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
6:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

"Growing Cities" focuses on the urban ag movement

From "Growing Cities"

“Growing Cities” is documentary film that focuses on the burgeoning urban agricultural movement.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed March 5, 2014

"Lion Ark" focuses on animal rescue

From "Lion Ark"

"Lion Ark" is a documentary film about the rescue of 25 African lions from circuses in Bolivia.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

New Report Shows Number of Working Mothers Heading Families Making Low Incomes

There are more than 26,000 low-income families headed by working mothers in the state of Nebraska.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

"Watchers of the Sky" to screen at OFF

From Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky is a full-length documentary that weaves together four stories of remarkable courage and determination.

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General News
6:06 am
Thu February 27, 2014

2nd annual Disaster Preparedness Conference on tap for April

The Nebraska Center for Preparedness Education 2nd annual national conference on long-term and residential care disaster preparedness takes place April 15th and 16th at the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed February 26, 2014

First Central Congregational Church Presents Open Forums

First Central Congregational Church offers a series of Open Forums throughout the year on an assortment of subjects.

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Health/Medical
1:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New App Helps Users Spot A Stroke

In honor of Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association has developed a new app that helps users identify the symptoms of a stroke. 

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Education
6:06 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Take New Steps event returns Wednesday

Tomorrow, the Douglas County Health Department in partnership with the Child Saving Institute, will offer its second annual Take New Steps event.

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General News
1:58 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Joslyn Institute partners with Chinese company to help build sustainability programs

Pearl River Delta

The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities will partner with a private Chinese company to look at ways to aid the city of Guanghzhou with its pollution problems.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed February 19, 2014

3 out of 4 residents feel positively about quality of life in the Metro

The results of an in-depth survey of the metro area’s future needs have been released.

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