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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Obesity Study
2:43 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New York Among Leanest States, but Waistlines Still a Growing Problem

New York Ranks 47th in adult obesity study...but still almost one-in-four adults seriously overweight.
Credit Debate.org

New York State – and particularly Upstate – has lower obesity rates than just about every other state in the nation.  A new study credits policies and attitudes in New York…but it comes with a caution. 


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Syracuse Police
2:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Police Taser Policy Draws Questions at Syracuse Common Council Meeting after Shock of Disabled Man

Barrie Gewanter of the New York Civil Liberties Union addresses Common Council meeting on police taser-use policy, that drew disabled advocates.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The incident of Syracuse police using a taser on a man on a Centro bus has raised questions about use of force policies.  Among the complaints are charges that top city officials are ignoring the issue.

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Disabled Community
10:35 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Disabled Artists Know No Bounds in Arise's 'UNIQUE' Exhibit

Set Free Hands Off by Andrew Swarm is on UNIQUE Magazine's back cover
Ariseinc.org

Central New Yorkers experienced a special evening of art and creativity at the Everson  Museum for the opening of the UNIQUE Art Exhibit.


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Latino Community
8:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Latin Americans Try and Rekindle Syracuse Cultural Festval

Music and Dancing were a big part of this year's Latin American Festival
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Central New Yorkers took food and fun to Syracuse's Ward Bakery Park for a celebration of Latin American culture Saturday.  The festival is trying to reclaim the reputation that it once had.

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Lung Cancer Detection
3:56 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Could a Change in Cancer Screening Save 20,000 Lives a Year? A Syracuse Cancer Center Believes So.

Heavy current and ex-smokers could get life-saving screenings under new recommendations.
Credit lungcancer.org

A Syracuse cancer treatment center has started using a new screening method that could save 20-thousand

lives a year in the U-S.  A change of Federal recommendations is in the works to find more lung cancer.

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