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.  


Downtown Syracuse Parking
1:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Syracuse Drivers Can Use Mobile Phone App to Find, Pay For Downtown Parking

People might be able to find parking easier - and pay for it more conveniently - with new mobile phone app specially for Syracuse
Credit SaltCityCritiqu

  People trying to find a parking place in Syracuse can go high tech and use a new mobile phone app.  The service called Whoosh will also let you pay for that parking right from your phone.  Mayor Stephanie Miner announced the service today – and it’s already up and running.  Drivers can just open the app on their phones right after they’ve parked the car.

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Future of Nurses Coalition
10:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Nurses Might Play Bigger Role in CNY's Health Care in the Future

Nursing coalition working on improved education and expanded roles for nursing.

  Patients in New York hospitals and doctors' offices are seeing more nurses conducting more of the direct care.  A coalition of members of the profession is trying to improve both the training nurses undertake and the practice of their skills.  Registered Nurse Julie Carter is part of the 'Future of Nursing Action Coalition' working on improved, ongoing education.

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Oakwood Cemetery Tours
2:22 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Tours of Oakwood Cemetery Bring Out its 'Ghosts' and its History

The inside of the Oakwood Chapel Chapel is part of a tour of the grounds. It's in need of repair.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER News

  Just down the road from our studio is a historic sculpture garden that used to be a hangout for the city’s elite. It just may not be the kind of public park you’d normally imagine.

In the early eighteen hundreds, Oakwood Cemetery – which is now just off Comstock Avenue – was where the wealthy gathered for leisure time and picnics.

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Tully Center for Free Speech
7:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Have Free Speech Rights Been Trampled in the Reaction to Ferguson MO Protests?

Did police intimidate peaceful protestors in Ferguson, MO as they cracked down on violent aspects of the demonstrations, violating first amendment rights?

  A Syracuse University Free Speech expert finds a couple examples of how constitutional rights might have been trampled during the protests in Ferguson, MissouriRoy Gutterman is Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at S-U’s Newhouse School of Communications.  He calls police suppression of citizens scary, like a military crackdown.  Gutterman admi

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Health & Medicine
2:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Many in CNY Aren't Getting Cancer Screening Frustrating Health Experts

Today WAER starts a four-part weekly series on cancer prevention.

  Several types of deadly cancer can be stopped or treated if found early enough.  But many Central New Yorkers avoid the screenings even though they’re more convenient and available than ever.  WAER’s Chris Bolt starts a series on the latest in detecting certain cancers.  Today: Why people don’t let modern medicine help.

There’s plenty of public education efforts out there to try and convince people to get screened for any number of cancers.

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