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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Medicare Open Enrollment
10:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

CNY Medicare Beneficiaries Have Just a Few Days to Change Coverage

Medicare Myths and Behaviors might not serve beneficiaries best.
Credit UnitedHealthCare

Central New Yorkers who are on Medicare need to make any changes in their plans by the end of open enrollment, December 7th.  Officials with UnitedHealthCare Medical and Retirement in Syracuse want to make sure people aren't confused about enrolling through the Health Care Exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Surgical Tech Program
5:29 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

OCC Program Enjoys Success Starting Medical Careers

Students in Surgical Technician Program get hands-on training that helped all members of the last class pass national certification.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Onondaga Community College’s Surgical Technician Program is receiving a lot of attention after recent graduates earned high scores on the national certification exam. The 10 month program at OCC is a crash-course in physiology and surgical procedure, where students learn the skills needed to assist surgeons and nurses during surgeries. 

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CNY SPCA
6:54 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

SPCA Looking for Holiday Giving to Finish Kennel Renovations

View of the old kennels for large dogs at the CNY SPCA. The group launched donation drive Monday to renovate them.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Central New York S-P-C-A is hoping people’s holiday generosity will help them make their kennels a little more joyous for the animals.  Officials say newer facilities might be better for both the pets and the workers.

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Environmental Economy
9:15 am
Thu November 28, 2013

New York Among Leaders in Green Jobs Creation

Environmental Entrepreneurs tracks green job growth
Credit e2.org

  New York is at the head of what one environmental group is calling ‘hidden good news’ in employment.  And there could be even more ‘green’ job growth in the future.

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Unemployment Stats
4:16 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Syracuse Jobless Figures a Full Percent Better than Last Year but Still Not 'Back'

Construction is one area that's improving to help lower Syracuse- area unemployment
Credit commonwealthfoundation.org

  “Better but not Back” … that’s what state labor economists are saying about Syracuse’s latest unemployment numbers released Tuesday.  

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