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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School Finance
6:33 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Cuomo Promises Surplus in Budget, Boost for Education

Dr. Rick Timbs advocates for education funding with the Statewide School Finance Consortium.
Credit statewideonline.org

Schools hoping for more state aid could see a boost in funding from New York State compared to recent years.  Governor Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter that education aid in the 2014 budget could increase four percent.  He adds that working out what’s fair for each city and school system is the job of the state legislature:

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Clear Path for Veterans
11:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Human Side of War in Iraq Focus of New Book by Veteran at CNY Vets Center

Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango is designed to be a comfortable place where veterans can gather or receive services.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  It took Iraq War veteran John Ready of Oneida almost ten years to write about the experiences he went through as part of a civil affairs unit.  But he decided to chronicle the strange, sometimes funny and poignant happenings and thoughts in his book, "Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?: A Soldier's Year in Iraq."   

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Trecherous Toys
5:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Some Toys Under the Christmas Tree Could Unwrap an E R Visit, says NYPIRG Study

One item on Trecherous Toys report that claims it could cause facial injuries and packing materials could cause choking.
John Smith/WAER News

Every year, Central New York kids request popular toys during the holiday season for various reasons… maybe it’s the bright colors or the sounds they make.  However, the New York Public Interest Research Group is cautioning parents to beware of parts that pose choking hazards, injuries or even lead poisoning.  

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Alliance for Quality Education
7:22 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Syracuse Teachers, Parents, School Officials Feeling 'the Blues' Over Education Funding, Reform

School Employees and Parents wore blue to indicate their mood about school issues.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Teachers, Parents, School Administrators and others wore blue Monday to protest the way public education is being run and funded.  

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Managing Your Debt
7:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Local IT Professional Starts Credit Card Comparison Site and Has Shopping Advice

Holiday shoppers need planning and caution to avoid wracking up credit card debt.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Many people are continuing their holiday shopping and a local company might help you manage credit card debt.  

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