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
6:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Any Questions #144

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the, uh, twelves for this week's show.

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US News
11:22 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Shinseki Resigns From VA

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Capital Region News
4:47 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Minority Leader Pelosi To Visit Albany Sunday With Rep. Tonko

Rep. Paul Tonko will join former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Albany on Sunday.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  will join fellow Democrats in the Albany area on Sunday as part of a bus tour that is kicking off in Seneca Falls. Pelosi and Representatives Paul Tonko of the Capital Region and Carolyn Maloney from New York City are taking part in the When Women Succeed, American Succeeds: Women on a Roll bus tour. The visit is slated for 4:30 Sunday in Albany. The tour ending in Chicago will push for a minimum wage hike, equal pay, paid sick leave, and affordable child care.

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Berlinger, Famed For "Paradise Lost" Series, Reinvestigates "The System"

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger
Credit Paige Fisher / Radical Media/Al Jazeera

“The System,” a new documentary series now airing on Al-Jazeera America, covers some familiar ground for Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Any Questions #143

Catherine of Aragon

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend a few minutes on one name.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Daily Gazette Photographer Shot Tornado Destruction

A tree was felled by Thursday's tornado.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Daily Gazette photographer Pat Dodson was heading back to the Capital Region following President Obama’s visit to central New York yesterday when news broke that a tornado touched down in Schenectady County. Dodson spoke with WAMC about what the newspaper termed on its front page today “the path of destruction.”

New York News
4:52 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Tornado Apparently Touches Down In Schenectady County

Strong winds blew down a line of trees in Duanesburg, NY
Lucas Willard WAMC

The National Weather Service says spotters have reported apparent tornado damage with trees and power lines down down and a home destroyed as severe thunderstorms packing high winds and large hail moved eastward through rural Schenectady and Albany counties.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes Of Wrath" At The Ghent Playhouse

  The Ghent Playhouse will present John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. Performances dates are May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. The novel was adapted for the stage by Frank Galati and the Steppenwolff Theater Company. This production is being directed by Joe Phillips.

Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to most. The American classic celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.

Here to tell us about the Ghent Playhouse production are the director, Joe Phillips, actor Kevin Barhydt who plays Tom Joad, and Judy Staber, Board member and PR handler for The Ghent Playhouse.

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Any Questions #142

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a ride to Virginia.

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Breaking
12:31 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Bruno Found Not Guilty, Ending Years-Long Saga

The former leader of the New York state Senate has been found not guilty of federal fraud charges. A jury announced the verdict in retired Sen. Joe Bruno's case on Friday, the second day of deliberations in Albany.

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