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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Early Childhood Education
6:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Rep Dan Maffei joins local child care advocates to support Obama Plan

Dan Maffei speaks at Salvation Army in Syracuse in support of President Obama's Early Education Initiative
Credit Waleed Shakh

The future of early childhood education is gaining attention as Representative Dan Maffei and local advocates gathered in Syracuse Monday to show support for president Obama’s early learning initiative. 

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Local Politics
3:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pat Hogan to challenge Mayor Miner to Democratic primary

Common Councilor Pat Hogan to run against fellow democrat Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse
Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News



The rumors are true; Common Councilor Pat Hogan has announced that he will be running for mayor for the city of Syracuse. 

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Historic Tours & Exhibits
4:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

OHA Historic Bridge Exhibit part of statewide Path Through History events for next two weekends

Bascule West Genesee, 1916
OHA

The Onondaga Historical Association has a new exhibit aimed at teaching people about the history of bridges in Onondaga County.  The exhibit shows off various bridges throughout the county, but focuses primarily on the impact these bridges have had on the history of development within the region. 

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Utica Cocaine Ring
8:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Utica Drug bust brings indictments to 30 suspects after two-year investigation

Southside Auto in Utica where law enforcement officials say a cocaine ring did business
Credit US Attorney's Office

A two-year investigation into a Utica Drug ring has resulted in the indictment of 30 suspects. U-S Attorney Richard Hartunian made the announcement Wednesday.

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AIDS Prevention
3:19 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Intl AIDS program reaches milestone and what it tells us about AIDS in US

PEPFAR Intl AIDS program celebrates 10th anniversary. What it tells us about AIDS in this country.
Credit One.org

A U-S government program to treat AIDS in foreign countries reached a milestone this past Memorial Day weekend and it has connections to the disease in this country.



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