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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  A local healthcare professional strongly supports a new plan to lower HIV and AIDS within the state. The new blueprint comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo and  aims to lower infections from 3000 a year to 750 a year and to eventually end new AIDS cases by 2020.

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  The change to nice weather means another reality… it’s time for property owners to spruce up their properties.  In recent days, you’ve probably seen city D-P-W trucks going through neighborhoods removing yard waste and other items brought to the curb. If not, they’re on the way. Mayor Stephanie Miner says we’re beginning to see what was hidden from view during the winter.

“It ended very suddenly and we have as a consequence lots of litter and trash and debris throughout the city.”

reclaimingfutures.org

  Homeless youth who are lesbian, gay or transgender are not finding a welcoming environment in Syracuse-area shelters.  That’s the finding of a study released Monday by professors in Syracuse University’s Falk College of Human Dynamics.

Homelessness and Unmet Service Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Central New York

 

Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT and Maria Teresa Brown, PhD, LMSW[1]

Syracuse University David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics[2]

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  WAER broadcasters and staff were honored for several awards in both News and Sports categories in the most recent Syracuse Press Club awards, during a ceremony Saturday night.  The station's work swept the categories of Best Radio Sports Show and Best Radio Sports Story.  WAER's Newscast was also judged Best Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast.

(Complete Awards Listings Below)

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  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner proposes a city budget that holds the line on taxes, sewer and water fees.  Miner says in a release she’s keeping the city a good place to live.

 “From continued investments in programs like Say Yes to Education, we are demonstrating we are willing to make big ideas work for the people of our community. Additionally, by not raising taxes, water rates, and sewer rates, we are keeping Syracuse an affordable City where people can live, work, and raise a family.”

Valerie Hoover

  Central New Yorkers might be worried about flooding over the next few days…with rain in today’s forecast coupled with the recent snowmelt.  One expert in flood repair has a very personal connection to a hidden threat of water damage.

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  The Village of Fayetteville’s Mayor says residents could possibly see the former site of O’Brien and Gere start to get a face-lift six months from now.  However, a series of approvals needs to happen, first for a large apartment and mixed-use development project.  

A meeting will be held Monday night for the Village Planning Board to look further at the specifics of the project.  It calls for 12, three-story buildings with 26 apartment units in each.  Mayor Mark Olson says the developer is required to get a zone change for the mixed- use development.

nih.gov

  Central New Yorkers who take supplements to improve their health might be wondering who to believe and what to take, after major retailers were targeted by state officials for possible fraud.  A Skaneateles-based dietician offers some advice amid the confusion.

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