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
Mon February 25, 2013

Zombie Series Continues

Courtesy Steven Bross

The Sunday Bloody Sunday series at the Omaha Community Playhouse explores the possibilities of real-life zombies.

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Business
6:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Downtown Omaha Wayfinding Project Unveiled

New signage in and around downtown Omaha will help guide both out of town and in town visitors.

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Business
6:06 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Weekly Gas Prices Up

Nebraska’s average price at the gas pump is $3.74 per gallon. That’s up 19 cents in the past week and 59 cents in the past month.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Releases from Gavins Point Dam currently at 14,000 cfs to conserve water

This year’s Missouri River runoff season begins with reservoirs drawn down significantly. 

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General News
6:05 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Parks and Recreation's Top Ten List

Encouraging kids to be more fit is one of the City of Omaha’s goals.  With more, here’s Cheril Lee...

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General News
3:03 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

IA Governor Streamlines Restoration of Voting Rights Application

Iowa governor Terry Branstad has streamlined the restoration of voting rights application.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Powerbroker Screens at Film Streams

Film Streams is partnering with the Urban League of Nebraska to present a special documentary called “The Powerbroker” this Thursday.

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General News
5:05 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The Gem of Arabia at Omaha Press Club

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Dr. Chris Allen, UNO Professor and past Omaha Press Club President was the guest speaker at January’s Noon Forum.

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Education
6:06 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Nebraska Lags Nationally for School Breakfast

Nebraska ranks 49th nationwide in the percentage of children eligible to receive a breakfast at school.

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Government
2:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Fischer, Johanns discuss State of the Union address

Nebraska’s U.S. Senators have mixed reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

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