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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Books in America have been censored for a variety of reasons: sexual content, violence, offensive content… and even depicting life that doesn’t seem quite “American”. Banned Books week took a look at some of the examples and the issues they raise.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation today as she addressed a crowd of faculty, students and alumni at Syracuse University. Winfrey attended a luncheon and cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Dick Clark Studios and the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. During her remarks, Winfrey wanted the students to know how fortunate they are to be at Newhouse

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  Voters around Central New York are making the economy a top issue once again.  Congressional Candidate John Katko Wednesday released a plan that he says would help create more jobs and help businesses do better.   He’d propose a simpler tax code for businesses that would help them compete.

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  Tuesday marked National Voter Registration Day, but New York hasn’t had the best history with voter turnout.  Just what keeps people from casting their ballots?

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  New York Civil Liberties officials have data showing some court-appointed lawyers gave little to no aid to their defendants. They cited Onondaga County along with four others as having major deficits in their public defense system. Ray Mustafa Robinson is a Syracuse resident who has experienced the challenges of the public defense system firsthand:

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  Most men know that they should get regular prostate cancer screenings, but not everybody does. New technology means that a trip to the doctor’s office doesn’t have to be as scary. 

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  Syracuse has wrapped up this year’s Italian Festival after a final day of live music, cultural celebration, and of course, lots and lots of Italian food.

More than a dozen local restaurants were at the festival and they offered customers a wide variety of treats including meatball subs, chicken rigatoni, and cannoli.

For visitors like Karen Grella, it was like a taste of home cooking.

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  One person who ran toward ground zero right after the September 11th terrorist attacks is finally able to take some comfort in the anniversary.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on the fight one volunteer went through to get health benefits. 

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Terrel Hunt yearned to get back onto the field to redeem himself, since last time out he got ejected from Syracuse's 27-26 double-overtime win over Villanova.  After having to wait two full weeks, Hunt finally gets his opportunity on Saturday as the Orange (1-0) takes on the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0) in Mount Pleasant.

“I’m itching a lot to get out there,” Hunt said Wednesday.

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One New York business person has turned a September 11th experience and combat time in the Middle East into a career helping veterans.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on Mat Tully’s journey since the terrorist attacks. 

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