Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

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


Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Steve Katz Brings Varied Legacy To Linda


Steve Katz will bring his more than five decades in music to the Linda, WAMC’s performing arts studio, tomorrow night. Steve Katz began his musical journey as a youngster in Schenectady, and headed to Greenwich Village before carving out a career with groups including the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat and Tears. He also worked as a record producer and “A & R” man.  Steve Katz will bring his guitars and his memories to the Linda tomorrow night. But it all began with a TV appearance on the old Teenage Barn program on WRGB in Schenectady.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Poor Test Scores Loom Over New School Year

Tim Kremer

Students in New York will return to class with some rather gloomy test results hanging over the new school year. This summer, state education officials released statewide test results that showed a drop in the math and English scores for third through eighth graders as the new Common Core standards take hold. What does it mean for the schools? We spoke today to the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer.

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New York News
12:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Dan Lundquist on President Obama's Visit to Upstate New York And The Rising Cost of College

Credit David Katz/Obama for America

President Obama made stops in upstate New York and Pennsylvania last week to focus on the cost of higher education. The president called for a new system to hold colleges and universities accountable for not just the cost of tuition but the dropout rate, job prospects for their graduates and other factors.

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New England News
3:47 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Juliette Kayyem Annouces Bid for Massachusetts Governor


Juliette Kayyem, who worked in Homeland Security for President Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is aiming for higher office . She wants to replace Patrick and become the next governor of the Commonwealth.

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New York News
12:21 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Reporter Scott Waldman On SUNY Graduation Rates

Scott Waldman
Credit Times Union

There was a time not too long ago when a young person went to college and four years later came out with a diploma. But there's a new normal when it comes to undergraduate education. Many students now take more than four years to get a degree, sometimes as long as six years, and sometimes the freshmen never make it to graduation, dropping out before the degree is in hand.

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3:45 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' Weekend Music Picks With Brian Shields

Credit Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes visits with some August music selections.

1. M.R. Poulopoulos: "Hard Times" from his new album Harvest the Heart, playing at the Hudson Music Festival in Hudson on Sunday at 1 on the stage at the 400 block of Warren St and at 3 at American Glory BBQ.

2. Dave Maswick: "The Truth About Love" from his new album The News From Here, playing with the Stony Creek Band at the South Glens Falls Town Park at 6:30 on Tuesday.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

A Talk With Ken Daly, President Of National Grid NY

Ken Daly
Credit National Grid NY

Irene, Lee and Sandy. Three names that have likely forever changed storm preparation and response for utilities in the Northeast. Those storms are what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called the new normal, extreme weather events that can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the region. Ken Daly is president of National Grid New York.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker On Albany Visit

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is on a national listening tour that brought her to SEMATECH at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering this morning. This afternoon, the Secretary will be in Wallingford, Ct.

The listening tour aimed at hearing the opinions of the public and private sectors and higher education on how to create jobs and boost the economy.

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New England News
3:28 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf - Flying Towards The Top Of Beacon Hill

Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf

Dan Wolf wants to go from the cockpit to the governor’s office. Wolf is a state senator from Cape Cod, and one of the founders of the regional airline Cape Air. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in an increasingly crowded field of candidates who want to replace Governor Deval Patrick who is not seeking re-election next year. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, Wolf says he began Cape Air as a mechanic and pilot, which gives him the right experience for the governor’s job.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Robert Meeropol Marks The Anniversary Of The Deaths Of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Robert Meeropol
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

Next Wednesday, June 19th, will mark 60 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing-Sing Prison after being convicted of conspiring to pass along U.S. atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.  They became the first American civilians to be put to death for spying during peacetime. To mark the anniversary, the children and grandchildren of the Rosenbergs will take part in an event this Sunday, Fathers day, at New York City’s town hall. The Rosenbergs son, Robert Meeropol, spoke to WAMC news about the event called “Carry it Forward.”