Don Corrigan has reported extensively on environmental issues ranging from transport of hazardous wastes to dioxin contamination at Times Beach, Mo., to the issue of whether EMFs (Electromagnetic Frequencies) present a health hazard. His writing on environmental issues has appeared in weekly newspapers and monthly publications, as well as in the investigative work of columnist Jack Anderson.
A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), Corrigan attended and covered SEJ's 1996 conference planning summit in Boulder, Colo. The full conference of SEJ was subsequently held in St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis was an appropriate meeting place for SEJ given the number of environmental problems that provided field trips in the St. Louis area for SEJ members. Corrigan's coverage of controversies over the EMF issue for Times newspapers as well as for St. Louis Journalism Review in the early 1990s inspired him to write a scholarly paper on the subject entitled, "EMF Controversy: A Global Perspective," for an environmental journalism conference in Reno Nevada, in April, 1994.
Earlier in his environmental reporting career, Corrigan covered the issue of transport of hazardous Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear rubble through the heartland of the United States. He won a grant from the Gannett Foundation to cover the TMI clean-up and multi-million dollar transport program that was necessitated by the 1979 TMI accident. Corrigan covered the transport program from its origins at TMI to its destination point at the INEL Labs near Idaho Falls, Idaho. The six-part series produced by Corrigan on TMI was given a first place for reporting in the news division in the 1989 Independent Free Papers of America (IFPA) competition.
Corrigan has brought his reporting experiences on the environmental beat to bear on his work in the classroom as a journalism professor. He regularly teaches a course entitled, "Environmental Journalism And Communication," at Webster University.