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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Capital District News
1:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Democratic District Attorney Primary Ends Hard Fight

Lee Kindlon

Today’s primary voting marks the conclusion of a bitter campaign for the Democratic nomination for Albany County District Attorney. 

Incumbent David Soares is seeking a third four-year term against attorney Lee Kindlon, an ex-Marine prosecutor who works in his family’s high-profile Capital District firm and blames Soares for Albany County’s high crime rate.

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New York News
7:33 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New York Primary Elections Take Place Around State

Voters across New York state are headed to the polls today for state and local primary elections. 

Polls opened at 6 this morning in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie Counties, and will remain open until 9. Voting begins at noon in all other counties.

Republican State Senator Roy MacDonald is hoping to hold off a challenge from Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione in the 43rd district, a race MacDonald likely would not be running if not for his aisle-crossing vote for same-sex marriage last year.

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WAMC News
7:50 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Thousands of MA Immigrants Set for Citizenship

Martha Johnson from Liberia, right, attends and American history and civic class in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a naturalization test.
Rodrique Ngowi AP

Thousands of immigrants living in Massachusetts are set to swear allegiance to the United States during a naturalization ceremony in Boston.

Nearly 2,400 immigrants from 132 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance at TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says this is one of the largest groups of foreign-born residents to be naturalized at the home of the Boston Bruins.

Former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Ray Flynn, will address the new Americans.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

After NFL opening weekend, teams chasing '72 Dolphins, history

  • Remembering the titans: 1972 Dolphins last to go undefeated

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with CBS Sports.COM NFL insider Mike Freeman, author of the new book Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season.

Arts & Culture
9:07 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Any Questions #54

Felix Mendelssohn digs this week's show

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off season two of the little quiz program that could.

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New England News
8:04 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Neal Wins MA Primary

Proposed Congressional District Map for Massachusetts

Incumbent Richard Neal won the three-way Democratic primary over former state Senator Andrea Nuciforo and humorist Bill Shein in the first district, all but assuring a 13th term in Congress.

Patsy Harris won the Democratic Middle Berkshire District register of deeds race over Jody Phillips and Scott Pignatelli to replace Nuciforo.

In other Congressional races, Democrat Joseph Kennedy III won a three-way race in the fourth district and will face Republican Sean Bielat in the race to replace the retiring Barney Frank.

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The Roundtable
11:40 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Actor Spencer Breslin releases debut album

  • An actor turns to music

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with young actor Spencer Breslin, known for his roles in films such as The Santa Clause 2 and 3, The Cat in the Hat, The Happening, whose debut album Labor Day is now out.

New England News
7:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

MA Voters Head to the Polls

Proposed Congressional District Map for Massachusetts

 Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls today, casting ballots in primary elections that will determine the November matchups in the state's reconfigured congressional districts. 

In the state’s redrawn first district, incumbent Democratic Congressman Richard Neal, the former Springfield mayor, is facing challenges from activist and writer Bill Shein and Berkshire Middle Register of Deeds and former state Senator Andrea Nuciforo.

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WAMC News
7:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Patrick Takes Aim at Romney At DNC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

The current governor of Massachusetts has little good to say about his predecessor in that office, Mitt Romney.

Deval Patrick, the Democrat who took over from Romney in 2007, tells the Democratic National Conventionthat while Romney is a fine fellow and a great salesman, as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it.

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New York News
7:13 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Lopez Lets Voters Decide Future

Bryan Pace AP

Embattled New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez has broken his silence about accusations he sexually harassed women staffers and says voters should decide his future.

The Brooklyn Democrat calls the charges against him politically motivated and unethical, aimed at destroying his credibility and "election options."

He says Tuesday he won't give in to demands for his resignation.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of those who've asked him to quit after 28 years in the Assembly.

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