Nick Lippa


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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State Senator Tim Kennedy was joined by other elected leaders and NFTA officials late last week for a tour of Buffalo's aging Metro Rail system.

Expo 68 Art and Design Gallery, located in the Eastern Hills Mall, turns one year old this month. The gallery often provides exhibitions centered around collaboration. For this anniversary, artists are teaming up with writers to provide a visual of the written word.

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Thursday Night Terrors is labeled as a monthly horror and cult classic film series at the Dipson Amherst Theatre in Buffalo created by Peter Vullo. But it’s much more than that. Terrors has brought together a community of individuals looking for others who also love zombies, werewolves and sometimes killer security droids. WBFO’s Nick Lippa went to last month’s showing of Joe Dante’s “The Howling” to see what has made Terrors so popular.

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A fierce wind storm last May led to the collapse of a civil-war era carriage barn at DeVeaux Woods State Park in Niagara Falls. Bricks from the remains will be used in the construction of a new comfort station that will take its place.

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A surprising second viral wave has helped this year's flu season reach 21 weeks in the United States. And it’s still going.

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Making Buffalo Home is a WNED|WBFO multi-year project looking at the impact immigrants and refugees are having in our community. As WBFO's Nick Lippa reports, Dr. Peilun Vicky Chang has played pipe organ at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster for 16 years now. The internationally renowned musician and composer has come a long way since leaving Taiwan.

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The 2020 US Census is less than a year away and Buffalo is preparing by holding a local public awareness campaign. That includes a public hearing tomorrow at Waterfront Elementary at 5 p.m.

New jobs in the technology field are opening up across Western New York and it happens to be in the banking industry.

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Music is…healing. Fun. Unifying. These were some statements made by nearly 200 students Monday night at a collaborative music concert at Kenmore East High School. Bands from Hutch Tech, Buffalo Performing Arts and Cheektowaga Central High School came together to perform and stress the importance of music education, especially in urban settings.

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The internationally renowned Janoska Ensemble will be performing tonight in Olean at the The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. What makes the group stand out is their improvisational arrangements of classical pieces and on their new album, Revolution, they mix Bach with the Beatles. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with the group’s double bass player Julius Darvas.

Farmers across New York are concerned certain parts of newly proposed farm labor legislation could negatively impact the state’s agriculture economy. The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act would give workers overtime beyond an 8-hour day and collective bargaining rights.

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The need for caregivers is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent over the next few years, but healthcare providers are seeing fewer people enter the profession. Catholic Health of Western New York, alongside Cleveland Clinic and Ascension Michigan, will work together over the next three years in an effort to address the issue.

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Friendly’s restaurants abruptly closed 14 of their Upstate New York locations this past weekend along with nine more across the Northeast. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is demanding answers after several former workers have claimed they were not given notice they were being let go.

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Canalside has already revealed Incubus (August 6) and The Psychedelic Furs & james (July 18) would be coming to downtown Buffalo this summer. Wednesday, Canalside Buffalo announced The Struts and The Glorious Sons will be playing July 25 as part of their summer series.

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Well-developed band programs are often a point of pride for suburban schools while inner-city schools, like Hutchinson Central Technical High School, don’t have band available in the schedule. Amy Steiner, Hutch-Tech’s band director, is questioning if the Buffalo Public Schools have been going against state regulations that say public schools must offer students the opportunity to begin an approved sequence in the arts in ninth grade.


An online Twitter poll gauging the best fan bases in the NFL outraged Bills fans earlier this week after their opponent, Tennessee Titans fans, allegedly paid thousands of dollars for Twitter bots to sway the poll. Bills fans responded by donating thousands of their own dollars, now over $14,000, to the Victor S. Johnson III Nashville Children’s Alliance, a charity that provides support to children who have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse. Del Reid, co-founder of the Bills Mafia and owner of 26 Shirts spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the situation and why Bills fans keep looking for reasons to give to charity.

There are certain drugs people can’t live without like insulin and pain medication. In recent years, prices for medication have skyrocketed without much explanation as to why. New legislation being introduced by Congressmen Tom Reed, R-New York, and Steven Horsford, D-Nevada, would require drug manufacturers to publicly justify large price increases.


Borderland Music and Arts Festival is returning to Knox Farm State Park September 21 and 22. Wednesday they announced their lineup and hope to triple attendance from year one heading in to year two.

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A weak cold front moving through Western New York today is bringing high winds with it. With strong gusts of up to 57 mph, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region until 6 p.m.

Two of the biggest names in folk music are in Buffalo. Fifteen-time Grammy award winner player Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are performing at Asbury Hall at Babeville Wednesday at 8 p.m. The husband/wife banjo duo spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about touring as a family, music from their new album Echo in the Valley, how the banjo's image has changed over time in the public eye and how a certain dance helped Washburn deliver a baby.

Over the weekend, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities held an awareness day at the Auto Bureau in the Eastern Hills Mall. Kearns, who has a brother with special needs, commented on the proposed federal cuts to the Special Olympics.

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Alternative transportation advocates often encourage people to ride bicycles if they can, but that community is facing a big challenge. Women only account for a quarter of bike trips in the United States.

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In November, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be on the ballot, seeking another term. Wednesday, he was in the Albright-Knox Art Galley auditorium laying out future plans in his State of the County message.

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding a potential new football stadium in Buffalo. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula spoke about the topic Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Plastic bags at your local grocery store could be a thing of the past. New York State public officials are proposing a ban on plastic bags and a fee on paper bags in retail stores for inclusion in the upcoming New York State Budget.

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The number of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia is rapidly increasing as baby boomers continue to age. Caretakers are often impacted just as much as those who suffer from the terminal disease. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association about the difficulties they’ve encountered combating the disease.

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Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a genetic condition where you have three copies of your twenty-first chromosome. That's why today, 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Matt Lasher, co-founder of 21_Connect-- a non-profit based in Buffalo focused on educating the community about individuals with down syndrome. He shares how his experiences with his son have changed him for the better.

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Approximately 400,000 New Yorkers are currently living with Alzheimer’s, a terminal disease that destroys memory and other mental functions. Despite the high number, many who report they experience memory loss are not talking with their health care provider about it. The Alzheimer’s association wants to change that by launching a public awareness campaign like you’ve seen for cancer or smoking. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spent a day in Albany with their Western New York chapter as they asked politicians to financially support this campaign as part of the upcoming budget.

A Hamburg grocery store will open a major supermarket in downtown Buffalo. Braymiller Market has been chosen to operate a new retail store and wholesale operation at 201 Ellicott Street, near the Central Library.

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This past weekend, the Kavinoky Theatre started its run of George Orwell’s "1984" after less than three weeks of production. Producers were forced to make the last-minute switch after they were told their planned production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" could not be staged because of a legal dispute.