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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  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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  Central New Yorkers still looking for way to get health insurance through ObamaCare or Medicare might find some help at Kinney Drug Stores today and tomorrow.  Health Navigators will assist people through the New York State of Health exchange.

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A mother in Syracuse’s Strathmore area is on a mission towards making things safer for her family and her neighborhood. In the summer and fall of 2014 Tracy Grimm’s son was attached and robbed twice while coming home from school thru Upper Onondaga Park. The first incident led to an arrest and conviction of the juvenile offenders. In the second incident no one was ever charged because the assailant could not be pinpointed in the crowd.

Central New York’s freshman congress member heard some things from President Obama that he thinks can get done in Washington, despite recent gridlock. But before considering any policy ideas, John Katko was a little taken by the moment of his first State of the Union Address.

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  One of New York’s U-S Senators hopes to hear the President embrace one of her key issues in the State of the Union address tonight.  

Senator Gillibrand will be listening to the State of the union address to hear if President Obama is taking up here ongoing fight against campus sexual assault…which she says just isn’t being taken seriously.

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  Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.

Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.

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  Private Colleges in New York might soon have to comply with the sexual assault rules and guidelines implemented on SUNY campuses last year. 

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  Advocates for the deaf here in Upstate New York want to find out just how much of an inconvenience it might be to extend the hard-of-hearing a few more rights.  The group “We the Deaf People” is trying to get movie houses to offer at least some showings with captions. 

Advocates for older New Yorkers will be pushing Albany this year on new laws that might help with retirement, monthly utility bills and caring for relatives.  

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  What goes on inside the Onondaga County Justice Center jail might be under just a bit more scrutiny after a Jail Oversight Committee was approved Tuesday by County lawmakers. 

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