Cheril Lee


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.  

Ways To Connect

St. Patrick’s Day comes early to the Holland Center with a performance featuring the Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies on Wednesday, March 11th.

The Go Dance Challenge is open to kids in kindergarten through 5th grade now through March 12th.

On Her Own at OFF

Mar 5, 2015

 “On Her Own” is an intimate portrait of one farmer and her family.  Filmmaker Morgan Schmidt-Feng says the movie documents their struggle over a five-year period to save their fifth generation farm.  With more, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee…

Batkid Begins at OFF

Mar 4, 2015

“Batkid Begins” is a film about one little boy’s wish and how a group of people made it come true in a big way.  Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee has the story…

The Small Business Administration is offering a new online lending tool called LINC.

Father Unknown at OFF

Mar 3, 2015

“Father Unknown” is not a film Director David Quint set out to make and yet at the same time, he says it was a film he had been making his whole life. The movie will screen at the Omaha Film Festival next week.  Here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee with the details…

Aspie Seeks Love at OFF

Mar 2, 2015

“Aspie Seeks Love” is about a witty writer named David Matthews who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 41.  The documentary will screen at the Omaha Film Festival next week.  With more, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee.

Auburn, Wahoo and Blair are three of the safest cities in Nebraska according to the new SafeWise report.

Starting next week, the Omaha Public Library will kick off its retirement transition series. This is the fourth year the library has offered the series.

February’s Omaha Press Club’s Noon Forum centered on the pros and cons of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives.