Staff Profile: Chris Peters
Story by Bethany Knipp, photo and video by Alex Hall, NewsNetNebraska
Senior Chris Peters’ life has been on the fast track for the last couple of years. A Nebraska native who transplanted to Colorado, Peters came back to his home state after high school to pursue his love of sports and journalism.
“I figured if I’m going to be a sports reporter I better cover a team I know and know well so I don’t sound like an idiot when I’m writing, especially when I’m learning,” he said.
Peters lived in Fort Collins, Colo., for only three years but was glad he moved because of his high school’s extensive journalism program.
“Moving to Fort Collins was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” Peters said.
The 22-year-old came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln without touring the university or knowing anything about the school’s journalism program.
Peters got lucky. He said the program exceeded his expectations, but Peters exceeded his own expectations when he landed a multitude of writing gigs and internships late in his college career.
Peters said he barely did anything that would build his resume his first two years of college.
“I got lazy when I came here,” he said. Peters said he was afraid to juggle a college curriculum with a job and other responsibilities.
That all changed in the middle of his junior year when he started working for the Daily Nebraskan, becoming a sports editor the next year.
Along with his responsibilities at the Daily Nebraskan, Peters also hosted a radio show, became an Omaha World-Herald Fellow and now does freelance work for the paper. He also writes for Huskers Illustrated and will be interning at the Grand Island Independent this summer.
Peters lost 65 pounds in 14 months.
“That’s the best accomplishment I’ve ever done in my entire life,” he said. “It’s the hardest thing I ever had to do. “