Alan Chartock

President and CEO

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and directors...authors...you name it! 

Ways to Connect

The fund drive begins on October 17th and it may just be the most momentous of all time. That's because on November 8th, shortly after the fund drive is completed, Americans will be voting for President of the United States and a new Congress. This is arguably the biggest news item of the year and no one has covered this election more assiduously than WAMC. Not only have we interacted with you on Vox Pop every week but our first hour of Roundtable has become our most popular locally produced program. We have spent enormous amounts of time discussing what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said and done. Probably never in American history has there been such a stark choice between the candidates for the presidency.


  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers - focusing on Clara Schumann.

National security has become a salient issue in the presidential race.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock concludes his discussion with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney.

Lawmakers voted late last night to keep the government funded.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his priorities.

Please note: this interview was recorded before the final house role-call. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses blame on Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton's actions and Bernie Sanders and millennials.

Election Day is coming right up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his discussion with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses political sign stealing and women in the election.

Some Connecticut residents are dealing with a scary situation underground.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's debate and the fallout.

Is this a post-truth election?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, concludes his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the upcoming Presidential debate tonight and New York State Legislature weighs ethics reform in exchange for pay raises.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers - focusing on Fanny Mendelssohn.

If you’re a Massachusetts voter, you have more to decide on than just the presidential race.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about four ballot questions.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the aftermath of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's public corruption charges against nine defendants, which include two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros.

On Monday, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will debate for the first time.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he’s watching for.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Donald Trump's call for a wider "stop and frisk" policy, protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Trump's tax records.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the bombing in Chelsea, the deadly bombing of a UN convoy, and Trump's financial records.

  The race for New York’s open 22nd Congressional district seat is going down to the wire.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Kim Myers concludes her interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses political fallout and lash outs in the aftermath of the New York City and New Jersey shore town bombings, and the role of religion and citizenship in the case of the accused, Ahmad Khan Rahami.

  Who will replace Congressman Richard Hanna? Three hopefuls are trying for the New York 22nd district seat.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Kim Myers tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her views on health care.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the bombing in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, Trump's call for stopping Muslim's from entering the country, and the electoral college.

  New York’s 22nd Congressional district is getting a new representative this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Kim Myers tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why she’s confident.

  In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock concludes his discussion with Joe Vitollo — a Republican running for New York’s 20th Congressional district. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the upcoming debate today, hacking emails, and concerns about the voting system.

  Does the Capital Region want new representation in Washington?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Joe Vitollo — a Republican running for New York’s 20th Congressional district — continues his talk with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Barack Obama's comments on Donald Trump and notable primary races in New York.

  One local candidate is counting on an anti-incumbency vote this November.

In today’s Congressional Corner, GOP candidate Joe Vitollo tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he’s running for New York’s 20th House district seat.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Hillary Clinton's health and Donald Trump's health.

  It’s crunch time in presidential politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock it’s too early to count any chickens.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the anniversary of 9/11, Hillary Clinton's health emergency, and the death of Crazy Eddie.

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