David Poulson

David Poulson

Senior Associate Director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

  • Journalism
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David Poulson is the senior associate director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental journalism.

He teaches environmental, investigative, computer-assisted and public affairs reporting. He organizes workshops for professional journalists in the U.S. and abroad.

He is the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, an award winning news service covering regional environmental issues.

  Prior to arriving at MSU in 2003, he was a reporter and editor for 22 years, most of it covering the environment.


Poulson also directs the translational scholars program at MSU's Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

In that role he develops workshops to help scientists better communicate their work to policy makers, funders, journalists and the public.

He is the founder and editor of The Food Fix, a news service covering food security in the developing world. The International Association of Great Lakes Research recognized him in 2015 with the Jack Vallentyne Award for sustained efforts to inform and educate the public and policy makers for at least 20 years with an impact beyond the local community.


Research and Teaching

Non-traditional methods of gathering and delivering news, reader engagement, climate change communications, non-profit journalism, story-telling capacity of scientists and other researchers.

Research Centers and Labs

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Health and Risk Communication Center

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd., Room 383
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University