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
3:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Omaha B-Cycle Starts Again

Courtesy of Stacie Hamel

Omaha’s B-Cycle program is now entering its 3rd year, with expansion possible this year. 

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Government
2:04 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Five Vie for Omaha City Council District 2 Seat

Democrat Ben Gray is the incumbent District 2 representative for the Omaha City Council. 

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Government
6:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Johanns Sends Amendments to Senate's Continuing Budget Resolution

Senator Mike Johanns

US Senator Mike Johanns recently co-sponsored two amendments to the Senate's Continuing Budget Resolution.

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Business
6:06 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Report Analyzes States' Small Businesses

The Small Business Profile for the States and Territories is an annual analysis of each state’s small businesses.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The US Army Corps of Engineers Weighs In on Drought Conditions

Current conditions place the upper Missouri River Basin in severe and exceptional drought.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Possible New Treatment for Chronic Hives

20% of the US population gets hives at some point in their lives.  A smaller percentage of them are chronic sufferers, having hives for more than six weeks. 

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Business
6:06 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Creighton Launches a Business Institute

Creighton University just launched the Creighton Business Institute as an offshoot of its College of Business.

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General News
3:05 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

What Makes a Family?

Zach Wahls

Zach Wahls is the featured speaker for the Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture next Tuesday at UNO.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Extreme Weather: The 1913 Douglas County Tornado

Aug. Carsten's Home, 4402 Leavenworth Street, Courtesy of www.MemorialLibrary.com

This Sunday the Douglas County Historical Society is hosting a panel discussion on the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Relief from Decades of Pain

A new clinic at the Nebraska Medical Center treats patients who have non-malignant issues or conditions with their pancreas or biliary tract. 

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