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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ehow.com

Mercury pollution could pose a lesser threat to New York’s natural environment thanks to a bill passed in the State Assembly Monday.   But Environmental groups are tryig to urge the State Senate to jump on board. 

villageofminoa.com

The Village of Minoa is hoping for a solution to a long-standing flooding problem that is affecting all the houses adjacent to the rail yard. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax free business plan is taking criticism from state labor groups. The proposal would allow businesses that move onto a SUNY campus to be free of property taxes, sales taxes, and income taxes.

srcinc.com

Four Central New York Students received Scholarships to follow education in STEM fields…right at a time when a recent study shows how valuable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be. 


Syracuse.va.gov

Syracuse veterans will have a chance to get a line on jobs, improve their health, and practice their bowling this Saturday. The V-A sponsored event is geared toward veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Office of Dan Maffei

Supporters and representatives from Central New York attended a Congressional Hearing in Washington today to push for the establishment of a Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn.  It would be based around Tubman’s home. 

surfky.com

Onondaga County has the third largest racial disparity in marijuana arrests in the state.  

greenterrafirma.com

Solar energy advocates are pushing the New York State Assembly to vote on a bill before session ends that would make solar power more accessible in C-N-Y and across the state. 

Christian Bersani, WAER News

Three new city homes have been introduced in the Syracuse community today as part of an open house event on park avenue.  

The new, inexpensive houses for first-time home buyers have replaced the 26 derelict rental units taht used to occupy the space.  Mayor Stephanie Miner and local non-profit organization Home Headquarters led the welcoming ceremony. Miner says the change from rental units to domestic housing makes all the difference...

John Smith

Visitors to the Rosamond Gifford zoo have a new display to discover. The Zoo unveiled an Animal Encounter amphitheater and show yard today in the old elephant exhibit

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