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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Diversity in Sports Media
6:45 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Former WAER Broadcasters Address Race, Gay Rights, Business Issues in Sports

ESPN Host and Broadcast Anish Shroff (L) and Comcast Sportsnet Houston Host and Reporter Howard Chen in Syracuse to talk about diveristy in sports.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Some former WAER Sportscasters having success on the largest stages of sports broadcasting shared their opinions Wednesday on topics ranging from race, to gay rights, and diversity.  ESPN Host and Play-by-Play broadcaster Anish Shroff, Comcast Sportsnet Houston Host and Reporter Howard Chen and KILT Houston Sports radio Host Nick Wright were part of “Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media,”  hosted by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

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Coerced Confessions
4:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

NY High Court Rules Police Can Go Too Far in Interrogations, Reverses Convictions

New York's Highest Courty, the Court of Appeals
Credit wikipedia.org

Two cases decided Thursday by New York’s highest court give defendants more ability to say they were bullied by police during interrogations.  One local attorney puts into perspective how it might change police interview practices. 

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HOME CARE
6:17 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

AARP Asking for More Support for Family Caregivers

AARP members gathered in Liverpool to advocate for more home caregiver support
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER News

AARP is lobbying for support for New Yorkers who spend a lot of time caring for the elderly in their homes, following a 2013 report on New York state elderly care.  The report finds that four million unpaid family caregivers are struggling to balance their jobs with helping elderly family members. 

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2014 Tax Tips
2:18 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

2014 Tax Tips (archive) on: Who Should File, Tax Help, E-file and more

TAX TIP #1:  Some of us gotta…and some of us wanna.  The reasons why you have to – or should – be filing a tax return.

TAX TIP #2:  Tax Filing Season can be a bit mysterious to many.  It can raise a lot of questions…but you have to solve one first.

TAX TIP #3: Some people dread tax time – finding receipts, collecting forms, THE MATH!  How about if we told you how to find a Tax Angel?

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2014 CNY Boat Show
1:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

A Glimpse of Summer Amid the Snow...at the CNY Boat Show

Credit cnyboatshow.com

  Some Central New Yorkers spent the cold and snowy weekend dreaming of sun, water and…boating.  The CNY Boat Show wrapped up Sunday night at the State Fairgrounds, after five days of sales and expos.  The show’s slogan was “Summer starts here!”  Patrick Donahue of Baldwinsville had a simple reason for coming out with his family…

“We’re looking to get out of 10 feet of snow.  We’re just getting new ideas.  Our boat is about 30 years old and we came down here to see what they have and to dream a little bit”

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