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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  An expansion in the eligibility of federal food benefits could help local families and elderly.  It might also boost the local economy – if people take advantage.

The big change in the SNAP program is raising the eligibility threshold to 150% of the federal poverty level.  Food Bank of Central New York Outreach Director Amalia Swan can see a significant impact on those struggling.

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  Central New Yorkers who visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo can once again see elephants playing in the water.  Officials opened the new pool area on Tuesday, and the elephants could already be seen taking a dip.  Zoo Director Ted Fox says many families and visitors have been very anxious to see what the new habitat will look like.

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  Syracuse University gave its new Athletic Director John Wildhack a big “welcome home” celebration today. Wildhack, an alumni of Syracuse University, says the decision to take the job was driven by a love for the University.

“It’s a big passion play. There is no question. The love that I have for this University is significant. The chance to come home, the chance to work with young people, and help young people develop, develop academically, develop athletically, and to work with a talented group of coaches, that excites me.”

Move to Amend is calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the illegitimate courted-created concept that corporations and other artificial entities have inherited constitutional rights.
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Move to Amend is coming to Syracuse to promote ending the practice of allowing corporations to have constitutional rights.  The group feels those viewpoints are tied closely to the power and views of the wealthiest Americans. 

New York State Department of Transportation

  The often slippery winter traveling conditions along the Onondaga Lake Parkway and high volume of traffic leading to cross-over accidents is having the State Department of Transportation looking at room for improvement.  A public meeting will discuss some of the possibilities. 

Syracuse University

Syracuse University found its next Athletic Director by looking at alumni and into sports media. John Wildhack will leave ESPN as its Executive Vice President of Programming and Production to take the position. Rick Burton, Sport Management Professor at SU’s Falk College, was on the search committee. He says the move helps with the marketing and promoting the university and its athletics.

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Trombone Shorty closed out the 2016 M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest last night at Onondaga Community Colelge.  The New Orleans musician played with his up-tempo Orleans Avenue and had much of the crowd on its feet call and response singing and enjoying an elaborate light show to go along with the music.

Before Shorty, Guitarist Julian Coryell led the group Eleventh House.  He played this number honoring his father, Larry Coryell who had to cancel the jazzfest appearance after complications from a medical procedure.  

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  When the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest hits the stage this weekend many people will go to see a favorite artist on this year's lineup.  The festival, this year returning to Onondaga Community College, has become something more than a concert for the community.

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    The support of two of the most prominent women in New York politics helped Colleen Deacon secure the nomination for the 24th congressional district in Tuesday's primary.  She enjoyed endorsements by Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her first-time candidacy among democrats.  

Deacon topped Eric Kingson and Steve Williams in the contest.  Kingson enjoyed attention late in the race when Bernie Sanders endorsed him and held an event in Syracuse with the candidate.  Deacon ran largely on issues such as equal rights, pay equity and women's health issues.  She drew 49% of the vote, while Kingson tallied 32% and Williams got 19%.  

Deacon will run against incumbent John Katko in the November election.  Katko is finishing up his first term in congress.  

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  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Fayetteville’s connection to women’s rights as a place to announce her bill to promote the anniversary of women’s suffrage.  She’d like to see more attention to the centennial of women’s right to vote, which comes around in 2020.  Gillibrand says the voting rights struggle is connected to women’s issues today.

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