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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Any Questions #201

Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

MLB Network

Jim Kaat is one of the rare athletes to achieve greatness on the field and in his second career in the press box.

Thomas Cole House

New York’s senior U.S. Senator says an important piece of art history has been discovered in Greene County. Charles Schumer asked Wednesday morning for more than half a million dollars in grants to restore the art.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for "not acting with New York City's interests at heart."

This weekend in Chicago, the long strange trip is coming to an end. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead are gathering for three final shows they’re calling “Fare Thee Well.” The concerts are being held at Soldier Field, where they played their last show with Jerry Garcia 20 years ago. The band played two shows over the weekend in the Bay Area, where it began.

St. Peter's Health Partners

Sunday on Midday Magazine, we heard from a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act — New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat. He welcomed the Supreme Court’s 6 to 3 ruling in the King v. Burwell case unveiled Thursday, which upheld the legality of Obamacare’s federal tax subsidies. Today we hear from a physician and healthcare manager on the ground: Dr. James Reed, CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners. Reed says he was unsurprised by the ruling, in which Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing.

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The nation and its political leaders have been reacting to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the legality of federal tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the court’s liberal wing in a 6-3 configuration, the second major decision in favor of Obamacare during his tenure. Reaction has largely hued along party lines, with Democrats, including the president, hailing the victory and Republicans continuing to call for repeal, Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus from the House just after the decision went public.

Any Questions #200

Jun 26, 2015
Jake Trott

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

Empire State Pride Agenda

The Empire State Pride Agenda scored a major victory almost exactly four years ago when New York legalized same-sex marriage. This week, the group’s executive director Nathan Schaefer was again celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus shortly after the ruling came down Friday.

Albany Law School

The Supreme Court’s decision today that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States is a landmark ruling, according to Albany Law School Professor Stephen Clark. The 5-4 decision brings to a close more than 20 years of lawsuits and protests over same-sex marriage. Clark, who was in Washington for the ruling and earlier filed an amicus brief to the court on the issue, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.