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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The number of cases of COVID 19 in Onondaga County jumped 35% as of Wednesday’s local update.  County leaders continue to emphasize staying isolated, while saying those told to stay in quarantine could face criminal charges should they ignore the order. 

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Many college students enrolled in local schools started classes again this week after spring break.  The isolation policies due to the coronavirus are affecting students’ learning … as well as organizations that help them. One student from Syracuse is trying to keep her dream alive amid the changes and restrictions. 

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Onondaga County saw a jump in thnumber of Covid 19 cases as the results of more and more tests come in.  County Executive Ryan McMahn announced at a Saturday briefing on the virus outbreak 21 new confirmed cases.  That brings the county total to 34 as of the 3:00 p.m. briefing.  He added 80 people are in quarantine, watching their symptoms.
(Watch Saturday Briefing Here)

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Severe restrictions on people crossing our borders could present a problem for Central New York’s farmers.  The New York Farm Bureau is asking for state and federal help to make sure farms have labor to plant, harvest and produce food.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may take more steps soon to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including ordering the closure of most businesses, but has not made that decision yet. The governor , trying to tamp down rumors spreading on social media, say he has no plans at this time  to quarantine any cities in the state. 

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Central New York businesses need to take a long view when it comes to dealing with the economic fallout from the Corona virus epidemic.  The losses in the stock market indicats  how the disease is impacting the economy.  There are already abrupt closure of businesses and big reductions of people gathering in public sending  shock wave to bottom lines.

Syracuse’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is the latest casualty of the Coronavirus, as city and county officials deemed it too risky in their efforts to contain possible spread of the infection.  Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says a data-driven approach was used to make the decision. 

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A wide range of elected officials is pushing New York to invest more in renewable energy and green jobs.  The County, City and Town leaders agree the state is more progressive than many others.  But they want more help with local actions to effectively fight climate change.

Concern over the corona virus and the Covid 19 disease it can cause are starting to result in more and more closings and cancellations here in Central New York.  The Light Work photography program is cancelling all artist receptions and gallery talks for the rest of the month.  Greening USA cancelled a panel on climate change that was to take place Friday at Art Rage. 

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Syracuse University announced Tuesday it will cancel all classes on campus after this Friday over concerns of the coronavirus and the Covid-19 disease it can cause.  The decision would remain in effect at least until March 30th.