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
Fri October 31, 2014

Hands-Free Systems May Cause Driver Distractions

A new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests popular features in new vehicles may cause driver distraction.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Omaha B-Cycle Expands

Omaha B-Cycle is expanding to offer service in Council Bluffs.  With the new service comes a name change.

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Government
2:51 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Braley Faces Ernst for US Senator Tom Harkin's Seat

Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley currently represents Iowa’s first congressional district. 

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri October 24, 2014

A New Initiative Focuses on Inspiring Young Women to Pursue Careers in Orthopedics, Engineering

40 young women have been chosen to attend the Perry Outreach Program on November 15th at UNMC.

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Government
11:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Senate Candidates Debate Issues

Former Midland University President and Republican Ben Sasse is facing off against lawyer and Democrat Dave Domina for the US Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mike Johanns.

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Business
6:06 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Men's Mega Mind Meet Up Set for Thursday

ICAN is holding a Men’s Mega Mind Meet Up this Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Government
2:25 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

2nd Congressional District Debate at OPC Airs Next Week on KIOS

Political ads were among the topics of debate between the Second Congressional District candidates last week in Omaha.

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Arts
6:06 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Benson Theatre Nonprofit Buys Historic Building

The Benson Theatre Nonprofit recently announced its purchase of the Benson Theatre at 6054 Maple Street.

Lenli Corbett, Chair of the Board for the Benson Theatre Nonprofit, says community support made the purchase possible. 

Corbett says the Benson Theatre Nonprofit needs to raise a total of $1.2 million.  This money will fund the renovations and the first few years of operating expenses. 

Corbett says the primary purpose of the theatre is to offer a shared space for nonprofits.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed October 15, 2014

UNMC, UNL receive $1.25 million grant to benefit kids with developmental disabilities

UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute and UNL’s Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, have been awarded a $1.25 million grant.

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