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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Autism Awareness
2:37 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Families with an Autistic Relative Could Find New Treatments & Services with New State Law

Credit mychildwithoutlimits.org

  Parents in New York with autistic children might now have an easier time getting important treatment and therapy.  

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NY Weapon of Mass Destruction?
2:22 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Suspects Try to Build Radiation Weapon in Upstate Federal Terrorism Case

Federal prosecutors caught suspects they say were trying to make weapon that would kill with X-ray radiation.
Credit llnl.gov

  A plan to build a remote-operated radiation emitting device sounds like a plotline in a Hollywood film. 

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Arts & Culture
6:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

SU Professor's Literary Detective Work Uncovers 400-year-old Play

Syracuse University Spanish Professor Alejandro Garcia-Reidy was working with the University of Barcelona on the research.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

A Syracuse University Spanish Professor uncovered a work of great historical significance during research in Madrid, Spain.  The finding might be interesting to both historians and the arts.

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2014 NYS Budget Proposal
6:36 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Cuomo Budget Proposal Holds Down Spending, Makes Many Promises

Gov Cuomo laid out his budget proposal Tuesday, starting the negotiation process with Assembly and Senate.
Credit NCPR.org

  Property owners and businesses, schools and hospitals, local governments and law enforcement – all were addressed with specific programs in Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget proposal.  

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Changing Research on Fracking
5:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Concerns in the Debate over Hydro-fracking, Natural Gas Drilling

Sane Energy Project expanding fracking debate
Credit saneenergyproject.org

  Some of the scientific community that’s been studying Hydro-fracking for natural gas is trying to broaden the discussion about impacts and expectations.  A series of forums will look at emerging knowledge around gas drilling in Marcellus shale here in New York.  

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