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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Onondaga County Flu Update
6:36 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Onondaga County's Deadly Flu Season Still Might Have Weeks to Go

Onondaga County can't seem to shake the flu.
Credit CDC.gov

Flu Cases have been on the Rise for Nine Straight weeks in Onondaga County and the County Health Commissioner wonders if we’ll reach the mark this week.  Doctor Cynthia Morrow updated the County Legislature’s Health Committee Thursday morning. 

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RX Drug Abuse
5:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Could Point to RX Drug Abuse Link to Heroin

Prescription Drug Abuse remains problem in New York, despite new laws.

The death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York points to a possible link between heroin use and prescription drug abuse.  Hoffman’s cause of death has not been confirmed but authorities say both heroin and prescription painkillers were found with his body. 

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Health & Medicine
2:37 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Healthy You Center Hopes to Create Healthy Community

New health center inside Kinney Drug Store
Credit Jennie May/WAER News

  A new kind of medical center opened today inside of a drugstore hoping to fill a growing gap in the health care system. It’s called Healthy You Wellness Center and it’s located inside Kinney Drugs on East Seneca Turnpike. 

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Health & Medicine
2:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Community Group Helps Smooth Some Bumps on the Road to ACA Medical Coverage

Community members learn about the Affordable Care Act at Bethany Baptist Church.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER news

A community group turned the banquet room at the Bethany Baptist Church on Beattie Street into an information session on getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act over the weekend.

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CNY School Boards Association
4:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

School Funding Crisis Brings Together Local Districts, Public

North Syracuse Junior High hosts meeting on School Funding Crisis
Credit nscsd.org

  The financing of our schools has reached a crisis point. Onondaga County schools alone have lost $270 million  since 2008. 

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