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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Camillus Mills progress
3:52 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Former Camillus Cutlery site takes major steps forward toward redevelopment

Camillus Mills project artists rendering, for the former Camillus Cutlery site.
Credit Sweet Spot Companies

The medical, retail and housing project on the former Camillus Cutlery site is taking a few more steps toward redevelopment. 


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Transportation Changes
5:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

What's going to happen with I-81 and what do you have to say about it?

Central New Yorkers will get another opportunity to add their opinions to the debate over the future of Interstate 81 Tuesday. 

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Lake Ontario Quality
6:00 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

ESF Scientists use high-tech device to find why some of Lake Ontario is cleaner, other waters worse

This device lurked in the waters of Lake Ontario to see if a temperature barrier affects water quality.
Credit Great Lakes Observing System

Researchers are trying to find out why the water at many of the Lake Ontario beaches is not improving like the rest of the lake.  A high-tech device might shed some new light on a scientific and ecological mystery.

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130-year Anniversary
1:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Salvation Army Reflects on Helping Syracusans in need for well over a Century

Salvation Army marks 130 years in Syracuse
Credit sasyr.org

Monday starts Salvation Army week nationwide...and here in Syracuse it means recognizing an agency that’s been here for 130 years.  Here's some of the history and the modern makeup of the organization.

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SU Commencement Alert
3:07 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Spectators at SU Graduation will face Metal Detectors

SU Quad and Carrier Dome
Credit syr.edu website

The graduates, their families and other spectators are going to be greeted by increased security when they come to Syracuse University Graduation ceremonies.  Here's some advice for anyone attending.

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