About Chrys


chrys6Chrys 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.”



  1. Go Chrys you are my favorite! You do a great job! Hope you’re with us for many more years to come! Don’t tell anyone where you are and so other TV stations won’t take you from us!
    Love you, Carol Z in Napoleon Ohio

  2. We enjoyed Chris’ news reporting for many years when we lived near Adrian, MI. We now live in Linden, MI which is just south of Flint. Even though we are out of the TV range for Toledo, I still stay caught up on Toledo events through the News 11 website.
    From one Peterson to another -keep up the good work, Chris. And good luck to your Scandinavian partner, Jerry Anderson, too

  3. I just wanted to thank you Chrys for all you do. You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the good work, you make Toledo proud.

  4. Thank you, Mary!! I appreciate your kindness!

  5. So glad to see that WTOL is finally enhancing the web experience with a blog from Chrys. I’ve grown up watching her (and ‘Toledo 11’) since I was eight years old–I’m 23 now and living in Cleveland, but I must admit I miss catching Chrys (and her ever changing hairstyles) on the news and now visit to WTOL.com to catch up on the NWO.

    Hope all’s well!

  6. Thank you so much for checking out the news from home on OUR website!
    I hope you’ll visit the blog often!

  7. Chrys,

    It was a pleasure watching you last night at the Oscar’s for the American Red Cross. I loved your gown too. I was going to introduce myself, but it was really crowded. Hopefully we will have a chance to meet in the future. Are you involved in the Perrysburg Relay for Life? I’m on the committee baord. We would love to have you come and join us in June.
    Your fan in Perrysburg
    April Throckmorton

  8. Chrys,

    I basically grew up watching you on the news. My father would leave news channels on all day.. and when it was time for local news… you know he had to turn it on.
    I just wanted to thank you, because you have been very active in the community. People like yourself are very few these days. Toledo may becoming a sad place to live, but you offer a bright spot.

    I have since moved to attend further education, but I often check in with wtol.
    Thank you again for all of your hard work.

  9. Thank you for the kind words, Chris! I appreciate that! Make sure you keep up with what’s happening in your hometown at WTOL.com!
    Good luck to you!

  10. Hiya Chrys — and welcome to the Blogosphere! 🙂

    I’m enjoying your blog very much… I’m so glad to decided to start writing. I’m also a local area blogger (covering issues relevant to NW Ohio’s disabled community) and I think it’s the best decision I ever made. It’s fun, somewhat therapeutic (lol) and we really can make a difference with what we write.

    Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say hello. I’ll be a regular reader (and of course a regular viewer of WTOL) — keep up the good work, on both counts!

  11. I enjoy watching the news. You are such an inspiration to women. I would love to meet you in person someday. It is nice to see strong women like you on TV.

  12. Hi Lori!
    What a nice thing to say! 🙂
    Please do introduce yourself if you see me in public!
    Take care,

  13. Hello Chrys,

    Thanks to you and your staff @ WTOL for the many hours you put in for delivering the news for the Northwest Ohio & Southeast Michigan area.

    Jerry Butler

  14. Chrys,

    As someone who has known you since college days, I KNOW you can do this! I have great faith in you and your ability…always have. You continue to make James Madison University proud and as someone who works with our alumni, I, personally, am very proud of you. All the best in your new balancing act!

    Steve Smith
    AVP, Alumni Relations


  16. Mary…thank you for your kind words!! You’re an inspiration!!

  17. As I was walking through the shopping mall in Toledo, I saw a familiar face. At first I thought a movie star. Then with a closer look, it appeared to be the cheerful, happy lady from channel 11 news. After hesitating and staring for a while. I decided to ask if she was the local news lady. With a big smile and warm greeting, she introduced heself as Chrys Peterson. I was very happy to learn that you are just as nice and attractive in person as you are delivering the news. Keep smiling!

  18. Thanks so much, David. It was very nice to meet you…I appreciate you taking the time to come say hello!

  19. Chyrs,
    You are a great asset to Toledo and surrounding communites. We would really take a blow if you ever left us. I Think you and Jerry make the best news team ever. Thanks for being there for us, you are the best.
    P.S. You have an awesome smile, your whole face
    lights up, especially when you talk about
    Riley and Tom.

  20. Thank you so so much!!

  21. Hi Chrys
    You do a great job on the news I watch you all the time. I was woundering do you like Apple Fritters?

  22. Chris I spoke to you at a foster parent meeting and I just want to repeat how much I enjoy your broadcasting. I also decided to get my hair cut and called my beautician to be sure to watch Channel 11 and watch you because that’s the way I wanted my hair cut!

  23. Thank you so much, Pat!

  24. Hi David! Fritters are my favorite!!!

  25. Hello Chrys,
    I had a chance to meet you this past Friday at Centennial Terrace, for the Benefit for your good friend Gretchen Skeldon, but didn’t. I was actually sitting at 1 of the “Distillery” tables by you. My son- in- law took a picture of your group for you. His name is Brian (BC) Cannon.
    The reason I am writing is to say thank you for all you do in the fight against breast cancer. This year my daughter, Jenny (married to BC) and all of our family and friends will be walking in the “Race for the Cure”. You see my daughter was diagnosed this year with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She is only 30 years old. They have a little son, just turned 2.
    My wish for you, is that you could get the word out to young women, and also African American women, especially, about BSE, and if there is ANY history in their families to insist on a mammogram, but better yet a MRI. This subtype of breast cancer is highly aggressive, and besides chemo therapy, there is no other treatment right now.
    My daughter has done everything she can, to prevent it from coming back. We will work tirelessly for her, and all other men and women who suffer from breast cancer.
    Not many people have ever heard of her type of cancer. (TNBC) It hits at the age where these young women are starting families, or maybe havn’t even married yet. We need more research, funding, and teaching. I thought of you right away. If anyone can get the word out, you can.
    Not sure what to say next, except thank you for all your love for your fellow citizens.
    If you would like to know more about triple negative breast Cancer, please don’t hesitate to ask. I can direct you to people who know much more than I.
    Thanks so much,
    Kathy Arnholt

  26. Hi Kathy!
    Thank you so much for the thoughtful and sweet letter. Somehow, it got misplaced and I just saw it.
    Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a scary one…and I hear of more and more young women being diagnosed.
    I promise you I will keep up the fight for Jenny, Gretchen, and all the other women and men out there facing this disease.
    Thank you for your support and God bless!

  27. Your not leaving 😔

  28. Chrys, your smile is amazing! Ill never forget while I was shopping in target and how you complimented me on my pedicure lol. You appear very warm and caring and you make the news (which can be full of sadness and hate) pleasant to watch. Thanks chrys for all you have done for toledo and good luck in your new adventures!

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