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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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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General News
1:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Prime Time Family Reading Time is back

Encouraging families to embrace story time is the focus of the Omaha Public Library’s Primetime Family Reading Time program.

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Government
6:06 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Senator Johanns Talks Drought

Senator Mike Johanns

U-S Senator Mike Johanns is following drought conditions in the state closely.

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General News
1:05 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Black History Month Programs at Omaha Public Library

In honor of Black History Month, the Omaha Public Library is holding several events that celebrate the culture and contributions of African-Americans in the United States.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu February 7, 2013

UNMC Study Examines Heart Failure Patients and Exercise

UNMC’s College of Nursing Lincoln Division recently received a $3.36 million grant to fund a 5-year study looking at the adherence to exercise in heart failure patients.

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Other Content
2:32 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Omaha and Millard Schools Order Cleaner Buses

Blue Bird Vision Bus

The Omaha and Millard Public Schools ordered more than 400 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, each equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems.

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Arts
6:06 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow on view at the Strategic Air & Space Museum

Alert Today, Alive Now: Living with the Atomic Bomb is on display at the Strategic Air & Space Museum.

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Education
6:06 am
Fri February 1, 2013

NPPE wants funding restored to public education

  

The Nebraska Parents for Public Education was formed last August. Shawn Bonge, NPPE member, says the group’s chief concern is funding. 

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General News
6:06 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Veteran designation available in Iowa

Iowa veterans may now request that a “Veteran” designation be placed on their driver’s license or non-operator ID.

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