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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Speaker Tonight @ Civic Center
3:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

How the I-81 Replacement Project Might Learn from Boston's 'Big Dig'

The start of a speaker series about the future of Interstate 81 takes place tonight at Civic Center

Boston University Professor Virginia Greiman shares her experiences as a consultant on Boston's Big Dig road project tonight at a presentation and Q & A session in the Onondaga County Civic Center.  It's meant to provide some insight into the process Syracuse is going through with the necessary replacement for Interstate 81'S elevated portion

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Onondaga Lake Development
5:51 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Onondaga County Legislature Approves Environmental Study for Lakeshore Amphitheater

Rendering for a proposed amphitheater on Onondaga Lake's western shore.
Credit Scott Willis, WAER News

The idea of an amphitheater on the shores of Onondaga Lake has taken one step  (if not toward construction, at least toward seeing if it’s feasible).  County lawmakers approved on Tuesday beginning the environmental review process.

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Natl Child Abuse Prevention Month
3:52 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Former Miss America Shares Child Abuse Story to Kick-off Observance

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

A former Miss America is in Syracuse to help kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Marilyn Van Debur shared a personal message to stop the harm to children.

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SHA 75th Milestone Gala
7:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Gala for Syracuse Housing Authority Celebrates Home and Assistance to Help Residents

This newly constructed home in Syracuse might not look like public housing...but it is. Listen to Shondar Byrd's story.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The Syracuse Housing Authority is marking its 75th year, reflecting back as one of the oldest and largest per-capita housing agencies in the nation.  SHA Executive Director Bill Simmons hopes to use the event to raise money for educational and vocational opportunities that might help end generational poverty for his residents.

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Onondaga Lake Visitors' Center
5:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

“Birds of Onondaga Lake” Exhibit Reveals Beauty of Local Birds, Ecosystems

Part of Birds of Onondaga Lake Exhibit
John Savage

Birdwatchers and local spectators will be able to experience the wildlife of Onondaga Lake in pictures as part of a new exhibit. “Birds of Onondaga Lake” consists of wildlife photography of bald eagles and other birds. But according to Erin Crotty, President of Audubon New York, it also tells a story about a recovering habitat that is becoming a place for bird conservation.  

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