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Leo Adam Biga

Freelance Article Writer & Content Writer

Location:Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Phone: 402-445-4666
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My professional brand is:

”I am an award-winning cultural journalist writing stories about people, their passions, and their magnificent obsessions.”

If you are looking for top-notch writing help with articles, newsletters, press releases, company or family histories, biographies, historical narratives, scripts, and other writing products, then I offer my gallery of work as proof that I can deliver the goods.

My publication writing is for newspapers and magazines, most of them based in Omaha, although I have written for out state and state-wide publications as well as for a few national publications.

Many of Omaha’s leading publications, corporations, and organizations have hired me to execute writing projects:

Omaha World-Herald

Creighton University

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Valmont Industries (through David Day & Associates)

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society

Omaha Public Power District

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Company

Opera Omaha

My rates are competitive. Depending on the assignment or commission, I charge a per project or per hour fee.

If you haven’t already, visit the About Me page. Find more useful information at my LinkedIn page-

You can contact me at:


The following resume provides a fair overview of my writing career:


Leo Adam Biga • 10629 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 445-4666 •


• I look to apply my superior writing expertise to publications, organizations, institutions that value the written word and strive to be market leaders and community anchors.


• I bring to the keyboard extensive experience as a working journalist, with more than a thousand published articles, on a wide array of subject matter, to my credit. If I am best known for anything it is for the cultural writing/reporting I do. I have written for both general interest and niche magazines/newspapers based in Omaha and in surrounding markets. I have also had work published in some national publications. I exemplify the strong work ethic for which Midwesterners are famous. The breadth and volume of my work, plus the longstanding relationships I have enjoyed with clients, speak to my being highly reliable and adaptable.

• In addition to straight journalism, I also write public relations/marketing copy. Whatever the assignment, no matter its subject or length or intended audience, I take a serious, considered approach.

Freelance Portfolio – Selected Newspapers/Magazines:

Contributor to:

Metro Magazine, 2008-present

Omaha Fashion Magazine (2010)

Omaha Weekly Reader (The Reader), senior contributing writer, 1996-present

Jewish Press, 1998-present

New Horizons, 1994-present

El Perico, 2006-present

Omaha Magazine, 2006-present

Encounter Magazine, 2006-present

B2B, 2007-present

Omaha World-Herald, special sections, 2008-present

Past contributor to:

UNO Alum, 2006-2009

Omaha City Weekly, 2006-2009

Norfolk Daily News, 2007-2008

Grand Island Independent, 2007-2008

Nebraska Life Magazine, 2006-2008

Omaha Star, 2005-2007

The Black Scholar, 2007

Medium, 2003

The Daily Record, 2003

Omaha Weekly, 2000-2002

Nebraska Sports America, 1999-2001

Inet Library, Inventive Communications, 1999-2000

American Visions, 1996

Kidz!, 1996

Woodmen, 1991-1995

Home & Away, 1993

Midlands Business Journal, 1989-1990

Metro Update/Metro Monthly, 1989-1990


Happenings, College of Education, UNO , 1992-2001

Child’s View, Voices for Children in Nebraska, 1995

Inflight, Inflight Productions, 1990-1991

Connections, Catholic Health Corporation, 1990-1991

Bravo, Opera Omaha, 1990

Public Relations/Marketing:

Qwest advertorial campaign copy, Omaha World-Herald, 2010

Various Omaha World-Herald special sections stories, 2008-2009

University of Nebraska Medical Center, press releases/newsletter copy, 2006

Children’s Hospital, magazine stories, 2004

Valmont Industries, via David Day & Associates, OneValmont magazine articles, 2004

St. Patrick Catholic Church, press releases, 2003

Preston Love Sr., press releases, 2001

Clarkson Hospital, Discover Magazine stories, (1990s)

Omaha Public Power District, special edition OPPD Flash Magazine, articles, 1996

Family Service of Omaha press releases, 1996

Nebraska Methodist Health System, Inc., Healthplex Magazine articles,1989-1995

Web Publishing Company, Denver, Co., press releases, 1995

American Red Cross, Materials Task Force brochure copy, 1993

UNO College of Education, College of Excellence video script, 1993

Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Surprises campaign copy, 1991

With Graphix Group for City of Omaha, City of Excellence campaign copy, 1990


Memoirs of a Nervous Man, unpublished original nonfiction novel, 1990

• In-progress:

Biography of Mark Manhart, commissioned by Mark Manhart; history of the Douglas Theatre Company, Legacy Preservation; history of Omaha Jewish grocers, Nebraska Jewish Historical Society

• Proposed:

The making of Alexander Payne’s next film; biography of David Johnson; history of the Wesley House; the theater life of Jo Ann McDowell; Omaha’s Black Sports Legends; Nebraskans in film


The Brandeis Story, documentary, with Oberon Entertainment, for Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, 2008

Pacesetter corporate video with Inflight Productions, 1990s

More Major Works (Non-fiction):

My 13-part, 50,000-word series Out to Win: The Roots of Greatness focused on Omaha’s African-American sports legends. A local cultural center and I are eying it as the foundation for an exhibit, a documentary, and/or a book. Recently, I have written major historical pieces related to: Boys Town; the Omaha civil rights group, the DePorres Club; the work of Shirley Goldstein in the Free Soviet Jewery movement; the Omaha Stockyards; the Great Plains Black History Museum; the 1960s race film A Time for Burning; and the African-American Empowerment Network.

In 2009 I accompanied a group of Omahans to the Obama inauguration in the nation’s capital and wrote a cover story on this embedded experience.

Since 1997, I have had published 15 in-depth stories on filmmaker Alexander Payne. I went on assignment to document the making of his movie Sideways. My latest Payne work concerns his new film, The Descendants. My stories will help inform a book about Payne’s creative process that the filmmaker himself has asked me to write. I am currently querying agents and publishers.

For a decade now I have documented the stories of Holocaust survivors and rescuers for a number of Omaha publications, particularly the Jewish Press. I continue seeking out and telling these stories and the remarkable individuals behind them, including a profile of survivor Kitty Williams in 2009 and an anticipated profile of survivor Ilona Burk in 2010.

2010-2011 will mark the completion of my biography about Mark Manhart and my history of the Douglas Theatre Company. I anticipate starting a couple new book projects by the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011.


My list of notable interview/profile subjects is a long one, and includes many locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally prominent figures from various fields. Among these luminaries are Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and Pulitizer winners, recipients of honorary degrees, humanitarian and lifetime achievement awards, hall of fame inductees, Fortune 500 CEOs, noted entrepreneurs, artists, authors, media professionals, educators, scientists.


Shallow Feeders, an in-progress original play, 2008

Crazy Quilt, an unproduced original feature-length screenplay, 1995

Related Experience:

Albers Communications Group, Media Liaison, 2006, crafted and pitched press materials for Albers’ client Home Instead Senior Care

iSqFt (Construction Software Technologies), 2004-2005, did construction reporting for online-based firm

UNO Athletic Department, Sports Information Assistant, 1988-1989, wrote press releases, newsletters, et cetera

Joslyn Art Museum, PR Specialist, 1984-1988, wrote press releases, PSAs, newsletters, brochures. Handled media liaison duties. Produced commercials. Organized special events, including a Western film festival and a revival of Douglas Fairbanks Sr.’s The Mark of Zorro with live organ accompaniment.

Community Service:

New Cinema Cooperative, Board Member/Publicist, 1987-1991, programmed and promoted select alternative film program that showcased a program of about two dozen American independent and foreign features each year

UNO Student Programming Organization, Film Consultant/Publicist, 1979-1987, programmed and promoted a large weekly film program that exhibited anywhere from 60 to 100-plus features a year, running the gamut from classic world cinema to contemporary American independent and foreign films, including scores of festivals and thematic series


B.S., Journalism, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1982

Recent Awards:

3rd Place, Feature Series, Nebraska Press Association, 2008

1st Place, Best Magazine Feature, Omaha Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition, 2007

2nd Place, Best Magazine Feature, Omaha Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition, 2006

2nd Place Tie, Excellence in Personality Profiles, American Jewish Press Association, 2004

3rd Place, Single Feature Story, Nebraska Press Association, 2003

1st Place, Single Feature Story, Nebraska Press Association, 2002

Additionally, my work has appeared in several award-winning special editions of various publications.


My blog is a showcase of my cultural journalism. Other than doing Google searches with my name, it's the best place to find my published work.


“I’ve long admired Leo Biga’s journalism and prose portraiture for its honesty, thoughtfulness, and accuracy. On a personal note, throughout many years of being interviewed, I find Mr. Biga’s articles about me to be the most complete and perceptive of any journalist’s anywhere. They ring true to me — even in critique — in a way that reveals the depth of his talent in observation, understanding, and expression.” Alexander Payne, filmmaker (Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways)

“Leo Adam Biga portrays his subjects with both precision and generosity, practicing a literary journalism that is enlightening, honest, and immensely readable. His writing is eloquent and provocative, and quite often moving.” Timothy Schaffert, novelist (Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters)

“Leo Adam Biga is an astute, conscientious journalist whose interviews and articles have been widely admired for their accuracy, generosity, depth, and perceptiveness. I would position him among the finest of our national reporters on the arts and culture.” Ron Hansen, novelist (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)

“Leo Biga personifies one of H.L. Mencken’s more memorable observations: ‘There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.’ Biga consistently teaches and delights, not with showy vocabulary or flashy syntax, but by placing his prodigious talents in the service of his subject and his readers.” Richard Dooling, author (White Man’s Grave and Brain Storm)

“Leo is one of the best prepared and most thorough writers I’ve ever worked with. With painstaking detail he builds well-crafted, well-researched stories that are a pleasure to read. Leo is truly one of the finest wordsmiths around.” John Heaston, Publisher, The Reader, 2312 M St., Omaha, NE 68105

“Leo is a talented writer who handles each assignment with passion, style, and a commitment to quality.” Jeff Reinhardt, Editor, New Horizons, 4223 Center St., Omaha, NE 68105

“Leo is one of those inquisitive writers who knows just what probing questions to ask in order to get a fascinating story. He provides the Jewish Press with a behind-the-scenes look at people doing extraordinary things in their lives.” Carol Katzman, Former Editor, Jewish Press, 333 So. 132nd St., Omaha, NE 68154
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