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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Nuclear Power
1:44 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Nuclear Watch Dog Opposes Report Clearing Nine Mile 1 Nuclear Reactor

Constellation Energy's Nine Mile Point 1 reactor received clearance from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after several emergency shutdowns.
Credit cengllc.com

  One Nuclear Watchdog group is not convinced of the safety of the Nine Mile Point 1 Nuclear plant in Scriba despite a bill of good health from federal regulators.  

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Youth Incarceration
12:21 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

New York a National Leader in Keeping Youth out of Jail and Prison

Onondaga County's Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center. Study suggests incarcerating youth is not productive for public safety or rehabilitation.
Credit ongov.net

  New York is throwing fewer than half the children and teens in jail than it did a decade ago.  The state was singled out by the National Juvenile Justice Network, which is trying to further reduce youth incarceration.  

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Stopping Texting-while-Driving
10:16 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Texting While Driving Could Be Reduced by Device from Insurance Company

Could your auto insurance keep your teen from texting while driving?
Credit safetextingcampaign.com

  An insurance company got the go-ahead from New York State to use some new technology to cut down on dangerous texting-while-driving.  

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Affordable Care Act
7:48 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Health Care Seekers in CNY Face Several Different Deadlines that Need Explaining

Patient navigators at ACR Health in CNY helping people understand the new health care law.

  Deadlines are rapidly approaching for Central New Yorkers looking for healthcare. With the new Affordable Health Care Act, people need to be aware of rules and important dates that are looming. 

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Holiday Sales
6:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Is Holiday Shopping the Only Time You "Buy Local?"

Large chain retailers may have better luck leveraging mobile shopping applications
Credit Anne Bolt / WAER News

The holiday shopping season is now in full swing, but while it’s true a snowy winter wonderland can get consumers in the Christmas shopping spirit, New York State Retail Council Vice President Ted Potrikus cautions that the chilly weather can result in some frustrating situations for retailers: 

With Christmas now just a week away, procrastinating consumers are simply running out of time - and even the most treacherous weather around New York State isn’t stopping that final Christmas rush.  

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