Meet Chrys

For 20 years, Chrys Peterson was the face of WTOL news, anchoring the station’s 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 evening newscasts. During her broadcasting career, Chrys earned six Emmy Awards and four coveted Edward R. Murrow awards for her storytelling. She was inducted into the Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 2014, Chrys left television news to launch her company, Chrys Peterson Consulting. Drawing on her master’s degree in organizational leadership and 32 years of news and community leadership experience, she facilitates employee training programs at ProMedica Health System and other area companies and nonprofit organizations. An engaging facilitator, Chrys is certified to teach a variety of programs that help individuals develop and thrive, and that help businesses achieve success through leadership, communication, teamwork, employee engagement, and ambassadorship.

Chrys is active in the community, serving as a board member for Lourdes University and Toledo Police Foundation, as president of the Press Club of Toledo, and—for the past 25 years—as Honorary Chair for the NW Ohio Komen Race for the Cure. She’s received numerous community awards recognizing her impact and commitment.

Chrys’ husband Tom Runnells recently retired after a 41-year career as a Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager. The couple’s daughter, Riley, is studying journalism at Ohio University.

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