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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General News
6:06 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Southeast Nebraska Food Hub could be a go in next three years

The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities is exploring the idea of establishing a Southeast Nebraska Food Hub.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu January 1, 2015

MAPA to host public workshop on planning around Offutt AFB

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, along with Offutt Air Force Base, state and federal agencies, local school districts and area chambers of commerce are working together to prepare a Joint Land Use Study.

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Business
2:16 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Omaha Public Library and Small Business Association to offer new business series

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to start your own business in 2015, the Omaha Public Library will offer a series that teaches you how to make that happen.

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Arts
6:06 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Grants Available to Artists and Arts Organizations

Courtesy of Watie White

Artist Watie White used grant funds he received from the Mid-America Arts Alliance to continue work on a collaborative project with Habitat for Humanity.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon December 22, 2014

One in Three Fatal Crashes in the State a Result of Drinking/Drug Use

A third of traffic fatalities in Nebraska are alcohol or drug-related.

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Education
6:05 am
Wed December 17, 2014

College Possible attends White House event

A program providing supports for college-bound low-income students is continuing to expand.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Students at UNMC learn through video game

Second-year medical students at UNMC are playing a video game to learn how to diagnose and treat gout.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Johanns Delivers Farewell Speech

Last week, US Senator Mike Johanns delivered his farewell address from the Senate floor.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Angie Seykora's artwork to be featured at the Lied Art Gallery

Artist and Creighton alumnae Angie Seykora will have an exhibition on view at the Lied Art Gallery next month.

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Arts
6:06 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Holiday Under Glass is Underway at Joslyn

Grace University Chorale and Chamber Singers at Holiday Under Glass, Courtesy of Amy Rummel

Holiday Under Glass is Joslyn Art Museum’s annual holiday luncheon concert series.

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