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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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Dead Bodies the Focus of the Next Omaha Science Cafe

The next Omaha Science Café focuses on what happens to the body once people die.

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Government
6:06 am
Thu October 9, 2014

UNO Political Science Professor weighs in on upcoming election

Paul Landow, a Political Science professor at UNO, says this year’s election may well bring more people out to vote.

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Government
6:06 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Public Hearing on Minimum Wage Initiative Set for Next Week

A citizen initiative has proposed increasing Nebraska’s minimum wage to $9 an hour over a two-year period.

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Health/Medical
1:31 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Ebola Patient Being Treated with Experimental Drug

American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo is now being treated with an experimental drug at the Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit.

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Education
6:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Men of Distinction Conference Set for October 30th

Metropolitan Community College in collaboration with the North Omaha Foundation will present the 5th annual Men of Distinction Conference on October 30th. 

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General News
6:06 am
Mon October 6, 2014

HRC Announces a Grassroots Effort to Advance LGBT Equality in NE

Brad Clark, Director of HRC’s Project One America, says over the last few years, there has been incredible progress for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans across the country.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Medicaid Reforms are needed says new report

Medicaid spending in Nebraska has nearly doubled in the last decade and the cost to taxpayers has also gone up.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed October 1, 2014

SBA Offers Boots to Business Program for Vets

The Small Business Association’s Boots to Business program is about assisting transitioning service members.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Flu Vaccine Clinics in Full Swing at VNA

This year’s flu vaccine is a quadrivalent, with four strains of vaccines instead of the usual three.

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Business
6:06 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Capital Spending Plans Rise for Iowa Businesses

The Iowa Business Council released its third quarter economic outlook survey earlier this month.

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