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
4:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The 2013 Kids Count Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 Kids Count Data Book was released yesterday (Monday).

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General News
6:06 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Inspiration Garden

Alegent Creighton Health dedicated a new garden outside its Cancer Center yesterday.

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Health/Medical
3:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

VNA Head to Toe Home Safety Event

One in three elderly people will experience a fall.  And most of these falls will take place in the home.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Chautauqua Brings the Past to Life

Humanities Nebraska is partnering with several community organizations to bring Chautauqua to Papillion this week.

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Education
6:06 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Bellevue University Earns Top 3 Ranking

US News has recognized Bellevue University with a Top 3 ranking for having one of the best online programs for veterans.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Releases from Gavins Point Reduced

Drought conditions remain over the southwestern part of the Missouri River Basin, according to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Film Streams Announces its Summer Selections for Forever Young Series

Film Streams kicks off the summer selections in its Forever Young series July 5th. 

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Health/Medical
4:02 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Nebraska Ranks 14th in Senior Healthcare

The state of Nebraska ranks 14th for senior healthcare.  That’s according to a new report issued by United Health Foundation.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Senator Johanns Supports Students

US Senator Mike Johanns supported a motion last week to keep student loan rates from doubling at the end of the month.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Omaha Summer Arts Festival Underway

The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is currently in its 39th year.  The festival takes place this weekend.

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