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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New York News
6:41 am
Fri November 29, 2013

NY Conressman Paul Tonko: Republicans Face Political Fallout

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, says his Republican colleagues could face political fallout if the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act gives way to a successful program in the long term. Tonko spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Dianne Ashton: Hanukkah In America

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.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Go West, Young Man: Arun Rath Lands Dream Job At Weekend 'All Things Considered'

Arun Rath has taken over weekends at All Things Considered.
Credit Peter A. Smith Photography/NPR

WAMC listeners noticed a new voice on the air in September when Arun Rath took over the host’s chair at NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, which is now broadcasting from NPR West in Culver City, Calif.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Any Questions? #117

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about Georges on this week's show.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Dean Owen Gathers Remembrances From Before And After 11/22/1963

All month long, we have been speaking with authors, journalists and public figures about their memories of President Kennedy and the dark Dallas day when he was assassinated.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed November 20, 2013

E Street Band's Van Zandt Rescues Rascals

Steven Van Zandt

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band knows plenty about good band chemistry, and for 40 years, his favorite group and one of the 60’s most influential bands, The Rascals, lay dormant in what he called “a crime against nature.”

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Hendrix Remembered In New "American Masters" Doc

Jimi Hendrix has been gone for more than 40 years, but his reputation as a guitar virtuoso and rock innovator grows by the year. As part of a yearlong celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday, he is the subject of a new PBS American Masters documentary called Hear My Train A Comin’ and a new CD of his performance at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968, both featuring never before seen and heard footage and performances.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Any Questions? #116

Ben Zimmer
Credit Ben Zimmer

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Ben Zimmer to the show. 

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Colin Quinn Brings One-Man Show On Constitution To Albany

Colin Quinn
Credit Mike Lavoie

Comedian Colin Quinn has had a long career on stage and screen, from the New York comedy clubs to the early days of MTV to a five-year run on Saturday Night Live.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Any Questions? #115

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Montana.

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