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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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Any Questions? #89

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate tomatoes.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Benjamin Busch, From Iraq To "The Wire"

Benjamin Busch
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To read Benjamin Busch’s memoir Dust to Dust is to confront the big, hard questions of humanity: life and death, peace and war, family, honor, duty, and the frailty of all of it. Busch writes of his life’s often surreal interactions with nature and its destruction, whether that destruction is being wrought by land mines or natural erosion.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Gannett Reporter Jon Campbell On Key Fracking Ruling

Reporter Jon Campbell

A key court ruling this week could have far-reaching effects for the future of hydrofracking in New York. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Gannett capitol reporter Jon Campbell for the latest.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Any Questions? #88

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on New Hampshire on this week's quiz.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed May 1, 2013

New Siena Coach Jimmy Patsos Brings Optimism, Panache

New Siena College men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos
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When the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference moved its basketball tournament from frequent host city Albany, then-Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos was perhaps more upset than even arena and city officials. Patsos loved the downtown experience, he loved Albany’s restaurants, and he loved the knowledgeable college basketball crowds that made mid-major basketball feel like the big time each March.

Now, after nine years at Loyola, where he took the Greyhounds from a six-win season his first year all the way to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, Patsos can call his favorite MAAC city home.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Any Questions? #87

Charlie Ross
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Charlie Ross of One-Man Star Wars to play.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Cuomo Casts Doubt On Fate Of Abortion Rights, Public Campaign Finance Measures

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of political campaigns.

The governor says Republicans, who co-lead the state Senate, continue to oppose a measure to clarify a women’s right to choose abortion. The GOP has also steadfastly been against public financing of campaigns.   

“It is a fundamental ideological difference on choice and public financing,” Cuomo said. “I get it.”

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Remembering Folk Icon Richie Havens

WAMC's Ian Pickus with Richie Havens in 2010

Musician Richie Havens died at 72 on Monday. The soft-spoken singer and guitarist stayed on the road for 45 years until ill health finally forced him to give up touring in 2012.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Any Questions? #86

It's all about 33 on this week's show, featuring resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus.

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The Roundtable
10:29 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Paula Poundstone, Sudbury Native, Celebrates Laughs In Massachusetts Return

Paula Poundstone's new CD
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Usually when we hear from Paula Poundstone on WAMC, she’s making us laugh on a Saturday morning on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, where she is a regular panelist, or stopping by Lake Wobegon on A Prairie Home Companion. But she also spends plenty of time on the road performing her unique brand of stand-up. Poundstone has been honing her live act for more than three decades, between writing essays and books, and occasional acting.

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