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6 Things You Didn't Know About News On 6 Anchor Chera Kimiko

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We thought you'd like to know more about the members of the News On 6 team who bring you the news that happens in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma every day. That's why we've started this new feature on NewsOn6.com.

Today we're introducing you to Chera Kimiko. Chera, who's been a fixture on the air in Tulsa for years, co-anchors News On 6 at 9 every weeknight on Tulsa CW.

1. What was your first job in television news?

My first job in TV was in Yuma, Arizona. I was a one-man-band. This meant that I was a photographer, reporter, editor, producer, anchor and TelePrompTer operator. The first TelePrompTer that I ever used was a foot pedal TelePrompTer. In order for it to work, I had to print and tape my scripts together. I would then load it onto a "conveyor belt contraption" and operate it with my foot under the anchor desk. My station then advanced to a hand-operated system. Same concept as the foot pedal, except that I was able to control the dials with my hands to go forward and backward. We also used ¾ inch tapes. Since I was a one-man-band, that meant I got to lug around huge equipment that consisted of a video deck, a camera, battery pack and the tripod. I was a sight to be seen: a girl in heels, sweating from the sweltering heat of the desert and walking lopsided because of the weight of the equipment. The learning experience was priceless.

2. You have 15 minutes of free time, what do you do?

Sit down and relax. But, lately, what my husband and I have been doing is playing Badminton in the house. (I probably shouldn't admit that, should I?) It's a great stress reliever and fun because I win most of the time!

3. What's in the console of your car?

My running sunglasses, Gu's and Accel Gels (running nutrition), gum, pens, pencils, nail file, safety pins, hair bands and clips, a tire gauge, Band-Aids, chapstick, a mini measuring tape, Swiss Army knife, business cards and a "partridge in a pear tree."

4. What's your hidden talent?

I don't know if this is a hidden talent but, I can whistle with my fingers, probably louder than most people can yell or scream. I learned this "hidden talent" when I was seven years old at Camp Mykajawan located in the north woods of Wisconsin. I was a "Muchacha." I remember that I wanted to learn how to whistle like my mom, so while I was on a hike with the other campers, I tried and tried until I passed out— but I learned how to whistle. I can also do almost any kind of braids for my girls' hair.

5. What was your high school mascot? Dare I answer this question?

It is somewhat controversial but we were the South High School Rebels. When I was a senior they wanted to change it to the South High School Penguins…it never passed. They are still the Rebels.

6. How would you describe Tulsa to someone who's never been here?

Beautiful, fun, friendly and bustling! To me, Tulsa has a vibe that is becoming somewhat like an Austin, Texas or a Dallas. I've lived in many states for my job, but the folks here are truly the nicest, most helpful and incredibly loyal people you will ever meet! When I first moved to Tulsa in 2002, I remember telling my friends and family that the people are as nice as they are in Colorado where I grew up.

Our downtown has beautiful architecture, a great Arts District, amazing restaurants and we have some of the best entertainment that comes to the BOK, the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Guthrie Green (luckily for us, it is right outside of our station). You can't forget about Drillers Stadium where fireworks go off every Friday night after baseball games! Tulsa also has a great running and bicycling community as well as a fabulous yoga community.

Tulsa is home to Tulsa Tough which is a three-day cycling festival that draws professional cyclists from all over the world. Tulsa Tough includes two days of rides in true Gran Fondo style as well as professional level races in our three different districts. And you can't forget about Cry Baby Hill when talking about Tulsa Tough! It's one of the craziest and most talked-about spots on the Tulsa Tough course—for both spectators and cyclists! We also have The Route 66 Marathon. It's always the week before Thanksgiving and draws more than 12,000 people who take on, what I think, is one of the toughest and most beautiful courses I have ever run in a marathon. There is also the Tulsa Run that has been taking place since 1978. It is the most historic run in Oklahoma and draws people from all over the nation! It's awesome to see the Kenyans and other elite runners blaze past everyone. The Tulsa Run usually falls around Halloween so you'll find a lot of people running while dressed up in costumes!

You can't beat the cost of living either, it's got to be one of the best in the country. I love Tulsa. To me, it is home.

Follow Chera on Facebook and Twitter. Watch Chera and her co-anchor Jennifer Loren on Tulsa CW every weeknight at 9.

6/20/2014: Related Story: 6 Things You Didn't Know About News On 6 Anchor Jennifer Loren

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