Thomas and Laurie Petersen are proud parents. From the arsenal of pictures on their laptop computer to the impressive display of play posters in the hallway, they knew their daughter Heather, had something special.
“Parents say you have to be a nurse, you have to be an accountant, you have to be something where you can support yourself,” Thomas Petersen says, “but she loved this, so she did it from the very beginning.”
A 2005 graduate of North Medford High School, Heather continued her education at the University of Portland, before snagging a number of lead roles in theatre productions. Wednesday night, she’ll star in one of her most exciting roles yet, playing Tawny Darrens, in NBC5’s Chicago P.D.
“She’s got a few tricks up her sleeve,” Heather Chrisler says, “I won’t spoil it for you but she’s not what she appears at first.”
Heather spent 1 week on the set, acting alongside some pretty big names like Jon Seda and Sophia Bush. She’s most anxious to see the final product.
“In theatre you have control over the performance,” Chrisler adds, “in film you do 4 or 5 or 10 takes and the editor decides what your final performance looks like.”
If her parents have anything to say about it, the show will have its highest ratings yet.
“Oh yeah, oh we tell everyone, they’re probably sick of us telling them,” Laurie Petersen says.
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.