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.  

Ways To Connect

One.org

A U-S government program to treat AIDS in foreign countries reached a milestone this past Memorial Day weekend and it has connections to the disease in this country.

Kaitlyn Richards, WAER News

Drivers on Salina Street are seeing red today, but it is for a good cause.  Onondaga County and City of Syracuse officials met with AIDS Community Resources Director Michael Crinnin to paint a red stripe down Salina Street in honor of the A-C-R’s Paint the Town Red Campaign for AIDS awareness. 

cornell.edu

Many college graduates across Central New York facing the reality of finding a job are also preparing to start making payments on student loans. 

One veteran this Memorial Day is sharing his experiences trying to help other Vets get stable housing, medical care or other help. 

Indianasnewscenter.com

The leader of a center for gay youth and those questioning their sexuality is reacting to the Boy Scouts of America vote to include openly gay scouts.   It’s being seen as a positive step – but a
tepid one. 

Chris Bolt

A Rescue Mission Thrifty Shopper store opened its doors today in the Westvale Plaza to try to raise money and support for the local needy.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to see more oversight of probation offices and how they monitor ankle bracelets given to suspects on home-detention.  She cites the David Renz case here in Syracuse in a letter to US administrative Judge Thomas Hogan. 

Chris Bolt

The powerful Thunderstorms that traveled through Central New York Tuesday night left some clean-up behind.  Hundreds were left without power the Manlius area. 

The owner of a Syracuse head shop will spend 60 days in jail after violating a court order for selling synthetic drugs.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had sought the punishment for Gary Schiffer, who owns Twisted Headz.  The complaint says he made and sold a substance called “extreme rampage” in direct violation of a previous court order not to sell synthetic drugs.  D-E-A agents found 29-hundred packets of the substance in Schiffer’s car.

Sweet Spot Companies

The medical, retail and housing project on the former Camillus Cutlery site is taking a few more steps toward redevelopment. 

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