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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Catholic Health in Buffalo is distributing the J&J vaccine despite concerns that it is derived from aborted cells. Some U.S. faith leaders have expressed moral concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown gave his State of the City Address at 12 p.m. Friday. Watch it here.

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Lake Ontario’s water levels are nearly 2' lower than they were this time last year. It has Great Lakes officials optimistic shoreline communities will avoid any major flood damage this year. As WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports, state-funded construction projects along Lake Ontario this summer aim to address long-term flooding concerns.

  

After suspending their shortened two-week season a month ago due to COVID-19, there are talks of the NWHL finishing their season in the near future. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on what’s possibly next for the league.

  

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz gave his regular COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. Watch it live here.

Several arts-based groups have faced financial challenges navigating a full year of the pandemic. Starting this month, Erie County arts and cultural organizations can apply for grant funds for the 2022 calendar year.

One of Buffalo’s largest summer food festivals - The Taste of Buffalo - plans to return in-person this year.

  

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How do you approach writing a modern alma mater? SUNY Buffalo State will soon find out. The college is holding a competition to rewrite the lyrics of their 60-year-old song for the 150th anniversary of the college.

  

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Communities throughout WNY have been launching "Stay In Your Home" campaigns this past month with fears foreclosures could drastically rise in 2021.


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Russell Salvatore is facing accusations of unjustly firing the former head of maintenance for Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and committing COVID-19 violations.

The Buffalo Sabres have won two of their past three games, but suffered some major injuries over the past week. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe gives an update on the Sabres health, Jeff Skinner and previews their upcoming games.

  

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As the Western New York Land Conservency begins to take public comments on Buffalo's Riverline Project, the 1.5 mile stretch of land connecting Solar City in Downtown Buffalo to the DL&W Terminal, the team behind the concept is eager to bring their ideas to life. Paul Peters is Principal at Hood Design Studio, the group behind the project. He shared his insight on key elements that may be included, as well as the influence Frederick Law Olmsted continues to have on projects of this nature.

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Big changes are coming to the 1.5 mile stretch of the unused railroad corridor that runs from Solar City in Downtown Buffalo to the DL&W Terminal.

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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.

  

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