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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A Central New York national security expert says the whistle-blower complaint against the White House indicates some unusual activities by the President.  Bill Smullen directed Syracuse University’s National Security program and worked in the state department. 


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A SUNY Cortland Political Science Professor says the memorandum of a July phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukraine President raises warning flags about the appearance of enlisting a foreign power for political gain. 


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Veterans suffering from trauma from their time in combat might soon be using technology from video games to help the heal.  Donations from a veterans support group and Syracuse University will help the Syracuse VA Medical Center.


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All Saints Parish in Syracuse is working to help people develop a greater understanding for those living in poverty. They’re hosting the Community Action Poverty Simulation on the 21st of the month. Participants will get the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes by assigning them a role to play in a real family.


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There’s a lot of attention on Syracuse Football this weekend with the big game against Clemson tomorrow.  One football star familiar to many SU fans is drawing attention in another arena.


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Onondaga County’s Democratic Elections Commissioner has been charged with driving for ride sharing services during county business hours.  A tip from an outside source back in March claimed Dustin Czarny was driving for Uber and Lyft. 


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The huge hurricane, Dorian, didn’t impact us here, but it did make big changes to a trip Central New Yorkers are taking to North Carolina for hurricane relief.


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Landlords that have lead contamination in their houses or apartments could find themselves the target of fines and criminal charges as Onondaga County is stepping up enforcement. Community and law enforcement officials today announced a series of forums to help landlords and builders know how to get rid of lead problems. 


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The weather conditions might have put a damper on the first day of the New York State Fair in Syracuse.  However fairgoers still seemed to be finding their own fun … mainly inside. The Governor and other state officials also made some announcements. 


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  Syracuse women’s basketball star Tiana Mangakahia continues chemotherapy to treat her stage-two breast cancer, and she says she's felt enormous support from the surrounding community. Thousands have taken to twitter to support her by using the hashtag #Tough4T. 

Mangakahia spoke to the media on Tuesday and emphasized how crucial the community’s support has been over the first four weeks of her treatment. 

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