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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  New legislation that takes effect at the start of 2016 will allow expectant mothers in New York to enroll in the state's health-insurance exchange at any time during their pregnancy.  New York is the first state in the nation to that makes pregnancy a “qualifying Life Event” to enroll in coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  Assembly member Aravella Simotas co-sponsored the bill that

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  Many New Yorkers are getting a raise starting today.  Overall Minimum Wage jumps…with an even higher boost for fast-food workers.  The issue is likely to get more attention this year.

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  The SEFCU credit union joined the holiday spirit handing out $50,000 to local charities.  Donations went to the Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels the Samaritan Center and the Northeast Community Center and Food Bank of Central New York.  It was part of 250,000 donated to shelters and pantries statewide. 

  BELOW IS A LIST OF THE DONATION FOR EACH CHARITY  

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  Lots of people think about their pets with holiday gifts and treats.  One Central New York animal advocate wants you to think about other animals this holiday season.  Marion Secor of Skanda Equine has made it sort of a personal quest to see if she can help horses and the people that care for them over the winter. 

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  Many of us will indulge this holiday at the dinner table, maybe the dessert tray, the office party or the bar.  But you might not realize overdoing it is actually posing a health risk.  Saint Joseph’s Hospital Interventional Cardiologist Doctor Michael Fischi says a flood of calories, carbohydrates and other things in a big holiday meal or party can lead to emergencies – especially for people with underlying health issues.

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  The greatest holiday gift a Central New Yorker could give might only require a simple sign up or a check off on your drivers’ license.  The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is using the holiday season to try and get more people to give the gift of life.  Communications Director Nancy Ryan says any fancy clothes or electronic gadget pales in comparison to an organ someone might be waiting for.

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Central New York Environmental and climate change researchers and professors weighed in with opinions about the Paris Climate Accord that came out of the COP 21 meeting.  Participating in a panel hosted by WAER were: Maxwell Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Peter Wilcoxen; Senior Research Associate Campbell Public Affairs Institute Sarah Pralle; Cornell Soil Scientist Johannes Lehman; and Maxwell Associate Professor of Geography Bob Wilson.  

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Visitors to Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s north side are likely to notice the brightly painted and newly renovated playground.  The additions are meant to get more people to use the park, and make playing there safer.  Mayor Stephanie Miner recognized community leaders at an on-site dedication today for their involvement in the project. Maureen Dore helped with fundraising efforts and says the playground is attracting newcomers.

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  Some of Central New York's Jewish residents took a day of Hanukkah to show solidarity with local Muslims.  More than 30 people gathered at the menorah in Clinton Square to protest against what they call growing Islamophobia.  Mara Sapon-Shevin is against singling out any religion.

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  As many as 1000 northside residents are expected to turn out for next week’s family Christmas party put on by the Butternut Community Police center.  The success of 7th annual gathering illustrates just how much of a positive impact the center has on the lives of children in that neighborhood.

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