Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews for Current State. He's also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Scott has been working for WKAR since 1984. Previously, he was employed by the Michigan News Network, WFMK, WKHM in Jackson and WALM in Albion.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

MSU Community Music School Opens At New Location

MSU Community Music School Executive Director Rhonda Buckley in the school's new performance hall
Scott Pohl WKAR

The new location of the Michigan State University Community Music School will open for instruction today.

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NewsRoom
9:20 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Acting MSU Provost Looks Ahead

Acting MSU Provost June Youatt
Credit Courtesy Photo/Office of the Provost

Michigan State University Senior Associate Provost June Youatt has been promoted to acting provost, following the resignation of Kim Wilcox.

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NewsRoom
9:53 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Legendary WKAR Sportscaster Jim Adams Dies

Jim Adams
Credit File Photo / WKAR

Jim Adams, WKAR's Sports Director from 1961 to 1993, has died at the age of 82.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

MSU President Simon Looks Back, Looks Ahead

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
Credit File Photo / WKAR

As the end of the year approaches, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is reflecting on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013. She talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about the state of affairs at MSU.

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NewsRoom
2:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Lansing Everett, Holt District Briefly Initiate Lockdowns

Credit WKAR File Photo

Lansing Everett High School was locked down for a time Thursday after a report that three men fleeing a police officer had entered the school with a gun.

The Lansing State Journal reports the three were arrested inside the school. One of them was carrying a pellet gun.

Meanwhile, the Holt school district instituted a perimeter lockdown at the high school, ninth grade campus and the junior high because of a rumor of threatened violence at the high school.  An investigation was conducted and officials say the rumor was unsubstantiated.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Sen. Jones Discusses GOP Losses In Eaton County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge)
Credit File Photo / WKAR

Before he was a state senator, Republican Rick Jones was Eaton County's state representative, and before that, sheriff. In November, the GOP lost both of those offices.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

MSU's Simon Again Declines Salary Bump

Credit Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has again turned down a salary increase. 

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Lansing's ATS Is 'Car Of The Year' Finalist

General Motors' 'Lansing Grand River' assembly plant, where the Cadillac ATS is made.
Credit WKAR File Photo

The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS is one of three models named as finalists for the North American Car of the Year Award. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Michigan In the Civil War: Fredericksburg

Gen. Henry Baxter of Jonesville commanded the Michigan 7th Infantry at Fredericksburg. He was seriously wounded during the battle.
Courtesy National Archives

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s bloody battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Hacker Strikes "CLEAR" Unit's Server at MSU

Credit WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University is investigating the unauthorized access of email addresses and encrypted passwords from a server within the College of Arts and Letters.  



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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

War Horse: Puppets Bring Horses to Life

The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa designed the lifelike puppets for War Horse.
Credit Courtesy / Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

To bring the story of "War Horse" to the stage, it was necessary to create convincing likenesses of horses.

The British company behind the play turned to the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa for the job.

"War Horse" arrives at MSU’s Wharton Center tonight. There will be eight performances.

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NewsRoom
12:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Knapp's Centre Reconstruction Takes Another Step

The 'K' in the sign was the first step to removing signage.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Work to restore the exterior of the former Knapp’s Centre in Lansing has begun.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Broad Art Museum: Final Weeks of The Gift

The Gift, by Jochen Gerz, is on display at MSU's Broad Art Museum.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

One of the first major installations at MSU’s new Broad Art Museum is called The Gift. People posed for portraits that are hung together at the museum.

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NewsRoom
11:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Gov. Snyder to Address MSU Grads

Gov. Rick Snyder
Credit WKAR File Photo

Governor Rick Snyder will address Michigan State University graduates in December.

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NewsRoom
2:55 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Shakesperean Vet Portrays Anne Hathaway in "Shakespeare's Will"

Seana McKenna portrays Anne Hathaway in 'Shakespeare's Will'
Credit Courtesy / Wharton Center

What did William Shakespeare leave to his wife upon his death? That's the question raised in "Shakespeare's Will," the one-actress play coming to MSU this weekend.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

MSU Chef Offers New Thanksgiving Menu Idea

Kurt Kwiatkowski is corporate chef for MSU Culinary Services
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

For this Thanksgiving morning, WKAR’s Scott Pohl presented a challenge to the corporate chef for Michigan State University Culinary Services, Kurt Kwiatkowski.

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NewsRoom
7:03 am
Mon November 19, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Thousands Helped By Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound helped Aaron Tucker get his degree. He now counsels students at MSU.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a program that helps Lansing high schoolers get ready for successful college careers and the jobs that follow.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Firearms Season Opens For 600,000 Deer Hunters

600,000 Michigan hunters are hoping to bag a buck this year.
Credit David Kenyon / Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Today is the opening day of firearms deer hunting season in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
8:59 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Broad Art Museum Dedicated

The line of people waiting to enter the Broad Art Museum stretched to Grand River Avenue on Sunday.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday to open the new Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to the public.

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NewsRoom
2:07 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Broad Art Museum: Opening Preview

Eli Broad speaks to reporters at today's preview event at the new Broad Art Museum at MSU.
Credit Marina Csomor / WKAR

Michigan State University will open the Broad Art Museum on Saturday.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Broad Art Museum: An Inside Look

Architect Zaha Hadid designed this staircase inside the Broad Art Museum.
Credit Dave Trumpie

The new Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will be dedicated on Saturday.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Arrest Made In I-96 Shootings

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth talks with reporters about the arrest in the I-96 shootings.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

An arrest has been made in connection with a string of shootings in four counties along I-96.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Broad Art Museum Exhibit To Include Portraits Of Locals

Artist Jochen Gerz examines a German newspaper story on a recent installation similar to his project at the Broad Art Museum. The museum opens this weekend.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

German artist Jochen Gerz is producing a photographic exhibit for MSU’s new Broad Art Museum, and you can be part of it. It’s called “The Gift: Lansing, Michigan 2012.”

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

ELECTION 2012: MSU Trustees Ferguson, Foster Face Challengers Sakwa, Mosallam

Voters will elect two people to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Steve Martin Brings The Steep Canyon Rangers To Wharton Center

The Steep Canyon Rangers, with Steve Martin, bring bluegrass to MSU's Wharton Center Nov. 4
Credit Courtesy Photo/Steep Canyon Rangers
  • WKAR's Scott Pohl talked with Charles R. Humphrey III of The Steep Canyon Rangers

Actor-comedian Steve Martin also plays the banjo. He’ll play with the Steep Canyon Rangers Sunday night at MSU.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

ELECTION 2012: Eaton County Sheriff's Race Heats Up

WKAR's Scott Pohl has a look at the race for Sheriff in Eaton County.

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NewsRoom
2:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Poston Leaving MSU Vice Presidency To Become Ag Dean

Fred Poston (left) talks with MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson after being appointed Dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He leaves the vice presidency for Finance and Operations.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan State University Trustees have appointed Fred Poston to run the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Poston previously served as dean of the university’s Ag school before becoming Vice President for Finance and Operations 12 years ago.

Poston's appointment is effective January 1st. His compensation package will remain unchanged.

MSU will now search for a new Vice President for Finance and Operations.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

MSU College Of Music Opens Cook Recital Hall

The Cook Recital Hall in the Michigan State University Music Building
Courtesy Photo/MSU College of Music

On Sunday, the Michigan State University College of Music lets the general public in on a huge project to improve the Music Building Auditorium.

Now known as the Cook Recital Hall in honor of benefactors Dee and Byron Cook, the performance space has been upgraded for both acoustics and comfort.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ELECTION 2012: In 71st, Abed Challenges Shaugnessy in Re-Match of 2010 Race

Rep. Deb Shaughnessy (left) defeated Theresa Abed (right) in 2010.
Scott Pohl WKAR

In Eaton County this year, the state house election is a rematch of the 2010 vote.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Project Explores Historic East Lansing Architecture

The Michigan State Medical Society Building was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki.
Courtesy photo/East Lansing Assessment Office

The city of East Lansing was fertile ground for noteworthy architecture between 1940 and 1970. An upper-level class of Michigan State University students is working on a project to document a selection of those homes, businesses and churches. There’s a concern that these buildings aren’t old enough to be on historic registries, and that some could be demolished or remodeled before becoming eligible.

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