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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  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is once again urging Congress to pass reforms to help combat sexual assault in the military. Samantha Jackson survived a sexual assault as a military spouse.  She joined Gillibrand at an announcement on Tuesday to share her story of being raped by her ex-husband, which she tried to report to the commanding officers.
 

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What do a giant tortoise, a carnivorous plant and the fossil remains of ancient apes have in common?  They're all on the Top Ten List of New Species put out by the SUNY E-S-F International Institute for Species Exploration.   

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  Syracuse residents got a chance to get an update on the options to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 today from one of the key figures who will decide.  Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll is now the Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation and he spoke at a forum hosted by FOCUS Greater Syracuse. 

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  How do you bridge the gap between poverty and gainful employment so people can support their family? …and what is businesses responsibility.  Business, education and community service organizations took on the topic at Centerstate C-E-O Wednesday.  V-P of Economic Inclusion Dominick Robinson says poverty issues are often thought of as problems for the government and non-profits to solve.  However, he says investment in the companies and the employees can help change economic disparity.

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Emergency Medical Service providers in Central New York respond fast when you need them and what they encounter on each call is constantly evolving.  About 200 of them learned about latest treatments and emergency trends today during E-M-S Teaching Day.

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  Any followers of city politics in recent years know Mayor Stephanie Miner has long waved a flag - and anything else at her disposal - to bring more attention to the plight of failing infrastructure.  She's held press conferences at the spots of road sinkholes and  broken water mains, brought in outside politicians and national engineers to try and stir up more interest.

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Supporters and employees of Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo got to hear today about accomplishments over the past year…and plans for the future.  Anyone who hasn’t visited in the past year or so will find some changes.

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  Central New York has a number of environmental groups working on a range of issues, from climate change to alternative energy, pollution in the environment to solid waste reduction, green building to alternative transportation.  The group plans to use its annual meeting Thursday, May 12th, to try and do some speed dating and see if groups might have more impact by working together.

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  The WAER pregame show "Countdown to Kickoff: SU vs LSU football" was awarded Best Sports Show at Saturday night's Syracuse Press Club awards banquet.  "Let's Talk Climate: Bringing the Paris Climate Change Talks Home to CNY" was selected as second place for Best Special Radio Program.  Meanwhile a report by John Smith, "Teachers Send Governor Cuomo a Message at the State Fair" was selected second place for Best Spot News, while Scott Willis' "Lake Cleanup Also Means Habitat Restoration" won second place for Best News Feature.

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  People who drive through downtown Syracuse are still seeing Verizon workers walking a picket line, and the latest contract offer made public by the company is not likely to change the strikers any time soon.

What Verizon called its last, "best" offer is not sending picketers home on the verge of a new agreement, in the opinion of local communication workers Local 1123 leaders.

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