Newhouse hires new managing directors for WAER, Orange Television Network

Chris Bolt

Chris Bolt ’89, G’95 covered the central New York community for 30 years and served as WAER’s news and public affairs director since 1995. His work has appeared on NPR, CBS, ABC and others news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.

Throughout his career, Bolt has trained, mentored, and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand Syracuse University students seeking careers in broadcasting.

“I am thrilled and honored to be able to lead WAER Public Media forward as we continue to serve our audiences and fulfill our students’ professional development mission,” said Bolt. “I have dedicated my career to public radio and training aspiring broadcasters and journalists. I am lucky to be able to continue working with staff who have great experience and commitment to the same missions.

Bolt says he plans to continue to cover and foster collaborations in the community, and expand opportunities through the station’s connection to the Newhouse School which will “enhance student learning and growth in a media environment.” evolving”.

WAER serves the greater Syracuse area with NPR and local news, eclectic music and SU sports. The station has long been the training ground of choice for aspiring Newhouse School broadcasters, and it officially became part of the school last year.

“WAER will continue to thrive in Chris’ capable hands,” says Newhouse Dean Mark J. Lodato. “I look forward to working with him on the continued integration of the station and the school for the benefit of our students.”

Meg Craig

Meg Craig

A longtime journalist, Meg Craig joins Newhouse from, where she focused on online content and covered politics and government affairs. She was previously a reporter and domestic/foreign content editor for the Chicago Tribune.

Craig was also an assistant in the Newhouse School’s magazine, news and digital journalism department, and last year helped students create a CitrusTV special, “Faculty Under Pressure,” which won a Syracuse Press Club award. She takes on the role of founding director Andy Robinson.

“I am thrilled to take on this role at Newhouse, working alongside our students to help elevate their content and the entire network,” says Craig. “Andy left big shoes to fill – he started OTN from scratch and spent almost 20 years helping students produce their best work. But I’m excited to take on the challenge of taking it to the next level and involving more students in the process.

Orange Television Network (OTN) offers student-produced programming broadcast 24/7 throughout the academic year, viewable in all campus buildings and residence halls, and live online. Shows include on-campus comedy, sports, dance, and music performances. Craig will manage technology, students and content distribution resources and work in association with other content distribution entities across the Newhouse School, including WAER.

“This is an exciting new chapter for OTN as we rethink its role in the education and professional training of our students,” says Lodato. “I know Meg will be a great partner and leader in this endeavor. I look forward to working with her.

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