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
12:40 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

First-time candidate seeks new New York Senate seat

Monica Arias Miranda
  • An interview with a first-time Senate candidate

One result of this year’s redistricting process in New York is a new Senate district comprised of parts of the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Monica Arias Miranda, who is running in this month’s Democratic primary.

Miranda is running for the Democratic nomination for the new 46th Senate seat. There are three Democrats in the race vying for the right to face Republican Assemblyman George Amedore. A Costa Rican immigrant, Miranda is the founder of The Hispanic Coalition of New York.

Arts & Culture
4:56 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Any Questions #53

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up the first season of the show with a segment all about The Beatles.

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Elections
7:06 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Real Romney author on tonight's big speech

  • Romney biographer checks in from Tampa

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Boston Globe staff writer Scott Helman, co-author of The Real Romney, about tonight's acceptance speech by the former Massachusetts governor. Helman is covering the GOP convention in Tampa.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Michael Feinstein on the Songbook, Sinatra, the Gershwins, and his own place in history

  • An interview with Michael Feinstein

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Michael Feinstein, an accomplished pianist and singer who has long championed the likes of the Gershwins — he got his start as Ira’s assistant — Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Frank Loesser, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, and many others. He is also a composer and arranger of original material.

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Capital District News
7:07 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

WAMC's Ian Pickus gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, editor of the Daily Gazette.

The Roundtable
9:52 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Natan Last - crosswords for the texting generation

Natan Last
  • An interview with Natan Last

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Natan Last, a Brown student and three-time intern under New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz who has assembled a new book of crosswords by young constructors called Word: 144 Crossword Puzzles That Prove It’s Hip to be Square.

Capital District News
7:16 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times Union

Mike Spain

WAMC's Ian Pickus gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times Union.

Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Any Questions #52

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have the munchies for purely wholesome reasons.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Dave Thompson - singer-songwriter boom recalled in Hearts of Darkness

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with rock journalist Dave Thompson, author of Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter.

Elections
7:06 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Cox expects big things from Romney in Tampa and New York

Ed Cox

Republicans, including the powerful chair of the New York state party, are beginning to flock to Tampa for next week’s convention. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more.

Chairman Ed Cox has run the state party since 2009, and despite a Democratic enrollment advantage, has overseen some key victories: the Republican takeover of the state Senate after two years of troubled Democratic rule, and several Congressional seat pickups during the 2010 midterms.

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