Chris Bolt

News Director

Maybe I was destined for a career in radio when I built my first stereo receiver from a Heathkit box…then later spent time running wires over beer-stained floors for local bands in Colorado bars.  I remember becoming enamored with Public Radio's story-telling style covering an exiled music group that had come to Syracuse from El Salvador.  The piece involved interviewing through an interpreter and mixing in the music with a strongly-political story of death squads.  Over the next 23 years I’ve enjoyed covering the issues, people, events, challenges and accomplishments of Central New York. 

I came to Syracuse to finish a Broadcast Journalism degree at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.  I’ve worked at WAER since 1990 and truly enjoy our mission of educating and engaging the community, while training aspiring journalists and broadcasters.  I’m passionate about the area’s lifestyle and efforts to improve its vitality.   When not on a story, in a studio or editing and mentoring students, I can probably be found outside.  I love Central New York’s natural areas and waterways, as well as golfing and biking opportunities.  

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Some Onondaga County lawmakers are raising questions about the 350 (M) million dollar development of the inner harbor after bribery and corruption charges were leveled against the developers.  Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi were charged with bribing state officials for preference on state contracts and projects.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon notes that’s the same company that’s developing the Inner Harbor.

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The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office released more details from a recent prostitution sting in Salina that led to eight men being arrested including the former Dean of the Whitman School at Syracuse University. The sting was a joint investigation with the State Police. Sheriff Gene Conway was publicly criticized for withholding further details on the investigation. However, he said the delay was necessary because the sting was compromised.

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  The seventh grade students at Ed Smith Elementary School’s concerns go beyond the average teen angst, they’re fighting for a greener tomorrow.

Ed Smith was presented with OCRRA’s Mastri Recycling Excellence Award Monday. The seventh graders are the backbone of Ed Smiths’ greener initiative. They’re so invested that students such as Kyle Giardine sacrifice their much-anticipated lunch period to monitor energy usage and recycling in classrooms

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  The swift closure of I-T-T Technical Institute in Liverpool has placed many students in a precarious situation.  Some other colleges are looking at the closing as an opportunity for students to apply.  The Dean of University College at Syracuse University, Bea Gonzalez says it’s very possible that some I-T-T class credits will transfer over.

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  Syracuse School children and teachers officially got their new semester started Wednesday in all but one city school.  A few of them had some special guests with encouragement – and some challenges on their minds.

Salem Hyde Principal Patricia Floyd Eccles greeted children…and had Mayor Stephanie Miner and Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea in tow…ready to kick start the year.

Miner told the students that they "look smart and engaged and ready to be here".

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  Syracuse residents who got the shock that their property is now in a flood zone can find out more information at a meeting this week.  They’ll find out what’s at stake in the future of flood risks and costs.

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This morning, workers celebrated Labor Day by marching in a parade at the New York State Fair. Local Postal Workers Union President Mike Landry (Lan- Dree) said it’s important to march for labor movements.

“The one percent or corporate America is always trying to take away from the middle class.  They’re making 400 times what the average worker is.  It’s just about bringing some equality back.”

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As the state fair enters its final day, some food vendors seem to indicate they might be counting a little less cash.  They say the reconfiguration of the Midway, after the removal of the race track and Grandstand, has resulted in a drop in business.  Monica Bova runs Alivero’s food stand, which was previously run by her late father for most of the past 18 years.  She says Kiddieland used to be nearby, which generated traffic.

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  Every year people honor or remember loved ones during Armed Forces Day at the New York State Fair.  Bricks inscribed with the names of service members, both living and deceased, are on display at the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building.  Scott Zirbel came from Auburn to honor his father Lloyd Zirbel who served as a Military Police Officer during World War Two.

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One display at the New York State Fair Wednesday was trying to help people save lives in the face of the national heroin and opiate overdose epidemic.  A-C-R Health employees know all too well the impacts of the addiction.

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