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.

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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Several groups, from police to the Peacemakers, came together to distribute 500 turkeys in downtown Buffalo Monday. But it also showcased the economic consequences and struggles the community continues to face as the pandemic rages on.


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For this Thanksgiving in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is telling families no more than 10 people can gather at the same location due to COVID-19. Protesters Monday morning outside of the Erie County Sherriff’s office called on local law enforcement to ignore the mandate.

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For those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having access to social activities is crucial. COVID-19 has presented a few challenges for the WNY Alzheimer’s Association, but it hasn’t stopped them from finding socially safe ways to gather an at risk population on a weekly basis. This includes art related Zoom activities with local partners like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Wind gusts from last night’s storm impacted over 51,000 National Grid customers across Western New York. Late this morning, over 1,000 remained without power throughout Buffalo. At 5 p.m. National Grid reported 90 percent of their nearly 53,000 customers impacted by the storm have had power restored.

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A multimedia art installation centered around Love Canal runs through the end of November at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. ‘UNSEEN’ appeals to the senses while showcasing the lasting consequences of the toxic waste that destroyed Niagara Falls neighborhoods more than 40 years ago. Artist Chantal Calato explained to WBFO’s Nick Lippa how the work came to be.


The tightly contested 2020 U.S. presidential election has put Americans from all backgrounds on edge. University at Buffalo professors illustrated that Wednesday, as they discussed the racial divide and the impact it’s had locally and nationally. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.


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With Election Day here, voters will be seeing countless signs as they make their way to the polls. In Buffalo, there’s street vendors on corners selling yard signs featuring a political ticket of star Bills quarterback Josh Allen and receiver Stefon Diggs. WBFO’s Nick Lippa stopped by one corner after seeing people swerve off the road to purchase some in North Buffalo.

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Some universal issues are bringing voters to the polls throughout Western New York like COVID-19 and the future of the economy. But in Chautauqua County, police reform is front and center as a tightly contested race for district attorney moves forward. Chautauqua Today news director Dave Rowley spoke with WBFO reporter Nick Lippa about how it’s taking shape.


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There are not many local races of note within Steuben and Allegany County this year, but early voting indicates there will be a large turnout in these rural areas. So what’s drawing residents to the polls? Hornell Evening Tribune reporter and regional editor Chris Potter tells WBFO it’s Donald Trump.


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Cattaraugus County saw over 1,200 people this past weekend get to the polls for early voting. The national election is a big reason for that. And according to Olean Times Herald Reporter Rick Miller, it’s one of many factors that could impact the race to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Early voting kicked off this weekend in New York. In Orleans County, nearly 700 cast their ballots. That’s a drastic increase from a year ago where the opening weekend for early voting drew 58 total voters. In all, Orleans County saw 374 early voters over the course of nine days in 2019. Orleans Hub Journalist and Editor Tom Rivers tells WBFO the presidential election is a big factor for the large turnout, but it isn’t the only one.


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Buffalo is the birthplace of many legendary musicians. You may not know who all of them are, but you can see at least one now on the corner of Kensington and Bailey Avenue. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports how artist Edreys Wajed and M&T Bank brought Grover Washington Jr. to life through an art mural.


The Buffalo Bills, barring any last minute setbacks, will be playing Tuesday night football against the Tennessee Titans. It comes after a week of debate whether a game should be played at all after more than 20 Titans personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Both teams come in to the game undefeated. Bills analyst Matt Subuda believes Buffalo has a good chance to move to 5-0 on the year.


The first round of the NHL Draft was held Tuesday night-- just a week after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. The Buffalo Sabres continued the start of their shortened offseason with the selection of forward Jack Quinn at 8th overall. On this week's edition of Behind The Bench, WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe about how the team fared. 


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A group of community activists is raising concerns over the possible use of a new non-lethal restraint tool by Buffalo Police dealing with mental health emergencies.


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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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