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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submitted photo / AU Athletics

Syracuse University has selected Mark Coyle as its next athletic director.  Coyle comes from Boise State in Idaho.  There he led a department that fielded 20 athletic teams.  He's credited with academic and athletic success.

http://migration.salvationarmy.org/SyracuseNY/Children-Families

  Families that adopt children from foster care can sometimes need help adjusting to the new situation at home.  The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is committing 1.5 million dollars for post adoption services. The Salvation Army in Onondaga County will get a grant of 195-thousand dollars. Executive Director Linda Wright says these programs are essential to help create a lasting family unit.

https://www.ny.gov/programs/enough-enough-make-all-new-york-college-campuses-safe / NYS Enough is Enough

New York State is taking action to prevent sexual assaults on all public and private college campuses. After months of deliberation, state law-makers announced they reached an agreement to pass the “Enough is Enough” legislation designed to protect and empower victims of sexual assault. 

welchallyn.com

  Welch Allyn announced today that Hill-Rom Holdings will buy the Skaneateles Falls medical products firm in a deal that tops $2-Billion.  Welch Allyn CEO Steve Meyer told employees today he thought it was the right company to partner with going forward.  He lists as advantages more global access for the company's products. 

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  Seniors from Corcoran High School we’re out enjoying the nice day with a picnic just for them Monday at Santaro Park on Onondaga Hill.  They signed a board indicating where they’ll enjoy a tuition-free education through the Say Yes to Education program. It’s a perk that’s provided to all graduating students in good academic standing in the Syracuse City School District.  Jakubek  Wicks decided he wanted to pursue his love of music in his hometown.

syrgov.net

  Infrastructure might not be Mayor Stephanie Miner’s favorite subject.  But she got to hear about ways to improve water, transportation and other assets from lots of smart minds... as a participant in last week’s Clinton Global Initiative.  Miner heard from other civic leaders and major project financiers that the need for investments is widespread…but the political mood is stalling progress.

NY State Police

  The search for the escaped inmates from a Northern New York prison has turned some of its attention towards Vermont.  Governor Cuomo contacted his counterpart Peter Shumlin to coordinate state law enforcement forces alongside FBI in tracking down and capturing the escapees.  

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  Students applying to Le Moyne College will not need to take the  SAT or ACT going forward. Le Moyne is one of the latest schools to go test-optional for admission.

NYS Police

  Authorities are warning people across New York State to be on the lookout – and cautious – because of the ongoing manhunt for two convicted murderers who escaped from prison.  The Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near Plattsburgh, is on lockdown today as an investigation continues.  

ESF.edu

  A giant helium balloon was launched from the SUNY E-S-F campus at the end of April. It was unknown if the attached pay-loader, with a computer, camera and science experiments inside, would ever be found.  That's until a hiker came across the module in a swamp near Cortland.  

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