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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Minimum Wage Hike
10:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New Minimum Wage Study Shows Range of Benefits and Who Would Gain

Credit oxfam.org

  The debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up in New York and in Congress.  A report out by Oxfam America is highlighting benefits the group says would come from an increase to $10.10 an hour.  M-I-T Sloan School of Management researcher Zeynep Ton finds investing in people can be a good business strategy.

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2014 Juneteenth Celebration
2:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Juneteenth Headed Back to the South Side this Year: Kickoff Friday, Parade and Celebration Saturday

Organizers joined elected officials in front of Syracuse City Hall to kickoff Juneteenth Friday morning
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  African Americans in and around Syracuse will once again recall the time when the last of the slaves finally found out about their freedom after the civil war.  The City’s celebration of Juneteenth got underway Friday. 

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Young Authors Program
2:21 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Middle School Authors Get to Hold Book Signing in Say Yes to Education Program

Three books written by students in Syracuse schools were published as part of a Say Yes to Education program.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Students, parents, teachers and administrators gathered at Edward Smith School to celebrate one of the successes of Say Yes to Education.  The Young Authors program held a book signing Thursday for the students that participated this year.  

Listen to Young Authors: Isabel Chaperone, Calista Williams, Cammi Nash and Jordan Collie read their work that was part of the published books.

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6th Homicide in 2014
2:03 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Suspect in Stabbing Death Turns Himself In to Syracuse Police

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announces to public suspect in Saturday stabbing death is in custody.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse Police have arrested a suspect in Saturday’s stabbing death in Solvay who they say turned himself in.  31-year-old Jerry Benton of 261 W. Ostrander Ave in Syracuse is accused of second-degree murder for killing 29-year-old Brian Sheppard.  Police have video surveillance and eye witnesses to help identify Benton as the suspect.  Fowler was grateful the public helped.

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Smoking Ban for Parks, Playgrounds
10:34 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Syracuse Further Restricts Smoking in Parks, Public Spaces amid Concerns Over Festival Goers

Smoking in Syracuse City Parks and Playgrounds will draw a $50.00 fine starting in October.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Children’s and Families’ health was the focus of a new Syracuse city proposal to restrict smoking in public places.  The measure passed, but not without concerns over who it might turn off of Syracuse’s festivals and events. 

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