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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Early Childhood Education
2:54 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Police, Business Leaders Join Community Group to Demand Universal Pre-K Funding for Syracuse

Police Chief Frank Fowler joined the call for increased Pre-K funding as part of the state budget
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

A community group is rallying diverse support for the expansion of Pre-K in Syracuse, with supporters saying it could improve the economy and diminish crime.  

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COURT SENTENCING
5:42 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

David Renz Sentenced On Two of Four Charges

David Renz was sentenced Wednesday for two of four charges against him

David Renz was in Syracuse Federal court for sentencing Wednesday for crimes he committed before he murdered a woman and raped a 10-year-old girl.  The prison terms for all the crimes combined will likely keep him behind bars for the rest of his life. David Renz was sentenced on one count of receiving child pornography and five counts of possessing it. Judge Norman Mordue issued a 20 year sentence for receiving to run before concurrent 10-year terms for possession.  He pleaded guilty to the charges last year.  

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2014 Governor's Election
7:55 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Donald Trump Fires Up GOP Crowd in Syracuse But Doesn't Step Into Governor's Race

Donald Trump Addressed Onondaga County Republicans on taxes, fracking, climate change, his business ventures, but did not say he's entering Governor's race.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Celebrity Business mogul Donald Trump energized an Onondaga County Republican crowd during a visit Tuesday night.  Trump covered a wide range of issues...but said little about the topic everyone wanted to hear.

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Atty General's Fraud Report
9:52 am
Mon March 10, 2014

NYers Scammed Most on the Internet, with Their Cars and on Credit Issues

Home Improvement problems were the top consumer fraud complaint in the Syracuse area, according to Atty General Eric Schneiderman.
Credit bankrate.com

When New Yorkers agree to buy a car or something on the internet…or pay up front to have some service or repair done, they expect to get what they pay for.  But people made more than 19,000 complaints to state consumer protection about consumer frauds.  And topping the Top 10 Consumer Fraud list statewide were problems buying over the internet and shady dealings buying, leasing or fixing a vehicle.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reports our

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Republican Rob Astorino
3:34 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

GOP Hopeful for Governor Visits Syracuse, Slams Cuomo Record and Policies

Republican Rob Astorino, supported by Senator John DeFrancisco (right)
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The newly minted G-O-P hopeful for governor made clear distinctions between himself and Governor Cuomo in a visit to Syracuse today.  Rob Astorino entered the race Wednesday.  He believes most people would come to the conclusion that New York is ‘losing.’

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