Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

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


Science & Technology
9:26 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Brian Shields with concerned scientist Jeff Deyette

Jeff Deyette

WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Jeff Deyette, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is the author of Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living and toured New York this week to discuss how people can reduce their carbon footprints, including stops at the Ithaca Sustainability Center, Cornell University, and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings’ Office of Energy and Sustainability.

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New York News
12:09 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New York State Senator Terry Gipson - Pros and cons of the budget process

This is the first state budget for freshman New York State Senator Terry Gipson of the 41st district in the Hudson Valley. The Dutchess County democrat spoke to WAMC’s Brian Shields today on the pros and cons of the budget process. 

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New England News
9:40 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Springfield Republican reporter on city hall intrigue

Reporter Stephanie Barry

Very little is being said about a federal investigation involving city hall in Springfield, Mass. On Sunday, the Springfield Republican reported that the investigation was under way, and the likely focus is a man who has been part of city hall for decades, political consultant Charles "Charlie" Kingston. Stephanie Barry is a reporter with the Republican, and has been following the story.

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3:34 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mary Bonauto, GLAD - The importance of the same sex marriage cases now before SCOTUS

Mary L. Bonauto, Esq.
Credit Courtesy GLAD

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in to cases involving gay marriage. The nation’s highest court will hear the cases tomorrow and Wednesday. Mary Bonauto is the civil right project director at the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. She tells WAMC’S Brian Shields that the cases are monumental.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Tom King, New York Rifle and Pistol Association - Challenging the NY SAFE Act in federal court

Credit M. Glasgow / Flickr

Another lawsuit has been filed challenging New York’s new gun law, the NY SAFE Act. The court action was filed today in federal court in Buffalo by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association along with a number of other organizations. A separate lawsuit filed earlier challenging how the law was passed was dismissed and is now being appealed. Tom King, president of the 45,000 member New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, tells WAMC's Brian Shields that the new lawsuit is focused on the U.S. Constitution.

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4:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Marlett, The College of Saint Rose - "Habemus Papam" (We have a pope)

Dr. Jeffrey Marlett

The selection of a new pope has electrified Catholics gathered in Rome and around the world.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione - Casinos and the SAFE Act

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione, with Assemblyman Tony Jordon (left) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (right) speaks at Saratoga Springs City Hall in support of the Casino Gaming Transparency Act, Monday, March 11, 2013.
Credit Office of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione

Casino gambling and New York’s new gun law, the SAFE Act, have emerged as two issues in Albany sparking a good deal of debate this session. Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione, of Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties, is leading an effort to repeal the gun law passed earlier this year in New York, and the first year lawmaker is also backing a measure that would require the locations of casinos to be known before lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment to allow them on non-Indian land.

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Hudson Valley News
11:08 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week gets cooking

Restaurants across the Hudson Valley will be highlighting their culinary offerings and locally-grown ingredients during the seventh annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week to be held March 11-march 24.  In the middle of it all is the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park . More than 170 establishments in seven counties will take part. For more on Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, we spoke with founder Janet Cranshaw, the publisher of the Valley Table.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi - Taking New York's Tax Cap to Court

Credit Middletown NY City School District

The New York State United Teachers Union today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to challenge the state's the 2% property tax cap enacted in June 2011.

WAMC's Brian Shields was joined by NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi to talk about the lawsuit.  

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12:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Bob Berman - The Russian Meteor Explosion and Asteroid DA14

A screenshot from amateur video of the asteroid explosion over Russia the morning of February 15, 2013.

A meteor exploded in the sky over Russia this morning that officials say blasted out countless windows and injured over 1,000 people.

WAMC's Brian Shields spoke today with world renowned astronomer and frequent Vox Pop guest Bob Berman about today’s amazing astrological phenomenon.

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