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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There are urgent calls to vaccinate people with Alzheimer’s disease against  the coronavirus, due to symtoms of the condition that can put people at risk unknowingly.  This past week people with a range of chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s joined the list approved to get the vaccine in New York.

Syracuse Common Councilor Khalid Bey To Stay In Mayoral Race

Feb 19, 2021
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Syracuse common councilor Khalid Bey is seeking to primary fellow councilor and Democratic party designee Michael Greene in the city’s mayoral race. While he may have lost this week’s committee vote, Bey still believes he is the right person for the seat.

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is evident in the annual report from the Upstate New York Poison Center at SUNY Upstate. Administrative Director Michele Caliva says it’s no surprise that they received calls for what was likely overuse or misuse of cleaning products by both adults and children since last March.

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Virtual schooling due the pandemic has brought on many challenges for kids and parents, but especially for the 11% of school-aged children in New York with ADHD.

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The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University will be holding a virtual discussion tonight with a distinguished panel of guests well-versed in disability culture, education, advocacy and innovation. 


New Syracuse Creekwalk Extension Reaches into City's South Side

Syracuse’s Creekwalk trail is now 2.2 miles longer after officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the extension from Armory Square to Kirk Park in the heart of the city’s south side. 

It’s been more than six years in the making from the planning stages, funding, community meetings, and environmental reviews to, finally, design and construction. 



Syracuse University Students Get Screened for COVID-19 as They Begin Moving in to Campus Dorms

Syracuse Stuck with Hyman Through High School Misfortune

New York native Teisha Hyman suffered a serious injury at the worst of times, for more reason than one. Syracuse, and Head Coach Quentin Hillsman, never stopped believing in the guard. Now Hyman is rewarding the Orange for their loyalty, with a breakout freshman year.

The Dome Roof Through John Desko's Eyes

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A former parking lot at a prime downtown location will now be bustling with food vendors, customers, and residents.  Community, business, and elected leaders cut the ribbon today to officially open The Salt City Market off Salina, Clinton, and Onondaga Streets. 

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Syracuse residents that watched the State of the City address heard Mayor Ben Walsh describe progress on several fronts all, as Walsh repeated, “despite the Pandemic.”  One of the first areas he spoke about was police reform.  He recalled days of protests and long meetings hashing out, among other issues, the treatment of people of color by police.

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Environmental Experts say the rejoining of the Paris Climate Agreement by the United States will have tangible impacts in New York and right here in Syracuse as well.  Bringing the country back into the accord was among the first Executive Orders signed by President Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration.