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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contactsyracuse.org

  Someone on the other end of a phone line can play a crucial role for someone considering suicide.  Contact Community Services is seeking more hotline volunteers for what can be a life-saving service.

Ackerman + Gruber / AARP.org

  Older New Yorkers have a range of things to watch regarding their health and security during this upcoming session in Albany.  AARP in New York supports a family leave proposal that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave.  Legislative Director Bill Ferris says it might make it easier for someone to take care of a relative at home.

aqeny.org

  Education funding is always one of the most hotly-debated issues in the state budget...and Governor Cuomo set a starting point in his spending proposal Wednesday.  School advocates believe a substantial increase in Cuomo’s state aid proposal might not even allow schools to keep up.

downtownsyracuse.com

Economic Forecasters say Central New York’s economy will likely experience and mix of slow and steady growth in 2016.  The results of surveys given to nearly 200 CenterState C-E-O members and business leaders towards the end of the 2015 were released this morning during the corporation’s annual breakfast.  President Rob Simpson says when members were polled and surveyed, they didn’t know the region was going to win the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

Rendering by Wyatt Chapman / usgbc.org

Discussions on climate change are often about fossil fuels burned for energy…and the impacts of pollution from cars and trucks on the roads.  But one Central New York expert in efficient buildings and earth-friendly construction materials wants that to change the debate.  Rick Fedrizzi of Westvale helped start the U.S. Green Building Council.  He suggests a different focus if we want to reduce greenhouse emissions.

hhccny.org

  Syracuse experts who work with the homeless say it’s just not realistic to get everyone who lives on the streets inside when temperatures go below freezing.  Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order this week mandating just that.  But Housing and Homeless Coalition Coordinator Melissa Marrone has found forcing people inside doesn’t work.

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  New legislation that takes effect at the start of 2016 will allow expectant mothers in New York to enroll in the state's health-insurance exchange at any time during their pregnancy.  New York is the first state in the nation to that makes pregnancy a “qualifying Life Event” to enroll in coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  Assembly member Aravella Simotas co-sponsored the bill that

fpwa.org

  Many New Yorkers are getting a raise starting today.  Overall Minimum Wage jumps…with an even higher boost for fast-food workers.  The issue is likely to get more attention this year.

SEFCU / www.SEFCU.com

  The SEFCU credit union joined the holiday spirit handing out $50,000 to local charities.  Donations went to the Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels the Samaritan Center and the Northeast Community Center and Food Bank of Central New York.  It was part of 250,000 donated to shelters and pantries statewide. 

  BELOW IS A LIST OF THE DONATION FOR EACH CHARITY  

horsesfortheholidays.com

  Lots of people think about their pets with holiday gifts and treats.  One Central New York animal advocate wants you to think about other animals this holiday season.  Marion Secor of Skanda Equine has made it sort of a personal quest to see if she can help horses and the people that care for them over the winter. 

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