Dave Poulson is the senior associate director of Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental journalism where he teaches environmental, investigative and computer-assisted reporting to graduate and undergraduate students.
Before arriving at MSU in 2003, he had a 22-year professional journalism career, including 11 years in the state capital bureau of Booth Newspapers.
In addition to teaching, he organizes and implements workshops in the U.S. and abroad to help professional journalists better report on the environment and to help environmental scientists better communicate to the public.
He is the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, a non-profit award-winning environmental news service that also contributes Michigan environmental stories to Capital News Service. He is a CNS bureau chief.
FRANK KELLEY: David Poulson, the senior associate director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and Capital News Service instructor, reminiscences about his long-running relationship with former Attorney General Frank J. Kelly, who died March 5. For news and opinion pages. Commentary. By David Poulson. FOR ALL POINTS.
Political candidates spend thousands ofdollars on advertising to secure a spot in office, And the heavy spending is not confined to the bigfederal and state races. Even candidates for county treasurer invest heavily in signs, flyers, social media and other advertising. County finance records from Jan. 1, 2018 to the post primaryfiling deadline of Sept. 23, 2020 show that the median spending on advertisingwas just over $8,000 by county treasurer candidates in eight of Michigan’s 10most populous counties. By Ri’an Jackson and Chloe Alverson.
It is challenging to track the donations and expenditures Michigan requires candidates to report and that can include a lot of money even at the county level. A study of three county level races encompassing 56 Michigan counties discovered that between Jan. 1, 2018 and Sept. 23, 2020 candidates for sheriff raised more than $1.25 million to fund their races. Candidates for treasurer raised nearly $600,000 during the same period. Even candidates for drain commissioner raised nearly a half-million dollars. Michigan State University students who did the study found challenges in getting and analyzing the data from a reporting system critics say is in need of reform. By Brandon Chew and Taylor Haelterman
An obscure door tucked beneath one of the massive stone staircases outside of Michigan’s state capitol reveals yet another steep stairwell leading to a coal-fired boiler room. It was once the center of one of the most sophisticated heating and cooling system of the 19th century. Today, the same room is poised to gather heat from 272 wells sunk 500 feet below the Capitol grounds as part of a complex multi-million dollar utility upgrade. By David Poulson. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
For problems or questions, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899 1640; firstname.lastname@example.org or Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; email@example.com. EDITORS: This is our 4th summer package of Michigan-focused environmental stories in collaboration with our partner, Great Lakes Echo. 1st REGULAR FILE AHEAD: Our new cadre of correspondents is here, and we plan to send our 1st weekly file of the fall semester on Friday, Sept. 11. HERE’S YOUR FILE:
CHIRPING CRICKETS: The steady sound of crickets chirping in the evening is a staple of a Midwest summer.
Toxic algae blooming in Lake Erie is creating safety concerns for humans and aquatic life, prompting the state to work with farmers to reduce the phosphorus levels in field runoff. For news and agriculture sections. Experts at NOAA, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
It’s unlikely most people get excited when they see a vacant manure pit, but converted storage lagoons on former dairy farms can be money-making ventures for aquaculture operations. We hear from a Michigan Sea Grant expert in the Western UP and from Wisconsin farmers.