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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Toxic Site Clean-up
3:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Federal Brownfields Act Announced in Syracuse at Community Health Center Project

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Syracuse joins elected leaders and Community Health Center officials to announce her BUILD Act for brownfield clean-up.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Some of New York’s congressional representatives are using a Syracuse project as an example of why the U-S needs better toxic clean-up laws.  A new federal proposal announced Monday could help the city’s economy.

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Syracuse Arts and Crafts Fest
9:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Tens of Thousands Enjoy Craft Show Despite Some Stormy Weather

Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival
Hannah Warren, WAER News

Arts and Crafts Show vendors had to batten down their hatches a few times over the weekend, but that didn't keep patrons away entirely.  WAER's Hannah Warren caught some of the shoppers in the act, supporting local and visiting artists who had to make the grade for the juried show. 

The big weekend for downtown included the Jazz and Wine Festival, along with the Ecofest and Stage of Nations, giving visitors many options for entertainment in Columbus Circle, Hanover Square and Clinton Square. 

Street Painting @ Arts and Crafts Fest
9:42 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Turning Chalk into Art Along Syracuse Sidewalks

A chalk artist puts on the finishing touches right befor judging
Maria Catanzarite/WAER News

Maria Catanzarite spoke with some of the chalk artists at the Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend.

Nearly 125 participants got "down and dirty" at the Syracuse Arts Week festival this weekend as part of the 23rd annual Street Painting competition..

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Fake $100 Bills
8:02 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Police Arrest Suspected Counterfeiter with $10,000 in Phony Bills

Alleged counterfeit money recovered by Syracuse Police.
Credit Syracuse Police Department


Police arrested a Syracuse man for allegedly possessing and using counterfeit money.  Their investigation began last June, involving the Secret Service, when they received complaints from businesses in Onondaga, Oneida and Oswego counties. 

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Politics & Government
2:19 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Smile, You're On Camera. Video Used as Evidence & Unbiased Interrogation Record

Surveillance footage of a couple allegedly using a stolen credit card at the Camillus Walmart, July 14.
Credit Camillus Police Department

Surveillance video has given police full-face views of two suspects who allegedly used a stolen credit card to rack up a 15-hundred dollar bill of goods at Walmart in Camillus.  Released to the public, the images have drawn hundreds of responses and views…and do so in many cases.


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