Don Corrigan | Webster University

Don Corrigan

Don CorriganPosition

Professor Emeritus; Media Law,  Global and Environmental Journalism


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Cover of Forest Park by Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks



Forest Park, by Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks
Released July 17, 2017


Book cover - Environmental Missouri by Don Corrigan



Environmental Missouri
, by Don Corrigan


Courses Taught

JOUR 2350 Outdoor/Nature Journalism
JOUR 2360 History & Principles of American Journalism
JOUR 2380 Free Expression and the First Amendment
JOUR 2750 Reporting Natural Disasters
JOUR 3060 Community Reporting
JOUR 3080 Global Journalism
JOUR 3120 Global Affairs Reporting
JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism and Communications
MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
MEDC 5000 Media Communications


MA, University of Missouri School of Journalism; BA, English Composition, Knox College

Professional Experience

Lewis University, instructor; St. Louis Magazine, contributing writer; Lockport Free Press, features editor; Bloomington Pantagraph, reporter; Columbia Missourian, police reporter.Don Corrigan at White Haven

Corrigan was an investigative reporter for the late Jack Anderson in Washington, D.C., and his work for Anderson, while on academic leave from Webster, appeared in more than 1,000 daily U.S. newspapers.

Corrigan is editor and co-publisher of the two suburban weeklies, the Webster-Kirkwood Times, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and the South County Times. He received a Gannett Foundation Writing Award for Environmental Reporting in 1988 to cover nuclear energy issues. He has reported for his newspaper group from Russia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Vietnam. He is a frequent writer for St. Louis Journalism Review, where he has served on that publication's editorial board for more than 30 years.


Don Corrigan has been a professor of journalism at Webster University in St. Louis for more than 30 years. In 1990, he received a Messing Research Award, in 1994, he received the Kemper Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 1998, he received the Presidential Faculty Scholar Award.

Corrigan recently published the books, “Show Me…Natural Wonders,” in 2007 and “Show Me…Nature's Wrath,” in 2009, each published by Reedy Press. He drew upon his research for these books to devise an Outdoor/Environmental Journalism Certificate of Study, now available for students at Webster University. He completed a third book, “Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability." Corrigan's work in outdoor journalism and the environment have earned him numerous awards, including an achievement award from the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.

Corrigan also has published several additional books, including “The Public Journalism Movement In America: Evangelists In The Newsroom,” which took aim at the faddish newspaper practices of civic journalism in the 1990s. He also has appeared in “COLUMNS: Favorite Columns From A Hometown Newspaper,” a book by Times Publications, a collection of humorous, serious – and occasionally insightful– newspaper columns.

In Rheta Blaney's book, forwarded by Walter Cronkite, entitled “Journalism: Stories From The Trenches,” Corrigan contributed a chapter on what it was like to be the first male reporting for a women's lifestyle section on a daily newspaper. His account is both funny and disturbing, because it reveals the second-place status women have endured at newspapers even in recent times. In 2006, Corrigan received the Quest Award for Communication from the Missouri Federation of Press Women. Corrigan frequently writes about gender issues for the Popular Culture Association.

Corrigan has twice been selected as state college newspaper adviser of the year in Missouri and in 2001 was presented the National College Newspaper Adviser of the Year Award in New Orleans by college Media Adviser (CMA). He was named Distinguished College Newspaper Adviser of the Year in 2009 by CMA in Austin after announcing his departure from day-to-day college newspaper work, after 32 years of advising. The college paper, The Webster University Journal, won Best in State several times during his advising tenure.

Don Corrigan at podiumMedia

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Limit Carbon Pollution to Benefit the Public's Heath
Newspaperman's Book Offers Intro to Area Environmental Issues
St. Louis' Coal-Dark Sky Subject of New Webster U. Blog

KMOX Radio
Kevin Killeen's Whole 'Nother Story - Don Corrigan Pens New Book
So You Want to Learn About the Environment?

St. Louis Business Journal
New St. Louis Media History Foundation Names First Board

Webster-Kirkwood Times
16 in Webster Groves

Webster Today
Corrigan Receives Ulysses S. Grant Site Service Award
Corrigan Class Blog in STLtoday
Corrigan on Radioactive Landfill
Communication Students Win Record Number of Press Club Scholarships
Corrigan Environmental Lecture
Corrigan Op-Ed on Missouri Environment
Corrigan on Asian Carp
Webster University Press 'Environmental Missouri Issues and Sustainability,' by Don Corrigan
Snapshots: Student Free Expression Panel with Mary Beth Tinker
Webster Welcomes Future Journalists to Campus
March 11 'Student Free Expression' Panel with Mary Beth Tinker

School of Communications RSS Feed
Corrigan Receives Outstanding Service Award
16 in Webster Groves 50 Years Later
Corrigan Wins Awards, Travels to Oklahoma for SEJ Conference
Webster University Students Win Press Club Scholarships

Contact Information

Office phone 314-968-6975
Webster E-mail
Times Newspapers E-mail

Web site

Times Newspapers

updated 7/2018