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 Upstate Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls about toddlers unintentionally ingesting the liquid from E-cigarettes. In 2014 more than 3700 exposures to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers nationwide. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports, this year that number has already topped 2200. 

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  A Report Card on New York State’s infrastructure today supports Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s call for help in fixing up roads, bridges and water systems.  A national engineers study has details and recommendations.

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  Fill a bowl and feed the hungry. The Empty Bowls event attracted a lot of people today to purchase a ceramic bowl to help local food pantry program.

“Child Hunger exists in every county in the United States.” The child food insecurity rate for Onondaga County is 19.4%, or 20,720 children.” 

For some artists who made bowls for Empty Bowls, it’s not the first time they participate. Syracuse University ceramics graduate student Peter Smith says he is excited to see it happen again.

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  Hundreds of millions of dollars are needed the truly fix up the roads, water systems and other infrastructure problems in Syracuse.  Mayor Miner and others renewed that call to New York State on Thursday by visiting Oak Street, where a 6 foot wide section of the road hole caved in earlier in week.  The cave in was just one the latest examples of how the aging backbone of the city is in need of immediate attention.

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  The Sheriff department has purchased new devices that could save more lives in Onondaga County and save tax payer money. Sheriff Eugene Conway announced that 95 Automated External Defibrillators would enhance public safety. Conway says when he served as Police Chief in Dewitt, he witnessed occasions when people were rescued from fatal circumstances.

  Public schools across New York State are getting ready to add something new to their health curriculum.  Starting this October, hands-only CPR training will become a graduation requirement for all high school students.  This is part of the new CPR for Schools law, which was approved yesterday by the New York State Board of Regents.

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Better parking, flights to more cities, and a facelift for the front of Hancock International Airport highlight the transportation hub's future goals.  The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority issued its annual report Friday.  

  Executive Director Christina Callahan looked back on improved concessions, featuring local beers and food products, and improving the parking garage.  Travelers will also be able to sign up for TSA pre-check starting in October.  Now Callahan is ready to make a few other visible upgrades.

  A Syracuse financial advisor is offering investors some perspective on the impact China’s economy had on investments, portfolios and retirement accounts.  China is the world’s second largest economy...and when the dragon roars, investors here in Central New York can  fear the consequences.  

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An impromptu art exhibit on Syracuse’s North Salina Street tells a lot more about the artists than it does about any of the paintings, sculptures, poems or other works.  The art works at Syracuse Behavioral Health’s 2015 Recovery Arts Festival give insight into the journey and struggle of recovery.

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  A former orphanage in Syracuse has been turned into a place that’s trying to improve learning - and the future - for some of Syracuse’s less fortunate children.  The Determination Center got some attention from the area’s Congressional representative Wednesday that just might help.