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
3:26 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Voters will decide on two proposed constitutional amendments

Nebraska voters will decide November 6 if lawmakers should be paid more and whether to extend their term limits.

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Business
5:06 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Groundbreaking in North Omaha marks the beginning of redevelopment plan

Great Plains Black History Museum

North Omaha recently launched a $12.2 million revitalization effort.

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Politics & Elections
4:05 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Should Douglas County Merge Two County Offices?

Douglas County residents will be voting on several different ballot measures November 6, one of which is the consolidation of two county offices.

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General News
12:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Nebraska Pedestrian Fatalities at Highest Level in 12 Years

Officials are concerned with an increase in pedestrian deaths across the state this year.

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Politics & Elections
4:16 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Big Bird Vs. Big Oil

Democrat John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer

The Omaha Press Club and the League of Women Voters presented a debate today (Thursday) between the two candidates for Nebraska’s 2nd congressional District.

Republican Congressman Lee Terry is seeking his 8th term in office.  He faces challenger, Democrat John Ewing, who’s currently Douglas County Treasurer. 

Among the topics they discussed were healthcare, education, and federal subsidies. 

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Arts
5:06 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Cobweb Castle is Perfect for Pint-Sized Visitors

Cobweb Castle, Courtesy of Omaha Children's Museum

Cobweb Castle is the Omaha Children’s Museum’s not-so-scary haunted house.

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Arts
5:06 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Artists Support Artists at the Bemis

There are about 250 artists participating in the Bemis Center’s 14th Annual Art Auction this Saturday.

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Arts
5:06 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Local Filmmakers Shine in Showcase

Film Streams’ Local Filmmakers Showcase had a different set of judges this year.

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Politics & Elections
5:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Rock the Vote Attracts New Voters

Young people make up about a quarter of the electorate, and voting rights advocates say they’re a powerful collective force when they turn out to vote.

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General News
7:08 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Prime Time is Reading Time

Prime Time Family Reading Time is a reading and discussion program for families with kids ages 6-10 who are struggling with their reading. 

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