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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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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Downtown Committee Recruitment
11:57 am
Fri October 18, 2013

The Future of Downtown Syracuse Retail Gets a Glimpse of Recent Success Stories

Café Kubal's downtown location
Credit Downtown Committee

People who might want to open up shop in Syracuse got the red carpet treatment from the Downtown Committee Thursday.  The Downtown Committee’s Retail Recruitment event is hoping to capitalize on recent changes. 

One group of would-be business owners gathered at Cafe Kubal and saw the brisk business of the cappuccino makers and coffee purveyors in the relatively new business. 

COOPERSTOWN BUSINESS OWNER FINDS SYRACUSE BECOMING MORE ATTRACTIVE

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STEM Education
11:17 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Science Teaching Doesn't Have to be Dry as CNY Students Learn Through Music

ESM Middle School students dumped applesauce on a teacher's head, all in the name of science during the FMA Live (Force equals Mass times Acceleration) performance.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

A program put together by NASA and Honeywell is trying to get middle and high school students in Central New York more interested in science.  Sixth graders at Pine Grove Middle School in Eastwood got the message Wednesday.

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DRONE DEBATE
6:52 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Two Drone Protestors Bring Stories of Afghanistan to Syracuse

A MQ9 Reaper - the type of drone flown out of Hancock Air Base

Two peace advocates who’ve made several trips to Afghanistan are in Syracuse to share their observations…and join protests against the use of military drones.  Kathy Kelly traveled with the group “Voices of Creative Nonviolence" and saw people struggling economically after four decades of war.
 

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