David Poulson

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

He teaches environmental, investigative, public affairs and data journalism. He also organizes workshops in the U.S. and abroad to help researchers better explain their work and to help journalists better report on the environment. 

He is the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, a non-profit award-winning environmental news service and of The Food Fix, which produces multi-media reports on food systems innovation. He has developed a translational scholars program to help research faculty and students build communications capacity.

Before arriving at MSU in 2003, he was a professional reporter and editor for more than 22 years, mostly covering science and the environment. His research interests include climate change communications and non-traditional methods of gathering and delivering environmental news.

MSU recognized him in 2017 with its award for civic engagement and service learning . The International Association of Great Lakes Research recognized him in 2015 for decades of “sustained efforts to inform and educate the public and policymakers.”