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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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. 


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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.


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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.

  

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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.  

  

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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.


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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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How do you safely open an art museum during a pandemic? For the Burchfield Penney who is opening their doors for the first time in five months, it includes Plexiglass, hand sanitizer stations and operating at only a quarter capacity.

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In a year when bicycling has boomed throughout Western New York, Reddy BikeShare is adding 40 new bikes and 11 stations to the City of Buffalo. 

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The Grand Island Town Board spoke with local residents Monday night about the proposed 3.8 million-square-foot Amazon warehouse, also known as Project Olive. They were met by a majority of speakers and protestors who opposed the project and are asking for multiple public hearings before any final decisions are made.


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Come this fall, the University of Buffalo will be removing the names of Millard Fillmore, James Putnam and Peter Porter from their campus. UB is calling it a decision that aligns with the university’s commitment to fight systemic racism and create a welcoming environment for all.

 

  

 

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When it comes to handling mental health emergencies, CPEP at ECMC is recognized as one of the main places to go in Erie County. But there’s now an alternative to the emergency room in Buffalo-- the Urgent Health Addictions Care Clinic.

  

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COVID-19 has brought the cancellation of several annual summer group activities and festivals. Tonight in Buffalo, one of them is making its socially distant return. Slow Roll has created a “Reimagined Ride” for bicyclists looking to ride as a group. 

  

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This year's Buffalo Infringement Festival is being held online and livestreamed on YouTube. Bands and artists have creatively repurposed their homes for the event--- or found vacant spaces like parking garages to perform. 


The good news for baseball fans in Buffalo is the MLB season isn't being shut down despite a recent COVID breakout throughout the Miami Marlins roster. Construction on Sahlen Field continues to move forward in preparation for the Blue Jays arrival August 11, but there are still looming problems that could pose a threat to MLB completing their season. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Buffalo News Baseball Reporter Mike Harrington about the league's current state of affairs. 


 

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This past weekend, the Buffalo Dream Center and their mobile food pantry reached a milestone. They have served 10,000 families since the beginning of the pandemic and they don't expect to be slowing down anytime soon.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State has dropped to 646 — its lowest number since March 18.

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The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition is urging workers to consider their mental health as they re-enter the workforce in a post-Covid world.

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Leaders from across the country are remembering civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis-- who has died after a battle with advanced-stage pancreatic cancer.

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Hundreds of Western New York educators gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall late Tuesday afternoon to voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. From elementary to collegiate, urban to suburban, educators, parents, students and officials of all levels stood in front of Niagara Square to address their roles in confronting systematic racism.


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Protesters gathered around City Hall and the Erie County Holding Center Monday night calling for the release of Deyanna Davis, the driver of the vehicle that crashed into police on Bailey Avenue last week.

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A day after a viral video showed Buffalo police push an elderly man to the ground outside City Hall, several hundred protesters made their way around the city of Buffalo Friday evening while mostly avoiding any contact or confrontations with law enforcement. 

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