Chellie Mills joined the NewsChannel 4 team in 2007. She anchors the Sunday morning newscasts and works as a general assignment reporter during the week.
In 2014, Chellie was honored with an Emmy Award by the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Chellie received the award for a piece she did on the costs and dangers of distracted driving. This same year Chellie also received a Consumer Reporting award from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists.
During her time as a reporter, Chellie has had the opportunity to interview political leaders in Oklahoma as well as presidential candidates who have come through the state. She has also covered numerous weather events which have impacted Oklahoma. She remembers reporting in the early morning hours one winter when Oklahoma broke a record for the coldest temperature on record. She also was a member of the award winning coverage which followed the tornadoes that devastated the state on May 19, 2013.
Chellie got her first chance to see what it’s like behind the scenes at News Channel 4 when she served as a college intern. She was thrilled to be return to KFOR, working with many of those who served as teachers and mentors during her internship.
She cames to KFOR after more than two years as a reporter and producer at a local, independent station. Chellie started her broadcast career during college as a reporter for KOSU-FM, Oklahoma’s Public Radio.
Chellie was born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and is proud to say she is a “Fighting Chick.”
She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. While in college, Chellie won an OBEA award for a documentary that she wrote and produced on the OSU Spirit Rider.
In her free time, Chellie and her husband enjoy completing DIY projects on their home. She also is a mom and loves to spend time with her little boy. Chellie and her family live in Midwest City. They attend Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond. They also have two dogs, a liver spotted dalmatian, named Brownie, and a chiweenie, named Zoey.
Hometown– Chickasha, OK
Life Goal– My main professional goal was actually always to end up at KFOR. It happened a little sooner than I expected. My life goal is simply to have a happy family, which I’m blessed to have.
Play any sports/Favorite Sport– I’m not athletic! I do enjoy watching football though. I also like to ride bikes and would love to know how to ice skate.
Favorite TV Show– The Blacklist
Happiest moment in my life was– Seeing my new baby for the first time. He’s perfect!
Favorite food– Mexican Food or anything sweet. I love to make desserts, especially cakes. I always say if I wasn’t a reporter I would love to own a bakery!
I have a pet– I have a liver-spotted dalmatian named Brownie (so her spots are brown, not black), and a chiweenie named Zoey.
Knew you wanted to be a reporter when– In high school I had a great English teacher. I learned in her class how much I love to write. When I went to college I wanted to be an English teacher or a journalist. I took some journalism classes and loved the writing style of journalism more than English. For me, journalism was exciting and a lot of fun. Although, I do still love to edit. Give me a red pen and an essay and I get very excited.
Hardest part of my job– I think the hardest part of my job is dealing with the extreme temperatures. I’ve stood out in it all, from ice storms to snow and rain and it can be miserable at times. But it’s well worth it come summertime when the temperatures are fabulous at that time of day.
Best part of my job– I love the interaction that I get to have with other people. I’ve never been the kind of person to just sit at a desk all day. I really enjoy getting to go out of the station to meet and interview people. I’ve met so many interesting people and would have never had that opportunity had it not been for this job.
Favorite holiday– Christmas
School fight song — Ride ‘Em Cowboys
My favorite story of all time– This is a tough one.. I guess I would have to say it’s a story I did in college and then again when I got my first job. There is a man in Stillwater named Kevin Davis. He has overcome incredible odds in his life; in fact, he should be dead by all medical accounts. I did a documentary on him in college and a shorter story later on. I will always remember Kevin. He’s an amazing guy! Just thinking about him makes me smile.
People are surprised when I tell them – that I do my own hair and makeup.
Biggest life achievement/made mom & dad proud when I… got this job. I grew up in Oklahoma and my family still lives here. So, my parents think it’s pretty cool that they can see me every morning when they wake up. Although, the down side to this is that I have a lot of family members who don’t call me anymore because they always see me on TV.
I like to listen to… K-LOVE
I’d jump at the chance to…– interview the president
Best part of the day– spending time with my family.
Favorite place to be other than home & work: outside. I know it’s not a specific place, but I love just sitting outside and enjoying the day.