KIOS-FM

Cheril Lee

News Director

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.  

Ways to Connect

The documentary “At the Drive-In”, screening at the Omaha Film Festival tomorrow, focuses on the Mahoning Drive-In in Pennsylvania and the group of quirky film fanatics who keep it running...

  

  

Kim Reed’s film “Dark Money” is meant to expose one of the greatest threats to American democracy. The film screens at the Omaha Film Festival this week.

  

  

ICAN’s 25th annual Women’s Leadership Conference takes place Tuesday, May 15th at the CenturyLink Center.  

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee talks with filmmaker Robin Berghaus about her documentary, "Stumped," which will screen next week at the 2018 Omaha Film Festival...

  

ROUS's DO exist and they're living down in Louisiana, causing an environmental threat.  KIOS News Director talks to Director Quinn Costello about his film, "Rodents of Unusual Size," screening at the Omaha Film Festival next week.

Ever wondered how a guide dog becomes a guide dog? Get the answers to your questions with Filmmaker Dana Nachman's documentary, "Pick of the Litter" screening at the Omaha Film Festival next week.

The Omaha Public Library’s retirement transition series starts tomorrow and runs through April 24th.

The CDC recently released its annual “Final Births” report.  David Drozd, Research Coordinator with UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research, says the report breaks down all the characteristics of births based on the situation of the mother.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about the new state tests and the passing of the baton to the new superintendent…

  

  

Cheril Lee interviews Sam White, a senior from Central High School for this month's OPS Student Spotlight...

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week.  He talked about budget cut discussions, district achievements since the year started and the upcoming bond issue.

The United Way of the Midlands’ 2-1-1 helpline connects those in need with important resources such as food pantries and housing assistance.

The Adolescent Health Project’s Sweet Talk campaign is meant to normalize conversations teens have with their parents or guardians about sexuality and relationships.

All fifth graders in OPPD’s service territory are invited to participate in its annual Marshmallow Challenge.

This Saturday, the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is presenting the Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo, starting at 8:30 a.m.  A group of 110 teams from 21 Nebraska elementary, middle and high schools will compete. 

For over 100 years, the Girl Scouts have been selling their well-known cookies.

Creighton University is offering tax assistance for those who need it at no charge.  The Creighton University College of Business is hosting its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program throughout the month of February. 

The Coalition on Human Trafficking is working to train hotel and motel employees to recognize the signs of sex trafficking.

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its annual Art & Soup fundraiser Sunday, February 25th.

Omaha Performing Arts will present An American in Paris onstage at the Orpheum Theatre beginning Tuesday, February 13th.

The Denver Post

Frank LaMere was the guest speaker at the last Omaha Press Club Noon Forum.

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE screens for one night only at the Dundee Theatre on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.

The Green Omaha Coalition is a group of leaders who help endorse sustainability in the Omaha area.

Next Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department is holding a free forum called, “The Prediabetes Predicament: What Business Leaders Can Do To Take Action.” 

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Tomorrow morning, before sunrise, there will be three events happening in the sky at the same time.

This Friday, UNMC’s College of Dentistry will host its annual Children’s Dental Day at the college in Lincoln.

Promise of Place: Building Beloved Communities for Black Men and Boys is the name of a report released last week by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, or CBMA.

Phil Rooney, Spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department, says the flu is a serious disease and it needs to be taken seriously. 

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee interviews Ajana Jones, Omaha North HS Senior and culinary student at the OPS Career Center...

When Eric Meyer, Ph.D. candidate at UNMC’s College of Public Health, was writing up articles on the research he collected from a yearlong study, he noticed the emotions and feelings of participants weren’t coming through the way he wanted.

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