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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7-11 Assault
8:53 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

More Charges Being Considered Against Valley Drive Assault Suspect After 70-year-old Victim Dies

18-year-old Romeo Williams could face murder charges after the victim in an assault died of his injuries.
Credit Syracuse Police

The 70-year-old victim of what's been called an unprovoked attack on Valley Drive in Syracuse has died of injuries sustained in the beating.  Suspect 18-year-old Romeo Williams is in custody for the assault and Syracuse Police say they'll consult with Onondaga County District Attorneys to consider further charges. 

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Local News
3:39 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

ABC's David Muir Helps Salvation Army Raise Funds for Local Programs

Salvation Army's unassuming storefront on South Salina St. houses more than 40 human service and community programs they say serve 41,000 people.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Around 600 people today welcomed home ABC News Anchor and Reporter David Muir and helped raise funds for Salvation Army programs. 

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Valley Drive Attack
4:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Police Arrest 18-Year-Old Suspect in 7-11 Valley Drive Attack

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announced during a press conference earlier today that 18 year old Romeo Williams is now in custody in connection with the attack that took place over the weekend in a 7-11 parking lot on Valley Drive. He said James Gifford, 70, was attacked from the front without evident provocation,

“Williams lunged at him, striking him in the face so violently that it knocked him to the ground rendering him unconscious.”

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
5:38 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Syracuse Bishop Weighs In On Pope Francis

Credit Courtesy Syracuse Diocese

The Bishop of the Syracuse Catholic Diocese is downplaying the significance of comments attributed to the pope about gay marriage, contraception and abortion. 

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Suicide Prevention Week
6:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Shedding Light on Suicide

Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide often lives in the shadows, even though it’s affected many Central New Yorkers.  But the issue is getting more attention today during International Suicide Awareness Week. 

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