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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Central New York’s freshman congress member heard some things from President Obama that he thinks can get done in Washington, despite recent gridlock. But before considering any policy ideas, John Katko was a little taken by the moment of his first State of the Union Address.

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  One of New York’s U-S Senators hopes to hear the President embrace one of her key issues in the State of the Union address tonight.  

Senator Gillibrand will be listening to the State of the union address to hear if President Obama is taking up here ongoing fight against campus sexual assault…which she says just isn’t being taken seriously.

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  Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.

Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.

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  Private Colleges in New York might soon have to comply with the sexual assault rules and guidelines implemented on SUNY campuses last year. 

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  Advocates for the deaf here in Upstate New York want to find out just how much of an inconvenience it might be to extend the hard-of-hearing a few more rights.  The group “We the Deaf People” is trying to get movie houses to offer at least some showings with captions. 

Advocates for older New Yorkers will be pushing Albany this year on new laws that might help with retirement, monthly utility bills and caring for relatives.  

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  What goes on inside the Onondaga County Justice Center jail might be under just a bit more scrutiny after a Jail Oversight Committee was approved Tuesday by County lawmakers. 

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Education will be a big issue in 2015, with lines already drawn between teachers at public schools, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the charter school movement.

Before the New Year even began, the state’s largest teachers union was already making its displeasure with Governor Andrew Cuomo known, by protesting outside the governor’s mansion.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee says teachers are angry over what they see as Governor Cuomo’s increasingly negative view of their union, and the public education system in general.

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  2015 is greeting Central New Yorkers with a renewed threat of the flu virus.  Statewide the number of cases almost doubled in the past week, jumping 90 percent.  Onondaga County's Health Department knows how dangerous the disease can be with two deaths just before the New Year.  

  Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on New Year’s Day, just hours after his son , Governor Andrew Cuomo, gave his inaugural address for his second term in office.

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