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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168th NY State Fair
4:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Veterans' Day at NYS Fair Honors Past, Welcomes New Military Forces

Troops were out in force at Veterans' Day at the New York State Fair Thursday.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  It was as if Veterans' Day came early today during a ceremony in Syracuse to honor Veterans and those currently serving in the US Armed Forces.  The State Fair is honoring veterans with a day reserved just for them.  Among all of the flags waving in the breeze special attention was paid to our nation’s flag and the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Veteran Harold Mundstock of North Syracuse served in Vietnam and was teary-eyed thinking about those he served… and his wife’s brother who served 27 years in the US Air Force and then contracted Agent Orange.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Congress Candidate John Katko Explains How His Gun Ended Up at Fatal Robbery in 2000

Congressional Candidate John Katko took part in Veterans' Day Thursday at the New York State Fair.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Congressional Candidate John Katko says he was cleared of any wrongdoing after a gun he owned was stolen and used in a fatal armed robbery.  Syracuse.com reported today that the former prosecutor has been hiding the theft.  Back in 2000 it resulted in the gun being used in a crime in which two people were killed.  Katko defends himself against any responsibility for that crime.

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168th New York State Fair
5:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Women's Day at NY State Fair includes Motivation, Support, Advice

Picture of Harriet May Mills and cakes honor 80th annual Women's Day at NY State Fair
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  On the 80th Anniversary of Women’s Day at the New York State Fair… Leading ladies have returned to Central New York to inspire and empower women. Syracuse native Yvonne Conte began as a stand-up comic but has been motivating and encouraging women through motivational speaking for almost 20 years.  She was the keynote speaker for today’s annual luncheon.

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Women's Equality Day
5:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Struggle for Women's Rights Recognized on 94th Anniversary of Right to Vote

Credit nownys.org

  The rights of women from voting to employment and other rights are being celebrated today.  It was on this date 94 years ago that the right for women to vote in the U-S was made official.  Retired educator and businesswoman Marilyn Bero is on the Board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.  She wonders if younger women realize the struggles their fore-mothers fought through.

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Health & Medicine
10:12 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Latest Cervical Cancer Screening Research is Not Changing Health Advice to Women

WAER Cancer Screening and Prevention Series: Cervical Cancer

  Deaths from Cervical Cancer have dropped dramatically in the last two decades due to regular screenings becoming more routine.  WAER continues our series on cancer screening and prevention today.  Some new developments are not changing the advice of medical experts – yet.

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