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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If charitable giving is on your list during the holiday season, here are some agencies focused on helping children.  The medical needs of children at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse vary greatly and some families have extended stays of 100 days or more.  Coordinator of Pediatric Programs, Jenny Dickinson says giving directly to the hospital is an option to assist families.

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The New York State Bar Association is joining civil liberties and other groups in trying to get better legal help for the state’s poor citizens.  Onondaga County is at the center of the controversy over providing fair legal representation.

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Two of the items passed at today’s Onondaga County legislature were more symbolic than concrete – but both could mean real differences for some local residents.  Lawmakers unanimously urged Congress to create a registry for cancer incidence among firefighters.  City firefighter Mike Valenti is also President of the New York Cancer Foundation.  He told legislators about severe health risks on every call.

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Environmentalists want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make fighting global climate change New York state law in the coming year.

In response to the nomination of climate change deniers to President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet, more than 100 organizations are asking the governor to include a bill called the New York Climate and Community Protection Act in his 2017 to 2018 budget proposal.

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For anxious skiers and snowboarders eager to hit the slopes, Central New York’s mountains have good news: they’re officially open…and staying open as of this weekend.  Recent snowfall and frigid temperatures are already proving this year is off to a better than the last, which has Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Greek Peak Mountain Resort Jessica Sloma both thankful and excited.

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As people think about holiday giving…they might want to think about the legacy they can create long-term.  Central New York’s Baby Boomers will be leaving behind billions of dollars over the next decade, according to a study of local personal worth.  Even a small percentage of that wealth, if bequeathed to charities and other non-profits, could make a big difference in the community.

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The twists and turns of the options to address the aging I-81 viaduct through Syracuse and what residents think or really desire is about to take center stage this Wednesday evening.  A public information forum will be held at Henninger High School with members of the State D-O-T and a local delegation of state elected officials to listen. 

Senator John DeFrancisco says there are members of the public who feel the options haven’t been considered in a comprehensive way.

“We understand what the DOT wants to do. But we really want to get points brought out in the public, and more importantly, questions answered as far as what is going to happen, and some think that other alternatives have to be explored.”

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The focus on this 75th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor was the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister.  But one Syracuse historian is making some comparisons to other U-S events.  S-U Maxwell School History Professor Alan Allport compares President Obama’s visit on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan.

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The organizers of Syracuse-area protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are only so happy to hear about the suspension of the project by the Army Corps of Engineers.  One local Native American has some insights on the latest developments  - and what it might mean for environmental and indigenous policies.

Syracuse saw several events in support of the protesters in North Dakota.

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The spread of technology is about to start changing medical care more rapidly…and in the process, possibly save patients and the healthcare system money. One local insurer will be rolling out Tele-medicine for the families it covers this coming year.

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