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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Alternative Energy
5:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Push Is On for Solar Power Bill to be Voted Upon in Albany This Session

Solar Power Bill in Albany could create jobs and limit power outages during storms like Sandy, advocates say.
Credit greenterrafirma.com

Solar energy advocates are pushing the New York State Assembly to vote on a bill before session ends that would make solar power more accessible in C-N-Y and across the state. 

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Affordable Housing
5:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Three new homes unveiled in Syracuse where there used to be broken-down apartments

Home Headquarters opens new houses for moderate income families
Credit Christian Bersani, WAER News

Three new city homes have been introduced in the Syracuse community today as part of an open house event on park avenue.  

The new, inexpensive houses for first-time home buyers have replaced the 26 derelict rental units taht used to occupy the space.  Mayor Stephanie Miner and local non-profit organization Home Headquarters led the welcoming ceremony. Miner says the change from rental units to domestic housing makes all the difference...

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Community
4:32 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Former Elephant Yard will now host shows and displays at County Zoo

Crowds will be able to gather at a new show and display area at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
Credit John Smith

Visitors to the Rosamond Gifford zoo have a new display to discover. The Zoo unveiled an Animal Encounter amphitheater and show yard today in the old elephant exhibit

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Early Childhood Education
6:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Rep Dan Maffei joins local child care advocates to support Obama Plan

Dan Maffei speaks at Salvation Army in Syracuse in support of President Obama's Early Education Initiative
Credit Waleed Shakh

The future of early childhood education is gaining attention as Representative Dan Maffei and local advocates gathered in Syracuse Monday to show support for president Obama’s early learning initiative. 

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Local Politics
3:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pat Hogan to challenge Mayor Miner to Democratic primary

Common Councilor Pat Hogan to run against fellow democrat Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse
Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News



The rumors are true; Common Councilor Pat Hogan has announced that he will be running for mayor for the city of Syracuse. 

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