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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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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Bribery and Scandal
6:21 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Cuomo in Syracuse Pushes Public Campaign Financing, Stronger Govt Corruption Laws

Governor Cuomo speaks at SU for his Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Reform and Anti-Corruption Legislation
Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News

Chris Bolt reports on Governor Cuomo visit to Syracuse University Newhouse School to promote "Clean Up NY"

Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his push in Syracuse Wednesday for a package of bills he’s touting as “Clean Up New York.”


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State Legislature
9:16 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NYPIRG, Other Groups try to Get Tougher Mercury Law Passed in Albany

Environmental groups pushing State Senate to enact tougher Mercury restrictions.
Credit ehow.com

Mercury pollution could pose a lesser threat to New York’s natural environment thanks to a bill passed in the State Assembly Monday.   But Environmental groups are tryig to urge the State Senate to jump on board. 

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