Cheril Lee


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.  


General News
7:52 am
Sat August 25, 2012

The UNO Aviation Institute awarded prestigious Loening Trophy

he UNO Aviation Institute was awarded the Loening Trophy yesterday afternoon during a formal presentation.

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3:23 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Performing Arts Groups and Concerned Residents Rally around Omaha Music Hall

Omaha Music Hall

Local businessman, Mike Cassling is concerned that not much money or time has been put into the Omaha Civic Auditorium and Omaha Music Hall over the last 20 years.

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5:06 am
Wed August 22, 2012

New Three-Foot Bike/Pedestrian Passing Law in Effect

A new law requires motorists to give 3-feet of space when they pass bicyclists, pedestrians or someone using a motorized wheelchair on the road.

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5:06 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Nebraska Tourism Commission's Strategic Plan Recommendations

The Nebraska Tourism Commission recently released their statewide strategic plan to grow and promote tourism.

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12:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Prairie Expedition Exhibition is on View at Metro

The Prairie Expedition Exhibition opened at Metropolitan Community College last week and features photographs created by students during a field trip to the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie.

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5:06 am
Thu August 16, 2012

UNO Professors stand by their assessment of Omaha gangs

Dr. Pete Simi, Associate Professor and Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Professor both work in the School of Criminology at UNO. 

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General News
3:39 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Zach Wahls to Speak Tonight

Author Zach Wahls

Author Zach Wahls, LGBT rights advocate, will speak at a Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting tonight.

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General News
3:14 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

A New Electric Transmission Line Will Relieve Congestion, Enhance Security and Advance Wind Energy

The Midwest Transmission Project is a partnership between OPPD and Kansas City Power & Light to plan and construct a 150-190 mile electric power transmission line from Kansas City to Nebraska City. 

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Politics & Elections
3:30 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

President Obama begins campaign swing through Iowa

President Obama in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs’ Bayliss Park was the first stop on President Obama’s three-day bus tour across Iowa. 

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