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 March 2, 2015

Aspie Seeks Love at OFF

Self-portrait by David Matthews

“Aspie Seeks Love” is about a witty writer named David Matthews who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 41.  The documentary will screen at the Omaha Film Festival next week.  With more, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee.

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Crime
6:06 am
Mon March 2, 2015

SafeWise Announces the 10 Safest Cities in Nebraska

Auburn, Wahoo and Blair are three of the safest cities in Nebraska according to the new SafeWise report.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Retirement transition series returns to Omaha Public Library

Starting next week, the Omaha Public Library will kick off its retirement transition series. This is the fourth year the library has offered the series.

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Education
6:06 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Common Core - The Pros and Cons is focus of February press club

February’s Omaha Press Club’s Noon Forum centered on the pros and cons of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Creighton University Medical Center Re-Certified Level 1 Trauma Designation

Creighton University Medical Center has been re-certified as a Level 1 trauma center.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Applications being accepted for the Cooke Scholarship

Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Redskins and the Lakers, started a scholarship many years ago aimed at exceptionally high performing low income kids across the country.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Lincoln Science Cafe Focuses on Climate Change

Melting of the polar ice caps, hotter temperatures and extreme weather are just a few of the issues commonly associated with climate change.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri February 20, 2015

CHI Renews Ties with Coventry Health Care and UnitedHealthcare

Last week, CHI Health and its provider-led clinically integrated network, UniNet, announced they have renewed their relationships with Coventry Health Care and United Healthcare.

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Business
6:06 am
Thu February 19, 2015

SBA Sees Rise in Demand for Funding

The Small Business Administration tries to connect capital with small business owners who are trying to start or grow a business here in Nebraska.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Keeping Seniors Healthy

Keeping seniors healthy and out of the hospital is the goal of Home Instead Senior Care’s latest public education program.

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