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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Three weeks after it was originally scheduled, today is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. It was pushed back after the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, on New Year’s Day. The speech set for 1:30 in Albany is being combined with the governor’s annual budget message. WAMC’s Ian Pickus got a preview from Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt.

Empire State Pride Agenda

Some 36 states have legalized same-sex marriage, including all of the Northeast. News late Friday that the Supreme Court will rule this term on gay marriage means it could soon be legal in all 50. Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. He tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that he expects the court to follow in New York’s footsteps — little more than a decade after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Anthony Brindisi

The Capital Region has remade itself as an important a high-tech hub, and much has been made of Buffalo’s revitalization. But what about the Mohawk Valley? News this week of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Plan — a competition among seven upstate regions for $1.5 billion in economic development, with three ultimate $500 million winners — has Utica-area Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi cautiously optimistic. The 119th District Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Any Questions #177

Jan 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

Any Questions #176

Jan 9, 2015

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

For anyone who has ever been more comfortable in the press box than on the sideline, Mitch Sloan is a familiar kid in Rookie Bookie, the new young adult book co-authored by our guest Jon Wertheim. An undersized and sometimes overshadowed thinker, Sloan always looks for the angle as he builds a middle school gambling business using ideas familiar from Wertheim’s landmark exploration of sports and behavioral economics, Scorecasting.

Any Questions #175

Jan 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip around the map of names.

New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Capital Region Democrat who served in the state Assembly during former Governor Mario Cuomo's tenure, remembered the late governor Thursday night. Gov. Cuomo died at 82; he served three terms.

Office of Assemblyman Tedisco

New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, a Republican from the Capital Region who came to the Assembly the same year Mario Cuomo began as governor, told WAMC News Thursday night that he'll remember former Governor Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at 82, warmly despite their different party affiliations.

Any Questions #174

Dec 26, 2014

It's that time of year: the trivia clearance sale.