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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Local News
6:36 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Peace Activists Help Residents Call Congress to Keep Military Out of Iraq

Amelia Lefevre is beside the phone booth set up for people to call congress and oppose military intervention in Iraq.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Peace Activists set up a phone booth in downtown Syracuse today to allow people to call their congress members to keep the U.S. completely out of Iraq.  They oppose any military intervention there – even the limited involvement proposed by President Obama in response to the advances of Islamic militant groups.  Syracuse Peace Council Staff Organizer Amelia Lefevre continues to see a hunger for militarism in government leadership.

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24th Congressional Election
6:25 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Rep Maffei says Fixing Roads, Water Systems, Airport Will Boost Economy; Opponent Calls it Politics

Credit John Smith/WAER News

  U.S. Represenative Dan Maffei says Central New York has the potential to transform into a bustling hub for global commerce… but that’s reliant upon one thing, a revamped infrastructure.  Maffei discussed his ideas to revitalize and invest in infrastructure projects across the region Monday.  He was joined by local elected officials from cities and counties in the region.

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University Avenue Project
11:17 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

SU Bookstore & Fitness Center Project Hits Snag: University Fires Developer

Artist's rendering of University Ave. bookstore, fitness center and retail project that has been cancelled by SU due to problems with the developer.

  A project by a private developer that was going to house a new Syracuse University bookstore and Fitness Center has to be put on hold after several financial problems couldn't get resolved.  Cameron Group was gong to build the center on University Ave., adjacent to an existing parking garage.  The University was then going to lease back most of the space to house its primary bookstore, while the developer would rent space to other retailers.

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Universal Pre-K
2:49 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Expansion of Universal Pre-K in New York Going Slower than Expected

Fewer than one-fourth of New York School districts are ready to participate in expanding Universal Pre-K.
Credit Americanprogress.org

  The enthusiasm to expand universal Pre-Kindergarten education across the state is fizzling over money issues…even though the Governor promised a blank check to districts earlier this year.  Now education advocates are saying the effort to get more four-year-olds into full-day preschool might need some retooling.

  It was just this past March during budget talks when expanding Universal Pre-K to all new York families who wanted it was a hot topic.

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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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