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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Government
6:06 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Senator Johanns says Farm Bill needs work

Senator Mike Johanns

US Senator Mike Johanns talked about the current draft of the farm bill during his weekly conference call with Nebraska media.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Financial Literacy Classes

The Literacy Center has partnered with Bank of the West to offer a pilot 5-week financial literacy program.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Disaster Preparedness Conference

“Long Term/Residential Care Disaster Preparedness: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable” is the theme of Omaha’s first national conference on disaster preparedness.

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Government
6:06 am
Wed May 8, 2013

OPS Subdistrict 5 Candidates

Incumbent OPS Board Member Jennifer Tompkins Kirshenbaum will fight to hold onto her seat in Subdistrict 5.  Kirshenbaum will face Lou Ann Goding in the general election.

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Government
6:06 am
Wed May 8, 2013

OPS Subdistrict 6 Candidates

In the race for Omaha Public Schools’ Subdistrict 6, Incumbent Nancy Kratky is running against challenger Matt Scanlan.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue May 7, 2013

ONI Holds Lunch and Learn

The mission of Outlook Nebraska, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired.

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Government
6:06 am
Tue May 7, 2013

OPS Subdistrict 3 Candidates

Incumbent Marian Fey will face challenger Woody Bradford for the Omaha Public Schools 3rd Subdistrict seat.

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Government
6:06 am
Tue May 7, 2013

OPS Subdistrict 4 Candidates

Current OPS Board Member Justin Wayne is facing challenger Jill Brown for the right to represent the 4th Subdistrict.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon May 6, 2013

OPS Subdistrict 1 Candidates

James English and Yolanda Williams are running against each other for the Omaha Public Schools’ Subdistrict 1 seat.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon May 6, 2013

OPS Subdistrict 2 Candidates

Voters from the Omaha Public Schools’ 2nd Subdistrict will be choosing between Marque Snow and Niokia Stewart during next week’s general election.

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