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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Education
6:06 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Local After School Program Nationally Recognized

Charles Ahovissi with Victoria Beaugard and First Lady Michelle Obama, Official Photo

An Omaha based youth program was recently recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama with a national art and humanities youth program award. 

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Missouri River Flooding
6:06 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Work Continues on Gavins Point Dam

Gavins Point Dam

The US Army Corps of Engineers will begin a spillway slab repair project at Gavins Point Dam this month.

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General News
5:05 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Men of Distinction Conference set for Monday

Helping male African-American and Latino high school students create a personal action plan consisting of self-improvement and success. 


That’s the primary goal of the 4th annual Men of Distinction Conference. 

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Arts
5:05 am
Thu November 29, 2012

OAYO's Holiday Collaboration Returns


This weekend, the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra presents its 2nd annual Holiday Concert Collaboration.

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Arts
5:05 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Holiday Under Glass starts today at Joslyn

This year, the Joslyn Art Museum’s Holiday Under Glass series will nearly double its offerings with nine concerts.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Tue November 27, 2012

November is National Hospice Awareness Month

Hospice is a philosophy of care aimed at providing a network of support for people with a life threatening or terminal disease. 

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Education
6:06 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Bridge Programs Offer Job Credentials to NE Workers

A measure approved in last year’s legislature will provide grant funds to create partnerships between non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

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Education
1:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Creighton Athletics Continues Success in Classroom

Creighton University

Athletes at Creighton University are excelling both on the field and in the classroom, according to the Division 1 Graduation Success Rate Report.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri November 23, 2012

UNMC Officials Talk Health Care Reform

UNMC

With the election past, UNMC is looking toward what impact the results will have on health care reform.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Holiday Lights Kicks off on Thanksgiving

Holiday Lights Festival 2011

The 13th annual Holiday Lights Festival kicks off Thanksgiving evening at 6:00 p.m.

That’s when Mayor Jim Suttle will light up the Gene Leahy Mall.  Chris Kircher, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for ConAgra, says this year CenturyLink will be handing out LED lights to the first 3,000 people in attendance. 

He says they want people to light their lights at the same time as the mayor switches on the lights downtown.

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