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
4:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Violence Prevention Program comes to two universities in Omaha

Alegent Creighton Health, in partnership with the Women’s Center for Advancement, is helping bring the Green Dot violence prevention program to Omaha college students at UNO and Creighton.

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Education
5:06 am
Mon September 10, 2012

UNO Sees an Increase in Fall Enrollment

For the 7th year in a row, enrollment at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has grown.

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Arts
5:06 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Jerusalem, Bethsaida Exhibits Open UNO Art Gallery for Fall 2012

UNO’s Art Gallery is hosting two exhibits this fall, one focusing on Jerusalem and one on the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

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Government
4:05 am
Thu September 6, 2012

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Nebraska

Vote Easy is an interactive candidate matching tool created by Project Vote Smart in 2010.

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Health/Medical
4:05 am
Wed September 5, 2012

"Becoming Your Best Self" is the theme of this year's Women's Health and Wellness Conference

The Omaha Women’s Health and Wellness Conference takes place on Friday, October 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in LaVista.

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General News
5:06 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Appointment of New Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare

Nebraska has its first Inspector General of Child Welfare.

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Science
5:06 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Department of Energy Awards NU a nuclear energy innovation investment

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The University of Nebraska was recently awarded $980,000 from the U.S. Energy Department as part of its new nuclear energy innovation investments program. 

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Health/Medical
5:06 am
Thu August 30, 2012

UNMC report details what Medicaid Expansion would mean in Nebraska

A new report released by UNMC looks at the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health/Medical
5:06 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Alzheimer's Association Works to Find Cure and Combat the Illness

67,000 people in Iowa and 40,000 individuals in Nebraska are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Business
5:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Rural Small Businesses Remain Concerned about Finance, Training and Business Planning

Courtesy NebraskaRuralLiving.com

Taking on more debt and raising capital are two of the biggest concerns for rural small businesses, according to a new survey.

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