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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Winter Heating Costs
5:52 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

What Will You Do With $61 You'll Save on Heat (avg) This Winter?

Joe and Millie Elgaway stand near their high-efficiency gas heating system. National Grid announced winter heating costs estimates at their Tully home Monday.
Credit Pinkney Hugo

Some good news about the coming winter, even if you dread the cold and snow; you’ll have on average 61-extra dollars in your pocket in reduced heating costs.  National Grid made its heating-season forecast today. 

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Intl Ataxia Awareness Day
11:42 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Raising Awareness About Rare Disease that Resembles Muscular and Nervous Disorders

Mary Jane Damiano has suffered with Ataxia for 45 years and wants to raise awareness about the condition
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

In honor of International Ataxia Awareness Day, a Central New York support group gathered at the North Syracuse Community Center to spread the word of this disease.

“It can affect anybody any time any stage in their life”

It’s called Ataxia, a disease that mainly affects the nervous system and one that many people have never heard of. That’s why school teacher Ed Lucke and other Central New Yorkers make a point to come together to celebrate International Ataxia Awareness Day each September

 

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Empty Bowls
5:19 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

A Bowl of Soup, Local Artists, Donations Come Together to Help Put Food on the Table

People came early to the Empty Bowls event at the Warehouse.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER News

People were lined up at 11:00 o’clock in Syracuse this morning to get a bowl of soup. 

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I-81 Debate Continues
9:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Nearly 100 Turn Out for Latest I-81 Hearing Telling Transportation Officials They Don't Feel Heard

Hearing on the future of I-81 drew a crowd of around 100.
Credit Brett Samuels/WAER News

The first neighborhood hearing hosted by the State Department of Transportation about the future of I-81 drew about 100 people to Toomey Abbott Towers Wednesday.

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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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