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
Mon March 25, 2013

Omaha's Mayoral Candidates Offer Views on Issues at Press Club Debate

Dan Welch, Jim Suttle, Jean Stothert, Dave Nabity and Brad Ashford discussed their ideas for developing the Crossroads Mall area, and ways to mediate the cost of the Omaha Sewer Separation Project for homeowners. They also discussed how to reduce crime in a city that had 40 homicides in 2012.

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Government
6:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

OPS Candidate Forum for Subdistrict 4

A series of forums with the candidates for the Omaha Public Schools board of education continues tomorrow.

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Government
6:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

OPS Candidate Forum for Subdistrict 5

The second three in a series of nine forums featuring candidates for the OPS Board of Education will be held tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

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Government
6:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

OPS Candidate Forum for Subdistrict 6

Four candidates, including one incumbent Omaha Public Schools board member, are vying for the Subdistrict 6 seat.

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Weather
6:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

American Red Cross Offers New Tornado App

The American Red Cross recently launched its official Tornado App for iPhone and Android Smartphone users.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

UNO Political Science Dept Teams with Sen. Ben Nelson

Former Senator Ben Nelson

UNO’s political science department is helping introduce young people to government by having a “Politician-in-Residence.” 

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Government
6:06 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Two Candidates Compete to Represent District 6

Incumbent Republican Franklin T. Thompson currently represents District 6 on the Omaha City Council.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Books by the Busload Promotes Literacy

Metropolitan Community College, Cargo Zone LLC and Metro Transit are bringing 20,000 free new books to locations throughout the greater Omaha community. 

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Government
6:06 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Three face off for Omaha City Council's District 4 Seat

Democrat Garry Gernandt is the incumbent District 4 representative for the Omaha City Council. 

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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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