Ian Pickus

News Director

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian has been with WAMC as a producer since late 2008. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard filling in as Morning Edition and Weekend Edition anchor and on The Roundtable, various newscasts, and Any Questions?. An avid fan of sports and music, Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany. He became news director in March 2013.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Comedian Demetri Martin Persists In Return To Albany

One of the best things that happened to comedy in recent years was Demetri Martin walking away from a free ride at NYU law school with one year to go for a career in stand-up instead.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Any Questions #178

Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt Previews Cuomo's Big Speech

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Three weeks after it was originally scheduled, today is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. It was pushed back after the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, on New Year’s Day. The speech set for 1:30 in Albany is being combined with the governor’s annual budget message. WAMC’s Ian Pickus got a preview from Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt.

New York News
12:43 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Empire State Pride Agenda's Schaefer Optimistic About Supreme Court Ruling

Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.
Credit Empire State Pride Agenda

Some 36 states have legalized same-sex marriage, including all of the Northeast. News late Friday that the Supreme Court will rule this term on gay marriage means it could soon be legal in all 50. Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. He tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that he expects the court to follow in New York’s footsteps — little more than a decade after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

New York News
12:34 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Utica Assemblyman Brindisi Intrigued By Upstate Economic Development Competition

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
Credit Anthony Brindisi

The Capital Region has remade itself as an important a high-tech hub, and much has been made of Buffalo’s revitalization. But what about the Mohawk Valley? News this week of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Plan — a competition among seven upstate regions for $1.5 billion in economic development, with three ultimate $500 million winners — has Utica-area Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi cautiously optimistic. The 119th District Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Any Questions #177

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Any Questions #176

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

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The Roundtable
8:59 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Jon Wertheim's 'Rookie Bookie' Recasts Scorecasting For Kids

For anyone who has ever been more comfortable in the press box than on the sideline, Mitch Sloan is a familiar kid in Rookie Bookie, the new young adult book co-authored by our guest Jon Wertheim. An undersized and sometimes overshadowed thinker, Sloan always looks for the angle as he builds a middle school gambling business using ideas familiar from Wertheim’s landmark exploration of sports and behavioral economics, Scorecasting.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Any Questions #175

Cuba Gooding, Jr.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip around the map of names.

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New York News
11:57 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Rep. Paul Tonko: Cuomo's Legacy One Of Eloquence, Social Justice

New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Capital Region Democrat who served in the state Assembly during former Governor Mario Cuomo's tenure, remembered the late governor Thursday night. Gov. Cuomo died at 82; he served three terms.

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