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.


New England News
10:26 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal on marathon bombings

Rep. Richard Neal

A short time ago, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a longtime Democrat from the first district, who says he has been in contact with the rest of the delegation and the White House as the commonwealth considers its next steps following yesterday’s deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon.

Arts & Culture
9:08 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Any Questions? #85

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on shots this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the last name of a famous American military man. Rearrange the letters into three words than could have been newspaper headlines about this person four years apart. Who is the person and what is the headline?

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The Roundtable
10:31 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Inspired by John Irving, ESPN's Mike Greenberg turns from sports to fiction

Mike Greenberg
Credit ESPN

Surrounded by male voices day in and day out on his hugely popular morning ESPN radio show “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” longtime sports anchor Mike Greenberg is perhaps the last person you would expect to write a 21st century epistolary novel centering on three women in various states of crisis — and that’s before things get really serious.

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3:03 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cuomo doesn't support term limits as part of new ethics package

Unveiling a new ethics reform package in New York City today, a week after a pair of corruption scandals rocked Albany, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he doesn’t support term limits as part of a push to cut down on fraud by public officials. Analysis by good-government groups shows incumbents in the New York state legislature are overwhelmingly reelected.

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1:30 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cuomo: 'We must do better' on corruption

Gov. Cuomo
Credit Dave Lucas

In his first major address since last week’s corruption scandals in Albany involving the arrests of state Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson and several other political leaders on both sides of the aisle, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new ethics reform package in New York City Tuesday afternoon.

Cuomo’s proposal will empower district attorneys across the state to pursue public corruption cases.

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Science & Technology
7:48 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Environmental reporter Michael Behar on fracking and earthquakes

Joe and Mary Reneau, whose home was damaged in an earthquake, as photographed by Ben Sklar in the current issue of Mother Jones.
Credit Ben Sklar

One of the most contentious areas of debate over the expansion of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas concerns a spike in seismic activity in unlikely areas that have begun fracking nearby. Some alarmed scientists say containment wells are putting undue pressure on faults deep underground. But industry interests disagree – that is, when they say anything at all.

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The Roundtable
12:48 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Star pop producer Ryan Tedder returns with OneRepublic's "Native"

Ryan Tedder, center, returns with OneRepublic
Credit LeAnn Mueller

Few, if any, people have more influence of the sound of popular music today as Ryan Tedder, a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. And as the frontman for OneRepublic, Tedder has helmed the genre-bending, Colorado-based band for more than a decade, enjoying platinum sales and a 2009 Grammy nomination as the band rose from MySpace to MTV and beyond.

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Arts & Culture
11:11 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Any Questions? #84

Douglas MacArthur

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about military men.

Last week's challenge

Start with the names of two national basketball championship schools: UCLA and DUKE. Change one letter to an M, and rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (three letters in the first word, five words in the second) associated with many college graduates. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the K to an M, you can spell CUM LAUDE.


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The Roundtable
10:59 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Freiman to peel back White Album layers in Amherst

Beatles lecturer Scott Freiman
Credit Scott Freiman

The White Album is nearly 45 years old, but interest in one of the Beatles’ most important artistic achievements, and in the group itself, remains rampant. One person who has paid special attention to what might have been the Beatles’ greatest year, 1968, is Scott Freiman, a composer, sound designer and musician in his own right who lectures on the Beatles and their work.

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12:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Just before new season, Yankees renew series with Army

The Yankees line up before their game against Army at West Point on March 30.
Credit Ian Pickus

The New York Yankees are set to open their season against rival Boston today. But before turning their attention to a high-stakes season of adversity, the Bronx Bombers spent Saturday touring the facilities at West Point and holding an exhibition game against the Army cadets. The game rekindled an old tradition for the two storied programs.

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