Bill McLean


Veteran newsman Bill McLean recently “retired” in Ashland after more than 30 years in Austin, Texas, where he covered local news beats as reporter, anchor and/or news director for several Central Texas radio stations. Also, as a stringer and part-time Bureau Chief for Texas State Network, McLean covered the distinctly-Texan politics of the State Capitol through a string of notable lawmakers and governors, including Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry.

His career spans news, audio production and public relations for various government, medical and environmental agencies in Austin. Most recently, as the Texas Department of Agriculture’s video producer and editor, McLean documented the growth and activities of drug and human smuggling cartels along the U.S. border with Mexico. A proud graduate of the University of Florida, the Orlando native is equally proud to collaborate with the news, music and audio production pros at JPR in celebration of the Great State of Jefferson.

6:12 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Oregon Project Independence Helps Elders Stay In Their Homes

96 year-old Cecil Michael, in his Medford home. Project Independence pays for a part-time caretaker to help with the chores he can't do himself anymore, allowing him to stay in his own home.
Credit Bill McLean/JPR

For many elderly people, having to move into a nursing home is frightening and traumatic. It’s also very expensive, and taxpayers usually end up footing a lot of the bill. 

A groundbreaking program that originated in Oregon is helping many people stay in their homes longer, enhancing the quality of their lives and reducing the need for nursing home care.

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Music, Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Sowing A Legacy Of Community Arts

Dancers from the Dancing People Company of Ashland highlight the troupe's upcoming winter solstice performance, "Call Back The Sun."

Oregon businessman and philanthropist Fred W. Fields cared about education and the arts so much that, before he died, he planned a little surprise for the Oregon Community Foundation. Now, his bequest is showing up in the Rogue Valley.

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"Sharing Economy" Clashes With Legacy Business
7:19 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

B&Bs vs Airbnb: Ashland Struggles With Online Short-Term Rentals

Ashland homeowners Tom DuBois standing in front of his single-family home in an R-1 residential zone where the city shut down his Airbnb short term rental of a spare room.
Credit Bill McLean/ JPR

New online companies have emerged where private residents offer travelers a place to stay for the night, often at rates cheaper than hotels or bed and breakfast outfits. In Ashland, traditional innkeepers are crying foul.

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Reality Check For Forest Owners
5:20 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Keeping Fire-Safe in Southern Oregon

Woodland homeowners walk a trail near Ashland as part of an OSU Extension course on making homes in the forest more fire-safe
Credit Bill McLean/JPR

The fire-prone forests of southern Oregon attract many people seeking their own “little slice of Heaven.” JPR recently tagged along on an OSU Extension Service seminar designed to teach newcomers from the city how to keep their woods from going up in smoke.

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