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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  Three candidates are going to be on the Green Party ticket in this November’s elections. One of them is Howie Hawkins, who ran for Governor last November and earned about 5 percent of the vote.

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Groups that might not normally line up behind a Republican candidate endorsed Joanie Mahoney Wednesday for her re-election as Onondaga County executive.  The Alliance Network and other community leaders announced their backing at the Dunbar Community Center on Syracuse’s South Side.  Alliance Founder Walt Dixie has some specific accomplishments for which he credits Mahoney and her leadership, starting with the Jail Oversight Committee.

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  A number of candidates have been designated to run for the Green Party ticket in this November’s elections. Howie Hawkins will run for Syracuse City Auditor, Frank Cetera is a 2nd Common Council District hopeful, while Raymond Blackwell is running for the Syracuse City School Board.

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  Symphoria has put the final touches on the lineup for next season, showing continued growth for the orchestra.  The new season will also come with a new Music Director.

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  Central New Yorkers are being encouraged to get out on their bicycles through the Cycle in the City series that started Sunday.  Organizers hope people get healthy, while learning a little about Syracuse. 

The theme of Sunday’s first 20-mile ride was water.

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 Central New Yorkers curious about living downtown will get their chance to see what it has to offer this weekend. A self-guided walking tour is being put on this Saturday that opens the doors to 8 different buildings from apartments to condos. Executive Director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse Merike  Treier says downtown has a lot of housing to offer.

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  Upstate Medical University is teaming up with community groups to improve care for older people who are frail. A federal research grant will create a group of citizens, patients, clinicians, and other professionals to go into the community and learn about the needs of frail citizens. Dr.

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  Local Authorities are working together to address a growing trend of people using synthetic marijuana (known as Spice and Spike) in Syracuse and Onondaga County that continues to land people in the hospital and is a real public health threat.  Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says his department has been dealing with an upsurge in calls.

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  A local healthcare professional strongly supports a new plan to lower HIV and AIDS within the state. The new blueprint comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo and  aims to lower infections from 3000 a year to 750 a year and to eventually end new AIDS cases by 2020.

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  The change to nice weather means another reality… it’s time for property owners to spruce up their properties.  In recent days, you’ve probably seen city D-P-W trucks going through neighborhoods removing yard waste and other items brought to the curb. If not, they’re on the way. Mayor Stephanie Miner says we’re beginning to see what was hidden from view during the winter.

“It ended very suddenly and we have as a consequence lots of litter and trash and debris throughout the city.”

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