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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Pressure from Schumer
1:02 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Minoa Mayor Hopes to Find Solution to Longtime Flooding Problem Near Railroad Tracks

Sen Schumer helps Minoa try to work out flooding problem with CSX Railroad company.
Credit villageofminoa.com

Kaitlyn Richards reports on what Minoa's Mayor hopes to get out of meeting the CSX Railroad company regarding flooding caused by the rail yard.

The Village of Minoa is hoping for a solution to a long-standing flooding problem that is affecting all the houses adjacent to the rail yard. 

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Politics & Government
1:45 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Labor Groups say "Hold On" before passing Cuomo's Tax Free NY business plan

Gov Cuomo's Tax Free Business Plan drawing Criticism

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax free business plan is taking criticism from state labor groups. The proposal would allow businesses that move onto a SUNY campus to be free of property taxes, sales taxes, and income taxes.

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Jobs and Education
1:21 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Value of STEM subjects Shown in Scholarships and Brookings Study

How education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM fields) pays off.
Credit srcinc.com

Four Central New York Students received Scholarships to follow education in STEM fields…right at a time when a recent study shows how valuable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be. 


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Veterans Benefits
3:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

CNY Veterans Can Go Bowling and Get Job, Health Assistance

VA Medical Center hosts program for veterans at B-ville Bowling Alley
Credit Syracuse.va.gov

Syracuse veterans will have a chance to get a line on jobs, improve their health, and practice their bowling this Saturday. The V-A sponsored event is geared toward veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Underground Railroad
6:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Harriet Tubman House Moving Closer to National Park Status

Dan Maffei joins Tubman House President Karen Hill and other local offials at Congressional hearing
Credit Office of Dan Maffei

Supporters and representatives from Central New York attended a Congressional Hearing in Washington today to push for the establishment of a Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn.  It would be based around Tubman’s home. 

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