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 Crandall performance photo
Melissa Kaplan

Can the arts influence thinking on scientific debates like the discussion surround climate change? A program in Lansing this week aims to do exactly that. It's called “Hope Takes the Stage.”


East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The East Lansing city council will not meet tonight to swear in two council members and elect leadership for the next two years. Mayor Mark Meadows says that’s because the results of last week’s election have not yet been certified.

Rob Zondervan and the Clean Case Mobile Device Cover photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cell phones are dirty things. According to some media reports, they’re dirtier than toilet seats. Not something you want in an operating room, that’s for sure.


Mark Meadows photo
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing ballot proposals had a mixed result yesterday. A proposal to cut property taxes was approved, but a measure to create an income tax in the city failed. Because of that, the property tax cut will not go into effect unless an income tax gets voter approval in the future.


Aaron Stephens photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In East Lansing, voters rejected a proposal to create a new income tax on Tuesday. The income tax would have cost residents one-percent of their income, much of which was to be offset for homeowners by the passage of a property tax cut on the ballot.


Front of Lansing City Hall building
WKAR Photo / WKAR-MSU

It’s election day in Lansing, where voters will choose a new mayor for the first time in 12 years. The race to replace Virg Bernero as mayor in Lansing comes to a head today, with state Representative Andy Schor and city council at-large member Judi Brown Clarke hoping to win the top job.


A "Vote Here" sign
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Absentee ballots are still coming in in Lansing, where voters will choose a new mayor and four city council members Tuesday.

A 23-year-old male Michigan State University student has died after being hit by a car in East Lansing this morning. The accident occurred at East Saginaw Street and Park Lake Road shortly before 6 a.m.

The accident is under investigation. No names have been released.

Michigan State University has sent out an alert that there was a sexual assault on campus last night. Police at MSU received a report of the assault in Hubbard Hall at 10:30 p.m. The victim reportedly knew the offender. The MSU Police Department is investigating the incident.

East Lansing City Hall
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East Lansing voters will elect two city council members next Tuesday. The three candidates for the council agree on the ballot proposals that would create a new city income tax and reduce property taxes: they all plan to vote ‘yes’ on both. They differ, though, in that two of them are incumbents, each seeking a second term in office with records to run on, while the third is a 21-year-old political science and pre-law major at Michigan State University.


Thomas O'Connell photo
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.


vaccination syringe
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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