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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Central New Yorkers Came to Trump Rally to Cheer, Protest & Satisfy Curiosity

Apr 17, 2016
Elissa Candiotti/WAER News

  Presidential candidate Donald Trump left many Syracuse residents looking forward to a brighter future for the city. Thousands showed up to the rally at the OnCenter Saturday to support Trump’s campaign…but plenty came out to protest as well.  And some were just interested in the Trump phenomenon.

Syracuse "Felt the Bern" for Sanders at Campaign Rally

Apr 12, 2016
Chris Bolt/WAER News

  About five thousand people filled the main hall of the Oncenter on Tuesday  to hear democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just a week ahead of the New York state primary.  The crowd cheered after about every other sentence as Sanders relayed his message to the people of Syracuse.  Sanders drew cheers of support when he compared harsh drug laws and their consequences to crooks on Wall Street.

epa.gov

  Researchers at Syracuse University are halfway to their goal of testing 300 local kids to examine their LEAD levels. Most of us think lead testing in kids might have to do with old paints in homes which contain lead, however, Professor of Public Health, Dr. Brooks Gump explains why this test is much different.

Syracuse researchers are looking specifically at food sources with traces of lead.

prescription-drugaddiction.org

A new federal bill announced in Syracuse Monday could help limit the amount of opiate painkillers that get prescribed…and then get abused.  One local family knows all too well the pain of painkiller abuse.   The tragedy of the Socci family of Auburn started when their 29-year-old daughter broke up with a boyfriend over his addiction to painkillers.  

Hillary Clinton Brings Presidential Campaign to Syracuse

Apr 1, 2016
Scott Willis

   Former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton made two stops in Syracuse as part of her campaign Friday. She met with local business owners Syracuse's Institute of Technology at Central High School first and then proceeded to a rally at the Regional Market. 

Local Photography Exhibit Displays Migrating Birds at Onondaga Lake

Mar 31, 2016
Cheryl Lloyd

Migrating birds have found the perfect place to make a landing spot anywhere around Onondaga Lake, and local photographers have the photos to prove it.  The Executive Director of Audubon New York credits the revitalization efforts of the lake as the reason it tends to be a popular landing pad.  There are at least 50 acres of wetlands.  Erin Crotty says Onondaga Lake is critically important to several species.

“Birds that are migrating through the community and using Onondaga Lake as a source of food and shelter.”

Chris Bolt/waer news

  More than 100 people turned out on Tuesday morning to learn how entrepreneurs are starting and growing businesses here in Syracuse.  Troy Evans is co-founder of Common Space –a downtown apartment development joining work and living areas.  The idea builds off of a business model Evans saw where small businesses shared the same space.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  A group of students from Henninger High School delivered hundreds of signatures to state lawmakers' offices here in Syracuse Monday pushing for more school funding. The students think they might have a strong voice to push for change. 

 A report released in Syracuse today details rape and other crimes against women during the war in Syria, many by Syrian Government Forces.

The report from the Syrian Accountability Project details 142 reported rapes between March 2011 and January 2015, and more than 80 percent of the alleged attackers were with the Syrian government.

health.ny.gov

  The paper prescription you get from the doctor is about to be a thing of the past.  New York State law is changing medication practices for most times doctors prescribe a drug.

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