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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STATE FAIR: DAY 7
6:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Women's Day at New York State Fair Is Back, Applies to Modern Values

A shot of the Women’s Day Luncheon Program, featuring the Sleep Laboratory from St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Credit John Smith / WAER

Women’s Day at the New York State Fair has changed over the years, but the celebration Wednesday still offered opportunities for personal growth and chances to improve the community. 


Art and Home Center Director Sheryl Lavin remembers the event used to be a great opportunity to get women connected with service groups.


Speakers addressed health issues that apply especially to women (such as heart disease and sleep troubles) and provided advice on avoiding discrimination or scams based upon gender.

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Drug Bust
3:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

$200K Worth of Heroin Found in Local Drug Raids; 14 Defendants Arrested

Packets of heroin seized in raids Wednesday
Credit Onondaga County Sheriff's Department

A special drug trafficking unit nabbed heroin in raids in Onondaga County worth around 200-thousand dollars.  Local Sheriff’s deputies worked with federal agents and state police to arrest 14 defendants and seize 20 ounces of the drug.  They say it was packaged in about 18-thousand packets for sale.  They also recovered cash and illegal hand guns. 


DEFENDANTS HIDING DRUGS

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High School Achievers
2:45 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Intensive Program Helps Corcoran High Schoolers Buck Low-Graduation Trend

Syracuse's Corcoran High School is the only school in the region offering the intensive International Baccalaureate Program.
Credit SCSD

Many can tell you about poor graduation rates and behavioral problems at Syracuse high schools.  Here's a  look at what might be the most rigorous academic program in the Syracuse area.

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Economy & Labor Issues
3:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Dairy Day at the State Fair, some Sweet Cream, Some Sour Milk

The Real Stars of Dairy Day

Dairy Day at the New York State Fair celebrates some of the benefits the industry brings to the economy. It also brought out some of the problems facing the industry.

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Health & Medicine
3:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Local Fundraising March to Help Those With Eating Disorders Draws a Crowd

People turned out this weekend to Long Branch Park to support Ophelia's Place, which helps people with eating disorders.
Credit Maria Catanzarite/WAER News

More than 100 people strolled to show their support for a world without eating disorders at Liverpool's Long Branch Park this weekend.

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