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
6:06 am
Fri November 23, 2012

UNMC Officials Talk Health Care Reform

UNMC

With the election past, UNMC is looking toward what impact the results will have on health care reform.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Holiday Lights Kicks off on Thanksgiving

Holiday Lights Festival 2011

The 13th annual Holiday Lights Festival kicks off Thanksgiving evening at 6:00 p.m.

That’s when Mayor Jim Suttle will light up the Gene Leahy Mall.  Chris Kircher, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for ConAgra, says this year CenturyLink will be handing out LED lights to the first 3,000 people in attendance. 

He says they want people to light their lights at the same time as the mayor switches on the lights downtown.

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Government
6:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Johanns: Congress must address Fiscal Cliff

Senator Mike Johanns

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns says he supports the Senate Republicans’ decision to continue their moratorium on earmarks in the 113th Congress.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Senator Ben Nelson at November Press Club

US Senator Ben Nelson

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson was the guest speaker at last week’s Omaha Press Club Noon Forum.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Joshua Bell plays with the Omaha Symphony

Joshua Bell

Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Omaha Symphony tonight and tomorrow at the Holland Center. 

Bell will be performing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” a piece he says was considered unplayable when it was composed because of its considerable technical challenges.

Though Bell has played the piece more than a thousand times, he says he never tires of it.

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Business
3:13 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

2013 Economic Outlook Survey Results

Omaha, Courtesy of goodtimetravel.net

37% of respondents to the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Economic Outlook Survey expect to add more employees in their workplaces in 2013.

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Business
6:06 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Omaha Boulevard System Nominated for Historic Designation

Happy Hollow, Courtesy of EngageOmaha.com

Two public meetings were recently held to gather comments and suggestions from Omaha residents on the city’s Boulevard System.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Tue November 13, 2012

13 cases of flu reported in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot.

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Health/Medical
2:20 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Science Cafe to focus on Immunizations

Childhood and adult immunizations are the focus of tomorrow’s Omaha Science Café

Dr. Ally Dering-Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNMC College of Pharmacy, is the guest speaker. 

She’ll discuss types of diseases people are immunized against and the benefits of adult and child immunizations. 

Dr. Dering-Anderson says she’ll also talk about the changes in mortality rates as a result of vaccines.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Binge Drinking Up, Youth Drinking Down in Nebraska

Nebraska ranks number two in the country in terms of the binge drinking rate among adults.

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