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

The Adolescent Health Project’s Sweet Talk campaign is meant to normalize conversations teens have with their parents or guardians about sexuality and relationships.

All fifth graders in OPPD’s service territory are invited to participate in its annual Marshmallow Challenge.

This Saturday, the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is presenting the Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo, starting at 8:30 a.m.  A group of 110 teams from 21 Nebraska elementary, middle and high schools will compete. 

For over 100 years, the Girl Scouts have been selling their well-known cookies.

Creighton University is offering tax assistance for those who need it at no charge.  The Creighton University College of Business is hosting its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program throughout the month of February. 

The Coalition on Human Trafficking is working to train hotel and motel employees to recognize the signs of sex trafficking.

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its annual Art & Soup fundraiser Sunday, February 25th.

Omaha Performing Arts will present An American in Paris onstage at the Orpheum Theatre beginning Tuesday, February 13th.

The Denver Post

Frank LaMere was the guest speaker at the last Omaha Press Club Noon Forum.

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE screens for one night only at the Dundee Theatre on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.

The Green Omaha Coalition is a group of leaders who help endorse sustainability in the Omaha area.

Next Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department is holding a free forum called, “The Prediabetes Predicament: What Business Leaders Can Do To Take Action.” 

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Tomorrow morning, before sunrise, there will be three events happening in the sky at the same time.

This Friday, UNMC’s College of Dentistry will host its annual Children’s Dental Day at the college in Lincoln.

Promise of Place: Building Beloved Communities for Black Men and Boys is the name of a report released last week by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, or CBMA.

Phil Rooney, Spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department, says the flu is a serious disease and it needs to be taken seriously. 

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee interviews Ajana Jones, Omaha North HS Senior and culinary student at the OPS Career Center...

When Eric Meyer, Ph.D. candidate at UNMC’s College of Public Health, was writing up articles on the research he collected from a yearlong study, he noticed the emotions and feelings of participants weren’t coming through the way he wanted.

Courtesy of NAWIC

The National Association of Women in Construction’s Education Foundation is offering its annual Block Kids Contest this Saturday.

Neena Nizar is the Supervisor at the Learning and Tutoring Center South Campus for Metropolitan Community College.  

Justice for Our Neighbors recently announced they are changing their name to the Immigrant Legal Center.

Creighton is kicking off its new Global Scholars Program this fall. 

What’s the key to being a successful mentor?  You just have to be willing to spend about four hours a month with your student and be open to teaching them new skills or exploring their interests. 

Joan Squires, President of Omaha Performing Arts, was named a “Mover and Shaper” for 2017 by Musical America magazine.

The Omaha Children’s Museum is one of three across the country to participate in a pilot program called Experiential Science for Families Affected by Autism.

Nebraska ranked 20th in the US in population growth rate between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.  

The New Year, New Business series returns to the Omaha Public Library starting tomorrow at Noon.

With temperatures dipping well below freezing, many people are breaking out their wood or coal stoves, turning on space heaters or taking full advantage of their fireplaces to keep warm. 

Midnight Movies are returning to the Dundee Theater starting next month.  The Dundee Theater reopened after extensive renovation at the beginning of December. 

ConAgra Brands has hired Hines, a global real estate development firm, to help redevelop the downtown campus.  

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