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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General News
6:06 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Hidden Gems in Omaha

The idea behind Omaha by Design’s Hidden Gems list came about over the last couple of years.  

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Faster Recovery for Breast Cancer Patients

Intrabeam is a new treatment option for breast cancer patients.  The procedure allows patients to have their surgery and radiation in a session lasting about 90 minutes.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Pain Medication Addiction on the Rise

The availability of pain medications and a lack of stigma associated with taking them are causing addiction levels to reach epidemic proportions in Nebraska.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Sock Monkeys Against Cancer

From smacancer.com

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women, but it’s the least funded because of the stigma associated with smoking.

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General News
2:02 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Tree of Lights Over Halfway to Goal

  

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is more than halfway to its overall goal of 3.1 million dollars this year.

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Weather
6:06 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Winter Weather Calls for Driver Preparation

The time to prepare for winter driving is now, before the first flakes hit the ground.

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Other Content
6:06 am
Thu December 13, 2012

MITA Donates Books to Lydia House

The Midwest International Trade Association, or MITA, recently donated more than 18,000 new books to the Lydia House.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Wed December 12, 2012

UNMC Researchers Study Nicotine Dependence

Researchers at UNMC will study the genetic risk for nicotine dependence thanks to a $40,000 grant.

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Business
6:06 am
Tue December 11, 2012

SBA Helps Vets Become Entrepreneurs

About 7% of all Small Business Loans awarded in Nebraska this year were given to veteran-owned businesses.

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Education
6:06 am
Mon December 10, 2012

50 States for Good

An Omaha-based non-profit has won first place in Tom’s of Maine’s 50 States for Good Contest.

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