Chera Kimiko is now a business owner of the The CryoMedSpa on 91st and Yale. Prior to being a business owner with her husband, Dr. Chuck Zoellner, she spent 22 years as a TV anchor and journalist, 15 of those years were in the Tulsa area.
Before Chera’s retirement at the end of January, 2016, she was the main weekday anchor for the 9 p.m. KOTV/TulsaCW newscast. Prior to coming to KOTV/TulsaCW, Chera was the main anchor for 12 years at KOKI FOX23 for the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.
Chera has won many journalism awards. Some include an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Russell L. Cecil Medical Journalism Award given by the Arthritis Foundation for her story "Joints In Motion," the International Communicator Award of Excellence for her part in the series "Portraits of Courage," and the Outstanding Friendship Award given by Tulsa International Airport and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Chera's 5 p.m. newscast has also won a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas for best Newscast, and her 9 p.m. newscast has been nominated twice for a regional Emmy. For the past 12 years she has been voted by Oklahoma Magazine as the Best Local Media Personality. Chera was also voted as one of the Top 40 Under 40 leaders in the state of Oklahoma and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has also named Chera as one of Tulsa's Top Twenty Leaders.
Chera studied at Richmond University in Kensington, England and at Colorado State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Her journalism career began in news radio at KHOW in Denver, Colorado, and switched to television at KYMA in Yuma, Arizona. She has also worked at KTVK in Phoenix, KCOY in Santa Maria, California, and at KVBC in Las Vegas, where she was voted one of the top three favorite local anchors.
Chera is involved with many local organizations. She is a committee member of Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS), and the Susan G. Komen Pink Stiletto. She's also a member of the Tulsa Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and is a member of the Broken Arrow Chamber. She is also heavily involved with Dress For Success. Chera also devotes time to the Muscular Dystrophy Association searching for a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Having worked as an anchor and reporter, she has also expanded her resume to columnist and author.
Chera writes columns for Oklahoma Magazine and is currently one of 50 journalists to co-author a book for charity called Faces of Freedom, a collection of stories from each of the 50 states on young men and women who have given their lives in the current conflict. The proceeds from this book go to the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House.
Chera loves to exercise and is a Boston Qualifier marathon runner. Her first marathon in 2003, was the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Florida to benefit the American Heart and Stroke Association in honor of family members who have had strokes and heart disease. Her 15th and 16th marathons were the prestigious Boston Marathon.
Chera also enjoys golf, weight lifting and aerobatic flying and is also a former competitive figure skater. One of her most exciting ice skating moments was skating pairs during a live newscast with 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano. And finally, it's been an ongoing process, but Chera still plans to begin studying for her pilot's license.