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.  


Mandela Day
1:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Local Refugees From Africa Honor Nelson Mandela with Community Service

Bhutanese Refugees tend a community garden in Syracuse as a tribute to the service Nelson Mandela displayed in his life.
Credit Atlantic States Legal Foundation

Nelson Mandela turned 95 today (Thursday), and as part of International Nelson Mandela day, people in Syracuse are joining a worldwide effort to serve their fellow man.  One group of local Bhutanese refugees are using this day to make a difference.

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Syracuse Nationals
6:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Roar of Engines, Slick Paint Jobs, Fancy Wheels All Tell Us The Syracuse Nationals are Back in Town

Kevin Anderson brought his Buick Riviera from Indianapolis to take part in the Syracuse Nationals
Waleed Shaikh/WAER News

The Syracuse Nationals is revving up its engines and is ready to welcome all to the Fairgrounds this weekend.

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Innovation Economy
5:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Upstate's Redevelopment of Kennedy Square Could Lure Businesses Looking for Start-Up NY Tax Breaks

The Central New York Biotech Accelerator recently built by Upstate Medical University is already attracting businesses interested in taking advantage of Tax Free NY
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News


 Some of the construction and development Upstate Medical University is doing in Syracuse could fit perfectly with the Governor's Start-Up New York Initiative.  Research projects already underway could pave the way to future growth.

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Arts & Culture
6:16 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Cycling the Erie Canal: Reflections Back on People and Their Stories Along the Way

Bicyclists on the last day of Cycling the Erie Canal ride along the Mohawk River toward the Hudson and Albany.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Cycling the Erie Canal bike trip ended this past weekend.  Parks and Trails New York organized the 15 annual event.  A wide variety of people participated from 36 states and several other countries.

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Cycling Erie Canal
7:07 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Canal Ride Day 8: Cycling Along the Mohawk, Hudson Rivers to the Finish

Riders prepare for the eighth and final day of Cycling the Erie Canal, at a park in Scotia
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The final day's ride of Cycling the Erie Canal had a lot of opportunity to enjoy views of the water, rivers, locks and waterfalls, all along nicely maintained public bike and recreation trails.  

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