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:
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
My rates are competitive. Depending on the assignment or commission, I charge a per project or per hour fee.
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The following resume provides a fair overview of my writing career:
LEO ADAM BIGA’S RESUME
Leo Adam Biga • 10629 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 445-4666 • firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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:
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
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
The Daily Record, 2003
Omaha Weekly, 2000-2002
Nebraska Sports America, 1999-2001
Inet Library, Inventive Communications, 1999-2000
American Visions, 1996
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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