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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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
5:38 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Syracuse Bishop Weighs In On Pope Francis

Credit Courtesy Syracuse Diocese

The Bishop of the Syracuse Catholic Diocese is downplaying the significance of comments attributed to the pope about gay marriage, contraception and abortion. 

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Suicide Prevention Week
6:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Shedding Light on Suicide

Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide often lives in the shadows, even though it’s affected many Central New Yorkers.  But the issue is getting more attention today during International Suicide Awareness Week. 

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Syracuse Mayor's Race
4:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Syracuse Mayoral Candidates Trying to Spur Primary Turnout

Primary Election Day, September 10th. Polls open at 12:00 noon.

As Tuesday's Democratic Primary looms, the campaigns of three candidates for the Syracuse Mayoral Race were busy trying to get their word out today.  In addition to fulfilling his duties as City Councilor, Pat Hogan planned on attending a rally today on a key campaign topic.

“Syracuse Firefighters have a rally at station house seven which was closed by the mayor and then there will be a kick-off rally basically to try and take back the city and put the city in a new direction starting tomorrow.”

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Real Estate Economy
11:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Home Builders Show Their Crafts in a Market that's 'Trending Up'

Parade of Homes began this weekend at Jamesville Grove Estates
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Central New Yorkers marched through the doors of properties in the Jamesville Grove Estates to experience this year’s Parade of Homes event. 

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Community
10:36 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Golden Harvest Festival Draws a Crowd to Beaver Lake

Golden Harvest Festival in Baldwinsville's Beaver Lake Nature Center
Hannah Warren/WAER News

This past weekend kicked off the fall festival season here in Central New York with the annual Golden Harvest Festival at Beaver Lake Nature Center. The festival attracted crowds to Baldwinsville all weekend, despite the rain that lasted through Saturday afternoon.


Artist Thomas Lenweaver sold his paintings and prints at the event. He says that the crowds are an indication of the park’s support base.

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