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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Aid for Flood Victims
1:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Senator Schumer Spells Out FEMA Relief For Flooding Victims

Senator Chuck Schumer in Oneida with details on FEMA relief for homeowners and local officials
Christian Bersani/WAER News

Senator Chuck Schumer toured areas Wednesday that have been ravaged by flooding over the past five days.  He joined officials in Oneida to renew his push for the area to be declared a federal disaster area.  His visit comes a day after FEMA officials toured the region.  Schumer is hoping FEMA assistance can start getting to homeowners and municipalities soon. 

Schumer said he saw plenty of destruction and impact for the area to qualify.

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Election Fraud
12:34 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Governor Cuomo Starts Panel to Fight Corruption Where State Legislature Balked

Governor Cuomo begins commission to go after campaign scandals and bribes that rocked New York City and State politics.
Credit DemocracyChronicles

Governor Andrew Cuomo names Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick as one of the co-chairs of a commission to look into election fraud.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is also on the panel.


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Canal Landing Improvement
12:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Fayetteville Bridge Dedication Means Much More Than Just Getting Over the Creek

New Bridge at Canal Landing Park was beneficiary of Regional Economic Development Grants
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Fayetteville residents and visitors can use a new bridge dedicated today to gain access to nature walks, fishing, biking trails, other recreation and nature. 

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Helping Unemployed
6:48 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Syracuse Employment Program Hopes to Give Urban Youth Skills that Match Job Openings

15 Syracuse residents start 10-week jobs-training program
Credit Chris Bolt/ WAER News

A group of Syracuse residents will be the first class in an urban and minority training program that promises to give them a pathway to a better job or out of unemployment.

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Disability Services
6:27 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Two CNY Health and Human Services Organizations Set to Merge


Two long-standing and well-known disability and health organizations are joining forces to help individuals and families. 


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