KIOS-FM

Cheril Lee

News Director

My broadcasting career began in the most unlikely of places…Okinawa, Japan.  I was interviewed one afternoon while I was in college and, on a lark, I asked if the TV station needed any volunteers.  They said they could use a weather person who would stick around for at least six months.  Two auditions and one meeting later, I was in front of the cameras Monday through Friday night, giving the weather forecast for the island. 

Did I mention that FEN was the ONLY American TV station on the island?  Well, let’s just say that I got to know what being a celebrity was like, really quickly.  Since I was the only civilian on an all-military newscast, I stood out just a little bit.  It was one of the best times of my life and I worked with eight different news anchors.  This taught me that every broadcaster has a different way of approaching the craft. 

After Japan, I made my way back across the ocean, by way of plane, to the great state of Mississippi.  While there, I anchored daily newscasts at a local station, Northland Cable News.  The station was located in Starkville, the home of Mississippi State University.  While there, I got to attend football games in the press box, which was quite cool until the day they tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that cheering was not allowed in the press box.  Oops.  Again, I learned a little something about retaining one’s professionalism in every situation. 

While in Mississippi, I also made appearances on other TV stations’ breakfast and lunch time shows, usually talking to the hosts about various plays I was appearing in onstage.

My next broadcasting gig was right here in Omaha at KVNO, Classical 90.7 where I became the News Director in 2000.  I remember that my first day was right in the middle of a fund drive.  The Program Director asked me if I wanted to jump in and pitch and I thought, “What the heck is pitching?”  I deferred, telling him I’d participate in the next one.  And participate I did.  While I was there, I did more than 20 fund drives.  Additionally, I anchored several daily newscasts, wrote, produced and delivered the Arts at 8:30 and at the end, hosted a two-hour on-air shift in addition to my other duties.  I learned a lot about classical composers, including the correct pronunciation of Dvorak.

After a decade at KVNO, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree at UNO, so I left the station to take classes.  But it wasn’t long before the siren song of public radio lured me back.  I started working for KIOS in January of 2010 as a news anchor, reporter and on-air host.  The Saturday morning programs are among my favorites and I love talking with listeners who are as passionate about public radio as I am.

When I’m not talking on the airwaves, I love to act in community theatre productions, rock out to concerts and write.  Traveling has always been a passion of mine.  I’ve been to several countries, including Italy, Japan, Albania, Slovenia, England and my personal favorite, Ireland.  Up next, are the Dominican Republic, France and Scotland. 

Ever the optimist, you will usually hear a smile in my voice when I’m hosting.  It is my goal to be good company as you move through your day.  

Ways to Connect

Late last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new enzyme substitution therapy for adults with a rare and serious genetic disease known as phenylketonuria or PKU.  

Nebraska GenCyber is a free two-week camp focused on cybersecurity.  The camp runs this week with a focus on middle school and high school teachers.  Next week’s sessions will center on 9th and 10th grade students. 

The Durham Museum is offering all sorts of fun activities and exhibits this summer.  KIOS News Director Cheril Lee has more...

Jeremy Cowley, Program Director for the OPS Career Center, was named Administrator of the Year by the Association of Career and Technical Education of Nebraska on June 4 during the organization’s conference in Kearney.

The Women’s Fund of Omaha announced brings its new “Not on My Watch” campaign to the College World Series this week. 

As part of the expansion on its Fort Omaha campus, Metropolitan Community College has a call out for artists.

The Creighton University School of Medicine’s 2018 Trauma Symposium takes place Friday at the Downtown Hilton Omaha Hotel. 

Do Space is offering a Summer Passport Program for the second year in a row.  Jessica Johnson, Director of Community Learning at Do Space, says putting the program together was a bit of a challenge.

Summer Fun Safety Tips

Jun 11, 2018

Many times, safety is the last thing you want to think about before engaging in a fun activity or day trip but it is important.

Tips for Better Hearing

Jun 6, 2018

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million people nationwide. 

“Everyone Prospers: The Path to Equity” is an event being co-hosted by the United Way of the Midlands and the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency this Wednesday at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.

This weekend the Omaha Summer Arts Festival returns to the Gene Leahy Mall.

Cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer of the bile ducts that extends from the liver to the small intestine. 

Today, Omaha North High student Eleanor Dunning talks to students and staff about the OPS Career Center…

  

  

The 50th annual Munroe-Meyer Garden Walk takes place Sunday, June 10th from 9-4.

MAPA seeks public input

May 24, 2018

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, or MAPA, is amending its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan to address cost increases for the City of Omaha’s construction project along 156th Street from Pepperwood Drive to Corby.

1 in 5 children in Nebraska are considered food insecure, meaning they may not know where their next meal is coming from. 

I’m Cheril Lee with the final OPS Student Spotlight of the school year.  Teiah Wells is a senior at Omaha Central High School.  Earlier this year, Teiah won the Youth of the Year Honor from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. 

Nebraska Wildflower Events take place next month.

Established in 1956, the purpose of National Bike Month is to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage people to use bikes for transportation, fitness, recreation and environmental purposes. 

As the weather begins to heat up and the school year starts to wind down, students and teachers naturally start to think about their plans for summer break.  With more, here’s sophomore Eleanor Dunning…

The black and orange monarch butterfly will arrive in large numbers in the state of Nebraska by Memorial Day.

KIOS Station Manager Ken Dudzik meets Bill Kurtis, Judge and Scorekeeper for "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" at a live taping in Chicago last week. 

Map the Meal Gap 2018, a study released by Feeding America, is focused on food insecurity and the cost of food at the county level.

Over the course of the next few months, you may hear some unexpected noise over our airwaves in the form of knocks, bangs and booms. 

The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently released its Rural Health Care Workforce Report.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS Superintendent Mark Evans on Monday to talk about the upcoming transition of his office to Dr. Cheryl Logan and his proudest achievements during his tenure in the district…

  

  

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans on Monday to talk about budget and bond issues…

Nebraska’s overall emergency preparedness level stands at 7.5 on a 10-point scale, which is significantly higher than the national average of 7.1. That’s according to the 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week. 

Omaha Public Schools recently launched its SAFE Schools Hotline. 

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