KIOS-FM

Cheril Lee

News Director

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.  

Ways to Connect

On Wednesday evening, Omaha Public Schools was informed that a 5-year-old-student from Field Club Elementary School had not arrived home as of 6:00 p.m.  

The Visiting Nurse Association will begin its Flu Immunization Clinics starting next Monday, September 12th.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS Superintendent Mark Evans last week to discuss some of the challenges the district is currently facing and how they are dealing with them as well as the positives such as student achievement and building improvements.

The 9th annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference & Exhibition takes place November 7th and 8th at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel.

This is the first year for the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency’s Little Steps, Big Impact program.

Tonight’s Omaha Science Café focuses on Sex Trafficking in Nebraska.

Ballet Nebraska kicks off its seventh season on Saturday, October 22nd.  With more, here's Omaha Public Radio's Cheril Lee...

Test results recently released by AAA indicate that automatic braking systems vary greatly among different makes and models of vehicles.

Novelist and journalist Geraldine Brooks is the guest speaker at the 26th annual Women and Health Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is this year’s Omaha Reads selection.

After Tuesday’s storm, many residents were left without power and saw their food spoil. 

The UNO Women’s Archive Project will have a reception this evening starting at 7:00 at KANEKO.

Do Space is holding a Startup Summit on Thursday, September 22nd from 11:30 to 1.  Lunch will be provided.

According to a recent report released by WalletHub, Nebraska is the 5th strictest state on DUI offenses in the nation.

ConAgra’s 2016 Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign as well as their involvement in the Holiday Lights Festival will continue. 

Approximately 40 agencies and organizations, both private and public, are working together to help reduce the duration of traffic incidents and the congestion caused by them.

The Omaha Police Department is taking part in a nationwide campaign called, “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.”

Do Space will offer a Girls Who Code Club starting this fall.

Eileen McDargh will present the second in ICAN’s series of four talks in its Leadership Exchange Speaker Series.

The United Way of the Midlands awarded Partnership 4 Kids a $50,000 grant for its Pathway Program.

Last month’s Omaha Press Club Noon Forum focused on boxing champion and Omaha native Bud Crawford.   

Cinemateca, the biennial Latino/Latin-American and Spanish film series, returns to Film Streams August 30th through September 27th.  This is the fifth year for the series.

A new report detailing the demographic and socioeconomic trends of Nebraska’s Latinos before, during and after the 2008 economic crisis was recently released by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO.

Deidra Calloway, Director of Community Engagement for United Way of the Midlands, says the Day of Caring is a wonderful opportunity for people to come out and see what is going on related to agency work being done in the tri-county area. 

How Our Taxes and Spending Compare? is the third of six policy briefs released by the Platte Institute for Economic Research as part of their report Removing Barriers in Nebraska.

Starting this fall, anyone interested in studying fashion design can do so at Metropolitan Community College.  Metro is offering a new fashion design program beginning September 6th.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a rally at Omaha North High School yesterday afternoon.

A new study released by SeniorAdvice.com ranks Omaha in the top 10 most livable cities in America for seniors.

It may only be the end of July, but many kids start school next month.  And with the start of school comes the rush to buy students all the school supplies and clothes they need.

“Chrysalis” is the theme of the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program’s summer art exhibition.  The program is run through the Joslyn Art Museum.

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