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.

Ways To Connect

A six-year de facto moratorium defined by passionate protests, lawsuits and fierce lobbying came to a conclusion with Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuomo administration’s health and environmental conservation commissioners that they would not allow hydraulic fracturing to go forward in New York. Few people have covered the fracking wars as closely as reporter Jon Campbell, who covers the capitol for Gannett. Campbell was at the key cabinet meeting and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus several questions about the decision remain unanswered.

All this week, WAMC has been reporting on what experts are calling the student loan crisis in the U.S. Authors Joel and Eric Best are have plenty in common — they are father and son and are both college professors — but their generations had vastly different experiences paying for school. And their students today face new challenges, with most borrowing to pay for ever-increasing education costs. The Bests are the authors of The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created A Trillion-Dollar Problem. Eric Best and Joel Best spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Any Questions #173

Dec 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people with colors in their names.

One the founders of the genre now known as thrash metal, Scott Ian was a typical Jewish kid in 1960s Queens, into comics and movies. His life changed forever when he saw bands like KISS and the Ramones, and before long, he was on the road himself, the heartbeat of the band Anthrax, contemporaries with bands like Metallica and Slayer.  

Hanukkah is upon us yet again, and like most holidays in America, it means different things to different people. But as Professor Dianne Ashton of Rowan University writes in her new book Hanukkah in America, that has largely been precisely the point in a country where Jews represent a scant minority.

Any Questions #172

Dec 12, 2014

If you can see through the smoke and scotch fumes, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a quiz about the Rat Pack.

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David Greene, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, and Planet Money’s Robert Smith will be at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, tonight to host a special event — NPR Presents Family Matters: Your Financial Lifetime. The community conversation is part of a nationwide tour that features an interactive presentation and expert panel. Speaking with WAMC’s Ian Pickus, Greene says these live events have helped him connect with a wide audience.

The Force Awakens was recently unveiled as the title of a movie George Lucas swore for years would never be made: Star Wars Episode 7. But unlike for the previous six installments, this time Lucas is retired, an informal adviser whose empire has been turned over to Disney. It is time for a new hope.

Any Questions #171

Dec 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the bouillon.

Any Questions #170

Nov 28, 2014

Pass the trivia: it's time for a turkey show for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.