Chrys Peterson is our weekday evening anchor on News 11 at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 with Jerry Anderson.
Chrys was born in Logan, Utah, but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Alexandria, Virginia, where her family still lives. She attended James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Chrys’ husband, Tom Runnells, works for the Colorado Rockies baseball team. They have a daughter, Riley, who is 8.
Chrys enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, shopping and cooking. Before joining News 11 in April of 1994, Chrys anchored the morning and noon newscasts for four years at WNEP-TV, the ABC affiliate in the Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania market. Prior to that, she anchored the 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM newscasts at WHSV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Chrys is actively involved in breast cancer awareness projects. Since 1995, she has served as Honorary Chairperson for the “Northwest Ohio/Komen ‘Race for the Cure’ for Breast Cancer.” In that time, the event has grown from 1,200 to 10,000 participants. “I am so proud of the growth of the Race over the years, and the awareness we’ve been able to raise in our community,” Peterson said.
Chrys also spearheaded a campaign called “Friends for Life,” a program that encourages monthly self-breast examination. In 1996, Chrys won a prestigious Emmy Award for community service for her breast cancer awareness campaign.
Chrys is also involved in many children’s organizations. She produces a weekly segment called Home For Keeps that airs each Tuesday during WTOL News 11 at 6:00. In each segment, we meet a child waiting to be adopted. The program has helped find families for hundreds of foster children in Lucas County, and has raised awareness about the need for adoptive and foster parents in our community.
Chrys has received numerous honors for her work in the Toledo area community including the Toledo Area Jaycees’ “20 Under 40” award, the “Milestones ” award, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters “Hero” award, and the “Women of Toledo” award.
Chrys has covered many memorable stories, including Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis in January 1999. Chrys reported live from St. Louis on the Pope’s activities, and produced a series of reports on the Pope and the changing Catholic Church. Chrys also produced a series on the “Success,” a sunken ship in Lake Erie, and landed a small part on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns,” when she produced a behind-the-scenes series at the network.
But those aren’t Chrys’s favorite memories of WTOL. “I’ve covered lots of big, meaningful stories here in Toledo,” Peterson said, “but my favorite memories have to do with the people I work with. We really are like a family here. We care about each other and spend time together out of work.”
“The people are WTOL’s biggest strength.”