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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HOME CARE
6:17 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

AARP Asking for More Support for Family Caregivers

AARP members gathered in Liverpool to advocate for more home caregiver support
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER News

AARP is lobbying for support for New Yorkers who spend a lot of time caring for the elderly in their homes, following a 2013 report on New York state elderly care.  The report finds that four million unpaid family caregivers are struggling to balance their jobs with helping elderly family members. 

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2014 Tax Tips
2:18 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

2014 Tax Tips (archive) on: Who Should File, Tax Help, E-file and more

TAX TIP #1:  Some of us gotta…and some of us wanna.  The reasons why you have to – or should – be filing a tax return.

TAX TIP #2:  Tax Filing Season can be a bit mysterious to many.  It can raise a lot of questions…but you have to solve one first.

TAX TIP #3: Some people dread tax time – finding receipts, collecting forms, THE MATH!  How about if we told you how to find a Tax Angel?

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2014 CNY Boat Show
1:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

A Glimpse of Summer Amid the Snow...at the CNY Boat Show

Credit cnyboatshow.com

  Some Central New Yorkers spent the cold and snowy weekend dreaming of sun, water and…boating.  The CNY Boat Show wrapped up Sunday night at the State Fairgrounds, after five days of sales and expos.  The show’s slogan was “Summer starts here!”  Patrick Donahue of Baldwinsville had a simple reason for coming out with his family…

“We’re looking to get out of 10 feet of snow.  We’re just getting new ideas.  Our boat is about 30 years old and we came down here to see what they have and to dream a little bit”

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"Cure Violence Program"
6:57 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Syracuse Agency Gets State Backing for Anti-Violence, Anti-Gang Program

Outreach workers intervene in violent situations as part of Cure Violence program.
Credit cureviolence.org

  A Syracuse gang prevention program is getting some significant financial backing from the state – hoping to make a difference where law enforcement can’t.  

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Onondaga County Flu Update
6:36 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Onondaga County's Deadly Flu Season Still Might Have Weeks to Go

Onondaga County can't seem to shake the flu.
Credit CDC.gov

Flu Cases have been on the Rise for Nine Straight weeks in Onondaga County and the County Health Commissioner wonders if we’ll reach the mark this week.  Doctor Cynthia Morrow updated the County Legislature’s Health Committee Thursday morning. 

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