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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Onondaga Creekwalk
2:02 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Follow This Design to Find Syracuse's Creekwalk

Logo selected for Onondaga Creekwalk
Credit City of Syracuse

A logo has been selected through online voting to help joggers, bicyclists, walkers with strollers and others to the Onondaga Creekwalk.  The design was selected out of three that were put up on a website.  It will be put on dozens of signs the mark the path of the Creekwalk and directions to it.

The designs were all created by classes in Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts.  Voting took place between October 2nd and 9th. 

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Outcome May Open Recreation Space
6:39 am
Fri October 11, 2013

November Ballot Propositions Could Settle Adirondack Land Disputes

NYCO wants to expand its mining site into the wilderness at Jay Mountain.
Credit Nancie Battaglia / adirondackexplorer.org

Access to land in the Adirondacks can pit private interests against the public, but a proposition on the November election ballots seeks to help ease tense situations near Raquette Lake.

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Adult Literacy
6:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Pro Literacy Syracuse Calls for More Investment in Adult Education

Education experts with ProLiteracy in Syracuse say the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) adult aptitude report should serve as a wake-up call for the United States education system.

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National Depression Screening Day
2:15 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

CNY College Students and Military Among Those Urged to Consider Depression Screening

Depression among the military can lead to suicide; One of the targets during National Depression Screening Day
Credit mentalhealthscreening.org

Central New Yorkers are not immune to the estimated 19 million adults that live with depression.  Thursday is National Depression Screening day. 

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RX Drugs
4:52 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New York Rates Well in Prescription Drug Report, Overdose Deaths on the Rise

Prescription Drugs
Credit HealthyAmericans.org

While other states battle rising mortality rates by prescription drug overdose New York State has one of the lowest rates in the nation. A report on prescription drug abuse from Trust for America’s Health says that New York has the sixth lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. Since 1999, these rates have doubled in 29 states, tripled in ten and quadrupled in four. Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from cocaine and heroin combined.

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