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.

Ways to Connect

Any Questions #214

Oct 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about battles.

Even if you’re a sports fan, it’s been hard to keep track of all the steroid scandals in sports in recent years. From Alex Rodriguez to countless Olympians, the headlines and teary apologies — and the subsequent morality play over the meaning of tainted records — can be overwhelming.

Any Questions #213

Sep 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel learn what supervocalics are.

One of baseball’s greatest players— and a man beloved by non-sports fans as well — has died. Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, who won 10 World Series as a player and three more as a coach, in addition to three Most Valuable Player awards, was 90. Later in life, Berra was just as famous for his aphorisms as those on-field accomplishments. The Yankee legend was the subject of a 2012 book by sportswriter Harvey Araton called Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift.  As Araton told WAMC’s Ian Pickus, Berra stayed involved with the Yankees as long as possible.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

City clerk Linda Tyer finished first in Tuesday’s preliminary election for mayor of Pittsfield, defeating incumbent Mayor Dan Bianchi and two other challengers. Tyer, who carried 55 percent of the vote to Bianchi’s 39, is hoping to unseat Bianchi in November’s general election. Bianchi brushed off the results as a consequence of low voter turnout, but Tyer says she’s confident she will win the race for Pittsfield’s first four-year mayoral term after recent charter reform. Candidates Donna Walto and Craig Gaetani were eliminated from the race.

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Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi says he’s “very confident” he will win the city’s first four-year mayoral term in November, even though city clerk Linda Tyer won Tuesday’s preliminary election with 55 percent of the vote. Bianchi, who is seeking a third term, finished second with about 39 percent of the vote to move on to the general election in six weeks. Candidates Donna Walto and Craig Gaetani were eliminated from the mayoral race. Pittsfield will have a four-year mayoral term instead of two years after a recent charter reform.

John Barrett III

Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett, who ran city hall for 25 years before being ousted from office in 2009, continued his comeback bid in Tuesday’s preliminary election. Barrett outpaced incumbent Mayor Richard Alcombright in each of the city’s wards, finishing with 51 percent of the vote. Third-place finisher Eric Rudd was knocked out of the race. Barrett says he wants to debate Alcombright over the coming six-week sprint to election day.

Unlike many of his peers in the arts, actor Wendell Pierce was never afraid of leaving his native New Orleans for a shot at the big leagues. Trained at Juilliard, Pierce went on to star on Broadway and on the screen, best known for roles in Selma, Treme and as homicide detective Bunk Moreland on The Wire, which Pierce calls the role of a lifetime.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A Congressman from our region made national headlines this week by releasing a resolution backed by 10 House colleagues in support of action on climate change. The reason it made headlines: they’re all Republicans. While many in the GOP dispute whether climate change is even happening, Chris Gibson of New York’s 19th district says too-frequent damaging storms in his district are enough evidence that we’ve entered a “new normal.” Gibson, who is retiring from the House after this term and considering a statewide run in 2018, discussed the move with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Any Questions #212

Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.