professor (film & video production)
About Professor Leake
Craig Leake joined the U of M faculty in 2004, after three decades as a producer of documentary films for television at NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, and public television. Mr. Leake teaches courses in film and video production and involves students in the production of his own broadcasts. His research focuses on various forms of non-fiction storytelling and its contributions to an informed electorate.
2004 –Present Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor, Department of Communication,
The University of Memphis
1969 – 1971 Instructor, Department of Speech and Drama, Memphis State University
2002 – Present Producer/Director/Owner, Pacific Pictures production company
2001 – 2002 Senior Producer, Peter Jennings Specials, ABC News, Los Angeles
1998 – 2001 Executive Producer, Tom Brokaw Specials, NBC News, Los Angeles
1994 – 1998 Executive Producer, Scripps Howard Productions, Los Angeles
1989 – 1994 Producer/Supervising Producer, ABC News, New York/Washington
1980 – 1989 Producer/Writer/Director, CBS News, New York
1972 – 1980 Producer/Writer/Director, NBC News, New York
Directors Guild of America
Writers Guild of America, West
University Film and Video Association
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
International Photographers of the Motion Picture & TV Industries
- Mr. Leake has collaborated with Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Bill Moyers, Diane Sawyer, and Charles Kuralt on programs which have received five national Emmys, four regional Emmys, two Peabody Awards, three Cine Golden Eagles, and the most respected awards in broadcast journalism, including two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
- Regional Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2015, for Inside Story, a half-hour public television documentary about Elaine Blanchard, a social justice advocate who enters the women's prison in Memphis and teaches inmates how to write the stories of their lives before incarceration.
- Regional Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2011, for Beyond Babyland, a one-hour public television documentary about efforts to reduce the high rate of infant mortality in Memphis. Funded in part by a Faculty Research Grant of $6,500 in 2008 and an Urban Child Institute grant of $100,000 in 2009.
- Regional Emmy® nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2011, for Don't Make Me Start This Car!, a half-hour public television documentary about a teenager overcoming her fear of driving.
- Audience Award (Documentary) at 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival for The Nurse, a documentary short about a violin playing nurse, a graduate of The University of Memphis, to help celebrate the University's Centennial.
- Regional Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2006
- CINE Golden Eagle Award, 2006 for The Chemo Ate My Homework, a half-hour public television documentary about schoolteachers who work with cancer patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Funded in part by a New Faculty Research Grant of $4,500 in 2005. • Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award, 1997
- Writers Guild Award, 1997 for Why Can't We Live Together?, a one-hour NBC News Special on racism, as seen in a South Chicago suburb "tipping" from white to black. • George Foster Peabody Award, 1990
- Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1990
- CINE Golden Eagle Award, 1990 for Peter Jennings Reporting: Guns, a one-hour ABC News documentary about gun control as told through an examination of who shoots whom and why in Stockton, California.
- George Foster Peabody Award, 1981
- Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1981 for The War Machine, a CBS News Special with Richard Threlkeld, one hour in the five-part CBS Reports series The Defense of the United States.
- Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1978 for A Very, Very Special Place (Palm Beach), segment of the NBC News magazine Weekend.
- Emmy® nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2003 for The Stage, an ABC News documentary with Peter Jennings about a high school theater department in Boulder, Colorado, creating a production of the 1968 Broadway musical HAIR and, in the process, learning the meaning of protest, patriotism, and tolerance.
- Edward R. Murrow Award, 1999 From the Radio and Television News Directors Association, as Executive Producer of the NBC News Special The Greatest Generation with Tom Brokaw.
- CINE Golden Eagle Award, 1995 for Tycoon, an NBC News Special with Tom Brokaw; a one-hour profile of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
- Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1973 for The Billion Dollar Weapon, an NBC News White Paper on U.S. Defense Department spending following the Vietnam War.
Partial List of Additional Credits (as Producer, Director, Writer)
- TRACE EVIDENCE — An hour-long Court TV documentary series about the celebrated criminologist Dr. Henry Lee, Professor of Police Forensics at the University of New Haven, Connecticut. (Broadcast June 2004)
- PRISON MEDICAL — An hour-long Discovery Channel documentary about a dedicated group of nurses and doctors who have chosen to care for inmates in Colorado's state prisons. Directed, written, photographed, and edited in association with Braverman Productions. (Broadcast July 2003)
- GOD'S COUNTRY — Part of a six-hour ABC News documentary series called IN SEARCH OF AMERICA WITH PETER JENNINGS, exploring what it means to be an American at home and in the world. This hour is about Aiken, South Carolina, and its methods of teaching character to its citizens and passing on American values to the next generation. (Broadcast September 2002)
- FATHER'S DAY: NOW & FOREVER — A special edition of DATELINE NBC with Tom Brokaw; a one-hour sequel to THE GREATEST GENERATION, examining the legacy World War II GIs are leaving behind in their children. (Broadcast June 2001)
- NO WAY OUT: THE FALL OF SAIGON — An MSNBC Special with Forrest Sawyer; a two-hour report, 25 years later, on the last Americans to leave South Vietnam. (Broadcast April 2000)
- YOUR KIDS, OUR SCHOOLS, TOUGH CHOICES — A special edition of DATELINE NBC with Tom Brokaw; a one-hour inside look at the debate over how to fix public schools. (Broadcast October 2000)
- GAY HOLLYWOOD COMES OUT — An MSNBC Special with Forrest Sawyer; a one-hour report on the growing influence of — and continuing disappointments among — gays and lesbians in the entertainment industry. (Broadcast June 2001)
- CROSSROADS with Charles Kuralt and Bill Moyers — a CBS News summer magazine series; produced and directed two segments. (1984)
- OUR TIMES WITH BILL MOYERS: The Divorce Industry — a half-hour CBS News documentary about changing times in a U.S. capital of divorce, Silicon Valley, California. (1983)
- CENTRAL AMERICA IN REVOLT with Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, and Bill Moyers — a 90-minute special on the political and military conflicts raging in Central America. (1982)
- AFTER THE DREAM COMES TRUE with Charles Kuralt — a one-hour CBS Reports about the malling of America as told through the people of Oak Park Mall in Kansas City, Kansas. (1982)