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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  After 72 years, a Central New York World War II veteran finally received a prisoner of war medal that’s long overdue. Congress member John Katko says Mr. Fay C. Bailey set a good example for younger soldiers.

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  People interested in planes and aviation can climb inside many types of aircraft and see aerial demonstrations at the Syracuse International Air show this weekend.  They can also pay tribute to a Navy Blue Angels Stunt Pilot who died in an accident last week…and who was scheduled to fly here in Syracuse.  

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  What will the future hold for the Democratic Party after the primary results Tuesday that secured the nomination for Hillary Clinton? Colgate University Political Science Professor Tim Byrnes says in the coming weeks Bernie Sanders will face facts that he’s not going to be the party’s nominee.

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  Governor Cuomo was in town today to celebrate two local businesses’ plans to create and retain 450 jobs in Downtown Syracuse. The newly restored Hotel Syracuse was the backdrop for his remarks about the economic revitalization happening in Upstate New York State.

“Hotel Syracuse reborn, new advanced manufacturing high-tech companies locating in downtown Syracuse, who ten years ago would have been on the first plane to Austin, Texas or to South Carolina now locating here because they see the economic future.”

AuburnNY.gov

  Auburn city officials are hoping that a statewide grant competition will help revitalize the city’s downtown area and economy. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill unveiled the proposal focused on a new welcome center to help visitors navigate the developing Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

Greg Wall/Lemoynedolphins.com

  Lacrosse fans can get one more dose of action this season on WAER Sunday afternoon.  We will bring you a special broadcast of the Le Moyne Dolphin Lacrosse game from Philadelphia, where they take on Limestone for the Division II National Championship.  

The Dolphins are coming off of a semi-final win over Merrimack, 8-4.  Limestone topped University of Tampa 13-10, propelling the Saints to their third straight title game.  

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  The Director of Syracuse’s Hancock Airport told a congressional panel today her thoughts on helping the growing problem of wait times at Airport Security checkpoints.  Local Congress Member  John Katko is proposing a solution.

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  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is once again urging Congress to pass reforms to help combat sexual assault in the military. Samantha Jackson survived a sexual assault as a military spouse.  She joined Gillibrand at an announcement on Tuesday to share her story of being raped by her ex-husband, which she tried to report to the commanding officers.
 

Theodore W. Pietsch, University of Washington

What do a giant tortoise, a carnivorous plant and the fossil remains of ancient apes have in common?  They're all on the Top Ten List of New Species put out by the SUNY E-S-F International Institute for Species Exploration.   

Frank Moses/FOCUS / http://www.focussyracuse.org/

  Syracuse residents got a chance to get an update on the options to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 today from one of the key figures who will decide.  Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll is now the Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation and he spoke at a forum hosted by FOCUS Greater Syracuse. 

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