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.


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.

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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New York News
7:34 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Voters Support Minimum Wage Increase

A Siena College poll shows 80 percent of New York voters want the state's minimum wage raised from $7.25 an hour to $8.50.

The poll shows an uptick in support of three percentage points since June.

The Democrat-controlled Assembly has passed legislation to raise the wage, with sponsors saying the current level is too low to meet the rising cost of food, shelter and other necessities.

The measure faces opposition from the Senate's Republican majority, whose leaders say it would hurt businesses and the fragile economy.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 20, 2012

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan recalls Glens Falls roots

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with pro wrestler, former Southern Methodist University football player, and Glens Falls native “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who recounts his wild times in the ring in a new memoir, Hacksaw.

7:51 am
Fri August 17, 2012

NTSB Investigates Plane Crash

Courtesy WNYT

Federal experts are still in the early stages of investigating a small plane crash that killed one man and injured another in upstate New York.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it may take a year to report the likely cause of the wreck in suburban Albany.

The men reported an engine problem and attempted an emergency landing shortly after take-off Wednesday from Albany International Airport. The Beechcraft Bonanza skidded into some trees, killing 67-year-old Walter Uccellini of Albany.

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Arts & Culture
7:26 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Any Questions #51

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the Brians this week.

Last week's challenge
Gold is the traditional gift for a 50th anniversary, so here's a challenge inspired by that: Think of a 5-letter word beginning with P that describes something flat. Add AU (as in the chemical symbol for gold) to the end of this word, and you'll get another word that describes something flat. What are the words?

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New England News
7:50 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Galvin Investigates Voter Fraud in MA

Secretary of State William Galvin

Secretary of State William Galvin has taken over the East Longmeadow town clerk's office, saying a preliminary investigation has confirmed claims of potential voting fraud.

Galvin said Wednesday his office will directly supervise the 2012 elections and voter registration practices in the western Massachusetts town. He said an investigation found an influx of forged absentee ballot requests and hundreds of individuals whose voter affiliation was changed from Democrat to Republican in town voting rolls without their permission.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The veep candidate who wasn't: McGovern-Eagleton ticket remembered

During this week of vice presidential fixation, WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Bloomberg researcher Joshua Glasser, author of The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis, about the lessons learned during 1972's bizarre race.