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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The founder and organizer of the Syracuse Jazzfest confirmed Thursday, the event is cancelled for 2018 – a year after celebrating its 35th anniversary.  Frank Malfitano says money issues prevented him from putting on an event of the caliber of previous years. 

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The latest Downtown Living Tour showed people are still intrigued by apartment life in Syracuse.  This weekend’s was the 12th annual event put on by the Downtown Committee,  and showcased 9 places that could be your next residence.  WAER’s Chris Bolt went along for the tour.

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A bill that would give victims of child sexual assault a window to bring old cases against their abusers is stalled in Albany.  A group advocating for the Child Victims Act is raising awareness about the measure in hopes of countering opponents of the bill … and perhaps making New York safer for kids. 

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A Syracuse Music Festival this weekend will be enriching to more than just the audience that goes to hear former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founder John McEuen and other musical acts.  Aspiring youth musicians in the area will get a chance to learn about the music business from someone who’s been in it for more than 50 years. 

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New York’s Attorney General resigned from his job hours after sexual abuse allegations were made public in a New Yorker article.  Eric Schneiderman was a public supporter of women’s rights…and even sued Harvey Weinstein on abuse charges.  

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Members of the Syracuse University men's Lacrosse team probably didn't think that the final game of the season, Saturday's tilt against Colgate, would be so meaningful.  The outcome, however may well determine where - and if - the Orange is playing next wee in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

SU comes in at 7-6, so a loss would drop the team to .500 for the season.  They sit at 12th in polls, but teams around them in the rankings have better won-loss records. 

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A Syracuse University Law School Graduate has helped create a program to keep young people out of the criminal justice system … so they don’t continue in a life of crime.  Amber Givens-Davis is a District Court Judge in Dallas.  She worked with 3 other judges after seeing a lot of young people, mostly first-time offenders in their courts.  Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green wanted to prevent those appearances.

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It was the sixth time the Syracuse university Men's Lacrosse team would find itself in a one-goal game this season.  But unlike four of the previous five, SU didn't find a way to pull it out at the end.  Virginia downed the Orange 11-10 Friday Night in a game that could have implications on where - or if - the team plays in the NCAA championships.

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The latest chapter in Syracuse University’s response to the racist and offensive material in a fraternity’s video was to have a speak-out addressing as wide range of issues around bias and inclusion.  Top officials from S-U were there to hear a list of six main demands by students.  Sophomore Jo Johnson read the list, which started with a review of the entire Greek system…plus hire more faculty from marginalized communities.

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Top Syracuse University Officials updated the community Monday about the incident involving a fraternity’s offensive videos that have resulted in outrage across campus and beyond.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on what’s next after the Theta Tau chapter was expelled from campus. 

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