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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A Syracuse University Vice Chancellor told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the federal government should do more to support military families … or it might limit future military service.   Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Mike Haynie testified that failing to provide enough economic and educational assistance for military families is a threat to national security.

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It could soon be a crime in Onondaga County to leave a dog outside in rain, sleet, snow, or extreme heat or cold for any more than two hours.  County lawmakers are making changes to the proposed Adrian’s Law to protect man’s best friend.  Adrian was a pit bull that froze to death in December in Syracuse.  Legislator Chris Ryan revised language in the bill to make it simple to enforce … for any breed of dog.

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Can your smart phone make you safer in the City of Syracuse?  Mayor Ben Walsh joined members of the Syracuse Police Department to roll out new technology to help reduce crime and improve community relations. You might have a phone app to find your way around or get a ride, maybe check the weather or play a game. Deputy Chief Joe Cecile wants you to get another app for community benefit.

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An event in Syracuse this weekend pointed out the differences in policy and support for climate change science between the Unites States and France.  Cornell Atmospheric Science Professor Louis Derry received a research grant from the French government, which was part of some international jockeying.

“President Macron, after Trump decided to pull out o

CDC.gov

Onondaga County reports more than 1200 peple have confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.  That includes 270 cases the week ending January 28th. 

County Medical Director Dr. Quoc Nguyen relies on information provided by the State Health Department, which confirms cases.  He says the number of patients experiencing respiratory issues due to flu complications isn’t as high as in other parts of the state.

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105 -  BEST SPORTS STORY: "From the Marines to the Syracuse Sidelines."  

105 -  BEST SPORTS STORY: "Paving the Road"

 105 -  BEST SPORTS STORY:  "Remembering an S.U. Legend"

106 - BEST SPORTS SHOW:  Countdown to Kickoff: Pregame for Syracuse University vs. Clemson Football

  106 - BEST SPORTS SHOW:  Countdown to Tipoff: Pregme for Syracuse Universtiy vs. Kansas Basketball

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103 - NEWS FEATURE:  Creating Murals to Brighten Vacant, Blighted Properties in Syracuse Neighborhoods

103 - NEWS FEATURE: "Mission Accomplished: Honor Flight #09 brings CNY Veterans to Washington Monuments"

104 - HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE:  "Songwriter Jimmy Webb & Glen Campbell's Family Remember his Music, Struggle with Alzheimer's"

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A crowd of about 100 Central New Yorkers marched along Syracuse City streets Monday to oppose Trump administration immigration policies.  Demonstrators chose this specific day to send a direct message, chanting "immigrants are welcome here." 

BelieveinSyracuse.org

Have you shared an opinion with others or on social media about the bad things we have to deal with living here?  Or perhaps you’ve come to the defense of our CNY lifestyle? Believe in Syracuse (BIS) founder, John DeSantis created this organization to address this debate.  

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The two takeaways from being at the Women's March in Seneca Falls Saturday were the thousands that took part; and the many, many concerns people came out to voice.  

The village credited with being the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement drew 10,000 for a march in 2017, seen as a protest for the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump.  This year's gathering drew every bit the crowd and opposition to President Trump's policies and decisions, along with personal criticisms were widespread.

Sherry Treadwell came from Rochester, with a sense of duty.

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