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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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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New Study
12:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

How Good of a Home is Syracuse for Refugees Resettled From Other Countries?

Refugee Report "World at our Doorstep" examines how Syracuse is meting needs of thousands of people resettled from other countries
Credit onondagacitizensleague.org

Chris Bolt report on new Onondaga Citizens League study "World at our Doorstep."

The process to help refugees resettle in the Syracuse area could be a little easier on the people and families that have come from places such as Sudan, Bosnia, and other troubled countries. 

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Life After Military
4:06 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Veterans Leader in Syracuse says Unemployment for Servicemen Improving

Veterans Unemployment Down
Credit veteranstoday.com

The city of Syracuse is being reminded that the phrase “support our troops” holds true both on and off the battlefield. Politicians, business owners, and community organizers came together today to discuss veteran unemployment, and the role that the city and local employers can play in solving this problem.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Common Couniclors Nix Plan to have Businesses Pay for Upkeep of Connective Corridor

Businesses spared extra tax for upkeep of Connective Corridor
Credit connectivecorridor.syr.edu

With an overwhelming “no,” the Syracuse Common Council shot down a plan to have businesses along the Connective Corridor pay a special maintenance tax. 

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War Casualties
6:35 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Three from New York Latest Victims of War in Afghanistan

Fort Drum suffers two more casualties in Middle East fighting
Credit veteranstoday.com

Three people from New York will be honored this week after losing their lives in the war in Afghanistan. 


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