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
Mon November 24, 2014

Nebraska Artists Complete Business Training Program

22 artists from Omaha and Lincoln artists recently participated in a series of weekly workshops called Artist INC Live Omaha.

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Arts
3:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Nationally Acclaimed Writers Reading in Midtown

Dr. Kate Gale, Editor for the Los Angeles Review and instructor in UNO’s MFA in Writing program, will be reading selections from her most recent work The Side Door Lounge on Friday. 

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General News
3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UNMC, UNeMed Open Office in Shanghai

UNMC opened an office in China late last month.  DJ Thayer is Director of International and Domestic Business Affairs for UNMC.

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Education
3:32 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

State Education Association: report on education policy is flawed

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, released its 19th annual report card on American education late last month.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Nebraska: 29th Best Business Tax Climate

Nebraska has the 29th best tax climate in the U-S, according to the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Holiday Lights Festival Kicks Off on Thanksgiving

The 15th annual Holiday Lights Festival kicks off Thanksgiving evening at 6:00 p.m.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Father Robert Sirico Defends the Free Market at Creighton

On Wednesday, the Creighton Institute for Economic Inquiry will host a lecture by Father Robert Sirico.

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Education
6:06 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Speaker to Discuss Immigration and International Social Connections

UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies is presenting a lecture by Cecilia Menjivar this morning at 11:30.

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Government
4:38 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Douglas County Election Commissioner Says Voter Turnout Just as Predicted

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps said voter turnout was just about what his office predicted.

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Government
3:48 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Terry Concedes to Ashford

In a press conference earlier this afternoon, 2nd congressional district incumbent Republican Lee Terry conceded to challenger Democrat State Senator Brad Ashford.

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