Don Corrigan

Don CorriganPosition

Professor; Media Law,  Global and Environmental Journalism


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Book cover - Environmental Missouri by Don Corrigan





Environmental Missouri, by Don Corrigan

Courses Taught

JOUR 2350 Outdoor Journalism
JOUR 2360 History & Principles of 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


MA, University of Missouri School of Journalism; BA in 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

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, Webster-Kirkwood Times and 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 served for more than 30 years as a professor of journalism at Webster University in St. Louis. At Webster, he has received a Messing Research Award in 1990, the Kemper Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994 and the Presidential Faculty Scholar Award in 1998.

Corrigan has published two recent 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 is now completing a third book, “Show Me…Enviro-Missouri: Toxic Legacy/Sustainable Future due for publication in 2014. 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 podium 


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Newspaperman's Book Offers Intro to Area Environmental Issues

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
Webster, Rock Hill & Shrewsbury Chamber

Webster Today

Webster University Press 'Environmental Missouri Issues and Sustainability,' by Don Corrigan
Faculty, Students Contribute to Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial Event
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

Contact Information

Office phone 314-968-6975
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Web site

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