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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SPoT Coffee is being accused of firing three of their employees who inquired about starting a union. Two weeks ago, Spot coffee workers in Rochester organized a union. After workers at Buffalo stores found out, they started taking steps to do the same thing. Protestors lined up outside of SPoT's Williamsville location Wednesday morning.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says his office will no longer pursue misdemeanor charges for low-level possession of marijuana, following the state legislature’s passage of a decriminalization bill.

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Buffalo's rich history of world class jazz musicians has spawned a new generation of players. One group that best embodies this is the Ed Croft Trio. Croft recently won three 2018 Jazz Buffalo awards, including artist of the year, and brought his bandmates to WBFO's studios to play and talk about their music with reporter Nick Lippa.

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Dealing with mental illness at a young age comes with many challenges. One of them can sometimes be getting parents on board to help receive treatment. That was one of several topics of discussion on WNED—WBFO’s Facebook live event Thursday night titled ‘Living with Mental Illness at 22’.

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Due to field renovations at New Era Field, Jim Kelley’s 32 Annual Football Camp is being held at Williamsville North High School this week. There has been a lot of discussion on where and when a new stadium for the Bills would be built. Jim Kelly said he doesn’t think a new stadium needs to be built, but if they do, they should stay in Orchard Park.

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A longtime political advisor for Congressman Chris Collins and current political consultant for Erie County Executive candidate Lynne Dixon has been accused of benefitting from insider trading. At this time, Christopher Grant has not been charged with a crime, but current County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Dixon needs to do the right thing and cut ties with Grant.

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The International Institute of Buffalo held a naturalization ceremony Wednesday in conjunction with World Refugee Day. 25 candidates from 15 different countries officially became citizens of the United States. WBFO’s Nick Lippa was there and spoke with a few immigrants on what brought them to this country.

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For several years, many Amherst residents have wanted to move the Williamsville and Lackawanna toll barriers. One of the reasons is they want a toll reduction. The other reason is a buildup of cars. With Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing the entire New York State Thruway will install cashless tolling by the end of 2020, Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa said half of their problems are being solved.

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Niagara Falls' Main Street Business District has new investors moving in. Blue Cardinal Capital, a real estate private equity firm, is acquiring 38 properties in Niagara Falls, 21 of which are located along Main Street.

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The Green Light Bill has been signed by Governor Cuomo, which means undocumented workers can now get driver’s licenses. Advocates say this is a benefit for many of their employers-- farmers. But farmers have many more concerns when it comes to migrant workers and immigration reform. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with New York Farm Bureau Spokesperson Steve Ammerman.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill late Monday night that will allow undocumented workers in New York to obtain a driver’s license. The "Green Light Bill" was highly contested by Republican lawmakers throughout the legislative process. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with a few undocumented workers on what a license means to them and the risks they face without it.

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The DL&W rail corridor touches some of Buffalo’s most iconic areas, including the Old First Ward and Canalside. After years of work and reviewing 98 design idea proposals, the Western New York Land Conservancy on Friday announced the winning ideas that will lay the groundwork for the mile-and-a-half of land’s new look.

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East Aurora’s image stands as a beacon of what you would expect out of a small town. Iconic shops, famous restaurants, Victorian Homes. But that image masks a daunting reality where trailer parks and poverty are more common. WBFO’s Nick Lippa visited the Rural Outreach Center, an organization that serves southwestern New York and supports the needs of the rural poor, including mental health services.

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Henri Star Muhammad has been teaching minority children music in the city of Buffalo for 20 years now. Starting tonight and extending through Sunday, the Muhammad School of Music is putting on a festival that will incorporate players and teachers who have studied or worked with Muhammad in the past. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Muhammad, who reflected on his work and place in the community.

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With a combination of guest artists, Indonesian immigrants and Buffalo-born residents, Buffalo Gamelan Club put on a four-hour show Thursday night at Kleinhans Music Hall that featured shadow puppets. As the group continues to tackle more ambitious performances, WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports on their growth in the community.

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New legislation has been introduced in Congress that would help dairy farmers find workers. The Helping Labor Personnel Farms Act, better known as the HELP Act, would give agriculture workers legal work status for two years. Congressman Chris Collins (R-Clarence) showed public support for the bill last week. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with New York Farm Bureau Public Affairs Manager Steve Ammerman on how this bill would impact AG labor.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as it comes to a close, one Utah-based researcher asked, what are some of the most googled mental health concerns? Termlife2go.com took a list of mental health conditions and concerns from established resources like the National Alliance on Mental Illness and mentalhealth.gov to figure out what each state is asking about.

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BestSelf Behavioral Health recently opened a new location on Niagara Street called ClubWest. That facility is getting $4 million dollars in additional funding so the building can offer services during evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays.

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As water levels along the shore of Lake Ontario continue to rise, newly appointed International Joint Commission members are visiting impacted areas to see things firsthand.

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The New York State Transportation Committee is looking to pass multiple bills next week to improve limousine safety. Limos would now have to include seatbelts, escape hatches, and roll bars and drivers would need criminal background checks and would have to carry a commercial driver’s license.

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As mental health issues such as suicide continue to rise across the United States, more people each year come to count on agencies like Crisis Services in Western New York. As part of this year’s state budget, $200,000 is being allocated to support Crisis Services’ 24 Hour Crisis Hotline, hire and retain additional staffing, and help with awareness campaigns.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he believes Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo made an honest mistake when he brought a gun into Riverside High School last week.

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Legislation is making its way through Albany that would require the NFTA Board of Commissioners to add two users of Metro Bus and Rail as voting members.

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The Buffalo Sabres have gone outside of the box in the selection of their new head coach, hiring Ralph Krueger as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

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Allentown is known for their variety of bars and late hour activities. This weekend, Nietzsche’s JazzFest IV looks to make its mark. The event runs through Sunday and features at least five groups each day. That includes jam sessions that start in the early morning hours. 


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A little bit R&B. A little bit EDM. A little bit funk. The multi-instrumentalist producer and performer GRiZ is a little bit of a lot. He’s playing music off his new album 'Ride Waves' at Buffalo Riverworks Thursday night. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with the artist about his sound, influences, and what exactly “future funk” is.

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More than 200 women last week said they would boycott the upcoming NWHL season for multiple reasons including a lack of resources. Now, Pegula Sports and Entertainment says it will no longer operate the Buffalo Beauts moving forward. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke to NWHL and Victory Press writer Melissa Burgess about what's next for the league.

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Students of Leonardo da Vinci High School in Buffalo filled a block on Porter Avenue Wednesday morning to raise funds for the Mental Health Advocates of Western New York.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and public officials around the state continue to blame the International Joint Committee for the high water levels in Lake Ontario. While IJC critics point to Plan 2014 being the root of the problem, other Great Lakes experts say Mother Nature is playing a bigger role. So what happens next? WBFO’s Nick Lippa visited Olcott to speak with residents and officials about the issue.

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Hundreds of the world's best women hockey players have said they will not compete in North America this upcoming year until they "get the resources that professional hockey demands and deserves." This could threaten not only the upcoming Buffalo Beauts season, but the NWHL itself.

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