Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields has been with WAMC for 23 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter.

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The legal standoff between Apple and the FBI over access to the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters is the latest debate over privacy versus security. Dr. Schuyler Foerster, the Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the Air Force Academy, will be speaking Monday evening at the Donald Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies at SUNY Ulster where he will address crime versus terrorism and other related topics including Apple versus the Justice Department. 


  Today is the 11th annual National Women and Girls HIV-AIDS Awareness Day. The organizer of today’s events is the Office of Women’s Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. WAMC News spoke with Martha Bond, the Senior Public Health Advisor in the Office of Women’s Health, for more information on National Women and Girls HIV-AIDS Awareness day. 

Ruth Reichl
Ruth Reichl

The Berkshire Festival Of Women Writers, which begins on Saturday, has 33 events over nine days. On the festival guest list is Ruth Reichl, well known for her cooking and writing with a career that has included the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, the Food Network and WNYC. In advance of the festival, Reichl spoke with WAMC, recalling a fond memory from a previous visit to the fest.

Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director New York State Committee on Open Government
NYS Forum

Just how transparent and open is New York state government and the hundreds of local and county governments across the state? That question will be at the center of the discussion tomorrow evening in Woodstock as the Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, Robert Freeman, speaks at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center. The speech, which begins at 7, is free and open to the public. In advance of the speech, Freeman spoke to WAMC.

Courtesy of Clearwater

There is new leadership at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, albeit temporary. Dave Conover is the interim director, taking over for Peter Gross, who recently stepped down amid disagreements with the board over the direction of the organization. Conover has been with Clearwater in various capacities for 25 years, and spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields about his new position.



An old school building in Albany will be transformed into a high tech teaching and research center. The plans call for a $20 million renovation of the former Albany High School building on Western Avenue into the University at Albany’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Brian Shields spoke with Dr. Kim Boyer, dean of the college. 

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Getting drivers and bike riders to safely share the road is one of the main goals of the New York Bicycling Coalition, which works to move the bike movement forward in areas including bike safety, tourism, recreation, law enforcement and infra-structure. The coalition’s Executive Director, Paul Winkeller, says New York has a long way to go in promoting bicycling, as it came in 29th in a recent bike-friendly state ranking by the League of American Bicyclists.

Thomas Mastro

Every state budget season in New York, when higher education is mentioned, the debate usually turns to how much tuition students at the state university should pay. A plan called SUNY2020 was implemented to keep tuition increases small and steady, but there have been complaints about the "rational tuition" program. There is support for SUNY2020 from the Student Assembly of the State University of New York. Thomas Mastro is a senior at SUNY Binghamton and president of the Assembly.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig
Gary Herzig

City officials in Oneonta heard an update from a consulting firm last evening on a new comprehensive plan for the city. Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture of Saratoga Springs was hired for $90,000  to help the city plan its future. A steering committee appointed by the mayor will hear from the public as part of the process. Gary Herzig, the mayor of Oneonta, says the city needs to update its plans for the future.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes is back with his February music selections.

1. Cindy Cashdollar and Sonny Landreth, "Sliding Home," from Cindy Cashdollar's album Sliding Home, playing at The Egg in Albany on Saturday.

2. Super 400, "Flashlight" from their album Sweet Fist playing at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy on Saturday.

3. James McMurtry, "Pocatello" from his album Childish Things, playing at The Hangar in Troy on  February 24.