Cheril Lee

Reporter/Anchor

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.  

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Arts
6:06 am
Thu July 24, 2014

We Always Lie to Strangers to screen at Film Streams in August

WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS is a documentary film by David Wilson.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Nebraska a great state for kids

The Annie E. Casey Foundation National Kids Count Data Book was released yesterday, and it shows more children live in poverty now than in 2005.

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Arts
6:06 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Broadway Bound

Students from Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Lincoln, Grand Island and southwest Iowa are participating in Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Intensive this week.

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General News
1:44 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

US Senator Mike Johanns says vets deserve a choice

US Senator Mike Johanns says our veterans are in need of serious improvements in the ways they access the healthcare they’ve earned.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Council Bluffs will unveil a new public art piece later this summer

Haymarket Rabbits by Deborah Masuoka

A 65-foot high steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero will be installed at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs later this summer.

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Arts
6:06 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Social Studies is on view at the W. Dale Clark Library

Laura Carlson, Social Studies

Social Studies is the new exhibit on view at the W. Dale Clark Library in downtown Omaha.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

US Senator Mike Johanns Talks Reimbursement for Ag Producers

The severe weather in Nebraska the week of July 4th caused substantial damage to some ag producers' operations and in some cases, also caused cattle losses.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Metro Area Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day Set for Saturday

This Saturday, the Omaha Police Department will hold a Metro Area Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day from 9:00 until 3:00.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The VNA Hosts Cooking Matters at the Store on Saturday

Learning how to buy healthy food at the store while still maintaining your budget is the focus of a program the VNA is holding this Saturday.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed July 9, 2014

US Army Corps of Engineers Discusses Calendar Year Runoff Forecast

The 2014 Missouri River calendar year runoff forecast for July 1st is 131% of normal above Sioux City and Gavins Point.

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