Nebraska Authors

Christine Lesiak

Born Omaha, NE (USA)

Producer, writer and director of documentaries with Nebraska Educational Television and PBS. Her documentary, Profit the Earth, was the second highest rated PBS documentary in the spring of 1990. Other credits include Reflections of a Bonehunter (Loren Eiseley Documentary), 1994. Her documentary for The American Experience, "Monkey Trial," won a Peabody Award in 2002. Lesiak was the writer and producer for "Willa Cather--The Road is All," for the PBS "American Masters" series. She won the Organization of American Historians Best History Program Award for "In the White Man's Image."

Lesiak's interviews for NET's Loren Eiseley documentary Reflections of a Bonehunter: Transcripts of Interviews are available in the Heritage Room.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Play/Screenplay
  • Visual Work


Screenwriter; Documentaries


Mercy High School, Omaha, NE
Master's Degree in Film and Television, UCLA


Film Producer/Director for the University of Nebraska Television Cultural Affairs Unit, NETV

Places Worked

Nebraska Educational Television


CINE Golden Eagle
Clarion Award
Gold Apple
Gabriel Award
In the fall of 1993, her film In the White Man's Image was nominated for a National Emmy, and the script was nominated by the Writer's Guild as the Outstanding documentary script of 1992
Eiseley Medal, 1994


PBS - The American Experience


Reflections of a Bonehunter. 1994. (Loren Eiseley Documentary)
In the White Man's Image 1992. (Documentary about Nebraska's Genoa Indian School)
White Man's Way.
Profit the Earth. 1990. (Documentary exploring the connections between economics and the environment)
Edgerton and His Incredible Seeing Machines. (PBS Nova Program)
Willa Cather--The Road is All.
Follow the Water. 2018 PBS documentary (with Michael Forsberg)

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