Scott Willis

Host, Reporter, Producer

I’ve always been enamored with the intimacy of radio.  It’s so personal.  It forces you to listen…and listen only.  No visual distractions.  I grew up listening to mostly top 40 radio in Detroit, with no shortage of entertaining DJ’s.  As a teenager, I discovered the area’s all news station.  I loved knowing what was going on, and the intensity with which they told stories.  I often wondered what it would be like to be the first to know what was happening, and then tell others.  Maybe that’s why I pursued a career in news. 

I would go on to serve as an intern at that all-news station, and it was amazing and maybe a little overwhelming to see what it took to put out a constant stream of news.  But something was missing.  It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I actually discovered Detroit’s public radio station at my alma mater.  What a difference!  You had time to write and tell engaging, meaningful stories, to be creative, all without the pressure to constantly crank out the news.  Quality over quantity.  That’s when I knew public radio was for me.  I was hooked.

I would hone my skills on and off for almost three years at WDET as an intern under the tutelage of a patient Assistant News Director. I produced daily stories for newscasts, but also was given the privilege of producing long-form features on topics that interested me, and that people knew very little about.  Now THAT was cool.  Right up my alley.  What budding reporter could ask for more?

I landed here in Syracuse in June 2001.  Today, I’ve come full circle, and now teach the craft to more than a dozen student reporters per week.  We work hard to choose informative stories, find the most engaging sound, and edit copy for clarity and accuracy. 

Outside of work, I spend time with my wife and little boy.  We like to take walks, travel, and read.  When I can, I’ll hop on my bike for a quick ride.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the honor and privilege of bringing WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners the news of the day during All Things Considered.  Thanks for listening.

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SYRACUSE MAYORAL RACE
3:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

There Will Be No Republican Challenger in Race for Syracuse Mayor

GOP Chairman Tom Dadey
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The Onondaga County Republican Party conceded it won’t have a candidate for Syracuse Mayor in November.  Chairman Tom Dadey called a press conference to end speculation whether or not a candidate would emerge.  Dadey compared politics to baseball, and promises there will always be another season of politics.



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SYRACUSE MAYORAL RACE
12:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Pat Hogan Drops Out of Syracuse Mayoral Race

Pat Hogan

Pat Hogan has decided to end his run for Syracuse Mayor.  The move comes less than a week after he took second place in a three-way democratic primary against incumbent Stephanie Miner and Alfonso Davis. 


Hogan's decision also means he won't be running on the Republican ticket.  Here's the statement he released today:

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SU CHANCELLOR SEARCH
6:17 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Syracuse University Announces 12th Chancellor

Syracuse University’s 12th Chancellor and President, Kent Syverud.
Credit Micaela Mueller / WAER

On Thursday morning, the Syracuse University Board of Trustees announced that the search for Syracuse University's 12th Chancellor and President had come to a close. Kent Syverud is currently Dean of the School of Law at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

In a Q & A session with reporters, Syverud thanked members of the community and spoke about how excited he was to be returning to the Syracuse area for his new role.

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SYRACUSE MAYORAL RACE
11:43 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Add the Green Party to the Race for Syracuse Mayor

Green Party Candidate Kevin Bott announces his run for Syracuse Mayor.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Until now, the focus of the Syracuse mayoral race has been on the political posturing of Democrats and Republicans. 

That changed Wednesday when Green Party candidate Kevin Bott launched his campaign for mayor with promises to bring collaborative, democratic leadership to city hall.  In his remarks on the steps of city hall, Bott seemed to be making a not-so-subtle jab at incumbent Mayor Miner and democratic challenger Pat Hogan, who took second place in the primary.

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Syrian Conflict
3:31 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Protestors Say 'Don't Send Missiles to Syria, Instead Help the People'

Syracuse residents protest against any military strikes in Syria.
Credit Scott Willis/WAER News

About 20 members of the peace community gathered today in front of Syracuse’s federal building to oppose any military intervention in Syria.


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