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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Arts
5:06 am
Mon August 13, 2012

KANEKO Receives Multiple Monetary Gifts

KANEKO recently received three separate, anonymous gifts for one million dollars.

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Business
5:06 am
Thu August 9, 2012

UNO's College of Business Administration and Sensiple Host Social Media Summit

Helping businesses better leverage their social media presence is just one goal of UNO’s Social Media Summit.

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Government
2:33 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

4th Annual Deterrence Symposium is Underway

US STRATCOM is holding its 4th Annual Deterrence Symposium through tomorrow at the La Vista Conference Center. 

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General News
5:06 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Remembering Our Fallen" in Bellevue this week

“Remembering Our Fallen” is an exhibit honoring Nebraska’s fallen soldiers.

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Health/Medical
5:06 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Swap Your Old Gas Can for a New One on Wednesday

The City of Omaha is hosting a Gas Can Exchange Event on Wednesday at Tranquility Park. 

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General News
3:26 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

The Science of Solving Crime is the Subject of the next Omaha Science Cafe

Tuesday’s Omaha Science Café will feature a coroner, an FBI agent, and a forensic psychiatrist speaking about the science of solving a crime.

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Business
5:06 am
Mon August 6, 2012

International Conference on Marxian Theory Holds Symposium at Creighton

Creighton University

"The Current Economic Crisis and its Roots: Perspectives from the USA and Europe" is the title of a symposium taking place at Creighton on Wednesday night.

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General News
5:06 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Strategic Air & Space Museum Awarded a NASA Grant

Strategic Air & Space Museum

The Strategic Air and Space Museum was awarded a 2012 NASA Summer of Innovation Grant in July. 

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General News
3:29 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Bioretention gardens installed on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus

Metro Community College

Metropolitan Community College has partnered with the city of Omaha’s Stormwater Program to create two bioretention gardens on its Fort Omaha Campus.

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Arts
5:06 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Sprawl Opens at the Kent Bellows Studio Friday

Kent Bellows Studio

Sprawl: The Kent Bellows Studio Young Artist Exhibition opens Friday, August 3rd and continues throughout the month.

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