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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General News
6:06 am
Thu March 27, 2014

2014 ICAN Women's Leadership Conference is Focused on Happiness

The 2014 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference takes place April 9th at the Century Link Center.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Solid Majority of Nebraskans Support Minimum Wage Increase

Voices for Children did a poll in February asking Nebraskans whether or not they would support a minimum wage increase.

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Education
6:06 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Creighton Graduate Programs Recognized by US News and World Report

Several of Creighton University’s graduate programs are ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2015 Best Graduate Schools.

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Arts
6:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ballet Nebraska Presents "Momentum"

Ballet Nebraska recently received a $20,000 grant from the Iowa West Foundation.

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Business
6:06 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Iowa Sales Forecast Rises

Though employment is lower in the state of Iowa in the first quarter of the year, capital spending has remained steady and the sales forecast is on the rise.

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Arts
6:06 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Maestro Thomas Wilkins Honored with Governor's Arts Award

Maestro Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony

Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins has been named the Governor’s Arts Awards Outstanding Artist of the Year.

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Health/Medical
6:37 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The VNA's Senior Speaker Series Returns Thursday

"Whoops! Gotta Go” is the title of the first presentation in this year’s VNA Senior Speaker Series.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MMP's Annual Mentoring Summit set for next week

Midlands Mentoring Partnership is holding its 5th Annual Mentoring Summit and Youth Development Luncheon next Wednesday, March 19th.

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General News
3:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Leaders Launch Effort to Combat Poverty in Nebraska

Addressing the issues that impact children being raised in families in poverty is the goal of the Holland Children’s Movement and Holland Children’s Institute.

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General News
3:13 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Mayor Names New Fire Chief

Omaha Fire Chief, Bernard Kanger

This afternoon, Mayor Jean Stothert selected Bernard Kanger as Chief of the Omaha Fire Department.  Kanger had been serving as Interim Chief since August of 2013.  Stothert says she chose Kanger because, “He shares my goals for excellence in public safety and administration of the Omaha Fire Department.”

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