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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Health/Medical
3:24 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Smoke Free Daycare Bill Introduced

Omaha Senator Rick Kolowski recently introduced LB 630, a bill that would make all daycares smoke free.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Fewer Minorities Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer

Fewer minorities are getting colorectal cancer screenings, according to a new study conducted in the Center for Health Policy at UNMC.

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Senator Fischer has questions for Senator Hagel

Senator Deb Fischer, Courtesy of wikipedia.com

Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week for his Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing.

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Government
3:26 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Senator Nordquist Proposes 2 Bills to Fight Cancer

Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is sponsoring two measures that focus on reducing the cancer risk among young people.

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Government
6:06 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Following Tax Dollars Online

Douglas County residents have a way to follow their tax dollars online.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Iowa Bicycle Summit set for this weekend

The Iowa Bicycle Summit is organized by the Iowa DOT and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

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Government
6:06 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Retirees and the Fiscal Cliff

Photo courtesy of kceducationenterprise.org

Though the fiscal cliff has been temporarily delayed, nothing has changed for retirees. That’s according to Ed Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans

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General News
6:06 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Douglas County Treasurer to Headline MLK Event

John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer

Douglas County Treasurer, John Ewing, Jr. is the guest speaker for UNMC’s Martin Luther King Day event.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Omaha Symphony Receives Education & Community Involvement Grant

From OmahaSymphony.org

The Omaha Symphony’s More than Music program recently received a grant from the League of American Orchestras.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Iowa School Bus Safety Study Released

The Iowa Departments of Transportation and Education have released a School Bus Safety Study to the Iowa Legislature.

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