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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Health & Medicine
2:37 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Healthy You Center Hopes to Create Healthy Community

New health center inside Kinney Drug Store
Credit Jennie May/WAER News

  A new kind of medical center opened today inside of a drugstore hoping to fill a growing gap in the health care system. It’s called Healthy You Wellness Center and it’s located inside Kinney Drugs on East Seneca Turnpike. 

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Health & Medicine
2:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Community Group Helps Smooth Some Bumps on the Road to ACA Medical Coverage

Community members learn about the Affordable Care Act at Bethany Baptist Church.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER news

A community group turned the banquet room at the Bethany Baptist Church on Beattie Street into an information session on getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act over the weekend.

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CNY School Boards Association
4:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

School Funding Crisis Brings Together Local Districts, Public

North Syracuse Junior High hosts meeting on School Funding Crisis
Credit nscsd.org

  The financing of our schools has reached a crisis point. Onondaga County schools alone have lost $270 million  since 2008. 

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Personal Finance Safety
6:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tax Season Brings Out Tax Scams for Central New Yorkers

Time to get out the pen and calculator to figure taxes...but also time to beware of tax scams and cheats, says the IRS.
Credit asktaxquestions.org

  Central New Yorkers are starting start to gather their financial information and receive W-2 forms for tax season.  The time is also ripe for scam artists preparing their schemes.  

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Autism Awareness
2:37 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Families with an Autistic Relative Could Find New Treatments & Services with New State Law

Credit mychildwithoutlimits.org

  Parents in New York with autistic children might now have an easier time getting important treatment and therapy.  

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