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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SBH Open Houses
6:01 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Syracuse Drug Treatment Center Coping with Spike in Heroin Use

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare operates treatment and other programs in Syracuse and Rochester.
Credit sbh.org

The rise of heroin use around central New York is being seen by those who try and help addicts with drug treatment.  Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will host a free virtual tour on Wednesday.  Spokesperson Ronald Wood says there’s no escaping the spike in heroin use, which he calls the most common source of drug abuse in the region.

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Syracuse Press Club Awards
9:46 am
Sun May 4, 2014

WAER Awarded Best Newscast, Human Interest, Sports Show, News Feature, 5 others by Syr Press Club

Gabe Altieri (left) and Evan Weston honored for Best Sports Show

WAER was honored a total of 9 times at the Syracuse Press Club for work aired and published in 2013.  The event took place at Drumlins Saturday Night, covering radio, television, print, online, photography and graphics work.

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Town of Tyre, NY
2:56 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Finger Lakes Group Trying to Stop State-Backed Casino Project

Some Finger Lakes Residents don't think this looks like a good place for a casino.
Credit casinofreetyre.com

  A Finger Lakes community is trying to fight back against a proposed casino development.  The Town of Tyre, just north of Seneca Falls, has passed a local law to rezone a parcel of farmland in hopes that one of the state’s newly approved gambling resorts might be built there.  

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Former Ste Marie Site
4:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Iroquois, Onondaga Nation Story Will Highlight New Museum; Directors Seek Your Input

Former Sainte Marie museum site will be re-purposed as the new Ska Nonh, Great Law of Peace Center
Credit Sainte Marie Facebook Page

  The former Saint Marie Among the Iroquois museum is in the midst of a re-birth as different kind of cultural home for the story of the Haudenosaunee.  

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

CNY Groups Trying to Change Constitution for Fair Elections

Michael Messina-Yauchzy with Move to Amend and Jonah Minkoff-Zern, National Director of Public Citizen's Democracy is for People campaign, were both in Albany Monday lobbying for New York to join the move to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Credit Tony Cresswell.

  A group of Central New Yorkers joined a number of democracy groups in calling on state lawmakers to help limit the influence of money in politics.  

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