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 University Student musicians and singers will be warming up concertgoers before they attend the Paul McCartney concert with performances of their own on Saturday.

Songs from the Beatles and Sir Paul will be filling the air on the Syracuse University quad during "McCartney Madness" Saturday from 1:30 to 6:30 pm. 

The idea happened shortly after the concert was announced.  Co-Producer Andreya Cherry says the planning and logistics have continued over the summer.

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A milestone in the study of nutrition in the U-S is being celebrated here in Central New York.  Falk College at Syracuse University begins a 2-day seminar event Friday to honor the founding of its nutrition program 100 years ago.  Associate Professor of Nutrition Kay Stearns-Bruening says Americans’ relationship with food was much different back then.

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Democrats choose Jaunita Perez Williams as their nominee in the Syracuse race for mayor over the candidate party leaders choose earlier this summer.  Williams out-polled Joe Nicoletti by a 52% to 34% margin.  Marti Masterpole, the third candidate on the ballot drew about 10% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. 

Perez Williams expressed her pride in the city, and sounded a theme of collaboration.  The former city attorney and Cuomo administration official says Syracuse welcomed her decades ago, and she wants everyone to feel the same way.

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Democrats choose Jaunita Perez Williams as their nominee in the Syracuse race for mayor over the candidate party leaders choose earlier this summer.  Williams out-polled Joe Nicoletti by a 52% to 34% margin.  Marti Masterpole, the third candidate on the ballot drew about 10% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. 

The three candidates were down from a total of six democrats who initially were vying for the nomination.  Chris Fowler, Alphonso Davis and Raymond Blackwell were unable to secure.

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The Syracuse Democratic Mayoral Primary is tomorrow, but many residents might not know where the candidates stand on the issues.  So, a group of community based organizations has compiled a comprehensive look at the candidate’s positions. National Action Network, Syracuse Chapter Education Chair Talina Jones says they’re trying to empower voters after the 2016 presidential election left many feeling disheartened.

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A music festival this weekend will honor the talents of local women – while helping a severe health condition with one of the community’s musical treasures.  A celebration remembering the ‘Lilith Fair’ will support Singer Joanne Shenandoah.

Many people have heard the music of Grammy winning singer and songwriter Joanne Shenandoah.  People might not know she has a liver failing from stress and being too fatty.

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A documentary about the Armenian Genocide – and the U-S reaction to it – could help with people’s reactions to refugee crises here and in other parts of the world.  The Near East Foundation will screen the film The Shall Not Perish about how America responded to help Armenians 100 years ago. 

(View Trailer Here)

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Just days after the announcement that the immigration rule that protected young people brought to the country illegally was rescinded, immigrants in Syracuse were finding support.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says she’s heard from a lot of people who support the city’s protective – and sanctuary – stance.

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A new health study on obesity finds New York is doing better than most states, but still is seeing far more health impacts than even 15 years ago.  WAER News Director Chris Bolt got to speak with one of the study’s authors about a health problem that costs the nation $150 billion annually in higher medical costs. 

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Thursday is International Overdose Awareness Day and the opioid epidemic issue is hitting Syracuse hard.  One local health organization used the day to point out how overdose reversing drugs can save lives.

If someone overdosed near you, would you be able to save them? This hypothetical could easily become a reality. Alexandra Punch of ACR Health says the heroin and opioid epidemic is growing in the Syracuse Community.

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