Chrys Peterson will speak to young professionals at the upcoming EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit on November 17th.
For 20 years, Chrys Peterson was the face of WTOL news, anchoring the 5, 6 & 11 PM newscasts. In 2014, the Ohio Associated Press recognized Chrys’ tenure and influence by inducting her into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. After retiring from television news in February of 2014, she started her own consulting business and works primarily for ProMedica Health System, producing video projects and teaching leadership development classes.
Chrys has served as Honorary Chairperson for the Northwest Ohio Komen Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer since 1995. In that time, the event has grown from 600 to 20,000 participants and has added a second Race event in Findlay. Chrys also spearheaded a campaign called "Friends for Life," a program that encourages monthly self-breast examination. Chrys has won two prestigious Emmy Awards for Community Service for her breast cancer awareness campaign.
In addition, Chrys received an Emmy Award in 2011 for her story “Behind the Badge” documenting the stress police officers endure on and off the job. She also received three “Best Newscast” Emmys. She’s received four coveted Edward R. Murrow awards for journalism, and several awards from the Associated Press including the 2011 Best Enterprise Reporting award.
Chrys is currently on the Lourdes University Board of Trustees and has served as a board member for NW Ohio Komen for the Cure, The American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish and The Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. She also works with numerous other organizations including The Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, The Anne Grady Center, The Victory Center, Prevent Blindness Ohio, The Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation, American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo, The Sylvania Academic Excellence Foundation, and the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Foundation. She is a frequent emcee and speaker at community events.
For 17 years Chrys helped raise awareness about adoption and foster care through a weekly news segment called "A Home for Keeps.” Each segment featured a child or sibling group waiting to be adopted and helped find adoptive families for hundreds of foster children in Lucas County. Chrys has been recognized by the State of Ohio for her work in this area.
Chrys is a two-time recipient of the distinguished “Jefferson Award” because of her extensive involvement in the Toledo community. She has received the "Milestones" award, the "20 Under 40" award, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters "Hero" award, the "Women of Toledo" award, the “Touchstone” award and the “Golden Touchstone.” She also is a Lifetime Girl Scout Member.
Chrys’ husband Tom Runnells is the bench coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team. They have one daughter, Riley, who's 16.
2016 EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit
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