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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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu November 1, 2012

As UConn hoops enters new era, Burns recalls Calhoun years

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with author Peter F. Burns about Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun's long tenure at UConn -- and what his retirement will mean for the program.

When the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team takes the court tonight in its season opener, an exhibition against American International at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, it will mark the first time in more than 25 years that Calhoun won’t be on the sidelines as head coach.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu November 1, 2012

ESPN founder, former Springfield newsman visits Union

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Bill Rasmussen, the founder of ESPN, who will speak at Union College in Schenectady tonight at 6.

For modern sports fans, it’s hard to imagine a time before you could get every score on your phone in real time or instantly watch endless highlights packages to dissect every aspect of a major sports moment.

But not that long ago, there wasn’t a single all-sports television network, let alone the dozens we have at our disposal now.

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Elections
2:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Siena poll shows Gibson-Schreibman race closer

Polls are tightening in a closely watched New York Congressional race. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more…

The Siena Research Institute reports that the race between Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman in the new 19th district is getting tighter with election day less than a week away.

The freshman Gibson held a 16-point lead in September’s Siena poll, but that advantage is down to a 48-43 edge in the latest poll released Tuesday, with nine percent still uncommitted.

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WAMC News
10:36 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Damage widespread, Northeast reflects on historic storm

WAMC's Ian Pickus files this special Hurricane Sandy report.

As the storm — called everything from Frankenstorm to Superstorm to a hundred-year occurrence in the days leading up to its arrival last night in southern New Jersey — now batters the Midwest, deviating from its once-predicted track, it has been reclassified a post-tropical cyclone.

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Developing
4:08 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

FEMA, National Hurricane Center set stage for Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, state and local governments are scrambling to coordinate emergency responses with federal officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center director Dr. Rick Knabb held a conference call this afternoon about what comes next.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports.

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WAMC News
10:07 am
Mon October 29, 2012

National Grid Update

Credit NOAA

WAMC’s Ian Pickus speaks with Bill Flaherty, Regional Director of National Grid. 

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WAMC News
10:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Kingston City Clerk Carly Williams

Credit NOAA

WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Kingston City Clerk Carly Williams about storm preparation and services available for residents.  

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Any Questions? #61

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on human anatomy on this week's show.

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New England News
7:21 am
Thu October 25, 2012

MA Lawyers Call for Outside Probe of Drug Lab

Credit AP File Photo

  A call is being made for the appointment of an independ

  ent investigator to oversee the probe of the testing scandal at a state drug lab.

The Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union were among the groups to sign a letter sent on Wednesday to Attorney General Martha Coakley, asking her to appoint the outside investigator to fully examine what happened at the lab.

Former chemist Annie Dookhan has been accused of mishandling drug samples, potentially jeopardizing thousands of criminal cases.

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New England News
7:22 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Pharmacy Linked to Meningitis Outbreak Passed 2011 Inspection

The Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has claimed 23 lives around the country was cleared by state regulators following an inspection last year.

The May 24, 2011, inspection wasn't the result of any complaint against New England Compounding Center. It was required because the company was planning to update its facilities and move into new space within its facility in Framingham.

The inspection was performed before the move to the new space.

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