Bill McClellan, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan will discuss the history and future of St. Louis at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at UMSL. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo)

Whether you disagree with him or share his viewpoint, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan is well-known in the region. Some are vigilant readers of his column and others weekly watchers of his commentary on the panel of the KETC (Channel 9) show “Donnybrook.”

“A Conversation with Bill McClellan” will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in 331 Social Sciences & Business Building at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

McClellan, who describes his job as “commenting on the passing parade” will discuss thinking about St. Louis as a novel, and whether the next chapters can be more upbeat than the ones from the recent past.

Hailed by some as being a champion for the underdog, McClellan has covered it all from politicians to religious leaders, cops to robbers, judges to juries and good to bad. He joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1980 and began his column in 1983.

The discussion is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Register by calling 314-516-5353 or send an email to Light refreshments will be served.

It’s sponsored by the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Department of Economics at UMSL and the F.A. Hayek Professorship at UMSL.

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