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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Global Community 5-K
1:23 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Runners Help Out Refugee Programs in Syracuse

Runners were at Willow Bay to raise money for refugee programs
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER News

A group of about 50 runners gathered at Onondaga Lake’s Willow Bay park this weekend for a 5-K race to benefit non-profits working in refugee resettlement.

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LOCAL EMPLOYMENT CONCERNS
6:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Urban Jobs Task Force Wants Local Workers to Fill New Jobs

A poster advertising COR Development Company, LLC's Inner Harbor development project, which the company advertises as creating 4,000 jobs.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER

Walking through downtown Syracuse, you see construction sites everywhere.  A new hotel in Armory Square, office buildings being converted to apartments, and new medical facilities are just a few of the pricey developments that could put people to work. 

But the Urban Jobs Task Force says developers of these sites are hiring few, if any, local workers.  At a press conference Wednesday, Task Force member Aggie Lane says she is frustrated that those developers are not being held responsible for giving back to the community they’re building in.  

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Upstate Neuroscience Research Building
11:31 am
Tue October 22, 2013

New Upstate Medical Building Hopes to Unlock Keys to Brain Injuries and Disease

Upstate Neuroscience Research Center opens, built onto East side of Institute for Human Performance
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Researchers at SUNY Upstate and from other neighboring institutions now have a common space to study brain function and find ways to treat, and maybe cure, disease. 

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RX Drug Abuse
5:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Senator Schumer Calls for Federal Changes to Get Prescription Drugs Off Streets

RX Drug take-back events can help reduce abuse
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Senator Charles Schumer was in Central New York to announce that he’s going to put pressure on federal drug officials to fight prescription drug abuse by making it easier to get medications out of reach.  He says federal regulations are hurting efforts to curb skyrocketing incidents of prescription drug abuse.  

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Crime and Safety
10:18 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Blueprint for Safety at the Neighborhood Action Conference Focuses on Youth

Residents talked about crime-reducing methods at Neighborhood Action Conference at Fowler High School
Credit Maria Catanzarite/WAER News

Syracuse came together Saturday for the second annual. Neighborhood safety was the hot topic at the second annual Neighborhood Action Conference held at Fowler High School this past weekend.  Some residents feel fighting crime isn’t rocket science; it’s a matter of starting out small with the family and the neighborhood at the center.

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