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

Kevin Garcia/WAER News

  A new exhibition at the Everson Museum represents American Modernism, a post-World War Two art movement.  It’s called “Prendergast to Pollock,” and features more than 30 works from contemporary artists.  It’s the first major event under a new director, who’s trying to boost interest and museum finances.

  Dewitt residents have a chance to have a say in how the town improves pedestrian safety.  A new initiative hopes to make it easier to get around by foot, by bike, stroller or whatever.

Meghan Scott has lived in Dewitt for years on one of many residential streets without a sidewalk or much shoulder.  She’s noticed an increase in traffic volume and speed -- not great for her young family that likes to get outside.

  Questions about NBC’s Brian Williams’ credibility covering the war in Iraq have created a difficult teaching moment for the Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

“One of my first reactions was, this doesn’t make it any easier in our ethics courses,” said Department Chair Chris Tuohey

Tuohey adds it does provide a teaching moment.

New York State Department of Labor

  New York Workers recovered a record amount of money in 2014 that their employers held back in pay and benefits.  The State Department of Labor reports nearly 27,000 workers have recovered their wages in the past year totaling 30 million dollars. Tully Rinckey Partner Graig Zappia works with clients on labor laws regarding wages and benefits.  He says employees need to be diligent about protecting their rights. 

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  A crowd of about 600 hopeful workers showed up today to the first job fair hosted by the company renovating the Hotel Syracuse. David Major of Liverpool says he needs the job and would be glad to be back downtown.

“I’d love to work here.  This is a historic place.  I’ve been to weddings here and things, very nice place.  I think it’s good for the city that they’re doing it.  I used to work at the Oncenter- War Memorial.  I’ve always been downtown; downtown’s great.  I love it down here.”

  Syracuse's Tech Garden had a good problem on its hands - too many entrepreneurs who wanted to use the start-up space.  So Tuesday they announce an expansion.  Innovation Vice President Seth Mulligan at Centerstate CEO helps run the Tech Garden...he says they had a 24-month backlog of people wanting to get in.

(4 total entries, 6 total pieces below)

NEWS FEATURE ENTRY: "Lime Shortage in CNY has Roots in International Trade and Even Drug Cartels"  by Helena Battipaglia, reporter; Chris Bolt, editor.

NEWS FEATURE ENTRY:  "Nixon Anniversary Remembered by One Who was There" by John Smith

HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE ENTRY:  "Changing Youth Perceptions of once-polluted Onondaga Lake" by Sarah Brechbill.

WAER Newscast Entries

Jan 29, 2015

WAER Local Newscast @ 5:30...Scott Willis, Anchor; Carolyn Blackburne, reporter.

WAER Local Newscast @ 5:30, Oct 31st...Chris Bolt, Anchor

WAER Local Newscast @ 7:30 a.m., Aug 6...John Smith, Anchor

(5 total entries below)

SPORT STORY ENTRY: "2K Sports and The Wounded Warrior Project."  This piece was entirely produced, edited, and voiced by David Lauterbach.

SPORTS STORY ENTRY:  "Special Coaching Relationship" by Sam Hyman

SPORTS STORY ENTRY:   "Short History of 2-sport Athletes" by David Lauterbach

SPORTS SHOW ENTRY:  Sportsnight: Syracuse University Soccer Success by Dan Silverman and Bailey Lipschultz.

SPORTS SHOW ENTRY: "Countdown to Kickoff, pre-game show for Syracuse v. Notre Dame Football, Host Eric Gallanty, Sports Director Evan Weston

John Smith/WAER News

  Some Onondaga County residents took the morning off from work to be thrust into poverty; based on real-life situations… so they can make a difference.

More than 120 people were cast into the lives of 15 families and jam packed their one week schedule of challenges into 15 minute increments.  These aren’t professional  actors here but people taking part in the simulation took on realistic roles.