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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The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996.


Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has again voted with his liberal colleagues to uphold a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy was a dissenter in 2012, but was part of the majority on Thursday. Roberts says in the majority opinion, quote, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Obama health overhaul. That includes the 8.7 million people who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help pay their insurance premiums. Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million people were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges.

Any Questions #199

Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

Fifty years ago, a motley crew of Bay Area musicians came together from diverse backgrounds — classical music, jugbands, bluegrass — and formed the group that would become The Grateful Dead. From their decades on the road and unique sound to the community that grew around them, they were quite simply one of America’s most influential bands whose imprint is still felt today.

George Bodenheimer saw the company from all angles, from the bottom to the very top, in his 33 years with ESPN, including as its longest tenured president from 1998-2011, a period of exponential growth in sports and for the company itself.

Any Questions #198

Jun 12, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a spin.

Often when we talk about tough issues in this country — race and slavery, gender inequality, and the like — we deal in absolutes, when acknowledging the gray area would do a world of good.

Any Questions #197

Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

Any Questions #196

May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

Any Questions #195

May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.