Michael Farrell

Currently Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the co-founder of Platte Basin Timelapse. Michael is a forty-three year veteran in public broadcasting. Forty-one of those years have been spent in production and management in Nebraska and the Great Plains. Michael works tirelessly to share his years of accumulated wisdom and experience with the next generation of story-tellers and he has led the effort to establish an internship program at NET for students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s colleges of Journalism and Fine and Performing Arts (Film) and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Michael's Work

It is Spring 1975. It is just coming on dawn at Crow Dog’s place on the White River. I am trying to get some sleep after being up for the last two nights. I am laying on the frosty grass half tucked in under my Chevrolet Vega wrapped in a sleeping bag – but the […]

____________________________________ Cheesman Dam At the end of the 19th century Denver was reaching the half-century mark. By 1900, the former mining camp founded in 1858 at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River had grown to 130,000. Denver’s early efforts at providing safe and reliable water first depended on water taken directly […]

We all know that water flows downhill, seeking its own level, flowing to the sea. Water is a primary force shaping our planet and environment. It will erode rock, move soil, and, in its frozen form as glaciers, sculpt mountains, valleys, and plains. I’ve been traveling upstream on the North Platte River through western Nebraska, […]

Just to the north of my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a patch of undisturbed tallgrass prairie, one of the largest of the few remaining remnants of an ecosystem that once covered the eastern reaches of the Platte River Basin. Since 1983 this 230-acre tract has been owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but university […]