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
1:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Frustrated Businesses Coming Around on 'Save The Rain' Projects in Westcott

Save the Rain project on Westcott Street was recently finished
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  The raindrops were falling this morning… and the newest “Save The Rain” Project was seeping it all up in the Westcott Neighborhood.  

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Great American Smokeout
7:22 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Expert Credits Local and State Policies with Slashing High School Smoking Rates

American Cancer Society and other groups encourage smoking cessation during Great American Smokeout
Credit Cancer.org

There might be tens of thousands fewer smokers in Central New York thanks to county and state policies that have proven to curb tobacco use. 

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Health & Medicine
5:17 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Leadership Changes at Loretto Address Changes in Elder Care

Kimberly Townsend will head up Loretto as President and CEO starting next year
Credit Warne/McKenna Advertising

  As Eldercare changes to provide more personalized care, Loretto in Syracuse has made some leadership changes as it continues to evolve. 

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Hunger and Homelessness Week
4:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Dozens Take to the Streets to Raise Awareness About Those Who Live on the Streets

Several Dozen take part in Rescue Mission Homelessness Walk Monday
Credit Robert Romano/WAER News

  Around 6000 men, women and children were homeless at one point or another in our community in 2012…and the Syracuse Rescue Mission is spending this week to raise awareness.  

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Geriatric Mental Health
4:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Depression, Memory Loss and Other Mental Health Could Hurt Seniors' Physical Health

Dr. Steve Bartels talks to WAER's Jane Hong about improving mental health services for older Central New Yorkers.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Seniors in Central New York who aren’t having their mental health conditions addressed and a lack of prevention are likely contributing to rising healthcare costs.  A Geriatric Mental Health Community Action Initiative brought together members in Syracuse today to discuss the issues.  

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