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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  Syracuse residents who got the shock that their property is now in a flood zone can find out more information at a meeting this week.  They’ll find out what’s at stake in the future of flood risks and costs.

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This morning, workers celebrated Labor Day by marching in a parade at the New York State Fair. Local Postal Workers Union President Mike Landry (Lan- Dree) said it’s important to march for labor movements.

“The one percent or corporate America is always trying to take away from the middle class.  They’re making 400 times what the average worker is.  It’s just about bringing some equality back.”

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As the state fair enters its final day, some food vendors seem to indicate they might be counting a little less cash.  They say the reconfiguration of the Midway, after the removal of the race track and Grandstand, has resulted in a drop in business.  Monica Bova runs Alivero’s food stand, which was previously run by her late father for most of the past 18 years.  She says Kiddieland used to be nearby, which generated traffic.

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  Every year people honor or remember loved ones during Armed Forces Day at the New York State Fair.  Bricks inscribed with the names of service members, both living and deceased, are on display at the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building.  Scott Zirbel came from Auburn to honor his father Lloyd Zirbel who served as a Military Police Officer during World War Two.

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One display at the New York State Fair Wednesday was trying to help people save lives in the face of the national heroin and opiate overdose epidemic.  A-C-R Health employees know all too well the impacts of the addiction.

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The cows responsible for helping to produce Milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream are the stars on the 40th Anniversary of Dairy Day at the New York State Fair.  Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball says the Fair showcases the importance of the industry and how it touches the world.

“It’s obvious at the Fair.  You look at the butter sculpture, you can walk through the barns see the cows, go to the birthing tent.  You come face to face with agriculture.”

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  This November there will be 3 candidates vying for the New York State Senate Seat currently held by Senator Chuck Schumer.  He will have to face off against Republican Wendy Long and Libertarian Alex Merced.  In the current political atmosphere, third-party candidates such as Merced see an opening for more than just the traditional 2-party campaign.

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The two employees fired from the Central New York S-P-C-A amid a theft investigation found themselves arraigned on grand larceny charges Friday morning.  Details of the case made public today show the extent of the alleged embezzlement is both staggering and crippling.   Onondaga County’s District Attorney detailed almost $700-thousand in funds siphoned from the animal shelter.  Bill Fitzpatrick says former Director Paul Morgan is accused of writing more than 100 checks to himself.

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Syracuse University Football season is right around the corner, and WAER Sports is back to get you ready for kickoff.

The Orange turns to new head coach Dino Babers to replace Scott Shafer, hoping to lead SU to its first bowl game in three years. 

  Starting quarterback Eric Dungey is back, along with wide receivers Steve Ishmael, Erv Phillips and Brisly Estime. The defense returns Zaire Franklin but there are concerns about the defensive line.

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  The Syracuse Police Department’s trail run with body cameras should be the beginning of a conversation about police-community relations and accountability.  That’s the position of the New York Civil Liberties Union.  Central New York Chapter director Yusuf Abdul Qadir says he was happy to hear about the grant that will fund 10 body cameras.  But he has a few areas of concern that need to be addressed by the proper policy.

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