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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105 Sports Story: "Name That Violation"

Some NCAA violations might test the limits of common sense.  Syracuse and many other schools have felt the wrath of the NCAA over the past few years for various academic and ethical violations. But some punishments are sillier than others. WAER's Varun Ragupathi pokes some fun at the real - and unfortunate - rules that govern college athletes.

  105 Sports Story:  "A Teams Response to Death"

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104 HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE: "Blacktopia, Utopian Visions of Black American Life"

AN EXHIBIT OF RARE MATERIALS PUT TOGETHER BY THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IS LIKELY TO SHED A DIFFERENT LIGHT ON THE VARIOUS UTOPIAN VISIONS OF BLACK AMERICAN LIFE.  W-A-E-R’S SCOTT WILLIS REPORTS THE COLLECTION IN PART COMMEMORATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X.

104 HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE: "Syracuse, a Film Mecca?"

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101 RADIO SPOT NEWS ENTRY: "Passionate Vice President calls for End to Campus Sexual Violence"

Syracuse University got a visit from the Vice President of the United States today.  Less than a month after deciding not to run for President, he’s calling people out on stopping campus sexual violence.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports without having to run a campaign, Joe Biden has time for one of his most passionate causes. 

Ban-the-Box Laws Gaining Steam in Syracuse

Jan 25, 2016
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Advocates for helping people with criminal records get jobs say the issue is connected with Syracuse’s high poverty rate. There’s been recent attention on the Ban-the-Box laws in Syracuse and other cities. The laws make it illegal to have a check-off box for criminal history on employment applications, so people with a criminal record don’t immediately get rejected. Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner is an advocate of removing that potential barrier.

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The epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller abuse was on display in a packed forum last night at Syracuse’s Civic Center.  The event emphasized the incredible scope of the growing problem…but also some ways to attack it. 

A crowd of more than 250 people came to a weekday evening meeting which showed the size and concern over the heroin problem.  It’s pointed out by at least one statistic: an 800% increase in heroin admissions at Crouse Hospital’s treatment facility.  

(A list of treatment resources below)

Chris Bolt / WAER News

  Onondaga County’s Sheriff has a few ideas about how to reduce what he’s calling an epidemic in heroin abuse.  He’s trying to help addicts in the community as well as those behind bars. 

contactsyracuse.org

  Someone on the other end of a phone line can play a crucial role for someone considering suicide.  Contact Community Services is seeking more hotline volunteers for what can be a life-saving service.

Ackerman + Gruber / AARP.org

  Older New Yorkers have a range of things to watch regarding their health and security during this upcoming session in Albany.  AARP in New York supports a family leave proposal that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave.  Legislative Director Bill Ferris says it might make it easier for someone to take care of a relative at home.

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  Education funding is always one of the most hotly-debated issues in the state budget...and Governor Cuomo set a starting point in his spending proposal Wednesday.  School advocates believe a substantial increase in Cuomo’s state aid proposal might not even allow schools to keep up.

downtownsyracuse.com

Economic Forecasters say Central New York’s economy will likely experience and mix of slow and steady growth in 2016.  The results of surveys given to nearly 200 CenterState C-E-O members and business leaders towards the end of the 2015 were released this morning during the corporation’s annual breakfast.  President Rob Simpson says when members were polled and surveyed, they didn’t know the region was going to win the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

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