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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  New York Civil Liberties officials have data showing some court-appointed lawyers gave little to no aid to their defendants. They cited Onondaga County along with four others as having major deficits in their public defense system. Ray Mustafa Robinson is a Syracuse resident who has experienced the challenges of the public defense system firsthand:

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  Most men know that they should get regular prostate cancer screenings, but not everybody does. New technology means that a trip to the doctor’s office doesn’t have to be as scary. 

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  Syracuse has wrapped up this year’s Italian Festival after a final day of live music, cultural celebration, and of course, lots and lots of Italian food.

More than a dozen local restaurants were at the festival and they offered customers a wide variety of treats including meatball subs, chicken rigatoni, and cannoli.

For visitors like Karen Grella, it was like a taste of home cooking.

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  One person who ran toward ground zero right after the September 11th terrorist attacks is finally able to take some comfort in the anniversary.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on the fight one volunteer went through to get health benefits. 

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Terrel Hunt yearned to get back onto the field to redeem himself, since last time out he got ejected from Syracuse's 27-26 double-overtime win over Villanova.  After having to wait two full weeks, Hunt finally gets his opportunity on Saturday as the Orange (1-0) takes on the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0) in Mount Pleasant.

“I’m itching a lot to get out there,” Hunt said Wednesday.

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One New York business person has turned a September 11th experience and combat time in the Middle East into a career helping veterans.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on Mat Tully’s journey since the terrorist attacks. 

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  September marks the beginning of recovery month, and Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare presented its clients with a challenge: paint their road to recovery.  The exhibit is now on display at its Recovery Festival of Arts Gallery.

  If you like your politics with a dose of humor, you might like a performance coming to Syracuse.  Political satirist Bill Maher performs Saturday night at the Landmark Theater.

  One fairly common type of cancer here in Central New York has a real barrier to detection…but it’s also one of the easiest to prevent.  We wrap up our series on cancer screening and prevention today.

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  Seven Elementary Schools were busy with surprise gifts on the first day of School, Tuesday.  Unexpected visitors dropped off backpacks with school supplies. 4,000 i-Zone students were ready to learn. The specialized schools offer an extended academic school day. The schedule is also designed to help out teachers with flexible school hours to provide extra help and the necessary planning time for professional staff development.  New Principal of the Seymour Dual-Language Academy, Ms.

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