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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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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NY Financial Aid Awareness Month
3:04 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

College Financial Help Can Dry Up So Start Applying Now

Students considering Syracuse University or any other school need to get a jump on financial aid.
Credit syr.edu

  Central New York families and individuals might be making a choice of a college this spring…but the time is now to start seeking help to pay for it.  Governor Cuomo designated January as Financial Aid Awareness Month. 

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Surgeon General Report
3:12 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New York Cancer Officials Recall Start of Health Concerns about Smoking

A 1964 Surgeon General Study made first widespread claims that smoking caused cancer and other diseases
Credit acscan.org

  New York Cancer prevention officials are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the study that began decades of trying to get people to either quit – or never start – smoking.  

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State of the State Address
9:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Business Perks, Education Proposals Highlight Gov Cuomo's 2014 Agenda

Gov Cuomo addresses lawmakers and others in Albany during his 3rd State of the State address Wednesday
Credit Karen Dewitt/WXXI News

  Upstate New York’s economy figured heavily into Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday.  

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Tax Relief for Business and Property Owners
10:01 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Corporate Tax Cut, Property Tax Freeze Top Cuomo Economic Plan

Governor Cuomo (right) releases tax-reduction plan for businesses and property owners.
Credit governor.ny.gov

  New York Residents and businesses could see reductions and rebates on taxes when Governor Andrew Cuomo forms his new budget proposal.  Monday he released details of a rumored $2 billion rebate for property taxpayers...though government leaders at the town, city and county level will have to play ball with Albany to get it for their residents.  

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