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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2014 Governor's Election
7:55 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Donald Trump Fires Up GOP Crowd in Syracuse But Doesn't Step Into Governor's Race

Donald Trump Addressed Onondaga County Republicans on taxes, fracking, climate change, his business ventures, but did not say he's entering Governor's race.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Celebrity Business mogul Donald Trump energized an Onondaga County Republican crowd during a visit Tuesday night.  Trump covered a wide range of issues...but said little about the topic everyone wanted to hear.

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Atty General's Fraud Report
9:52 am
Mon March 10, 2014

NYers Scammed Most on the Internet, with Their Cars and on Credit Issues

Home Improvement problems were the top consumer fraud complaint in the Syracuse area, according to Atty General Eric Schneiderman.
Credit bankrate.com

When New Yorkers agree to buy a car or something on the internet…or pay up front to have some service or repair done, they expect to get what they pay for.  But people made more than 19,000 complaints to state consumer protection about consumer frauds.  And topping the Top 10 Consumer Fraud list statewide were problems buying over the internet and shady dealings buying, leasing or fixing a vehicle.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reports our

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Republican Rob Astorino
3:34 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

GOP Hopeful for Governor Visits Syracuse, Slams Cuomo Record and Policies

Republican Rob Astorino, supported by Senator John DeFrancisco (right)
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The newly minted G-O-P hopeful for governor made clear distinctions between himself and Governor Cuomo in a visit to Syracuse today.  Rob Astorino entered the race Wednesday.  He believes most people would come to the conclusion that New York is ‘losing.’

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Income and Child Abuse
5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Does Income Inequality Put Kids at Higher Child Abuse Risk?

Cornell Study on Income Inequality and Child Abuse
Credit JCE.org

  According to a study out of Cornell University, the Great Recession caused higher instances of child abuse and neglect. An analysis of instances of child abuse between 2005 and 2009 in all of the 3,144 counties and county equivalents in the U.S pointed to rising income inequality as a major factor in increased rates of child abuse.

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Diversity in Sports Media
6:45 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Former WAER Broadcasters Address Race, Gay Rights, Business Issues in Sports

ESPN Host and Broadcast Anish Shroff (L) and Comcast Sportsnet Houston Host and Reporter Howard Chen in Syracuse to talk about diveristy in sports.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Some former WAER Sportscasters having success on the largest stages of sports broadcasting shared their opinions Wednesday on topics ranging from race, to gay rights, and diversity.  ESPN Host and Play-by-Play broadcaster Anish Shroff, Comcast Sportsnet Houston Host and Reporter Howard Chen and KILT Houston Sports radio Host Nick Wright were part of “Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media,”  hosted by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

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