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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Criminal Justice
9:36 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Oneida Nation Police Draw Praise on 20th Anniversary of Force

Oneida Nation Police praised for helping local communities on the 20th anniversary of forming the department.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Oneida Indian Nation marked the 20th anniversary of its police force Thursday.  Officials from the surrounding community took the opportunity to say how they're benefitting.

Looking back at June’s flooding, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley remembers being glad to have the support of the Oneida Indian Nation Police.

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Employment News
2:29 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Medicaid Transportation Company Plans 80 New Jobs at Downtown Syracuse Call Center

MAS CEO Russ Maxwell makes new jobs announcement
Credit Christian Bersani/WAER News

A Syracuse company that manages Medicaid transportation announced Wednesday it will add 80 new jobs in its Syracuse headquarters. 

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Engineering Careers
7:15 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Robotics Camp Gives Syracuse Students a Chance at National Competition

Robotics competition at Nottingham High School
Credit Christian Bersani/WAER News

Middle and high school students in the Syracuse City School District are taking time during their summer break to learn what could be a high-tech job skill. Starting from scratch, students combined metal with gears, motors, chains, batteries and remote control signals to produce mobile contraptions during a two-week robotics camp.

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Economic, Tourism Impacts
6:44 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Destiny USA Celebrates First Anniversary Under New Name

Destiny USA offers cookie cake to celebrate its 1st anniversary.
Credit Maximilian Eyle

Destiny USA’s expanded shopping mall celebrates the first anniversary today of officially changing its name from the “Carousel Center.”  Since the transformation, General Manager Rob Schoeneck believes it’s led to an increase in business that has helped the greater community.

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STEM Careers
11:06 am
Fri August 2, 2013

CNY Students Get Glimpse of Careers From STEM Subjects

Students in an OCC summer science program visit national Grid's training center to learn about careers.
Credit Maximilian Eyle/WAER News

Central New York High School students visited a National Grid plant Thursday to get a look at careers that could come from a STEM education.  It was part of a week-long Onondaga Community College science workshop.


The summer STEM program offered by O-C-C encourages kids to pursue a tech career by developing their science, technology, engineering, and math skills.  National Grid Manager and Instructor Wally Dengos says that the biggest goal is to have kids “learn how to learn”.

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