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
6:06 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Kids Count in Nebraska Shows Families Working Hard But Falling Behind

Voices for Children released its Kids Count in Nebraska report last month.  Chrissy Tonkinson, Research Coordinator at Voices for Children, says the report found that the annual median household income in Nebraska has fallen by over $900 in the past ten years. 

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Nebraska Sees an Uptick in Whooping Cough Cases

There were more than 200 cases of whooping cough in January reported in the state of Nebraska.

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Health/Medical
6:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Co-Opportunity Health No Longer Viable Plan in NE and IA

Co-Opportunity Health will no longer be offered to consumers in Nebraska and Iowa.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu February 12, 2015

UNMC Researchers Working to Protect Soldiers Against Nerve Agents

The Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency recently awarded UNMC researchers $1.9 million to develop a therapy to protect against nerve agents.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed February 11, 2015

American Moderns Opens at Joslyn

Georgia O'Keeffe, Green and Yellow and Orange, Courtesy of Joslyn Art Museum

"American Moderns," 1910-1960: From O’Keefe to Rockwell is the new exhibition on view at Joslyn Art Museum through May 17th

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Education
6:06 am
Tue February 10, 2015

US Department of Ed. Devotes Sought After Funding to Closing the Degree Divide

College Possible recently received an Investing in Innovation i3 Grant from the US Department of Education.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon February 9, 2015

The Fertility Rate Gap is Closing

Using the CDC’s annual report on births and figures from Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research recently released a report on fertility rates in Nebraska.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Explore the Microbial at the Bemis Center with Slow-Cooking

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts will offer an OS Fermentation Series beginning at the end of this month.

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Education
6:06 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Bennington High School Recognized for Anti-Bullying Efforts

Bennington High School is one of seven schools recognized by Omaha Performing Arts recognized for their creation of an anti-bullying project. 

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed February 4, 2015

The Adolescent Health Project seeks to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates

The Adolescent Health Project was established by the Women’s Fund of Omaha in collaboration with some of its key not for profit funders and program providers.

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