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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Politics & Elections
12:54 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Suttle, Stothert move on to May 14 general election

Incumbent Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and City Councilwoman Jean Stothert are the candidates for Mayor in the May 14 general election.

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Business
3:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

2013 Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala

The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce will induct five new members into its Business Hall of Fame this month.

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Education
6:06 am
Mon April 1, 2013

NE Farm to School Summit to be held Wednesday

The state’s first Farm to School Summit will be held in Kearney on Wednesday.

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Government
6:06 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Senator Johanns Votes for the Continuing Resolution

Senator Mike Johanns

Nebraska’s Senior U-S Senator says he voted for the continuing resolution that’ll fund the government through the end of September.

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Health/Medical
2:53 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

March is Low Vision Month

The most common causes of low vision are macular degeneration and glaucoma.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Kurt Andersen Coming to Omaha for NE Book Fest

Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Nebraska Book Festival.

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Government
3:05 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Wednesday is Deadline to Request Early Voting Ballot

The deadline for voters in Douglas County to request an early voting ballot is Wednesday (today) at 4:00 p.m.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Citizen Education Training Program

Courtesy of Omaha Police Department

The Omaha Police Department offers a six-week Citizen Education Training Program beginning April 4th.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Mayoral Candidates Debate Issues at Press Club

Among the topics Brad Ashford, Dave Nabity, Jean Stothert, Jim Suttle and Dan Welch discussed were their respective plans to mediate the extra $50 a month homeowners may now have to pay to offset the increasing cost of the Sewer Separation Project.

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