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.  


24th Congressional Election
6:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cong Candidate John Katko Pledges Support for Senior Programs and Medicare

John Katko joined seniors to pledge support to social programs that support them, including Medicare and Social Security.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Republican Congressional Candidate John Katko Thursday tried to clear the air about any confusion or misconceptions about his support for senior citizens.  He held a campaign event where he said he hopes to implement policies that enhance the lives of senior citizens while improving independent living options. Katko plans to help elderly Central New Yorkers by reauthorizing the Older Americans Act.

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Campus Sexual Assault
9:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidate Checks Out Le Moyne College's Campus Sexual Assault Policies and Programs

Lt Governor Candidate Kathy Hochul spoke with students at Le Moyne College Monday about campus sexual assaults
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped by Le Moyne College Tuesday to further the discussion about sexual assault on college campuses.  The SUNY system recently passed a progressive set of rules to advocate for students of sexual assaults and how universities within the system respond.

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Election 2014
6:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at Syracuse Rally for Dan Maffei

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Syracuse Hancock Airport Monday in support of Dan Maffei
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER News

Vice President Joe Biden says the country has made a remarkable recovery so far, but the middle class is still struggling. He spoke today at a rally for Dan Maffei at Hancock International Airport, and said he believes some basic American middle class rights are gone as a result of poor political choices made by congress.

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Onondoga Road Quality
4:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Quality of Onondoga County Roads Similar to Roads Across the State

Credit Anna Leach

  Think the roads in Onondaga County are terrible?  Well, they’re actually no better throughout the rest of the state.  Just about half of the county’s roads are rated either poor or in need of some repair or reconstruction, according to transportation research group TRIP.  Statewide that number is 47-percent, with only 44-percent of roads in good or excellent condition. According to TRIP, the general goal for state and local organizations which maintain road conditions is to have 75-percent of roads in at least good condition. 

Their report also estimates the county falls 6 million dollars short of funding necessary maintenance…and twice that much to really repair everything that’s faulty.  TRIP’s Rocky Moretti points out, putting off repairs costs taxpayers.

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5:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Provides Wealth of Options and Information

The Medicare Open Enrollment period began Tuesday and will run through early December.

It is a time of opportunity, and possibly confusion, for seniors and other Central New Yorkers on Medicare.  The annual election period got underway on Wednesday, October 15th. The enrollment period is an opportunity is to move to a Medicare Advantage plan that better fits your health and budget, and Universal American can offer plans and advice about selecting coverage.  Colleen Schmidt, Northeast President for Universal American, advises people in Syracuse to consider what health issues they might face.

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