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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  Many of us will indulge this holiday at the dinner table, maybe the dessert tray, the office party or the bar.  But you might not realize overdoing it is actually posing a health risk.  Saint Joseph’s Hospital Interventional Cardiologist Doctor Michael Fischi says a flood of calories, carbohydrates and other things in a big holiday meal or party can lead to emergencies – especially for people with underlying health issues.

  The greatest holiday gift a Central New Yorker could give might only require a simple sign up or a check off on your drivers’ license.  The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is using the holiday season to try and get more people to give the gift of life.  Communications Director Nancy Ryan says any fancy clothes or electronic gadget pales in comparison to an organ someone might be waiting for.

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Central New York Environmental and climate change researchers and professors weighed in with opinions about the Paris Climate Accord that came out of the COP 21 meeting.  Participating in a panel hosted by WAER were: Maxwell Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Peter Wilcoxen; Senior Research Associate Campbell Public Affairs Institute Sarah Pralle; Cornell Soil Scientist Johannes Lehman; and Maxwell Associate Professor of Geography Bob Wilson.  

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Visitors to Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s north side are likely to notice the brightly painted and newly renovated playground.  The additions are meant to get more people to use the park, and make playing there safer.  Mayor Stephanie Miner recognized community leaders at an on-site dedication today for their involvement in the project. Maureen Dore helped with fundraising efforts and says the playground is attracting newcomers.

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  Some of Central New York's Jewish residents took a day of Hanukkah to show solidarity with local Muslims.  More than 30 people gathered at the menorah in Clinton Square to protest against what they call growing Islamophobia.  Mara Sapon-Shevin is against singling out any religion.

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  As many as 1000 northside residents are expected to turn out for next week’s family Christmas party put on by the Butternut Community Police center.  The success of 7th annual gathering illustrates just how much of a positive impact the center has on the lives of children in that neighborhood.

  Syracuse University introduced its next head coach today.  The news broke Saturday that Dino Babers would take over the football program.  Monday morning he told reporters and others from the SU athletic staff that he can win with the talent in the program.

“Most college football teams have enough guys that you can win it’s whether they’re unselfish enough to move to spots where you can win.” 

Babers says the players on the team simply have to be unselfish and more about team success.

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Syracuse University football fans can hope that the new orange coach will have the same success as he had in his previous stop.  Dino Babers was named as SU's new football coach Saturday, taking over for Scott Schafer, who coached his last game last Saturday  - a win over Boston College. 


  Syracuse Basketball renews its rivalry against former Big East foe Georgetown tomorrow in its first matchup since SU’s move to the ACC. But for the 1st time since 1974, fans will not see the iconic, scowling figure of Coach Jim Boeheim on the sideline against their biggest rival.

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This December is expected to be one of the busiest travel seasons in history, so the Transportation Security Administration at Syracuse’s Hancock airport is gearing up to handle the holiday rush.