Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

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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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the medical community hopes to continue to improve early detection, treatments and survival rates.


Holliday Off 'The Voice'

Oct 31, 2017
Lucas Holliday photo
Courtesy photo / Paul Drinkwater NBC

Lucas Holliday, Lansing's "singing cashier," has been eliminated from the NBC singing competition "The Voice."

Voters in East Lansing will decide the fates of two proposals the city hopes will resolve long-standing financial woes next week. The city  is in debt to the tune of $190-million, a shortfall blamed on state revenue sharing cuts and growing obligations to retirees. Workforce reductions haven’t kept pace, so East Lansing officials are urging approval of dual proposals: a new income tax, paired with lower property taxes.


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Andres Rueda / flickr/Creative Commons

The Ingham County Health Department has inoculated staff and clientele of two local homeless shelters for Hepatitis A. That’s following three cases of Hepatitis A, including one death, in the county.

Lou Anna Simon photo
Courtesy / Michigan State University

Michigan State University Trustees have approved several renovation projects. Among projects approved by Trustees today were a $50-million modernization initiative at the T.B. Simon Power Plant, $6-million in renovations at Jenison Field House, a proposed $2.5-million dollar expansion at the Abrams Planetarium, and masonry repairs on Hubbard Hall.


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Courtesy photo / Bonney Bowman

It isn’t unusual to see new faces on local television, but the incoming morning news anchor on WLNS-TV is getting some attention before she even arrives in Lansing.


Moms with babies in front of the state Capitol photo
Steve Barosko / Courtesy Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a plan to boost breastfeeding rates in the state. Breastfeeding decreases infant mortality rates and reduces ailments like diabetes, leukemia, allergies, asthma, ear infections and obesity. Mothers who nurse tend to experience less post-partum depression, breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.


Marina Csomor / WKAR

Eli Broad, the benefactor of Michigan State University’s College of Business and modern art museum, is retiring. The New York Times reports that the 84-year-old billionaire is stepping down from public life. Broad told the paper, quoting here, “I am retiring. Now. Right now.”

Lisa Castillo and Aaron Mahoney
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are very early in the process of rebuilding and recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Two local volunteers are scheduled to leave Lansing this morning to help American Red Cross aid efforts.


Rebecca Brunner photo
Tyler Golden/NBC

A second Lansing-area singer has passed an audition on the NBC-TV show “The Voice.” Rebecca Brunner is from Mason. She now lives in Chicago.

John Schneider and Jim Hough photo
Courtesy photo / John Schneider

One of Lansing’s favorite writers has died. Jim Hough wrote the daily column called “The Onlooker” for the Lansing State Journal for a quarter of a century. He died early Monday at the age of 85 after a short illness.


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Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

Four football players at Lansing Catholic High School face benching at tonight’s game against Ionia if they take a knee during the National Anthem.

Juliana Powell and Kellie Dean at Alex's Great State Race in 2016.
Stepheni Schlinker / APUE MSU

Alex Powell was a Lansing Catholic High School graduate who was about to fulfill his dream of attending Michigan State University when he was diagnosed with cancer. That diagnosis didn’t stop him from going to MSU, though it was for only a short time before he passed away. Powell is the namesake of Alex’s Great State Race.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

This week, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three American researchers for their work on internal clocks. The Nobel Foundation announcement praised the trio for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. MSU psychology professor Dr. Antonio Nuñez says that a single cell can be a circadian clock.


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Courtesy photo / R.E. Olds Museum

The city of Lansing has agreed to sell the building housing the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum to the museum’s operators.

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