Toledo According To… Chrys Peterson

. December 19, 2018.
Photo Credit: Courtney Probert
Photo Credit: Courtney Probert

Years lived in Toledo: Almost 25!

Occupation: Communication and Leadership Consultant

My story, in one sentence: I count my many blessings every day!

One song lyric to describe my ideal self: “Live your life with arms wide open! Today is where your book begins— the rest is still unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield, “Unwritten”

Most people know me for: My 20 years anchoring the news on WTOL.

The best thing I’ve ever eaten in Toledo was: The Prescott Sandwich (chicken salad, pimento cheese, maple bacon, lettuce on toasty fresh bread) at Earth to Oven Bakery in Sylvania.

via smashingtoledo

via smashingtoledo

When I’m craving sweets, I go to Brieschke’s Bakery in Sylvania for apple fritters or drive to Findlay to get sea salt caramels from Dietsch Brothers!


I walk all over our area! I walk a lot on the trails and parks in Sylvania, but frequently visit the Metroparks and love to walk downtown!

The best time I ever had in Toledo: There are just too many to count!!

If I could change one thing about Toledo: The one thing I wanted to change about Toledo HAS changed— Downtown is cool again!!

The best view in Toledo: I wish everyone could be on the stage with me at the start line of the NW Ohio Komen Race for the Cure! It’s an indescribable feeling to see so many people there to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, but also to support and celebrate each other. That view totally captures the passion, generosity and heart of Toledo!


The artist I love: I’m inspired by paperDENIMart, Dani Herrera’s artwork. To create beautiful portraits and pictures out of scrippy-scraps of material and paper takes such vision and patience. I’ve given many of her pieces to people for special occasions and they are always treasured!!

Photo Credit: paperDENIMart

Photo Credit: paperDENIMart

The reason I am most proud of myself right now: I started a healthy eating and exercise routine in July and have stuck with it! I’ve dropped 20 pounds, I’m in better shape, and I lowered my cholesterol by more than 40 points!!

What makes me truly feel alive: Helping others. I believe happiness comes through sharing your gifts and talents to serve and lift others.

The hardest thing I’ve done in the past year: Sending my daughter off to college! I know she’s in the right place, but I just miss her energy and presence at home so much!

If I met the 16-year-old me, she would say “wow— look at all I have to look forward to and be thankful for!”

(If you were an animal) Hunter or gatherer: DEFINITELY GATHERER!

My favorite local people to follow on social media are: ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra (@Randy_Oostra) WTOL Sports Director Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) and my friend Katie Warchol (@KMWarchol) on Twitter, Steve Hanson (@SteveatHanson) posts amazing photos on Instagram.

What I’m listening to: After recently seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, I’m in love with Queen’s music all over again!!

On a typical day, I wear: I feel most comfortable wearing dresses— professionally and personally— a great dress gives me confidence! But I’m recently discovering the benefits of athleisure!

The type of garment or accessory that I have the most of: shoes, and earrings!!

The fashion risk I wish I took sooner: probably athleisure— so comfortable!!

I feel my best when wearing a smile. I love to smile at people and say hi. Not only is it contagious to others, smiling actually makes you feel happier— try it!