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.


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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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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New England News
7:14 am
Tue September 4, 2012

MA Janitors Rally in Boston

Courtesy SEIU

Hundreds of unionized Massachusetts janitors are calling for good jobs and more work for part-time employees.

The workers gathered at the bandstand on Boston Common on Monday morning and urged corporations to help rebuild the middle class. They then marched from the common to Copley Plaza.

The Labor Day march was attend by political figures, including Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. It comes as the janitors' contract is set to expire at month's end.

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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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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.