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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The stories of Syracuse veterans’ struggles going through – and transitioning out of – the military will take to the stage Wednesday Night.  Syracuse Stage will borrow from a past play to present an intimate portrayal of unseen aspects of life after service.

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Lost in the attention of all the proposals in the State of the State address was one more idea for change particularly interesting to businesses.  Governor Cuomo pledged to reform worker’s compensation.  The news was welcomed by the state’s the Business Council of New York State, and its Director of Government Affairs Lev Ginsburg.

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There’s quite a bit of optimism about the local economy among businesses and analysts at Wednesday's Economic Forecast Breakfast…though much of it is guarded.  There is also some uncertainty and a challenge to businesses to break the status quo. 

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Several dozen people took to the streets Monday to have their voices heard – and want you to raise yours – in opposition to Trump Administration cabinet picks who deny climate change.  Local groups joined a national call to block certain appointments.

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A Syracuse organization has some tips on how to follow through on New Year’s Resolutions.  The path to your better future might benefit from some Science and Sensibility.

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A new state law for 2017 allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to sign up as organ donors can make a significant improvement in the ability to get a life-saving organ to a patient waiting for one.  The law brings New York in alignment with most other states, allowing the teens to sign as donors on a driver’s license or permit.  Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Marketing Director Nancy Ryan stresses the importance of accessing young peo

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A set of new laws that went into effect at the start of 2017 can make it easier for people with heroin and opioid addictions to get help…and for treatment providers to help them.  One change for treatment involves whether insurance will cover it.  Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare CEO Jeremy Klemanski will have one less hurdle when trying to provide treatment to an addict…and having to prove they need it.

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New Yorkers have a right to clean water, clean air and a safe climate. That’s the message of a new ad campaign launched this week. The groups Environmental Advocates of New York and Effective N-Y want to amend the state Constitution to include a New York State Environmental Bill of Rights.

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When Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans handed a donation to the Golisano Children’s Hospital Wednesday,  it marked the 20th year of supporting child cancer treatment.  Paige’s Butterfly Run and the proceeds are also a way to remember their daughter who died of cancer.

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A newly formed Jewish peace group is using one night of Chanukah to speak out against Islamophobia and racism.  Central New York residents recently started a chapter of ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’.  The national group is rooted in mid-east peace issues.  But organizer Julie Gozan says sentiments since the election are reason for the Wednesday Night protest.

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