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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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Danish Ambassador Set For Vermont Visit

Danish Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen
Credit Peter Taksøe-Jensen

The term "welfare state" is a pejorative for many in the U.S., a system that many elected officials would distance themselves from, but the term is used with pride by Peter Taksøe-Jensen, the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., who will be visiting Vermont next weekend, at the invitation of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The ambassador, who spoke to WAMC today, will meet with the public in Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier to discuss the Danish form of government.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri May 10, 2013

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

Credit Times Union

WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his weekend music picks:

1. Rick Rourke & Lost Wages' "Rose-Colored Glasses" from his album Three Sides to Every Story,   performing at the Albany Tulip Festival on the Lakehouse Stage in Washington Park at 3:30 on Saturday.

2. Eastbound Jesus' "Waitin' On the Sun" from their new album Northern Rock, performing at the Albany Tulip Festival on the Lakehouse Stage in Washington Park at 4:45 on Sunday.

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New England News
2:52 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Massachusetts Treasurer To Boehner: Let's Debate Taxes

Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman has sent an invitation to the Speaker of the U.S. House Representatives, John Boehner, challenging the Republican to a debate over a bill that would require intern retailers to collect state sales taxes. Boehner has expressed reluctance about the bill, which Grossman, a Democrat, says would not only generate revenue, but level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

DiNapoli: Industrial Development Agencies Have Improved, But Concerns Remain

Comptroller DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

Industrial development agencies across New York granted $1.5 billion in tax breaks to companies that promised to expand, and create new jobs, in 2011. In a new audit, state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the IDA’s, which operate at the local and country level, have improved their overall performance but some say there are still reasons to be concerned.

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WAMC News
3:33 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

A Chat With New York State Council On Divorce Mediation President Bobbie Dillon

Bobbie Dillon

Trying to make the pain of divorce a little bit easier is the goal of a divorce mediator. The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation is meeting in Saratoga Springs today through Saturday. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with the group's president, Bobbie Dillon.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Laura DiBetta and Robin Dropkin, Parks & Trails New York - "I Love My Park Day"

Letchworth State Park, Mt Morris, NY.
Credit Parks & Trails New York

This Saturday is “I Love My Park Day” in New York, a statewide event organized by the group Parks & Trails New York. It’s a day for volunteers to clean up and preserve the many miles of trails, bike paths and greenways that cross the state from New York City to the Adirondacks and from Albany to Buffalo. 

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WAMC News
3:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

LGBT Leader Burns Returns To Hamilton College

Richard Burns

Forty years ago, Richard Burns was a high school senior, getting ready to begin college at Hamilton in the fall. Today, he is the executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City. This afternoon, Richard Burns returns to Hamilton to speak on “LGBTQ Rights, Past and Present” at the Red Room in the Kirner-Johnson building. He spoke to WAMC about what it was like 40 years ago to be gay and in college

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New York News
12:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Bill Samuels - A Full-time NYS Legislature

There have been a number of ideas and suggestions on how to improve the New York State Legislature, especially after the recent arrest of two lawmakers on corruption charges. One of the ideas is changing the job from part-time to full time. That’s not a new thought, in fact it was suggested more than 100 years ago, in 1910, by then newly-elected State Senator Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

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Politics
12:32 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Tedisco: Give Voters Recall Power

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco
Credit (WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas)

Republicans in the New York state Assembly have a plan they say will help to root out the corruption scandals that have tainted the state legislature in recent weeks. They are calling for a constitutional amendment to allow recall elections in New York for all statewide elected officials, and members of the state legislature. Assembly Republican Jim Tedisco from the Capital Region joined in the announcement Wednesday morning.

For a constitutional amendment to become law, it must pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions , and be approved by the voters.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

A.G. Schneiderman Sees Fair Elections As Key To Scandal-Free Albany

New York's top law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, spoke with WAMC about the recent corruption scandals in Albany and Wednesday's failed U.S. Senate vote on background checks for gun sales.

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