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
Thu March 19, 2015

Re[defyne] Leadership the theme of this year's ICAN Conference

The 22nd annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference takes place on Wednesday, April 8th at the CenturyLink Center.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Works Selected for Fontenelle Boulevard Banner Project

Fontenelle Boulevard

The Fontenelle Boulevard Banner Project is a partnership of the Clairmont Heights Neighborhood Association, the Benson-Ames Alliance and Omaha by Design.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Creighton University's Lawler Lecture set for tomorrow afternoon

“The Mysticism of Saint Augustine” is the topic of this year’s Lawler Lecture in Catholic Theology at Creighton University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri March 13, 2015

UNMC Takes Part in Ebola Drug Study

UNMC will participate in a clinic research partnership to test different medications meant to treat Ebola.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Report Finds More than 4000 Iowa Employees Working in Energy Supply Chain

More than 100 companies from across the state of Iowa are working in the wind and solar energy supply chain.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Completion is the next installment of KANEKO's Process Series

Completion is the third in a series of four panels being held at KANEKO tomorrow night.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue March 10, 2015

American Red Cross' Heroes in the Heartland Luncheon set for tomorrow

The American Red Cross is presenting its 15th annual Heroes in the Heartland luncheon this Wednesday at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Mon March 9, 2015

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine yield large economic impact

A study recently released shows UNMC and Nebraska Medicine have an economic impact on the state’s economy of $4.2 billion annually.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri March 6, 2015

There Will Be No Stay screening at OFF

There Will Be No Stay

“There Will Be No Stay” is a documentary about execution from the executioner’s experience.  Director Patty Dillon says the film took seven years to make.  Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee has the story.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Cherish the Ladies are onstage at the Holland Center next week

Cherish the Ladies

St. Patrick’s Day comes early to the Holland Center with a performance featuring the Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies on Wednesday, March 11th.

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