Scott Pohl

News Reporter

Hello! I'm Scott Pohl, a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews for Current State and an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

I've been working for WKAR since 1984. Previously, I've worked with the Michigan News Network, WFMK, WKHM in Jackson and WALM in Albion (along with Concord, my home town). I'm a 1979 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications.

My family keeps me busy with acting performances and dance recitals, and I enjoy travel and sports (I'm a decent tennis player and a less accomplished golfer).

I'm also an annual day sponsor on WKAR!

Thanks for listening!

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Ronald Styka
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Scott Pohl talked with Meridian Township Supervisor Ronald Styka about several issues during the April 16 "Mondays with the Mayor" segment. 


DeWitt Public Schools - Two-hour delay

Grand Ledge Public Schools - Two-hour delay

Potterville Public Schools - Two-hour delay (child care is open)

On the April 14-15 edition: WKAR's new education initiatives; the real cost of food waste; new Shingles vaccine; perspective of a submarine pilot; the new Wharton Center season & a new film showing how MSU helped racially integrate college football.


Morgan McCaul speaks to MSU Trustees photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The MSU Board of Trustees meeting today saw an hour of public comment, with protesters loudly and repeatedly criticizing the board and interim President John Engler.


Wilson Hall MSU photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will meet again today. The top item on the Trustees agenda is setting housing and dining plan pricing for the 2018-19 academic year.


Gene and Maya Washington photo
Courtesy photo

Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


driver's license with organ donor sticker image
Courtesy Image / Michigan Secretary of State

April is Donate Life Month, and today is Donate Life Day, with a push to encourage organ donations. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says that since she began having staff and branch offices ask people to consider signing up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, the number of adults on the registry has more than doubled.


Dr. Peter Gulick photo
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Many people who have had shingles say it’s the greatest pain they’ve ever endured. About a million people get shingles every year. Since it was licensed in 2006, the vaccine Zostavax has been recommended to older Americans to prevent shingles. Late last year, doctors began to recommend a new vaccine they think will be more effective than Zostavax. It's called Shingrix.


Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson
U.S. Embassy New Delhi / Flickr Creative Commons

The Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will hold a ceremony this evening to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

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Courtesy / Michigan Attorney General

Current State - the latest on the arrest of an MSU dean; a talk with one of Larry Nassar's survivors and her plans to help Meridian Township; Bridge Magazine's profile of the 39 gun bills in the state legislature; Plus YMusic.


Anand Chandrasekhar and Ramakrishna Mukkamala photo with blood pressure cell phone app
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

High blood pressure can be a killer, and millions of people don’t know they have it. Knowing that you have hypertension and treating it with lifestyle changes and-or medication can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that they hope will one day make it easier to monitor blood pressure.


Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has submitted his first budget proposal in office to the city council. New to the office, Schor describes the spending plan as “largely a continuation budget from previous years.”

ribbon on tree
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Reclaim MSU organization is holding a rally targeting the process for selecting the next MSU president starting at 5 p.m. today.


A new book by former Detroit Free Press sportswriter Keith Gave tells the story of how the Detroit Red Wings brought Soviet players to the National Hockey League. Those players helped the team win its first Stanley Cup championship in more than four decades back in 1997.

Gregory Conte photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Gregory Conte, director of operations with Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute, has been arraigned on a charge of resisting and obstructing police at Spencer’s March 5th appearance at Michigan State University.


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