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

Eleanor Dunning is a sophomore at Omaha North Magnet High School

and featured in this month's OPS Student Spotlight.

  

  

The new 2017 Omaha Metropolitan Area Bicycle Map is available at a number of locations around the metro.

The Student Innovation Challenge, run by DLR Group starts today and wraps up tomorrow afternoon.  The two-day event features teams from Bennington, Gretna and Elmwood-Murdock.

NOAA works to improve emergency response to natural disasters.  KIOS News Director Cheril Lee has more...

With more millions of Nebraskans looking to select new healthcare or change plans, UnitedHealth Group is offering some enrollment tips to help people better navigate the process.

The Coalition for a Stronger Nebraska recently debuted a new animated video short that explains how a bill becomes a law.

Filmmaker Stephanie Howard is presenting her film, THE WEIGHT OF HONOR, at two different venues in Omaha next week.  With more, here's KIOS News Director Cheril Lee...

Rachelle Vidal, a School Records Counselor at Omaha South High Magnet, served as a Specialist in the Army National Guard from 2000-2008. 

Dave Sanderson was the last person off US Airways Flight 1549 after an emergency landing on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.  Sanderson was in town last Friday for the Red Cross’ Centennial Volunteer Appreciation Event.  Earlier that day, he stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with News Director Cheril Lee…

The Omaha Press Club’s most recent Noon Forum featured Mayor Jean Stothert. 

Joslyn Art Museum’s new season of exhibits begins February 3rd with Word/Play: Prints, Photographs and Paintings by Ed Ruscha.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center was one of two programs nationwide to receive a “Project ECHO” grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This Saturday, November 4th, the Omaha Public Library will present its annual culinary conference.

Jazz From Studio One hosted by students from the Omaha Public Schools Career Center will return Thursday November 2nd at 8:00 PM.

  

NU working to grow student success rates

Oct 31, 2017

Each University of Nebraska campus has implemented research-based strategies aimed at helping students stay on the path to a degree so they can graduate on time, with less debt, and enter the workforce sooner. 

The Omaha Children’s Museum has had a couple of exhibits they’ve rented to museums outside of the state, but their newest exhibit, Forever Forest, is the first-ever, locally-created national touring exhibition.

Film Historian Bruce Crawford will present “A Christmas Story” at the Joslyn Art Museum on Friday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.

ICAN’s annual 7x7x7 event takes place tomorrow at Creighton University’s Harper Center from 4-7 p.m.

Cheril Lee, KIOS’ News Director, sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about the district’s new standardized grading scale and the five-year strategic plan…

  

  

The Omaha Salvation Army’s first official Red Kettle event of the season takes place this Saturday, October 21st at Werner Park in Papillion.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about some recent achievements and honors...

  

  

The Omaha Children’s Museum’s not-so-scary haunted house, Cobweb Castle, is open throughout the month of October.

“Momentum,” Ballet Nebraska’s mixed repertory program takes place this Friday at the Joslyn Art Museum and Sunday at the Arts Center on the Iowa Western campus. 

The Visiting Nurse Association is offering Flu Immunization Clinics at its office at 125th and West Center Road.

The OPS Student Spotlight returns with the focus on two students who teamed up together, along with nine other students, to start a t-shirt company this summer.  KIOS News Director Cheril Lee has more...

It took Jessica Mendoza, a senior at South High School, five tries to make it to the United States from Mexico. 

Creighton University is the site of the first-ever United States-India Friendship Summit.

AARP Nebraska is hosting several community conversations on healthcare reform this month.

The Nebraska Forest Service will offer a series of intensive one-day workshops on tree risk and management.

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