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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Arts
3:09 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Omaha Performing Arts Engages Community

Memphis the Musical!, Couresy of Omaha Performing Arts

Community involvement is the goal of a two-part Omaha Performing Arts outreach event that begins Tuesday.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Only Human on View at JCC

Multitask, charcoal, 2011, Courtney Kenny

Artist Courtney Kenny’s “Only Human” exhibition is on view at the Jewish Community Center throughout January.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu January 10, 2013

U-S Army Corps of Engineers says reservoir levels are down significantly

The Corps held its first conference call of 2013 on Tuesday to update basin forecasts, weather conditions and reservoir operations.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Rural Nebraskans have less health insurance

  

The Center for Rural Affairs is out with a new report on the Rural Implications of Health Insurance Coverage in Nebraska. 

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Science
6:06 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Science Outside the Classroom

Tonight’s Omaha Science Café explores science outside of the traditional classroom.

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General News
5:05 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Graffiti Kits Available in South Omaha

The South Omaha graffiti kits project was launched in partnership with the Neighborhood Center.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Youth and Work Focus of AECF Report

  

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released findings and recommendations from its 2nd Kids Count Policy Report of 2012. 

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Business
6:05 am
Thu January 3, 2013

UNO Researchers Release Report on Immigrant Economic Impact

UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, College of Business Administration and Center for Public Affairs Research, recently released a report on immigrant economic impact.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Winter Night Watch Continues

With the first measurable snow on the ground, the Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch is underway.

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Arts
6:06 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Joslyn Receives Grant to Support Artist Visit

Oswald the Blue Octopus, Dan Yaccarino

  

Joslyn Art Museum will bring award-winning author and children’s book illustrator Dan Yaccarino to Omaha.

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