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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Education
7:25 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Creighton, Regis Announce New Partnership

By 2025, Occupational Therapists may have to have a doctorate just to apply for entry level positions.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Omaha Performing Arts Creates Major Economic Impact

Omaha Performing Arts had a $40 million economic impact on our community last year.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Heartland 2050 Vision Approved by MAPA Council of Officials

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency’s Council of Officials unanimously approved the Heartland 2050 Vision earlier this month.

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Business
6:06 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Chamber's Annual Meeting is set to Deliver Powerful Insights for 2015

Michael Corbat, CEO of Citi, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Greater Omaha Chamber’s Annual Meeting.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Study Shows Lead Affects Boys More Than Girls

A recent study conducted by Dr. Maya Khanna, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNO, focused on lead poisoned children living in Eastern Omaha.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon January 19, 2015

January Press Club Focused on Immigration

Charles Shane Ellison and Virginia Maynes of Justice for our Neighbors were the guests for January’s Press Club Noon Forum.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri January 16, 2015

UNO's Inaugural TEDx Event Takes Place Next Month

UNO will host its first TEDx event on Saturday, February 28th.  Ben Jager, Lead Organizer for the event, says speakers include a poet and a concert organizer.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The US Army Corps of Engineers increased releases from Gavins Point for past few weeks

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Water Management Office increased releases from Gavins Point Dam from 17,000 cubic feet per second to 20,000 cfs late last month and earlier this month in an effort to offset water lost to ice formation.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Creighton University Hospital won't get trauma patients

On Tuesday, Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said his department’s ambulances will send trauma patients only to Nebraska Medical Center and not to Creighton University Medical Center because they are not a certified Level 1 trauma center.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed January 14, 2015

UNMC and Primary Care Practitioners Launch Project Focused on Healthy Behaviors

The first project of the Nebraska Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network will focus on the relationship between patient activation and the management of weight.

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