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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Economic Redevelopment
8:04 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Regional Economic Council Releases Progress Report

A slide in Wednesday’s presentation devoted to Stickley, Inc. of Manlius
Credit John Smith / WAER

The Central new York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC) held a presentation at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Wednesday detailing the progress it has made in creating jobs and ensuring economic development in the area. The presentation was held in preparation for a request of $31 million in funding, the Council's third round of sponsorship from the state government.

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Election 2013
9:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Not Much Remodeling Necessary in Mayor's Office After Tuesday's Syracuse Election

Stephanie Miner, seen here at a campaign event before the Democratic Primary, easily cruised to second term in office
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Mayor Stephanie Miner decisively won her bid for re-election last night with a total 68-percent of the votes. The incumbent did not face a Republican challenger, but had a Green party and a Conservative rival.  Miner says she is looking forward to tackling the many issues in the city of Syracuse.

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Election 2013
8:13 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Syracuse Could Still Be Run by All Democrat Council

WAER's Sawyer Rosenstein (right) interviews Alex Walsh, one of four GOP candidate running for Common Council disappointed election night.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The Common Council in Syracuse will likely remain Democratic...pending the results of one district seat.  The race is still too close to call in the 1st District between incumbent  Democrat Jake Barrett and Republican Joe Carni.  Barrett hopes he can stay on as councilor to revitalize a key corridor…

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Election 2013
7:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Republicans Keep Just About All Their Majority in Onondaga County Legislature

Onondaga County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon (at podium) joins GOP Party Chair Tom Dadey on stage after he won re-election to his 16th district seat
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The results of Tuesday’s election will end up looking pretty much like things before the election for the Onondaga County Legislature.  Republicans appear to have a 13-4 majority, down a seat from the 14-3 majority they now enjoy.  Though one incumbent isn’t a solid winner…giving democrats hope of picking up one seat.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon was one of many G-O-P incumbents that won handily.

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Election Day 2013
12:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Elections Don't Draw Same Attention as Presidential Races, But More Might Be At Stake

It's Election Day in Onondaga County and across New York State
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Today is election day in Onondaga County and throughout the state with local contests as well as statewide propositions on the ballot. 

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