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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Veterans' Services
9:18 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Focus, Former US Army Soldier helping colleagues to a better life here in Syracuse

One take on Memorial Day: CNY Veterans helping other veterans.

One veteran this Memorial Day is sharing his experiences trying to help other Vets get stable housing, medical care or other help. 


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Gay Scouts ok'd
3:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Local Scouting Council supported lifting gay ban, gay advocates not entirely supportive

Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay youth to join troops
Credit Indianasnewscenter.com

The leader of a center for gay youth and those questioning their sexuality is reacting to the Boy Scouts of America vote to include openly gay scouts.   It’s being seen as a positive step – but a
tepid one. 

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Ribbon Cutting
3:17 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

New Thrifty Shopper on west side to help fund Rescue Mission

New Thrifty Shopper store goes into the former Sears Hardware location in Westvale Plaza
Credit Chris Bolt

A Rescue Mission Thrifty Shopper store opened its doors today in the Westvale Plaza to try to raise money and support for the local needy.

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Ankle Monitoring Bracelets
2:25 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

US Senator calling for more oversight for probation after Renz murder, rape case

Ankle Monitoring Bracelets are being disabled by criminals

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to see more oversight of probation offices and how they monitor ankle bracelets given to suspects on home-detention.  She cites the David Renz case here in Syracuse in a letter to US administrative Judge Thomas Hogan. 

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Storm Aftermath
3:14 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Power outages from severe storms fixed, damage being cleaned up, but more on the way?

Downed tree blocks Cleveland Road on Onondaga Hill Tuesday night
Credit Chris Bolt

The powerful Thunderstorms that traveled through Central New York Tuesday night left some clean-up behind.  Hundreds were left without power the Manlius area. 

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