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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Elections
1:10 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Dieterich beaten as Tonko cruises to third term

SCOTIA -- Republican challenger Bob Dieterich was unsuccessful in his attempt to unseat New York Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko in the 20th district, as the Capital District representative easily won a third term. WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports.

Dieterich, a banker, was new to politics and focused his campaign on jobs and the economy. But he had trouble getting any traction against Tonko, who has represented the area for nearly 30 years, including 25 in the state Assembly. Dieterich was outspent badly in the campaign.

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Elections
12:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Amedore, Tkaczyk both declare victory in 63rd

SCOTIA -- Republican Assemblyman George Amedore declared victory in the race for the new 46th District Senate seat, but his Democratic opponent may have eked out a victory after all. WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports.

Amedore appeared headed to the upper chamber in the New York state Legislature after leading with 54 percent of the vote nearly three hours after polls closed Tuesday night, but Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, a Duanesberg school board member, claimed victory too.

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Elections
9:45 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

George Amedore - NY 46 Senate

WAMC's Ian Pickus is at Republican candidate George Amedore headquarters in Scotia NY. Here's his live report.

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Politics
11:35 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Time editor on the crucial, high-stakes Presidents Club

On this day when Americans select their next president, WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Time Magazine editor and Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy, co-author of The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, about the relationships between the country's past chief executives.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Any Questions? #62

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel do their best to live up to their category this week: famous radio broadcasts.

Last week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word beginning with A that names a part of the human body. Switch the first two letters and you'll get a two-word phrase that names something a superstitious person doesn't like. What is the body part and what is the thing?
Answer: The body part is the ABDOMEN, and the thing is a BAD OMEN.

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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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