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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Charter Schools
10:33 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

How Valuable are Charter Schools? Stanford University Study Reports on School Performance

Syracuse Academy of Science is K-12 school and one of two charter schools in our area.
Credit Chris Bolt/ WAER News

A recent Stanford study shows how charter schools across the nation compare to public schools.  Syracuse has two, the Syracuse Academy of Science and the Southside Academy Charter School.

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Women's Rights
1:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Supporters Ready to Push Failed Women's Equality Agenda Next Session

10-point equality plan could see new life in all or part.
Credit nywomensequality.org

Supporters of the Women’s Equality Agenda plan to continue their fight for justice. 


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Economic Development Councils
8:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

St. Joseph's New Surgical Suite, Part of Regional Economic Development Council

St. Joseph's Hospital opens new state-of-the-art Surgical suite with help from New York economic development program
Credit sjhsyr.com

Saint Joseph’s hospital cut the ribbon today to officially open its new surgical suite.   

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Music Festival
2:57 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Syracuse Jazzfest Organizers Fill in Some Details

Syracuse Jazzfest Director Frank Malfitano goes all patriotic as he announces the final lineups for the July 4, 5, 6 event.
Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News

  

  

More information has just been leaked about what’s coming up at the Syracuse M and T Jazzfest at Jamesville beach July 4th, 5th, and 6th.

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Politics & Government
3:14 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Onondaga County Lawmakers Don't Get Much Feedback On OCC budget

An empty podium greeted Onondaga County lawmakers at a public hearing on OCC's budget.
Credit John Smith, WAER News

County legislators are considering Onondaga Community College’s budget proposal.  


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