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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Disabled Community
10:35 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Disabled Artists Know No Bounds in Arise's 'UNIQUE' Exhibit

Set Free Hands Off by Andrew Swarm is on UNIQUE Magazine's back cover
Ariseinc.org

Central New Yorkers experienced a special evening of art and creativity at the Everson  Museum for the opening of the UNIQUE Art Exhibit.


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Latino Community
8:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Latin Americans Try and Rekindle Syracuse Cultural Festval

Music and Dancing were a big part of this year's Latin American Festival
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Central New Yorkers took food and fun to Syracuse's Ward Bakery Park for a celebration of Latin American culture Saturday.  The festival is trying to reclaim the reputation that it once had.

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Lung Cancer Detection
3:56 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Could a Change in Cancer Screening Save 20,000 Lives a Year? A Syracuse Cancer Center Believes So.

Heavy current and ex-smokers could get life-saving screenings under new recommendations.
Credit lungcancer.org

A Syracuse cancer treatment center has started using a new screening method that could save 20-thousand

lives a year in the U-S.  A change of Federal recommendations is in the works to find more lung cancer.

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Going to College
8:57 am
Fri August 16, 2013

On Point Gets Inner City Kids Ready for College with Study Habits and Back-to-School Shopping

Students go on a shopping visit to Destiny USA thanks to On Point for College. They also got orientation and study tips early as part of pre-college preparation.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Low-income Syracuse-area college students got a helping hand today as they prepare to head to campus for their first classes, with the help of On Point for College.

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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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