Don Corrigan in the Community: Moderating, Mingling, and Demystifying Issues of the Day | Webster University

Don Corrigan in the Community: Moderating, Mingling, and Demystifying Issues of the Day

School of Communications professor to play role in three upcoming community events

ST. LOUIS (October 10, 2018) – School of Communications professor Don Corrigan will serve as a moderator at the annual Southwest Region Economic Summit. The summit will be held at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 17 at Sunset Country Club in Sunset Hills, Mo. Corrigan will moderate the discussion, “Can We Begin a Dialogue,” which will explore issues such as:Don Corrigan

  • a city and county merger in the St. Louis region
  • consolidation of smaller suburban cities in the county
  • ways to improve government efficiencies, and
  • ways to lower costs for taxpayers

Included in the discussion will be Cities Strong, an organization of former and current city officials who believe in the strength and responsiveness of smaller municipal governments. Cities Strong will be represented by Jim Brasfield, president and Pat Kelly, board member.

Also included will be Better Together STL, which believes a more regional and unified approach to government will lead to a more vital and prosperous St. Louis region. Better Together will be represented by Dave Leipholtz, director of community-based studies and Kyle Juvers, associate director of community-based studies.

The Southwest Region Economic Summit is being sponsored and organized by the Crestwood/ Sunset Hills, Fenton and Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chambers of Commerce.

Later on Oct. 17, Corrigan is scheduled to participate in the Public Relations Society of America St. Louis “Meet the Media Happy Hour.” It will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Mo.

PRSA has invited nine media professionals including reporters, producers, editors, and writers. They will represent St. Louis media organizations KMOV 4 News, KMOX 1120 AM News Radio, KSDK 5, CBS, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Riverfront Times, and the Webster-Kirkwood Times. The event is intended to build stronger relationships between public relations and media professionals through networking.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Corrigan will serve as a panelist for the discussion, “The Initiative Proposals in Missouri: What’s At Stake.” This event will be held at the OASIS facility at the Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Avenue, from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition to Corrigan, the panel will include former state legislator Francis Flotron and Lara Granich of Missouri Jobs with Justice. Noted Missouri political analyst Terri Jones will moderate the panel.

Corrigan will explore the question, “What do you think is the most important proposal on the Nov. 6 St. Louis County ballot?” For Flotron, the question under examination will be, “How is the growing use of the initiative process affecting state-level politics?” Granich will take up the question, “Why is the progressive movement making greater use of the initiative process?” 

Don Corrigan has been a professor of journalism at Webster University in St. Louis for more than 40 years. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Corrigan is editor-in-chief of newspapers published by Webster-Kirkwood Times Inc.

In 2017, he co-authored Forest Park: Images of America. The book includes photographs and stories about the history of Forest Park, from hosting the 1904 St. Louis Word’s Fair and the 1904 Summer Olympics, to its many attractions including the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Muny, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Missouri History Museum.

Corrigan's other books include Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability – What You Need to Know; Show Me…Natural Wonders: A Guide to Scenic Treasures in the Missouri Region; and Show Me…Nature’s Wrath: Tornadoes, Floods, Ice Storms and Other Natural Disasters; and The Public Journalism Movement. In America.

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. Over his career, he was received awards for his teaching as well as for college newspaper advising.

About the School of Communications
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