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.

"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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