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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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

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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

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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

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  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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The Roundtable
10:54 am
Mon October 22, 2012

View's still askew: film critic on Kevin Smith's midlife crisis

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with prodigious critic John Kenneth Muir, author of An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith.

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Any Questions? #60

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try some sleight of hand with a show about magic.

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Elections
3:32 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gipson finds Cuomo's Saland endorsement "incredibly disturbing"

Terry Gipson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cross-party endorsement of Republican Senator Stephen Saland could be a blow to Rhinebeck Village Board of Trustees member Terry Gipson, the Democrat in the three-way race for the 41st district seat. Cuomo says he’s endorsing Saland to honor his courage in breaking with his party to vote for same-sex marriage last year. Gipson spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Elections
7:27 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Cuomo Endorses Saland for Support of Gay Marriage

Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands following an event at the New York State Police Troop K Headquarters in Dutchess County, New York. Standing to the Governor's right is State Senator Steve Saland.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is endorsing Republican Sen. Stephen Saland, who cast the historic 32nd vote needed a year ago to legalize gay marriage in New York.

The popular governor has long said he would support the Republican senators who voted for legalization. Although most of the Senate's Republican majority opposed it, Saland and three others voted for the measure, risking their careers in what they said were personal votes of conscience.

In September, Saland won a narrow victory in the first Republican primary of his career in the Poughkeepsie-area district.

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