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

  Onondaga County's top Politician gave a pretty positive review as regards budget matters, progress and taxpayers.  The State of the County address also gave Joanie Mahoney a chance to review her impacts and legacy as she enters an election year.

Mahoney gave a number of reasons why over her tenure in office property tax levies have been reduced by some 22 %.  She credits belt tightening, increased sales tax revenues due to some wise investments and activities, as well as reduced mandates such as Medicare. 

Lauren Winfrey/WAER News

  On a typical Syracuse Saturday Sydney Hutchinson-Mengel and her two-year-old son browse the children’s section of the local Barnes and Noble. Often just trying to keep his young mind stimulated, Hutchinson-Mengel makes it a point to visit the bookstore weekly. This Saturday, the voice of a narrator reading aloud was unexpected, but intriguing.

maxwell.syr.edu

Women are making-up a larger part of the military...leading to more women veterans.  And services might not be as supportive as they could be.  A conference at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School this week will examine women’s experiences both in the service and once they get out.  

Ellen Blalock, artist

  It’s never easy to talk about race in our community.  Several Syracuse arts organizations are collaborating to bring together exhibits and performances about Apartheid, civil rights and identity to help that conversation.

Dr. James Gibbs

  For the next two weeks you can tell New York State wildlife officials just what birds, fish, turtles, insects and other creatures need help surviving.  One local scientist is reflecting on the importance of the “List of Species of Greatest Concern”.

nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

  The second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act has ended with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers getting health coverage for the first time. In the state, there are currently 2.1 million people enrolled in health coverage through the state’s marketplace. Of that number, 553,000 who had not enrolled in coverage through the marketplace in 2014, got insured during this open enrollment period which ended February 15th.

Modern Malt @eatdrinkmalt

  Syracuse residents might be coming out of hibernation early this year, for the 11th annual Downtown Dining Weeks that start Monday. Some new restaurants have joined on along with old favorites, making for a record number of participants.

visitsyracuse.com

  Just like a new car, a fast food chain, or other consumer product, Syracuse needs to market itself.  Today the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also called Visit Syracuse, launched a new way to try and get people to come.  The hope is to attract tourists, businesses, and conventions.

Most places try and tell potential visitors the assets of their regions…which Visit Syracuse Director David Holder says needed to be fine-tuned.

Kevin Garcia/WAER News

  A new exhibition at the Everson Museum represents American Modernism, a post-World War Two art movement.  It’s called “Prendergast to Pollock,” and features more than 30 works from contemporary artists.  It’s the first major event under a new director, who’s trying to boost interest and museum finances. 

TownofDewitt.org

  Dewitt residents have a chance to have a say in how the town improves pedestrian safety.  A new initiative hopes to make it easier to get around by foot, by bike, stroller or whatever.

Meghan Scott has lived in Dewitt for years on one of many residential streets without a sidewalk or much shoulder.  She’s noticed an increase in traffic volume and speed -- not great for her young family that likes to get outside. 

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