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
Wed July 24, 2013

MCC Unveils New Brand Identity

On the heels of its 40th anniversary, Metropolitan Community College has introduced a new brand and identity system. 

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Government
6:06 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Senator Johanns Weighs In On Healthcare Law Mandate

During his weekly conference call with Nebraska media, US Senator Mike Johanns talked about the mandate that employers provide healthcare coverage for all employees under President Obama’s healthcare law.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

VA/HUD Homeless Housing Program Expanded

Politics & Elections
6:06 am
Thu July 18, 2013

UNO Closer to Opening New Arena

A unanimous vote earlier this month by the Omaha City Council means UNO is one step closer to building a new arena.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed July 17, 2013

OPD is Holding a Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day Saturday

The Omaha Police Department will hold a Fireworks/Gun Amnesty Day from this Saturday from 9:00 until 3:00.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Omaha's Police Chief Guest at OPC in July

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, Courtesy of KETV

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer was the guest speaker at this month’s Noon Forum at the Omaha Press Club.

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Arts
6:06 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Omaha Symphony Makes Significant Economic Impact

Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony

The Omaha Symphony collaborated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research to study the economic impact the symphony has had in the community.

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Weather
6:06 am
Thu July 11, 2013

NOAA has new 1-month outlook forecast

As of July first, NOAA’s Central Region Climate Services began offering a 1-month precipitation and temperature outlook in addition to its seasonal outlook.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed July 10, 2013

United Way of the Midlands Announces Community Care Funding

More than $11.5 million in funding for 32 programs has been approved by the United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

OPL's Summer Reading Program is in full swing

The Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continues through the end of July.

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