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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Education
5:06 am
Thu September 27, 2012

UNMC Enrollment is on the Rise

Enrollment at UNMC is at a record high this fall with 3,655 students, an increase of almost one-percent over last year.

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General News
5:06 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Green Home Tour features six new and existing homes that showcase green living techniques

For the 5th year, the Green Omaha Coalition is offering its Green Home Tour.

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Business
5:06 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Complimentary Seminar to Open the Door for Encore Entrepreneurs

Research from the Kaufmann Foundation conducted from 1996-2010 suggests that Americans ages 55-64 had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity of any age group. 

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General News
5:06 am
Tue September 25, 2012

ICAN and NET are Partnering to Present a Community Cinema Event

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a six-part miniseries that will premiere on PBS October 1st and 2nd.

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Government
5:06 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Governor's Conference Call Praises Charitable Contributions by State Employees

Last week, Governor Dave Heineman announced that State of Nebraska employees have pledged over $522,000 dollars to the 2012 campaign, which was a 17% increase over last year. 

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Sports
5:06 am
Mon September 24, 2012

US Figure Skating Championships Come to Omaha in 2013

The 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are set for January 20th-27th at the Century Link Center, Omaha.

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Health/Medical
12:05 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

What time is it? Time for a flu shot.

While September may seem a bit early to be worried about getting a flu shot, Kris Stapp Vice President of Visiting Nurses Services for the VNA, insists it's not.

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Health/Medical
2:31 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

International Walk to School Day Set for October 3rd

More than 4,000 schools around the world are set to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 3rd.

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Arts
4:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Joslyn Symposium Celebrates the Expedition of Prince Maximilian of Wied and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer

Volume 1 of Maximilian's Original Journals, Open to Pages 224-225, Showing the Prince's Colorful Depictions of the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians He Met in St. Louis, March 1833

Prince Maximilian of Wied and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, traveled the West during a transformative period in the country from 1832-1834.  

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