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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Save the Rain project
8:42 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Downtown Bike Tour Shows Off Green Infrastructure

Save the Rain bike tour stopped at Erie Canal Museum to see rain garden and porous pavers used to divert water from sewers.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  About 30 people could be seen pedaling their bicycles around Onondaga County this weekend enjoying nature...but also learning about how green infrastructure is saving it.  The Save the Rain program was showing off some of the things the county is doing in its Downtown Bike Tour.

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SU's 12th Chancellor
7:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Kent Syverud Pledges Improvements, Openness at Inauguration as SU Chancellor

Kent Syverud is officially inaugurated as SU's 12th Chancellor and President. One guest, his former boss, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor (seated second from right).
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse University officially welcomed its 12th chancellor with an inauguration ceremony Friday.  Kent Syverud has already given a number of hints at the direction he plans taking in the job.

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Greek 'Peak Fest' July 19
11:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Peak Fest' Music Event Features Ski Resort's Summer Appeal

Greek Peak will promote its Hope Lake Lodge and other summer activities during its 'Peak Fest' Music Festival.
Credit GreekPeak.net

  Summer season might not be the time you think about heading to a ski resort. Greek Peak owners John Meier and Marc Stemerman have been skiing on the mountain for the past thirty years. But it wasn’t until last summer that they took time to enjoy the off season.

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Hillside Work-Scholarship
10:44 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Syr Program to Keep Kids in School and Get Jobs Gets Boost from Corporate Challenge Race

Hillside's Work Scholarship Connection will get proceeds from the 2014 Corporate Challenge Race.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  A Syracuse program to help kids in school and in their futures is getting a big helping hand this year.  The Chase Corporate Challenge this June will give proceeds to Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.  

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Equal Pay Day
7:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Senator Gillibrand Champions Equal Pay for Women and Minimum Wage Hike

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at the Maxwell School of Citizenship in January 2014.
Credit WAER News

Women might be the key in passing an increase to the federal minimum wage – or at least that’s how New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to frame the wage legislation to her congressional colleagues.  She highlighted the issue Tuesday on “Equal Pay Day,” the date to which women would have to work to match the pay men got for the same job last calendar year.  

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