Corrigan Wins Awards, Travels to Oklahoma for SEJ Conference

ST. LOUIS (OCT. 2, 2015) – Webster University professor and newspaper editor and writer Don Corrigan, recently won two awards at the annual Missouri Press Association (MPA) Convention.

Corrigan won:Don Corrigan at podium

  • First Place - Best Columnist - Humorous
  • Third Place - Best Story about History

The Webster-Kirkwood Times and South County Times, the newspapers for which Corrigan is editor-in-chief, won an additional nine awards. The awards included four first-place finishes for weekly newspapers in photography, news, features and column writing.

Corrigan also added a luncheon presentation of “Environmental Issues We Should Care About,” for members of the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Rotary Club to his recent speaking engagements. He also spoke about journalistic coverage of the environment in St. Louis and in Missouri and about his book, Environmental Missouri, Issues and Sustainability: What You Need to Know.

Corrigan is scheduled to attend the Society of Environmental Journalists' (SEJ) 25th annual conference, “Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood,” in Norman, Oklahoma, Oct. 7-11, 2015. On Friday. Oct. 9, Corrigan will lead the discussion at a journalism network breakout session. He will discuss his journalism and his books on pollution, weather and the climate issues of Missouri. He will provide a template for how this kind of book publishing can be accomplished in other states, including tips on how to organize material and seek out resources that will help writers compose and market their work.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to attend the Society of Environmental Journalists conference every fall and to present to my professional colleagues,” said Corrigan. “It’s another great privilege to be able to give back to my students and to Webster University and to the greater St. Louis community with informational lectures on what I learn and take away from these experiences.”

“At the University of Montana SEJ Conference (in 2010), I learned about glacier melts from global warming and saw it with my own eyes at Glacier National Park; at the Miami SEJ Conference (in 2011), I learned about ocean acidification and seas rising and saw with my own eyes parts of the Miami area that are already going under water; and, this year’s conference at the University of Oklahoma will provide mores insights and direct experiences,” said Corrigan.

Corrigan will also sign copies of his books at the SEJ conference, including Show Me...Nature’s Wrath: Tornadoes, Floods, Ice Storms, and Other Natural Disasters and Environmental Missouri.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, Corrigan will take part in a discussion on changing weather patterns at the National Weather Center in Oklahoma.

“I am firmly convinced that environmental journalism is a reporting beat that is going to grow in importance in America and in global media. The fact that Pope Francis chose to speak about climate change and sustainable living before our skeptical U.S. Congress is the clearest indication that environmental journalism is a crucial reporting beat right here and now — and into the future,” said Corrigan.

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Edited 10/7/2015

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