Bruno Takahashi Ph.D.

Bruno Takahashi

Associate Professor, Co-Director of Journalism Graduate Studies

  • Journalism
(517) 432-2454


Bruno Takahashi is associate professor of environmental journalism and communication at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and AgBioResearch. Dr. Takahashi is the research director of the Knight Center in Environmental Journalism. He is also affiliated to the Health and Risk Communication Center, the Environmental Science and Policy Program, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at MSU. He received his bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Lima, Peru, and his M.S. and Ph.D in environmental science from SUNY ESF. His research interests include media coverage of environmental affairs, environmental journalism practices, risk communication, and the links between media and policy. He has a particular interest in the coverage of environmental issues in Latin America media and US Latino media.

Current research projects:

Recent publications:

  • News Media Coverage of Environmental Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. Eds. Takahashi, B., Pinto, J., Chavez, M. & Vigon, M (2018). Palgrave.

  • Van Witsen A. & Takahashi, B. (2018). Knowledge based journalism in environmental and science reporting. Environmental Communication.

  • Tandoc, E., Takahashi, B., Thomas, R. (2017). Fox News’ coverage of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. Journalism Practice. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2017.1343095.

  • Takahashi, B., Duan, R., and Van Witsen, A. (2017). Hispanics' behavioral intentions towards energy conservation: The role of socio-demographic, informational, and attitudinal variables. Social Science Quarterly. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12395.

  • Duan, R., Zwickle, A., & Takahashi, B. (2017). Abstract or concrete? A construal-level perspective of climate change images in U.S. print newspapers. Climatic Change. 142(3), 345-360. doi:10.1007/s10584-017-1945-9.

  • Takahashi, B., Terracina, C., Amann, K., and Meisner, M. (2017). Policy, economic themes dominate ethanol headlines. Newspaper Research Journal. 38(1), 119–133.

  • Duan, R., & Takahashi, B. (2017). The two-way flow of news: A comparative study of American and Chinese newspaper coverage of Beijing’s air pollution. International Communication Gazette. 79(1), 83-107. doi: 10.1177/1748048516656303

  • Takahashi, B., Huang, K., Fico, F., & Poulson, D. (2017). Climate change reporting in Great Lakes region newspapers: A comparative study of the use of expert sources. Environmental Communication. 11(1), 106-121. doi:10.1080/17524032.2016.1220967.

  • Takahashi, B., Tandoc, E. C., Duan, R., & Van Witsen A. (2017). Revisiting environmental citizenship: The role of information capital and media use. Environment & Behavior, 49(2), 111-135. doi:10.1177/0013916515620892


  • JRN 372 Environment, Health, and Science Jrn Seminar (Fall 2018)

  • Education Abroad (Summer): Environmental Communication and International News in Peru. Summer 2018 program blog 


Research Director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Co-Director, MA Journalism Program

Immediate past Chair, Environmental Communication Division, International Communication Association

Associate Editor, Environmental Communication

Research and Teaching

Environmental journalism

Environmental Communication

Environmental behaviors

Latin America

Research Centers and Labs

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Health and Risk Communication Center

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

2017 AEJMC Conference, Top Faculty Paper, Scholastic Journalism Division

2013 AEJMC Conference, ComSHER division, Top Poster Award

2013 ICA Conference, Environmental Communication Interest Group, Top Faculty Paper

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd., Room 348
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824