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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Arts
3:05 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Joslyn Announces Free Admission

Joslyn Art Museum
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Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Joslyn Art Museum will be free of charge year-round.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Omaha Performing Arts Announces 2013-2014 Season

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
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Omaha Performing Arts’ 2013-2014 season features more than 100 performances from artists in a variety of genres.

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Education
6:06 am
Tue April 9, 2013

UNO, UNMC Partner to Offer Biomedical Informatics Degree

UNMC is partnering with UNO’s College of Information, Science and Technology to offer a joint Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy program in biomedical informatics.

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Health/Medical
3:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

UNMC oncologist chairs committee to develop new guidelines for cancer patients

Dr. Peter Coccia, a pediatric oncologist with UNMC, served as chairman of a committee that recently developed guidelines for cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 39.

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Science
3:05 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Nebraska Science Fest takes place next week

The first annual Nebraska Science Festival takes place April 12th through the 14th all over the city.

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General News
3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Spring Walk to School Day

Wednesday, April 17th is the annual Spring Walk to School Day.

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Government
3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Primary Election runs smoothly

The May 14th general election will see Mayor Jim Suttle running against Jean Stothert.

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Government
6:06 am
Wed April 3, 2013

OPS Subdistricts 1-5 Candidates Headed to the General Election

The field of 39 candidates has been winnowed down to 18 for the 9 Omaha Public School Board’s Subdistrict seats. 

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Government
6:06 am
Wed April 3, 2013

OPS Subdistricts 6-9 Candidates Headed to General Election

There were 39 candidates for the 9 Omaha Public School Board’s Subdistrict seats.

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Politics & Elections
2:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Omaha's Mayoral candidates: Jim Suttle and Jean Stothert

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will run for re-election May 14, and he’ll be opposed by City Councilwoman Jean Stothert.

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