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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Young Authors Program
2:21 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Middle School Authors Get to Hold Book Signing in Say Yes to Education Program

Three books written by students in Syracuse schools were published as part of a Say Yes to Education program.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Students, parents, teachers and administrators gathered at Edward Smith School to celebrate one of the successes of Say Yes to Education.  The Young Authors program held a book signing Thursday for the students that participated this year.  

Listen to Young Authors: Isabel Chaperone, Calista Williams, Cammi Nash and Jordan Collie read their work that was part of the published books.

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6th Homicide in 2014
2:03 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Suspect in Stabbing Death Turns Himself In to Syracuse Police

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announces to public suspect in Saturday stabbing death is in custody.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse Police have arrested a suspect in Saturday’s stabbing death in Solvay who they say turned himself in.  31-year-old Jerry Benton of 261 W. Ostrander Ave in Syracuse is accused of second-degree murder for killing 29-year-old Brian Sheppard.  Police have video surveillance and eye witnesses to help identify Benton as the suspect.  Fowler was grateful the public helped.

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Smoking Ban for Parks, Playgrounds
10:34 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Syracuse Further Restricts Smoking in Parks, Public Spaces amid Concerns Over Festival Goers

Smoking in Syracuse City Parks and Playgrounds will draw a $50.00 fine starting in October.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Children’s and Families’ health was the focus of a new Syracuse city proposal to restrict smoking in public places.  The measure passed, but not without concerns over who it might turn off of Syracuse’s festivals and events. 

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Summer Slide & Achievement Gap
1:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

100-k Books Donated to Syracuse Schools to Spur Summer Reading

First Graders at Salem Hyde Elementary School get books for summer reading
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Syracuse School District Officials announced the district received a donation of 100-thousand books to get kids to read over the summer.  There are documented reasons to keep young minds active when school’s out.

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Maya Angelou dies at 86
4:49 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou's Passing draws Respect and Remembrance from CNY Writers, Poets

Maya Angelou was an inspiration for many local writers, poets
Credit poetry.org

The passing of Poet and activist Maya Angelou was felt with sorrow and respect by writers here in Central New York. 

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