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 Syracuse International Film Festival presented 9 selected short movies to showcase new filmmakers of Syracuse University this weekend.

The two-hour screening began with “The Stranger” by Siyang Zhang, a 20-minute Chinese movie that depicts the complexity of relationships and sense of loneliness in a foreign land. It was followed by films with topics ranging from homosexuality, open relationships, and star-obsession, to slavery and self-love.

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A group of local film enthusiasts and film professionals gathered in the newly built facility, ‘The Film Hub’ Saturday in DeWitt for the ‘Filmmakers Forum,’ as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival.  Local filmmakers and others who want to work in the industry got to engage with an eclectic panel of documentary filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, directors and producers.

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The Syracuse International Film Festival featured  “Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures” by Marc Fafard as one of its first presentations.  Fafard also directed “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia”, and was motivated to turn to dragons for a follow up.  He gave the audience a visual feast at the Museum of Science and Technology’s I-MAX theater.  

Syracuse Looks to String Together Wins at Boston College

Oct 20, 2016
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Fresh of its biggest win in a couple of years, the Syracuse Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC) head to Massachusetts to face the Boston College Eagles (3-3, 0-3 ACC). The Orange just defeated No. 17 ranked Virginia Tech, and will look to string together wins for the first time this season.

Who’s Hot- The Defense

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An international conference on character education in Washington included a Central New Yorker spreading his word on how story-telling can work at schools, in business and in our communities.  The idea might not just build character; it could also be a remedy to our current divisive politics.

Some from the education sector and form the corporate world believe building character is important for good students and good employees.

What can the chosen candidate of New York’s 24th Congressional District do to bring more jobs and improve the economy in Central New York?  We’ve heard from the candidates on social security and on drug policy.  Today WAER’s Chris Bolt asks the candidates how they are trying to cope with a business landscape that’s constantly evolving.

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Syracuse Common Councilors lent their voice Tuesday to a proposal to make a renewable energy technology more affordable.  WAER's Chris Bolt reports environmentalists are joining with elected officials to have the state take another step to reduce climate change.

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Syracuse Common Councilors lent their voices Tuesday to a push to make a renewable energy technology more affordable. Environmentalists are joining with elected officials to have the state take another step to reduce climate change.

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Syracuse Police have identified the suspect who died in Sunday night’s shootout with police near Syracuse University.  Police say 41-year-old Deric Brown of Syracuse was pulled over on the 600 block of Walnut Avenue for driving with no headlights.  Chief Frank Fowler says the officer noticed the handle of a handgun in the car, and told the suspect to keep his hands up as  he began walking back to his patrol car. Folwer says that's when Brown exited his vehicle fired multiple shots at the officer, who fired back, striking Brown at least once.

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Difficulty enrolling as an organ donor might be keeping many in Central New York and across the State from making that lifesaving decision.  New York’s 26 percent registration rate is second lowest in the country. Nancy Ryan of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network says the state has to give potential donors more options to register.

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