ALBANY - WAMC Northeast Public Radio has promoted the following staff members to key positions within the organization:
* Katie Britton, program and outreach director.
* Ian Pickus, news director.
* Patrick Donges, associate news director.
* Michelle Battle, database manager.
Formerly the news director for WAMC , Katie Britton is now helping the station expand listenership in several ways. In her new role as program and outreach director, she will be responsible for WAMC daily and special programming while supervising a growing internship program and coordinating the station's outreach efforts.
A University at Albany graduate, Britton has been with WAMC for 11 years.
Saratoga native Ian Pickus began his career with WAMC while completing his master's degree in English at the University at Albany. He has served the station as a producer since 2008. He also holds a BA in English and journalism, and worked as a freelance reporter for The Associated Press and The Saratogian during college and graduate school.
As news director, Pickus leads the WAMC news team by planning and overseeing regional coverage from WAMC 's five news bureaus and the main Albany newsroom.
Patrick Donges was appointed assistant news director at WAMC Northeast Public Radio in 2011 after serving as the station's Berkshire bureau chief. Prior to joining WAMC , he was a print reporter and served as news director of WCDB 90.9 FM Albany, the University at Albany's student radio station. He first became acquainted with the WAMC team as a newsroom intern while completing his bachelor of arts degree in public affairs journalism at the University at Albany.
Michele Battle brings to WAMC a background in database management, marketing and project management. She joins WAMC following several years as an independent marketing and database consultant, and has served Environment One Corporation in Niskayuna as both marketing coordinator and later as marketing database specialist.
As WAMC 's database manager, Battle assumes responsibility for the creation, implementation and maintenance of the station's database programs and marketing efforts.