Ian Pickus | WAMC

Ian Pickus

News Director

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.

Ways to Connect

Mike Lawlor
University of New Haven

Mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia in recent days are once again spurring calls for new gun control measures. U.S. Senate Democrats say they are pushing toward a vote this week, and President Joe Biden said Tuesday “we have to act,” urging Congress to close loopholes in the background check system.

The man who wrote Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation “red flag” gun law in 1999 says such measures work to prevent gun violence.

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate briefed reporters Tuesday on the status of the budget and embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark St. Patrick's Day with a show about shades of green.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

This is the last full week before the New York state budget is due. But with the April 1 deadline looming, two of the “three people in a room” who hash out the spending plan are questioning whether the third should remain in office. 

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York state is lowering the age to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine to 50 starting Tuesday.

Gov. Charlie Baker
WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker hasn’t said whether he will seek a third term. A new poll finds the Republican’s popularity has taken a huge dip over the past year — but he would still be favored to win several hypothetical 2022 matchups for governor.

Ronan Farrow
Wikimedia Commons: Fuzheado, CC BY-SA 4.0

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ignored widespread calls to resign this week over a raft of sexual harassment allegations. The governor denies inappropriately touching anyone, but earlier this week the third-term Democrat refused to answer press questions about his interactions with aides — which are now subject to two investigations. A new accuser come forward Friday in a New York Times report.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is underwater, but a new poll shows more New Yorkers than not say he should remain in office. 

University at Albany men's basketball coach Dwayne Killings
UAlbany livestream

The University at Albany introduced its first new men’s basketball coach in two decades Thursday afternoon. 

Congressman Paul Tonko and RISSE Operations Director Francis Sengabo
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Congressman Paul Tonko of the 20th district is explaining why he joined calls from fellow House Democrats for embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to stay off the NCAA bubble.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Irish American Heritage Museum soft opening on March 3, 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city police department is not actively investigating an alleged incident at the executive mansion last year in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accused, by an unidentified aide, of groping her during a private meeting. 

New York Attorney General Tish James
https://twitter.com/newyorkstateag

With New York state government in turmoil, Democratic Attorney General Tish James is emerging as a figure who might play an outsize role in state politics over the coming weeks and months.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is “not aware” of a claim from a sixth woman accusing him of misconduct.

Joe Lunardi is ESPN's Bracketologist
Joe Lunardi is ESPN's Bracketologist

In the coming days, as they do every March, millions of Americans will fill out an NCAA tournament bracket — using almost as many strategies. Joe Lunardi has been doing the same thing almost on a daily basis for decades now. Lunardi is ESPN’s Bracketologist, and one of the first whose field predictions have been studied with equal fervor by fans, coaches, conferences, and television programmers.

In addition to his daily bracket updates, Lunardi is the author of the new book “Bracketology: March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of a National Obsession.”

Peter Crummey
Peter Crummey

The race to replace retiring Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan is taking shape. The town Republican Party says Peter Crummey will step down as town justice to run. The Democrats are backing Kelly Mateja to replace Mahan, a Democrat who has served as supervisor in the Albany County town since 2008. Mahan won re-election by about 100 votes in 2019.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stay after class for more math problems.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

With his third term in turmoil, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be retaining key support from state residents.

Assemblyman Phil Steck, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and State Senator Neil Breslin.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A growing number of Democrats in the New York State Legislature are calling on embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign, with allegations of sexual harassment on the third-term Democrat’s part now under investigation. Capital Region Assemblyman Phil Steck, a Democrat from the 110th district, was one of the first to call on Cuomo to go this week. But Steck says it's not just about the allegations. 

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Attorney General Tish James has received a referral from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo from two former staffers.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo/WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show that requires some long division.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch uploaded a video to Twitter as a mob entered the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch uploaded a video to Twitter as a mob entered the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.

  

Ever since rioters overtook the U.S. Capitol on January 6, WAMC News has been gathering eye-witness accounts from the lawmakers who were pinned down that day in Washington, starting in the scary minutes as the siege was unfolding and continuing for the next several weeks. This is their story.

Kelly Mateja is running for Colonie Town Supervisor
Kelly Mateja

The Colonie Democratic Committee has endorsed a candidate in the race to replace retiring Town Supervisor Paula Mahan. Kelly Mateja, a political newcomer, is hoping to keep the supervisor’s office in Democratic hands. Mahan has served as supervisor of the Albany County town since 2008.

Democratic State Assemblyman John McDonald speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency pandemic powers could be rolled back as soon as Monday as the Democrat faces increasing scrutiny about his leadership. Capital Region State Assemblyman John McDonald is a Democrat from the 108th district. He was on the high-profile call with lawmakers and top Cuomo administration officials when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa acknowledged withholding information about COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents, citing a possible federal probe.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo/WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bring the show to the Hall of Presidents.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo/WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a quiz about the big game.

Inside the NBA Bubble by Jared Dudley
Inside the NBA Bubble

Jared Dudley has played some 900 games in the NBA since 2007 — for Charlotte, Phoenix, the LA Clippers, Bucks, Wizards, Nets and LA Lakers. But he’s never experienced anything like the past two seasons — when the Lakers added LeBron James, lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, went into the Disney bubble to ride out the pandemic, and then won the NBA Finals over Miami.

Union College President David Harris
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Because it is on a trimester schedule rather than a semester schedule, Union College in Schenectady may serve as a predictor for how COVID-19 will impact campuses this winter and spring. Union brought students back from break earlier than most other campuses in the Northeast, and the private college recently emerged from a two-week COVID pause due to a spike in student cases.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo/WAMC

When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail, as WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel find out.

Pete Incaviglia, who spent 12 years in MLB, is the ValleyCats' new manager.
Tri-City ValleyCats

The Tri-City ValleyCats have tapped Pete Incaviglia to manage for the next two seasons, as the franchise enters a new era in the Frontier League. Incaviglia, who hit 30 home runs as a rookie for the Rangers in 1986 and finished with 206 for his career, is also the all-time Division I home run leader (both career and single season).

Pages