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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Senior Community Needs
12:45 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Seniors Speak Out about Transportation, Nutrition, Lament Closed Downtown Senior Center

Common Councilor Nader Maroun moderates panel on senior needs in community
Credit Ashley Siu/WAER News

Public transport was one of many topics discussed at the Ida Benderson Seniors Action group forum where seniors addressed their needs. Drucilla Adams has a tough time walking up hills and has been affected by a change in bus routes.

“When there’s no bus, I can’t get there unless someone picks me up.  I’m concerned because I know it’s a university section but we still are in the area and we still need some transportation on the weekends.  I don’t go anywhere on weekends; I’m like in jail.” 

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Reaction to AG's Sanction
3:21 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Advocates Applaud Bed, Bath & Beyond Fines for Denying Jobs to Those with Criminal Records

People getting out of Syracuse's Justice Center are supposed to be protected to at last be able to apply for jobs, but common practice often automatically excludes them.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Local advocates that try and help people get jobs after they’ve been convicted of crimes say the “Bed, Bath and Beyond” settlement this week could help.  New York’s Attorney General fined the national retailer for automatically excluding any job applicants with a criminal history, violating state labor laws.

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Report Those Potholes
4:36 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

See Any Potholes Syracuse? (can you miss 'em?) Mayor Miner Wants to Know

Mayor Miner publicizes ways residents can report potholes and track their repair.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

More complaints about pot holes has Mayor Stephanie Miner calling on Syracuse residents to help the city locate and fix them. New efforts and technology by the Department of Public Works are trying to solve a deep problem.

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F.O.C.U.S. Forum
4:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Housing in CNY Might Not Meet Needs of Aging Baby Boomers

Lake Sumter Landing in Florida is an example of one kind of communtiy designed to cater to aging baby boomers
Credit FOCUSSyracuse.org

Focus Greater Syracuse is looking to the community for ideas on improving housing in order to keep aging baby boomers in the area.

“We need their money.  We’ve been talking for a long time in Central New York about keeping our younger population, which is a huge challenge.  We need to keep our older population, if for no other reason, selfishly, they are the wealthiest part of our population.  We need their money,” says Realtor Don Radke

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NY 22nd Cong Dist
5:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

An Opponent for Rep Richard Hanna Ready to Attack His Record

NYS Assembly Member Claudia Tenney is challenging Richard Hanna for the GOP nomination for Hanna's congressional seat.
Credit Tenney's Assembly Website

A state assembly member is ready to kick her campaign to jump to the federal government into high gear.  Claudia Tenney is trying to wrestle the republican nomination away from incumbent congress member Richard Hanna in New York’s 22nd district.  Tenney is calling Hanna a disappointment to conservatives…noting at least one publication calls him the third most liberal G-O-P house member.  She believes asserting her conservative credentials will help her win a primary.

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