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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(UPDATED 11/18 @ 11:30 am; Chancellor, Administration  message below)

The series of racist acts of vandalism and graffiti continued over the weekend at Syracuse University.  Many officials have issued responses to these actions that have drawn student protests and shaken the campus community. 

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(UPDATE: 11/15/2019 6:15 AM) On Thursday night, the SU Department of Public Safety informed the campus community an investigation into another report of graffiti at Day Hall is underway, the same residence hall where two floors of racist graffiti was recently found.  The notification was sent out at 11:35 PM. 


UPDATE:  Syracuse University Department of Public Safety Offiicals reported early Thursday that more racist graffiti was discovered in a restroom stall of the Physics building targeting Asian individuals.  There are no suspects and are investigating this latest incident.  Beyond that, university officials have not responded to requests for comment.

Breast Cancer affects a lot of lives in a lot of different ways.  That’s exactly what a local production of entitled Tit-Bits: Breast Cancer Stories is trying to show. 

NYS Winterfair

 People who enjoy the New York State Fair will once again have the chance to get a taste of the event in the middle of winter.  The fairgrounds new Expo Center allows organizers to put rides, shows, food vendors and other staples of the summer event into a venue suitable for the cold season.  State Fair Director Troy Waffner expects tens of thousands to come … and jokes he has to fill the huge event space in which New York State invested millions.

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Early voting sites around Onondaga County are seeing steady traffic now a week into the inaugural project.  The East Suburb location in Dewitt saw about 150 people by lunchtime today, according to poll workers. 

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The developer that wants to build a huge warehouse in the Town of Clay passed a couple of hurdles to help the project move forward – largely based on the possibility of up to 1000 new jobs.  The Onondaga County Industrial Development Authority – or OCIDA – approved tax breaks that total around $65  million  over 15 years. 

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Advocates for victims of child sexual abuse and violence are reminding survivors about the chance to file lawsuits for abuse that took place years or decades ago.  Groups that support children are spreading a reminder about New York’s Child Victim’s Act.

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More than 600 people wearing red gathered Thursday at the Oncenter to celebrate the strength of women in the fight against heart disease as a part of the 16th annual Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon.

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Voters in this year’s local elections don’t have to wait until Election Day to cast their ballots.  For the first time, early voting is an option in Onondaga County and throughout the state, after New York lawmakers passed it into law earlier this year.