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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College counseling centers across the country are seeing a greater demand for mental health services. In this series, WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports the issues students and some Western New York colleges are addressing on campus. For Emily Tout, a current UB student in grad school completing a dual degree in social work and law, seeing a counselor saved her life.


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An art installation nearly three decades in the making is making its way to Silo City in Buffalo starting Friday. ‘Rio Negro II’ is a collaborative project that mixes rain sticks, sculptures, electronic music and robotics. Its focus is on humans examining their relationship with their living environment. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with the artists involved as they spent this past week setting everything up.

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A service that will help guide the blind and visually impaired is coming to the Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airports.

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QRS has manufactured piano rolls at its home on Niagara Street in Buffalo since the 1960s. By the end of this year, they plan to close their doors for good.  It’s the end of an era for player piano lovers. Former QRS Music Director Bob Berkman spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the company’s history and how his love for the instrument led to a lifelong career in Buffalo.


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In what has became a staple film series in the Buffalo movie-going community, Thursday Night Terrors returns Thursday night for its seventh season at the Dipson Amherst Theatre with showings of Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 cult classic Basket Case.

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Big changes are coming to this year’s National Buffalo Wing Festival and they may be upsetting to the condiment snobs of the world.

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Students from the Buffalo Youth Media Institute premiered their documentary "1988" Tuesday night at the Burchfield Penny Art Center. The film examines society’s relationship with climate change.

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A University at Buffalo professor is looking to lead a new movement at the World Psychiatric Association Congress in Lisbon this week. Uriel Halbreich, along with over a dozen other international psychiatrists, are calling on mental health professionals to focus on global well-being to improve public health. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the integrated and interdisciplinary approach he thinks is needed to provide healthier communities.

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For the Pittsburgh-based funk-jazz group Afro Yaqui Music Collective, advocacy is at the core of who they are. Their new album, a jazz opera titled Mirror Butterfly: the Migrant Liberation Movement Suite, is about climate change and mass migration.

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About seven years ago, 12-year-old blues guitarist Hayden Fogle took Buffalo by storm after playing on stage with Buddy Guy at a University at Buffalo concert. Now he is traveling around the world, playing various festivals and releasing a debut album in October. Fogle came to WBFO’s studios to play a few tunes and chat with Reporter Nick Lippa about his growth as a musician in Buffalo.

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The city of Niagara Falls will receive $10 million to help transform its Bridge District. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was there Wednesday to announce the funding, which is part of the fourth round of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

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New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is visiting Western New York this week. One of his stops Tuesday afternoon was New Era Field.

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American troubadour Robert Earl Keen has made his way from Texas to play Babeville Tuesday night for a rare Buffalo show. A pioneer of the Red Dirt sound that incorporates country, rock, blues, bluegrass and beyond, Keen keeps exploring the musical meaning of "Americana" as he discussed with music journalist Seamus Gallivan.

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A new outdoor fitness park sponsored by AARP officially opened Wednesday in Buffalo’s Hamlin Park neighborhood.

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Sail Buffalo Sailing School has been providing many Western New Yorkers the opportunity to take classes and get a certification in sailing since they came to a lease agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012. The program, located on the inner harbor, could be in danger if they do not extend the lease soon.

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Composer and pianist Murray Hidary is the creator of MindTravel, an abstract musical experience that focuses on connecting one another without words. He’s holding a SilentHike Saturday at Goat Island in Niagara Falls. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Hidary about his style of music and how it accompanies a SilentHike.

The state’s largest power plant, the Niagara Power Project, is getting a $1.1 billion investment over 15 years to replace, refurbish and extend the life of its equipment at one of its two facilities.

Flyers for a Ku Klux Klan event in Indiana on August 31 were found in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Monday morning.  Police in both areas said five residents found the flyers in zipped plastic bags, weighed down by rice.

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Buffalo legal officials have come together to relaunch a program that would offer mediation services that can be an alternative to criminal proceedings.

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After another year with record high lake levels, New York State has formed a multi-agency task force to come develop plans to strengthen infrastructure along Lake Ontario’s shoreline. The Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative Commission -- also known as REDI -- continues to meet with local municipalities. WBFO’s Nick Lippa attended Tuesday's meeting in Albion to see how the meetings are progressing.

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After allegedly driving under the influence and striking a girl on a sidewalk in East Aurora this past Sunday, Erin Kuntz was arraigned in the village Monday but did not have her license pulled. After pressure from Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, that changed the following day. 

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Buffalo police officer Corey Krug has been found not guilty by a federal jury of using excessive force against a Lackawanna man on Thanksgiving Eve in 2014 on Chippewa Street.

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The seven person rock, r&b and hip-hop influenced group 'Juice' is coming to Mohawk Place this weekend. Two members of the group, violinist and vocalist Christian Rose and guitarist Daniel Moss, spoke with WBFO's Nick Lippa about the groups diverse persona and identity as they continue to grow in popularity.

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For 17 years, Video Games Live has bought the music of Zelda, Pokemon and other well-known games to sold-out symphonic stages across the world. The production will be playing with the BPO Saturday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. The show’s creator, video game composer and guitarist Tommy Tallarico, has been writing music for games for over 30 years. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about his storied career, his family in Niagara Falls and VGL’s success.

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A man who was falsely convicted of a murder and spent four years in prison as a teenager will receive $250,000 from the City of Buffalo.

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Jeffrey Calhoun of Lockport is facing charges after a traffic incident led to an altercation that was captured on camera.

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Genocide. Active shooter drills in school. Abortion. These are the topics Buffalo students are exploring in a new art exhibit that opens tonight at Squeaky Wheel. It’s part of the film and media art center’s new educational program called Saturday Café. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with some of the artists and their educators about their work and journey to opening night.

It hasn’t been easy to get organic foods if you live in or around the Seneca Nation. A new market in Collins looks to solve that problem.

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Lake levels have reached an all-time high in upstate New York. Plans to improve and establish infrastructure along Lake Ontario’s shoreline communities are being developed to deal with what Governor Andrew Cuomo has said could be the ‘new norm’.

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The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 class of inductees. Six are being added: Jim Creen, Kenny Peterson, LeRoi Callwell Johnson, Every Time I Die, Nietzsche’s owner Joe Rubino and Cynthia ‘First Sister’ Moore.

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