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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  Congressional Candidate John Katko says he was cleared of any wrongdoing after a gun he owned was stolen and used in a fatal armed robbery.  Syracuse.com reported today that the former prosecutor has been hiding the theft.  Back in 2000 it resulted in the gun being used in a crime in which two people were killed.  Katko defends himself against any responsibility for that crime.

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  On the 80th Anniversary of Women’s Day at the New York State Fair… Leading ladies have returned to Central New York to inspire and empower women. Syracuse native Yvonne Conte began as a stand-up comic but has been motivating and encouraging women through motivational speaking for almost 20 years.  She was the keynote speaker for today’s annual luncheon.

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  The rights of women from voting to employment and other rights are being celebrated today.  It was on this date 94 years ago that the right for women to vote in the U-S was made official.  Retired educator and businesswoman Marilyn Bero is on the Board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.  She wonders if younger women realize the struggles their fore-mothers fought through.

  Deaths from Cervical Cancer have dropped dramatically in the last two decades due to regular screenings becoming more routine.  WAER continues our series on cancer screening and prevention today.  Some new developments are not changing the advice of medical experts – yet.

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Thunder, lightning and drenching rains might have made a bigger bang to open the New York State Fair then Andrew Cuomo did.  But the governor did eventually cut the ribbon to start this year’s event.  The state invested pretty heavily into the fairgrounds themselves while the property has an interim director.  Cuomo might not rush to name a new head.

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Syracuse High School athletes are having talks about violence when they are not on the playing field.

The Syracuse School District is working with the local non-profit Vera House on “Coaching Boys into Men”.

It’s a violence prevention program that allows high school coaches to speak with male athletes about things like abusive language, the meaning of consent and accountability.

Nottingham high school football starting center Joseph Bell says he thinks the program will be a great opportunity.

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  People trying to find a parking place in Syracuse can go high tech and use a new mobile phone app.  The service called Whoosh will also let you pay for that parking right from your phone.  Mayor Stephanie Miner announced the service today – and it’s already up and running.  Drivers can just open the app on their phones right after they’ve parked the car.

  Patients in New York hospitals and doctors' offices are seeing more nurses conducting more of the direct care.  A coalition of members of the profession is trying to improve both the training nurses undertake and the practice of their skills.  Registered Nurse Julie Carter is part of the 'Future of Nursing Action Coalition' working on improved, ongoing education.

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  Just down the road from our studio is a historic sculpture garden that used to be a hangout for the city’s elite. It just may not be the kind of public park you’d normally imagine.

In the early eighteen hundreds, Oakwood Cemetery – which is now just off Comstock Avenue – was where the wealthy gathered for leisure time and picnics.

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  A Syracuse University Free Speech expert finds a couple examples of how constitutional rights might have been trampled during the protests in Ferguson, MissouriRoy Gutterman is Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at S-U’s Newhouse School of Communications.  He calls police suppression of citizens scary, like a military crackdown.  Gutterman admi

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