Tony Geftos is an Emmy award-winning journalist and has been on the air at WTVG since June of 2000. He's currently 13abc's Senior Reporter and co-anchor of the weekend morning newscasts.
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 four years in a row.
Tony has served on the board for the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors since 2011. He is 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. He is also an adjunct instructor at The University of Toledo.
You may have spotted Tony as an M.C. for various functions in the Toledo 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," and "Feed Your Imagination" as a benefit for the Imagination Station, 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.
During his time at 13abc, Tony is honored to have received the Emmy for "Best Breaking News 2014." It was for his live coverage of a fire that reignited during a newscast. The segment was included in a category with news reports from two larger cities, Cleveland and Indianapolis.
Tony has also garnered several statewide awards from the Ohio Associated Press, including "Best Reporter 2011" and "Best Breaking News" in 2011 and 2012 and "Best Broadcast Writing 2015."
In 2013, Tony was recognized as a regional leader, honored to become one of Toledo's "20 Under 40."
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!