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 snowy road.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With parts of the Northeast bracing for up to two feet of snow this weekend, WAMC's Ian Pickus spoke with National Grid's Patrick Stella Friday about the utility's preparations.

The flag of Bangladesh
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about geography.

Woodstock 50

Two competing music festivals will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this summer. The original concert organizer Michael Lang tells Rolling Stone he’s planning a three-day music festival at Watkins Glen International August 16-18th. The lineup will be announced when tickets go on sale in February.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

State lawmakers return to Albany Wednesday for the first day of the legislative session. Democrats held their sizable Assembly majority and seized control of the Senate in November’s elections. Now, third-term Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers can expect action on a variety of progressive causes.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn back the clock for their first show of 2019.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for a third term at Ellis Island. It comes after a rocky 2018 — the Democrat beat back a primary challenge and saw close allies convicted at corruption trials. But he also cruised to re-election in November, and has since promised the most progressive legislative session in memory.A new documentary about Andrew Cuomo airs Friday at 7:30 on WMHT public television. "Governor Andrew Cuomo: The First Two Terms" was put together by New York NOW managing editor Matt Ryan.

Saves the Day, with Chris Conley at right
Alice Baxley

Chris Conley of Saves The Day has been doing a lot of thinking lately — about how he ended up here and what it all means. Saves The Day’s latest album, “9,” on Albany’s own Equal Vision Records, covers the group’s rise from the suburbs of New Jersey to the stage at Madison Square Garden and MTV. Fans who have followed the band for the past two decades might even recognize themselves in the songs, which also confront fame, the band’s inner turmoil, success and the future.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are clearing out the last trivia questions of 2018.

So much has happened this year in the world of sports. Players and franchises have headed to new cities. Champions have been dethroned. And the underbelly of sports has been badly exposed. Here to look back with us is WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler,  Director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.

Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, and the Raiders gave their fans plenty to celebrate in their possible final game in Oakland, beating the Broncos 27-14 last night. Oakland native Doug Martin rushed for 107 yards and a score and Jalen Richard also ran for a touchdown for the Raiders. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and it's not clear where they will play next year.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a holiday shopping spree.

Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson

You’ve probably heard the band Hanson do a lot of things over the past 25 years: chart-topping pop anthems, live albums, even Christmas music. But now the brothers from Oklahoma are exploring a whole new approach. The band’s new double album “String Theory” features new songs and old hits with symphonic accompaniment. Not only that — the brothers have also been taking the show on the road, performing with orchestras around the world. Joining us to talk about the group’s latest effort is multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taylor Hanson.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to get an A in geography.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to outfox one another.

Aly Raisman, right, speaks at UAlbany on Monday.
University at Albany

As her sport undergoes a national reckoning, Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman spoke before a supportive crowd at the University at Albany Monday.

Any Questions #379: "11"

Nov 30, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for an 11-based quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are middle men.

WAMC's Ian Pickus receives a message from resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

A vote here sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a post-election quiz.

Senator Chris Murphy

Senate Democrats gave up some seats on Election Day, but not in Connecticut. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy speaks with WAMC’s Ian Pickus, sitting in for Alan Chartock.

Judy Woodruff

It has been one non-stop news cycle since the 2016 election, but today is one of the busiest days of all in America’s newsrooms. PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be on air starting at 8 tonight as returns start coming in. First, she joined us.

Jahana Hayes
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Voters in Connecticut’s fifth U.S. House district will pick a new representative in the midterms Tuesday.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for their first show of November.

Brian Reed
Andrea Morales

Brian Reed is senior producer of "This American Life," and he also became a titan in the podcasting world last year with his exploration of a small town in Alabama and the characters trying to live in it. “S-Town” unfolded over seven hours that covered live, death, clocks, mazes and tattoos. And a lot more. Reed will be in our region on November 10th, when he presents “Creating S-Town: A New Way To Tell A Story” at Bard’s Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson.

Any Questions #374

Oct 26, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with their annual series show.

A screencap of Thursday's Gillibrand-Farley debate.

Democratic New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger Chele Farley debated for the only time before Election Day Thursday.

If you’ve been watching the major league baseball postseason, it’s obvious the game is changing: strikeouts are way up, pitchers are throwing gas, defenses are setting up in strange alignments, and relievers are starting games from the stretch. In the post-Moneyball era, most clubs are embracing analytics to maximize their chances of success — which is why you’re more likely to see a three-run homer than a sacrifice bunt or stolen base.

Bobby Orr
Eric Kilby from USA

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel play some "either/orr" this week.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are poised to win reelection next month, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released Thursday morning. The Democrats are holding substantial leads over their Republican opponents — Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Chele Farley, respectively. But as Quinnipiac polling analyst Mary Snow tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus, many voters are still making up their mind.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a baseball-themed show, kind of.