KIOS-FM

Cheril Lee

News Director

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

Careerockit is an initiative of the Greater Omaha Chamber that brings together the education community and the business community. 

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee interviews Omaha Bryan Senior Rafael Suarez.

Creighton University honors students recently finished up a semester focused on Aesop’s Fables by creating content for two exhibits opening in January.

Omaha Public Library Marketing Director Emily Getzschman was the guest at last month’s Omaha Press Club.

Omaha Central High School Senior Alec Rome joins us next with a story on basketball player Max Polk…

For those looking for something fun for their kids to do during the holiday break, MCC at Do Space is offering two camps.

The United Way of the Midlands can help connect wannabe volunteers with holiday projects in need of help. 

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week.  We heard part one of that interview yesterday.  Today, we have questions for the Superintendent from the Omaha Public Schools’ Student Voices Council…

Joan Marcus

WAITRESS opens at the Orpheum Theatre tonight and runs through Sunday.

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KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week…

Holiday Under Glass is underway at the Joslyn Art Museum.

Join us for the December edition of Jazz From Studio One Thursday night at 8:00 PM as we present some of the notable recordings of 2017.

During the month of December, all of the Omaha Public Library branches will be offering holiday activities for the whole family.

In November, the Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors heard the Preliminary 2018 Corporate Operating Plan at its monthly meeting.

Jay Lund, Spokesperson for Modern Streetcar Advocates, says the biggest benefit of a fixed rail system is economic development.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee talked with This American Life host Ira Glass recently about the elements that make up a good story…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee talked with This American Life host Ira Glass yesterday about the elements that make up a good story.  Ira Glass is at the Holland Center Saturday night.  Tickets are available at TicketOmaha.com

The 12th annual Wells Fargo Family Festival takes place Sunday from Noon to 5.  Ollie the Trolley will offer free rides among the six participating venues. 

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee recently interviewed Melissa Comine, Chief Academic Officer with Curriculum and Instruction Support in the Omaha Public Schools.  Lee talked to Comine about challenges she’s come up against in her first three months in her new role and some of her goals in her first year…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee recently sat down with Melissa Comine, Chief Academic Officer with Curriculum and Instruction Support in the Omaha Public Schools.  Comine discussed her new role and her love for the district…

Metropolitan Community College at Do Space is the site of the first event in the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation’s Sustainability Series.

A study being led by two UNO faculty from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will examine the potential link between correctional officers’ exposure to stressful experiences in prison and the development of long-term mental and physical health issues.

The UNMC ice skating rink will open this Saturday, November 25th and will remain open through February 4th.

Fontenelle Forest is currently offering an exhibit that pairs poetry with nature.

Eleanor Dunning is a sophomore at Omaha North Magnet High School

and featured in this month's OPS Student Spotlight.

  

  

The new 2017 Omaha Metropolitan Area Bicycle Map is available at a number of locations around the metro.

The Student Innovation Challenge, run by DLR Group starts today and wraps up tomorrow afternoon.  The two-day event features teams from Bennington, Gretna and Elmwood-Murdock.

NOAA works to improve emergency response to natural disasters.  KIOS News Director Cheril Lee has more...

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