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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DeWitt Canal Day Reaches 47 Years

Aug 3, 2015
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Thousands attended the 47th annual DeWitt Canal Day over the weekend trying to raise more awareness about the recreation and other advantages the area has for the region.  Event supervisor Christine Manchester says the trail system along the canal does draw significant attention.

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Nearly 289 million people are active users on Twitter. But Vera House intern Elizabeth Scheemaker  says she isn’t one of them.

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  People have a chance to get a glimpse of history – and be part of it – in Sackets Harbor this weekend.  The annual reenactment of the War of 1812 will have cannon fire, tactile standoffs, artillery shells and an English country dance. 

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  About two dozen people took to the streets of Syracuse Wednesday to try and make it easier to get in and out of their homes.  People with mobility issues and challenges can have a long wait for housing that meets their needs. 

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  One of the stands at the Downtown Farmers Market is doing a lot more than helping someone make a salad or get food for the family.  A group of teenagers working there is getting a glimpse of farming, business and even entrepreneurship.

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  Flying in and out of the New York City might look a lot different in the next few years.  Vice President Joe Biden was here in New York Monday with Governor Cuomo to announce a complete rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport.  An advisory committee set up by Cuomo couldn’t come up with a way to renovate it…so they recommended starting from scratch.

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  Henninger High School’s principal is just back from a summit at the White House on school discipline.  Rob DiFlorio joined Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras and other school officials to share experiences about suspensions, which are on a dramatic rise nationwide.

“We’ve realized, and the research has been very supportive, suspensions don’t really change students’ behavior.  What can we do to change students’ behavior and maintain safe schools.” 

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  Sales of electric and hybrid cars continue to inch up…though most drivers still stick to vehicles that need gas for a variety of reasons.  WAER’s Chris Bolt met up with a cruising crusader traveling through Syracuse who’s trying to change some minds.

High Profile Swim in Onondaga Lake Shows Promise of Lake's Future

Jul 23, 2015
Elana Sukert/WAER News

  Local dignitaries and residents took the plunge on Wednesday into the warm waters of Onondaga Lake. What was once considered one of the most polluted lakes in the nation, now meets the official standards for being swimmable. 

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  Crouse Hospital will be able to help more people with their heroin addiction thanks to assistance from the State Legislature.  Hospital treatment officials got a chance to meet some of their benefactors Tuesday.

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