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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ongov.net

  An investigation of how two convicts broke out of a maximum security Prison in Northern New York is causing authorities to ask: what can be learned from the case? The prison break wasn’t anywhere near Onondaga County, but Sheriff Gene Conway says it’s common sense to review policies.

“You look at your own operation and you take that as an opportunity to either reassess or reevaluate or do an overall assessment of what are security features are.  I’m quite confident most every sheriff in New York State has done that or is doing that or is talking about it.”   

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  People who make a prank call to the police department could face more serious punishment. Cases such as the fake bomb threat last week at the John Mulroy Civic Center would be regarded as a new federal crime.

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Green Lakes State Park here in Central New York is one of the main focuses of an improvement plan that will eventually dump almost $1 billion into the parks system.  Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey stood on the tee of the Green Lakes golf course Thursday to announce a series of improvements.  The clubhouse patio was being repaired right in front of her, with the interior slated for remodeling next year.  

NYCLU.org

 

  A law to protect LGBT children in New York schools is not working well, especially for transgender youth.  An NYCLU study on the impact of the 2010 Dignity for All act found almost 5000 complaints in schools for gender identity harassment, more than any other kind of complaint.  A woman the group is calling “Michelle” has a 15 year-old transgender daughter, who she says had to leave school because she was a constant target.

nejazzwinefest.org

  This year’s announcement of the upcoming schedule for July’s Northeast Jazz and Wine festival had some special news.  Organizers have more to report than just the musical lineup.

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Syracuse University’s new Athletic Director says he wants student athletes to represent the University in a first class manner both on and off the athletic fields.  Mark Coyle is from Boise State University.  He recognizes Syracuse’s history and tradition of strong athletic programs as one of the University’s strengths.

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Syracuse University has selected Mark Coyle as its next athletic director.  Coyle comes from Boise State in Idaho.  There he led a department that fielded 20 athletic teams.  He's credited with academic and athletic success.

http://migration.salvationarmy.org/SyracuseNY/Children-Families

  Families that adopt children from foster care can sometimes need help adjusting to the new situation at home.  The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is committing 1.5 million dollars for post adoption services. The Salvation Army in Onondaga County will get a grant of 195-thousand dollars. Executive Director Linda Wright says these programs are essential to help create a lasting family unit.

https://www.ny.gov/programs/enough-enough-make-all-new-york-college-campuses-safe / NYS Enough is Enough

New York State is taking action to prevent sexual assaults on all public and private college campuses. After months of deliberation, state law-makers announced they reached an agreement to pass the “Enough is Enough” legislation designed to protect and empower victims of sexual assault. 

welchallyn.com

  Welch Allyn announced today that Hill-Rom Holdings will buy the Skaneateles Falls medical products firm in a deal that tops $2-Billion.  Welch Allyn CEO Steve Meyer told employees today he thought it was the right company to partner with going forward.  He lists as advantages more global access for the company's products. 

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