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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Opioid deaths are up in Erie County after multiple years of decline. But that’s not all. County officials are concerned with the rise in cocaine related overdoses.

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Construction at the Buffalo History Museum begins this week on their lower level gallery. It’s the second phase of a $2 million project that focuses on guest amenities, including new restrooms and an HVAC system.

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Starting Wednesday, the Biden administration is opening a two-week window where businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection program.

  

The Kenan Center has been one of several Western New York art galleries navigating through COVID the past year. For the next month, they are opening their doors by appointment, showing works from Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, a group that supports adult artists with disabilities.


   

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Western New York's COVID positivity rate is down to 2.4%, according to numbers from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Monday COVID briefing. He also addressed movie theater and school reopenings, pool hall guidelines, and the Seneca Nation owing New York State casino revenue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany Monday. Watch it here.

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Parent advocates of the group WNY Students First gathered outside of the Rath building Sunday afternoon calling for schools to fully reopen.

  

A mile-long Autism-nature trail at Letchworth State Park is expected to open to the public later this year. It’s a project that has been over a half-decade in the making.

  

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After-school music program Buffalo String Works, who currently serves immigrants and refugees on Buffalo’s West Side, plan to expand their operations in the coming years. In an effort to raise funds, the non-profit is announcing their 2021 Spring Benefit Concert will include internationally-renowned musicians and an original composition created for the community.

  

The Buffalo Sabres have returned to playing hockey after a COVID outbreak kept the team off the ice for nearly two weeks. With the team on a losing streak, Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe recaps the Sabres status and recent struggles.

  

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A winter storm warning has been issued to the Western New York region, predicting heavy snows leading to difficult traveling conditions across New York State Monday evening.

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The coup in Myanmar has shaken thousands in Buffalo’s refugee and immigrant population who once called Burma home. An after-school music program that serves immigrants and refugees on Buffalo’s west side, Buffalo String Works, plans to hold multiple events to educate the public on what is happening in Myanmar, including a virtual concert Saturday.

  

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This Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. It’s not the outcome Buffalo Bills supporters were hoping for, but passionate fans will get a break from seeing their team play after a year of many emotional ups and downs. As WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports, fandom can impact your mental health in various ways.

  

COVID is impacting professional hockey across the country this week. That includes the NWHL, who suspended their season in an announcement Wednesday afternoon after multiple teams were revealed to have contracted COVID. NWHL commissioner Tyler Tumminia said the shortened 2-week season at Lake Placid was not a bubble, but a ‘restricted access environment.’  Victory press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess addresses what happened and what's next for the NWHL.

The Buffalo Sabres will have at least four postponed games after a recent COVID outbreak. Multiple Sabres are at risk after playing some weekend games against the New Jersey Devils-- a team who now has over ten of their own players on the COVID-19 list. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe breaks down what happened this past week.

  

The NWHL is currently scheduled to play their playoff games Thursday and Friday. The Buffalo Beauts are in, but only after two teams backed out with questions surrounding COVID. Victory press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess recaps a turbulent weekend in women’s hockey and previews what’s to come for the Beauts.

  

Western New York is home to the only Refugee Film Festival in the United States. It starts Thursday night with the premiere of ‘Memory Is Our Homeland,’ a film documenting the little-known history of WWII Polish refugees in East Africa. The festival is free and will be hosted throughout the year with virtual seating through Journey’s End Refugee Services. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Journey's End Executive Director Karen Andolina Scott.

  

The Buffalo Sabres started off slow in the win column this year, but a couple of recent victories have them back up to .500. They have a rematch with the Rangers tonight after winning 3-2 Tuesday. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe explains how they’ve turned things around, who is contributing to their success and gives a general look at COVID around the NHL.

  

The NWHL’s shortened two week season got started over the weekend. All of this year’s games are being played at the historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid to decrease the chances of COVID impacting the league. The Buffalo Beauts got off to a slow start losing their first two games. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on how everything is looks so far.

  

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The Buffalo Bills fan base has developed a reputation of loyalty and generosity, even with the team losing for the good part of the past two decades. And excitement is the highest it has been in years heading into Sunday's AFC Championship game. Alan Pringle, a lecturer in mental health nursing at the University of Nottingham, has studied the impact European Football events have on a fan’s mental well-being. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about his research and the similarities he sees between Scotland football fans and Bills Mafia.

  

The Buffalo Sabres have started the year losing three of their first four games. But their next opponent may be missing a few players due to COVID as Buffalo heads to Washington Friday. Sabres reporter Bills Hoppe updates us on what’s next for Buffalo, goaltending concerns and more.

  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to allocate an additional 25-million dollars towards a program that has helped reduce food waste since the COVID pandemic started last spring. The food banks and farmers it would benefit say it’s very much needed.

The Buffalo Sabres start a COVID shortened season tonight, hosting the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center in front of no fans. It’s been a long time since the Sabres have made it to the playoffs. Can they start this season on a high note? Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his insight on the roster, approach to COVID and more.

  

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The Buffalo Beauts and women’s hockey is back this month in organized play. The NWHL has been on pause for almost a year now due to COVID. The league will hold a two-week season starting Jan. 23 with games being played at the historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid. Among the many changes this year, semi-final and championship games will be televised on NBC sports network. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess talks about what to watch for later this month.

  

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Bills fans donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Oishei Children’s Hospital after hearing quarterback Josh Allen’s grandmother, Patricia Allen, passed away in September. Donations have now exceeded one million dollars after one fan Monday donated $217,000.

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Western New York had the highest positivity rate in the state just a month ago. On Monday, the region was the fourth lowest.

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A wind advisory has been issued for a majority of Western New York. Erie, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties may see up to 50 MPH gusts.

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What will the theater-going experience look like in a post-pandemic United States? Movie lovers across the country still don’t know. And as is the case in many locales, local screen owners in Western New York are continuing to adapt week to week.


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COVID numbers continue to rise and the need for health professionals continues to grow. Spectrum Health and Human Services is holding a virtual hiring event Thursday to fill 20 plus positions ranging from RN’s to support desk positions.

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Athletes Unleashed Inc., the Orchard Park gym that was recently fined $15,000 for violating COVID-19 restrictions, has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health.

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