. It comes after a week of debate whether a game should be played at all after more than 20 Titans personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Both teams come in to the game undefeated. Bills analyst Matt Subuda believes Buffalo has a good chance to move to 5-0 on the year.


The first round of the NHL Draft was held Tuesday night-- just a week after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. The Buffalo Sabres continued the start of their shortened offseason with the selection of forward Jack Quinn at 8th overall. On this week's edition of Behind The Bench, WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe about how the team fared. 


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A group of community activists is raising concerns over the possible use of a new non-lethal restraint tool by Buffalo Police dealing with mental health emergencies.


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It wasn’t just George Floyd’s name heard at protests across Buffalo this summer. The names of Quentin Suttles, Wardel ‘Meech’ Davis, and Cariol Horne were all chanted as a national fight against systematic racism continues. Photographer Tito Ruiz was on the front line with protestors to capture the emotion felt locally in Western New York’s fight for racial justice. Now, more than 30 of his large prints are on display as part of a solo exhibit at CEPA Gallery.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations that address mental health concerns to adapt. How do you meet a growing need to treat depression, anxiety and trauma? Telehealth is being relied on more than ever in all Western New York communities.


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In the face of several uncertainties, the developer behind the proposed Amazon warehouse on Grand Island is pulling the project.


While several school districts throughout New York continue to deliberate how to safely open school this year, West Seneca will start at home. District officials said they will utilize a multifaceted plan that will reopen in phases. West Seneca Central School District Superintendent Matthew Bystrak shared how they came to make this decision.

Addressing the constant changing guidelines. Taking time to assess in person learning in smaller groups before allowing everyone back to school. Making sure the PPE they have is appropriate for the circumstances they have. Bystrak and West Seneca are taking precautions against the ambiguity of COVID-19 while committing resources to remote learning.

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Tops Friendly Markets is starting a new program that aims to reduce food waste. The local grocery store chain is allowing six of their Buffalo area stores to offer food nearing their sell-by-date at up to 50 percent through the app Flashfood.

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Western New York Democratic leaders are responding to news of Kamala Harris being selected as Joe Biden’s running mate in the upcoming presidential election.


The Mental Health Advocates of Western New York will be welcoming a new executive director beginning next month. Melinda DuBois will take over for Kenneth Houseknecht, who is retiring after working for nine years. Dubois shared some of her vision of the future of Mental Health in the region with WBFO’s Nick Lippa. 


26 Shirts

26 Shirts, a sports apparel designer, and its founder Del Reid have developed a charitable reputation. Even during a pandemic, they’ve managed to break company records, all the meanwhile raising money for those in need.


UB

There will be no UB football, as well as several other sports, this upcoming fall.

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Niagara Falls needs COVID-19 testing supplies. Their solution? The potential reallocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. But how did we get to this point? WBFO's Nick Lippa reports.

  

Buffalo Bills

Bills fans have been holding their breath for the past few days after hearing All-Pro Cornerback Tre-Davious White was considering opting out of the 2020 season. Now it's offical White will play after stating Wednesday he was undecided.  

  

Mary Schneider and Alicia Malik / Co-Artifact

The pandemic may have put a hold on visiting art showcases in person, but groups like Starlight Studio & Art Gallery have taken their events online to continue operation. The non-for profit art studio is holding their fifth annual Co-Artifact silent auction-- an exhibition that starts Thursday and runs through the weekend. 

  

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Teachers and community leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon at Broderick Park to discuss the best way educators could help achieve racial and social justice. Their solution? They want to form a caucus inside the Buffalo Teachers Federation.


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Numerous subjects were discussed at Erie County’s weekly COVID-19 update. The numbers continue to remain low across the board, but Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein warns most people are still susceptible to COVID-19.


NWHL

Will the NWHL be playing hockey in 2021? That's the current plan. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the what the league is doing now as the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S continues.


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