David Poulson

David  Poulson
  • Senior Associate Director
  • Knight Center for Environmental Journalsim




David Poulson is the senior associate director of MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He joined the center  in 2003 after more than two decades as a professional reporter and editor, most of it covering the environment. For 12 years he was the environment reporter at the capital bureau of Michigan’s Booth Newspaper chain.  He teaches environmental, investigative, public affairs and data analysis reporting, and organizes workshops in the U.S. and abroad to help journalists better report on the environment and researchers better explain their work. He has built three online environmental news servies, including the center’s Great Lakes Echo and The Food Fix at MSU’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. The International Association of Great Lakes Research recognized him in 2015 for “sustained efforts to inform and educate the public and policymakers.”  His research interests include non-traditional story forms and reporting methods and mechanisms for reader engagement. He is a member of the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists, of the advisory boards for Michigan Sea Grant and for MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and a member of the university’s committee on the Global Water Initiative. 


  • Environmental reporting and writing
  • Non-traditional story forms
  • Reporting methods and mechanisms for reader engagement