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 May 20, 2014

Amended 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Comment

The public is invited to comment on the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency’s amended 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27th.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Public Art Project to Feature Large-Scale Mural

You Are Here is a community-based public art project that originally began as a beautification project at the corner of Park Avenue and Woolworth.

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Government
6:06 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Election Results Yield Few Surprises

Paul Landow

Paul Landow, a professor in the Political Science department at UNO, says there were no surprises in the Senate race.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Peyton Manning to Speak at the 60th Omaha Charity Sports Banquet

Peyton Manning

The 60th annual Omaha Charity Sports Banquet takes place this Thursday at the CenturyLink Center.

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Business
6:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

M-AAA Partners with Omaha Creative Institute for Artist Training Program

Artist INC is a program focused on helping artists develop their entrepreneurial skills.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Voter Turnout in Douglas County Predicted to be Above Average

The deadline for voters to submit an Early Voting Ballot in person at the Election Commission is 5:00 p.m. today.

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Government
6:06 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Two Republicans and One Democrat Run for State Auditor in Primary

Nebraska’s current State Auditor Mike Foley has left the office to run for Governor.

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Government
6:06 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Two Democrats and Four Republicans will run in the primary election for Attorney General

In the Democratic race, Allan Eurek will face off against Janet Stewart.  Eurek, a real estate attorney, has pledged to give the state’s legal businesses priority over national cases.  Stewart, a 24-year employee of Mutual of Omaha, has advised business clients and managed case loads in several jurisdictions.

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Education
6:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Creighton's Graduation Rate Tops in Nebraska

76% of Creighton University’s student graduate in the normal four-year timeframe.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Omaha's Bike Sharing Program Adds More Stations

B-Cycle is Omaha’s bike sharing program. 

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