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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WAMC News
6:26 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Rick Mathews, the National Center for Security and Preparedness at SUNY Albany - Terror in Boston

Rick Mathews

For more on the events today in Boston, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Rick Mathews, the director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the University at Albany. He began by asking him if at this early stage he believes the explosions were the work of domestic or foreign terrorists.

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Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' spring music selections with Brian Shields

Greg Haymes
Credit Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes stopped by to share some spring music picks with WAMC's Brian Shields:

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Don Rittner, who shepherded film to Schenectady, readies for The Place Beyond the Pines premiere

Tonight marks the local premiere of the film The Place Beyond The Pines, starring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Ryan Gosling, which was filmed in several Capital Region locales and takes place in Schenectady.

WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Don Rittner, head of the Schenectady Film Commission, who helped bring the film to town and who has a bit part in the movie.

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WAMC News
3:34 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Roy Ginsberg, Skidmore College - The Thatcher-Reagan alliance

Margaret Thatcher, the first and only woman prime minister of Great Britain, left a personal style and political legacy that will be debated for years to come. Like her American ally and friend, Ronald Reagan, she took power at a time when her nation was seen by many to be in economic and international decline.

Professor Roy Ginsberg, chair of the department of government at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields on the Thatcher-Reagan alliance.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

The Times Union's James Odato - Aqueduct award investigation could reopen following Smith arrest

James Odato
Credit Times Union

Could last week’s arrest of New York State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City revive a somewhat dormant investigation of possible wrongdoing in the awarding several years ago of a license to operate a racino at the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens? Several years back when Smith and several other Democrats had control of the senate, a bidding process was underway for the racino, a process that led to accusations of pay-to play by the Inspector General Joseph Frisch.

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WAMC News
9:30 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Elizabeth Holtzman - Investigate possible Bush Era crimes before it's too late

A former New York congresswoman says time is running out, and an investigation should be made into possible war crimes by the Bush administration before the statute of limitations expires next year.

Elizabeth Holtzman, a Democrat, who once sought her party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, tells WAMC's Brian Shields that the Justice Department should look into a possible violation of federal law.

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New York News
3:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Alan Chartock - Corruption in the New York State Legislature

Just two days after State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City was charged with bribery, another state lawmaker is facing the same charge in an un-related case.

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Capital Region News
3:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Jonathan Dordick, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - nano-collaboration focus of symposium

Collaboration is the focus of a two-day National Academy of Sciences symposium at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, and nano-technology is at the center of the discussion because of the work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, the College of Nano-Scale Science and Engineering in Albany and Global Foundries in Malta, Saratoga County.

Working together in the nano field is vital according to professor Jonathan Dordick, vice president of research at RPI. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Barbara Bartoletti, New York State League of Women Voters - corruption in NY politics

Barbara Bartoletti

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith is among six people arrested for allegedly trying to rig the Republican race for mayor of New York City. Smith, from Queens, and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, were arrested by the F.B.I. this morning.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Karen Scharf, Citizen Action of New York - passing campaign finance reform in NY

Karen Scharf

A television ad, urging the state legislature to pass campaign finance reform this year, is airing statewide in New York. A number of groups are behind the spot which shows people with tape over their mouths, indicating how the average citizen is silenced compared to big money donors. Karen Scharf is the executive director of Citizen Action of New York. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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