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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

The Omaha Summer Arts Festival kicks off today and is held on Farnam Street, alongside the Gene Leahy Mall.

The Munroe-Meyer Garden Walk is set for this Sunday and will feature four private gardens in West Omaha.

On August 21st a total solar eclipse will occur. 

Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing starts July 6th and runs Thursdays through August 10th. 

The VNA’s Senior Speaker Series continues with “Dinner for One: Adding Mealtime Appeal” on Thursday, June 8th.

Heartland 2050 is offering mini-grants to fund special projects that align with its Regional Vision and Action Plan.

Anthony Pocevicius is a senior at Bryan High School.  He has only been studying welding in the OPS Career Center for a year but absolutely loves it.  Part of the fun lies in the variety.  Anthony says students can learn three different types of welding in the program...

Omaha Symphony Maestro Thomas Wilkins says from now until 2020 when he leaves the symphony, one of his primary goals is revisiting favorite pieces as well as conducting repertoire he’s always wanted to do.

Midtown Crossing kicks off its brand new Turner Park Night Market tonight from 6-10 p.m.

Loessfest 2017 kicks off Friday, May 26th with a concert featuring KC and the Sunshine Band and special guest, Bluffett, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band. 

Kara Eastman, the President and CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, recently announced she will be running against 2nd Congressional District Representative Don Bacon in the May primary next year. 

Caffeine and carrots may be the two newest secret weapons to help protect yourself from the sun.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers have planted 92 percent of the state's corn crop, which is three days behind last year's rate mostly due to wet fields from recent storms but their progress is two days ahead of the five-year average.

The Omaha Public Library will officially kick off its Summer Reading Program with a party this Friday at the W. Dale Clark Library, from 10:30 to 12:30.

For those who pay a third or more of their income for a roof over their heads, there’s a lot less money available for food, transportation and medical care costs.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities put out the 4th edition of its State of Learning Disabilities report earlier this month.

News Director Cheril Lee has the story on a high school soccer player who just added an impressive credit to his resume...

  

  

SOMETHING ROTTEN is onstage tonight through Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Omaha Press Club held a special Noon Forum earlier this week focused on Congressman Don Bacon and his first 100 days in office.

On May 27th, the Omaha Children’s Museum will unveil its new Art Smart Center.

In honor of National Bicycle Safety Month, AAA-The Auto Club Group recently announced that all membership levels will now include free bicycle service.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans this week to talk about why he decided to stay on as superintendent.  He also answered questions from the Student Voices Council…

The search for a new chancellor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been put on pause indefinitely.

Paul Landow, Professor in the Political Science Department at UNO, says the mayoral race was a close, hard fought election.

Earlier this week, KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans to talk about potential busing concerns for next year, issues with the board and why he decided to stay on as superintendent for one more year...

The Omaha Public Library and City of Omaha Parks & Recreation department are teaming up to offer a Community Resource Expo this evening.

Approximately 90 hotels in and around the metro area have received training from the Coalition on Human Trafficking.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — This year's Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is scheduled for May 20.

On that day, people may enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need to obtain fishing or park entry permits for the day.

The special day is held yearly on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations, and camping, lodging and all other user fees still apply at state park areas.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.org and check the online calendar for more details.

Durham Museum offers a community exhibit every year that celebrates a specific milestone for one local organization.   

When there’s a severe thunderstorm or tornado headed your way, the safest place to be is the basement.  

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