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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WAMC News
7:59 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Ferdaus to Plead Guilty

AP/Attorney General Office

Rezwan Ferdaus is expected to please guilty today in a Boston federal court to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and story federal buildings by means of explosives. The charges carry a combined sentence of 35 years in prison. Under a plea agreement filed last week, attorneys are requesting a 17 year sentence. 

Ferdaus was arrested in September after federal employees posing as al Qaeda members delivered materials he had allegedly requested including grenades, machine guns, and what he believed was 24 pounds of explosives. 

Arts & Culture
7:03 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Any Questions #47

The Harvard Bridge

Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spends this week's show seeing how WAMC's Ian Pickus measures up.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BLACK TIE. Rearrange these eight letters to spell two four-letter synonyms. What are they?
Answer: The synonyms are BEAT and LICK.

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The Roundtable
11:41 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Baseball's crazy train rolls on in Ozzie's School of Management

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrissey, author of Ozzie’s School of Management: Lessons From the Dugout, The Clubhouse, And the Doghouse.

New England News
7:43 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Three-Strikes Provision Approved by Mass House

The bill, approved on a 139-14 vote, would eliminate the opportunity for parole for felons convicted three separate times for violent crimes, ranging from murder, to child rape, to certain types of assault. 

The so-called "three-strikes provision" was championed by the family of a woman who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 1999 by a man who had 27 prior convictions. 

The Roundtable
9:47 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Glen Boyd on the enigma called Neil Young

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with rock writer Glen Boyd, author of Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker.

WAMC News
8:41 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Vt. GOP Official Apologizes for Facebook Post

Crowd At President Obama's Speech in Burlington VT
WAMC

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A county Republican Party committee chairman apologized Tuesday for a statement he reposted to a party Facebook page that was widely interpreted as a racist attack on President Barack Obama.

Rob Towle, the Rutland County committee chairman, called the statement ‘‘stupid and insensitive.’’ On Monday, he apologized to Democrats he said were offended by the post. A day later, he was directing his apology to everyone.

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The Roundtable
10:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kernan: Yankees might not be Girardi's dream job

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan, author of Girardi: Passion in Pinstripes.

The Roundtable
11:08 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Four decades later, a true farm team still resonates

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Ballard, author of One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, And A Magical Baseball Season.

Arts & Culture
8:38 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Any Questions? #46

Call it a Black Sabbath: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have their darkest show yet.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name SAINT PAUL. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous ship. What is it?
Answer: If you change the P to an I, you can spell LUSITANIA.

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WAMC News
6:53 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Morning weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

Paul Caiano

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his weekend forecast.

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