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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  When the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest hits the stage this weekend many people will go to see a favorite artist on this year's lineup.  The festival, this year returning to Onondaga Community College, has become something more than a concert for the community.

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    The support of two of the most prominent women in New York politics helped Colleen Deacon secure the nomination for the 24th congressional district in Tuesday's primary.  She enjoyed endorsements by Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her first-time candidacy among democrats.  

Deacon topped Eric Kingson and Steve Williams in the contest.  Kingson enjoyed attention late in the race when Bernie Sanders endorsed him and held an event in Syracuse with the candidate.  Deacon ran largely on issues such as equal rights, pay equity and women's health issues.  She drew 49% of the vote, while Kingson tallied 32% and Williams got 19%.  

Deacon will run against incumbent John Katko in the November election.  Katko is finishing up his first term in congress.  

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  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Fayetteville’s connection to women’s rights as a place to announce her bill to promote the anniversary of women’s suffrage.  She’d like to see more attention to the centennial of women’s right to vote, which comes around in 2020.  Gillibrand says the voting rights struggle is connected to women’s issues today.

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  Registered democrats will go to the polls Tuesday in the 24th congressional district to choose who they’d like to see replace incumbent republican John Katko.  In the first of our series on the upcoming primary, we hear what motivated political newcomers Steve Williams, Colleen Deacon, and Eric Kingson to run for congress.

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  A group of women organized by Vera House wanted the message held inside the Stanford rape case victim's recent testimony to get a public presentation.  And with it the women, victims of abuse themselves, gave voice to the strong sentiments about what constitutes rape, how victims are dealt with in the court system, the continued ignoring of consent, and the devastation to the lives of victims.  

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  After 72 years, a Central New York World War II veteran finally received a prisoner of war medal that’s long overdue. Congress member John Katko says Mr. Fay C. Bailey set a good example for younger soldiers.

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  People interested in planes and aviation can climb inside many types of aircraft and see aerial demonstrations at the Syracuse International Air show this weekend.  They can also pay tribute to a Navy Blue Angels Stunt Pilot who died in an accident last week…and who was scheduled to fly here in Syracuse.  

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  What will the future hold for the Democratic Party after the primary results Tuesday that secured the nomination for Hillary Clinton? Colgate University Political Science Professor Tim Byrnes says in the coming weeks Bernie Sanders will face facts that he’s not going to be the party’s nominee.

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  Governor Cuomo was in town today to celebrate two local businesses’ plans to create and retain 450 jobs in Downtown Syracuse. The newly restored Hotel Syracuse was the backdrop for his remarks about the economic revitalization happening in Upstate New York State.

“Hotel Syracuse reborn, new advanced manufacturing high-tech companies locating in downtown Syracuse, who ten years ago would have been on the first plane to Austin, Texas or to South Carolina now locating here because they see the economic future.”

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  Auburn city officials are hoping that a statewide grant competition will help revitalize the city’s downtown area and economy. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill unveiled the proposal focused on a new welcome center to help visitors navigate the developing Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

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