The Author

Leslie Kean
photo credit: Tatiana Daubek

Leslie Kean is an independent investigative journalist focused on bringing credible information about hidden, paranormal and “impossible” realities into the mainstream. She is the author of the award-winning book Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife (Crown Archetype, 2017) and UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record (Crown Publishing Group, 2010).

Surviving Death is the basis for a six-part documentary series on Netflix (of the same name), launched in early 2021, with Kean as a consulting producer. The series is produced and directed by Break Thru Films as a Netflix original.

Kean wrote the epilogue for the book An Extraordinary Journey: The Memoirs of a Physical Medium by Stewart Alexander and the foreword to Towards the Unknown: Memoirs of a Psychical Researcher by Erlendur Haraldsson, both published by White Crow Books in 2020.

Kean’s two decades of reporting on UFOs culminated in a series of groundbreaking stories for The New York Times from 2017 - 2020. (See UFOs Media for more detail on these stories). From 2012 to 2017 Kean contributed articles to the Huffington Post. In 2015, she was the subject of the short book Unknown Skies: Leslie Kean and the Case for Rational UFO Investigation by Steven Donoso.

UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record was a 2010 New York Times bestseller and has been published in eight additional languages. Kean helped produce the 2011 History Channel documentary “Secret Access: UFOs on the Record” based on her book and has appeared in numerous other documentaries.

Before writing UFOs, Kean was the plaintiff in a landmark five-year Freedom of Information Act federal lawsuit against NASA concerning the 1965 crash of an unexplained object in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, settled in her favor.  In 2007, Kean and filmmaker James Fox organized a large Washington DC international press conference on official UFO investigations, covered by media around the world.

Kean has lectured at American University, Rice University, the Franklin Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Omega Institute. She has been featured in print and broadcast media for over twenty years.

In the 1990’s, Kean was a producer and on-air host for public radio and contributed freelance articles to newspapers here and abroad. While spending many years reporting on Burma, Kean coauthored Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity (Aperture, 1994; White Orchid Press, 1995, Thai and Burmese Editions).