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
Fri May 3, 2013

City Council District 7 Candidates

Voters in Omaha’s 7th District will elect a new council member May 14th.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Omaha Farmer's Market Returns this Weekend

The Omaha Farmer’s Markets returns this weekend.  The markets offer attendees a variety of items, including local produce, flowers, meat, and cheese. 

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Government
6:06 am
Thu May 2, 2013

City Council Candidates for Districts 5 & 6

Former State Senator Rich Pahls is running against Jeff Moore in the General Election.

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Business
6:06 am
Thu May 2, 2013

A new facility for Children's Respite Care Center

The Children’s Respite Care Center is opening a new facility on 138th and Discovery Drive.

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Government
6:06 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Deadline Approaching for Early Voting Ballot

The deadline for voters in Douglas County to request an early voting ballot is Wednesday, May 8th at 4:00 p.m.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Common Soil Seed Library at Benson Branch

Whether you have a green thumb or not, the Omaha Public Library is offering a seed sharing program just in time for spring planting.

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Government
6:06 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Omaha's Mayoral Candidates Talk Roads

Street maintenance and potholes was a major subject of debate between City Councilwoman Jean Stothert and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

The two debated a variety of issues at the Omaha Press Club Debate last Friday. 

Stothert said she has been the chair of the public works committee for the past four years and street repair and road maintenance is something the entire city council is concerned about. 

Stothert said one of the most common complaints she hears from people is how their streets are not in good condition.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

OPD's Salute to Safety Expo

Courtesy of Omaha Police Department

The Omaha Police Department will offer a Salute to Safety Expo this Saturday. 

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Curbing Cataracts One Rider at a Time

UNMC hosts its 2013 Bike for Sight event this Saturday. Jessica Feilmeier, from UNMC's Opthamology Department, says the purpose of the event is to raise awareness of and support for a vision restoring cataract camp in Addis, Ethiopia. 

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Government
6:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Mayoral Debate at Press Club Friday

The Omaha Press Club is the site of a Mayoral Debate this Friday at Noon with candidates Jean Stothert and incumbent Mayor Jim Suttle.

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