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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New England News
12:30 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Globe columnist on new Bulger bio

WAMC News
12:35 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Williams College president emeritus on Vatican upheaval

Dr. Francis Oakley
Credit Williams College

News this week that Pope Benedict will resign effective at the end of this month took the world by surprise, with observers quick to note that it had been 600 years since the last papal resignation. Almost as quickly, reporters began compiling lists of possible replacements. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with papal expert and historian Dr. Francis Oakley, President Emeritus of Williams College, about what led to this extraordinary moment in Vatican City and what might come next.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Any Questions? #77

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel run their latest quiz right up the flagpole.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri February 15, 2013

One-time DVD clerk Aly Spaltro debuts as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Aly Spaltro, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Credit Aly Spaltro

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with musician Aly Spaltro, known as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, whose debut album Ripely Pine comes out Tuesday.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Any Questions? #75

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the silver screen.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Pixies' Frank Black visits Helsinki Hudson as Black Francis

Frank Black, aka Black Francis
Credit Frank Black

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Frank Black of the Pixies.


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New York News
8:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Former Mayor Koch never feared death

Former New York City mayor and Congressman Ed Koch died early this morning of congestive heart failure after a brief illness.

Koch was an outsize figure in an outsize city where he was Congressman for nine years and mayor for three terms before leaving office in 1989. His “How am I doing” routine with common voters became  political legend in a city where those voters weren’t always happy and often told him as much.

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Politics
12:12 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Boston Globe's Bender on Kerry's rise to State

Credit WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Boston Globe reporter Bryan Bender about Massachusetts Senator John Kerry's confirmation hearings.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Any Questions? #74

Robert Burns

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip across the pond for a quiz about Scotland.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The Tumultuous Life of Motown's Mary Wells

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Peter Benjaminson, author of Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar.

She might not be as well known as Motown greats like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross, but without the trailblazing career of Mary Wells, those artists might not be the household names they are today.

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