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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Earlier this year the tragic story of Baby Maddox Lawrence captivated the Central New York Community.  Today her father, Ryan Lawrence was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole for her murder.  Lawrence expressed regrets in court and took responsibility.

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A Local Veterans Day observance at the War Memorial in Syracuse this morning honored all Veteran’s both past and present.

 “The bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there” the choir sang.

The Spirit of Syracuse Choir and the spoken word describing the countless sacrifices of brave men and women of all wars were equally moving. Vietnam Veteran Gordie Lane

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Upwards of 35,000 people in the area are getting medical care from the Syracuse Community Health Center. The organization is celebrating its role and its future at an event this weekend.

How can the work of doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses, therapists other health providers be helped out by music?

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Voters from Binghamton to Cortland, Utica to Lake Ontario are choosing a congress member in the expansive 22nd congressional district to replace retiring Richard Hanna.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s ready to invest an additional 50 million dollars into the state fairgrounds following a record breaking state fair.  But he says it depends on if he agrees with plans made by his newly-appointed task force for phase two of improvements to transform the grounds into a year-round venue.  He made the announcement yesterday.

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It’s time to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act…and a Syracuse health agency is offering some help and clearing up some confusion.  A-C-R Health has 15 health navigators that help with open enrollment for people renewing a plan or signing on.  Director of Insurance Programs Steve Wood encourages people to come in to clear up income guidelines and potential tax penalties. 

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Film lovers and those who want to work in the business had many interesting choices this weekend as the Syracuse International Film Festival concluded.  The program included numerous screenings of films from many other countries, forums highlighting the craft, and other special features. 

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The Syracuse International Film Festival presented 9 selected short movies to showcase new filmmakers of Syracuse University this weekend.

The two-hour screening began with “The Stranger” by Siyang Zhang, a 20-minute Chinese movie that depicts the complexity of relationships and sense of loneliness in a foreign land. It was followed by films with topics ranging from homosexuality, open relationships, and star-obsession, to slavery and self-love.

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A group of local film enthusiasts and film professionals gathered in the newly built facility, ‘The Film Hub’ Saturday in DeWitt for the ‘Filmmakers Forum,’ as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival.  Local filmmakers and others who want to work in the industry got to engage with an eclectic panel of documentary filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, directors and producers.

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The Syracuse International Film Festival featured  “Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures” by Marc Fafard as one of its first presentations.  Fafard also directed “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia”, and was motivated to turn to dragons for a follow up.  He gave the audience a visual feast at the Museum of Science and Technology’s I-MAX theater.  

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