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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Combat Flip Flops Homepage / Combat Flip Flops

Matthew Griffin had what anybody would consider a far fetched idea that didn’t draw a lot of support.

"Nobody was really going to lend us money to make flip flops in Afghanistan."

You read that right. He was in an army boot factory and had the idea for his company, Combat Flip Flops.  He’s expanded shoes to scarves, jewelry and other products, helping in ways connected to his military service.

fingerlakes.org

Criticisms of the latest version of President Trump’s Travel Ban have come from New York leaders.  You might have heard earlier on Morning Edition about concerns that the ban has a chilling effect no travel. 

The Finger Lakes area depends quite a bit on tourism for the local economy.  And policies that restrict travel – or inhibit it – could have trickle-down effects. 

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no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying-
leave,
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here

Wael reflected on his journey home after the first mission trip he went on as an aid worker in a refugee camp. It was back in September, long before the camps were well established. It was chaos and despair. His flight home was from Greece to Germany, an ironic twist.

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Six Degrees of Separation is the work of Anjali Alwis, WAER reporter and Syracuse University graduate, who spent time in a refugee camp in Greece.  Her experiences and conversations with adults and children in the camp covered their living situations, their often treacherous journeys to the camps, as well as the views of aid workers and medical professionals.  

preventionnetworkcny.org

It might be harder for minors to buy alcohol or use a fake I-D in the coming months...Several state agencies are increasing enforcement of underage drinking laws.  One prevention specialist says the crackdown is the right thing to do on several levels. 

Philip Rose is Program Coordinator for underage drinking prevention at Prevention Network.  He says to begin with, enforcement is part of the equation.

Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage announced the plays that have been selected for the 2017/2018 season. The season will open on September 2oth with "The Three Musketeers," a play based on the famous 19th Century novel by Alexander Dumas. The lineup also includes Tony Award Winning "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "The Wizard of Oz." This is the company's 45th season, but it is the first season for Art Director Robert Hupp. Hupp said that he was interested in selecting a wide variety of plays.

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go home blacks
refugees
dirty immigrants
asylum seekers
sucking our country dry
niggers with their hands out
they smell strange
savage
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up
how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs
maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off

As people think about holiday giving…they might want to think about the legacy they can leave long-term.  Central New York’s Baby Boomers will be leaving behind billions of dollars over the next couple decades, according to a study of local personal worth.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports even a small percentage of that wealth could make a big difference in the community. 

(Anchor Lead):

Community leaders and politicians can’t seem to find many answers for the epidemic of heroin and other drug abuse.  The issue is certainly on Washington’s Radar.  We examine how congress might act, in this second part of our congressional election series. 
WAER’s Chris Bolt compares the tragic stories of families torn up by heroin…with proposals by 24th district congressional candidates.  

cnyhistory.org

Most people have heard of or seen the Jerry Rescue Story and Monument.  You might also know the Mission Restaurant downtown gave safe harbor to escaped slaves, as did other local homes.  In the last part of C-N-Y Unknown Underground, we’ll fill in some interesting details; each historic connection might have had more significance than you know.

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