Tony Geftos is an Emmy award-winning journalist most recently recognized by the Ohio Associated Press as "Best Reporter, Small Market," placing 1st in the 2016 contest year, which was announced in May of 2017.
Tony started on the air at WTVG-TV in June of 2000 and is currently 13abc's Senior Reporter and Co-Anchor of 13abc Action News Weekend Mornings.
You can catch Tony alongside Christina Williams every Saturday and Sunday from 6:00-8:00 AM and again from 9:00-10:00AM. Since the two teamed up on the anchor desk in 2011, Tony and Tina have led the newscast to Emmy nominations five years in a row, winning "Best Weekend Newscast Market 41+" for broadcast year 2016 in June of 2017.
During his time at 13abc, Tony is honored to have received an individual Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy for "Best Breaking News 2014." It was for his reporting when a smoldering house fire suddenly reignited during a live newscast and Tony knocked on doors of nearby homes to alert neighbors.
Tony has also garnered several statewide awards from the Ohio Associated Press, including two-time 1st Place awards for "Best Reporter" in 2016, 2011; "Best Broadcast Writing" 2016, 2015; And "Best Breaking News" in 2012, 2011.
In 2013, Tony was recognized as a regional leader, honored to become one of Toledo's "20 Under 40."
Tony has served on the board for the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors since 2011. In 2017, he became President-Elect of the chapter.
He has also served as a board member for Adopt America Network and on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter.
Additionally, Tony is an adjunct instructor at The University of Toledo, teaching Television Production, Writing for Media and Communication Practices and Principles at a collegiate level.
Although Tony is not technically Polish, he has a considerable amount of Polish pride. Tony plays the alto saxophone in the Toledo Polish American Concert Band, which is more than 125 years old. You might see him in the band at various concerts and festivals across the Toledo Area, including the German American Festival in Oregon (For the record, Tony is of German heritage, along with Greek, Italian and Hungarian).
Tony is also honored to M.C. many events and fundraisers in our area. He has hosted The Toledo Symphony's "Music Under the Stars" at The Toledo Zoo, "Broadway in Toledo" at the Stranahan Theater, "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Nutcracker" for the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, The River Raisin Chorus of Sweet Adelines at the La-Z-Boy Center, The Anthony Wayne Showcase of Marching Bands, The Northwest Ohio Blues and Jazz Festival as a benefit for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Planned Pethood's "Paw Hoorah," the Toledo Area Humane Society's annual fundraiser dinner the "Fur Ball, "Feed Your Imagination" as a benefit for the Imagination Station, "Jam City," a PB&J dining extravaganza for Food For Thought, and the gala for the Alzheimer''s Association of Northwest Ohio, to name a few. He was also honored to host the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church at the 100th Anniversary Celebration for Holy Trinity Cathedral.
He's also considered the "face" of Restaurant Week Toledo, an annual benefit for Leadership Toledo offering unique meals at special prices at more than 40 restaurants in the region.
Tony is originally from downriver Detroit. He has many fond memories of the Toledo Area while growing up, including the famous Chinese pandas on exhibit at The Toledo Zoo, the former McDonald's on Summit with an aquarium in the center, and the Portside entertainment complex. (He also recalls a rough mosh pit in 1995 when Filter played T-town).
Tony graduated from Riverview Community High School in 1994. He's a proud alumnus of Western Michigan University, where he was a four-year member of the Bronco Marching Band, sales manager and radio personality for WIDR-FM and reporter/cartoonist for The Western Herald.
After graduating in 1998, Tony served as an Interpretive Park Ranger at the City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho. That same year, he began his first on-air television job at KGWC in Casper, WY. While there, Tony was in several plays at Stage III Community Theatre. He and his wife met while playing opposite one another in a production of "I Hate Hamlet." They married at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo in 2003 and now have two wonderful, rambunctious children.
Tony's second television job brought him to KKFX in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. Many still ask why Tony would leave the sun-drenched shores of white sandy beaches for Toledo. His answer: This Is Home!