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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Flooding at Youth Camp
7:11 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Camp Good Days Digging Out Instead of Comforting Sick and Dying Children, Families

Camp Good Days Cabin inundated with debris
Credit submitted photo

  Camp Good Days and Special Times in the Finger Lakes is having to cancel weeks of planned activities due to flooding.  

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Veterans Accused of Crimes Could Have Combat Effects Considered Under New Bill

Justice for Our Veterans Act would require evaluation of mental heatlh, physical injury and military training for current and former military facing criminal charges.
Credit pbs.org

How much might a soldier’s combat experience cause them to commit a crime?  The New York State Defenders Association says ‘a lot’ in some cases.  The group is pushing a bill in Albany it says will bring more justice to court proceedings when the defendant is a veteran or active duty military.  Executive Director Jonathan Gradess says he’s trying to protect a group of vulnerable service members.

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
5:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chancellor Syverud Promises Openness and Sustainability for SU's Future

Syracuse University's 12th Chancellor, Kent Syverud
Credit Stephen Sartori / SU Photo & Imaging

Syracuse University’s new Chancellor is ready to make some changes and stake out some positions after completing his first semester on the job.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports Kent Syverud preaches transparency and is letting the public in on issues that affect campus and the local community. 

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Brown v. Board of Ed 60th anniv
5:14 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Will Abandoning Common Core Set School Equality Back to Brown V. Board of Ed Days?

NYS Education Commissioner John King
Credit nysed.gov

New York’s Education Commissioner took the 60th anniversary of the Brown versus Board of Education decision to defend the Common Core standards in schools.  John King went after the programs critics.  He says Common Core is not about a federal curriculum or making testing companies get rich.

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US Attorney Release
3:14 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

David Renz Will Not Face Death Penalty Case from Federal Prosecutors

David Renz' mug shot from an earlier arrest

  

Federal officials have decided not to pursue a death penalty case against David Renz for last year's murder of a woman and rape of a child.  Renz pled guilty to killing Lori Bresnahan and assaulting the young girl. 

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