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!

Ways to Connect

Jonathan Capehart photo
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Speakers at Black History Month lectures are usually historians or historical figures. On Thursday, MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series turns instead to a modern-day journalist.


Menards sign photo
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The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court. The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes.

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The campaign for the Lansing city council this year is beginning to take shape. WKAR will talk with the candidates as they emerge, and we begin today with Jim DeLine. He retired last year as Lansing’s internal auditor, and he hopes to bring what he calls his “deep financial background” to the council.

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The Vatican has invited experts in the field of human organ trafficking from around the world to a conference next week in Rome. WKAR's Scott Pohl speaks with an expert from Michigan State University who has been invited to the Vatican Summit on Organ Trafficking.


Alison Virag McCann sets up her breast pump
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

When a nursing mother returns to work, finding the time and a private place to use a breast pump can be challenging. We examine what that means for working moms on the Michigan State University campus.


photo of John and Judy Peakes, his wife.
Meegan Holland

One of Lansing’s most legendary theatrical figures, John Peakes, has died.

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Michigan State University’s newest Rhodes Scholar began her studies at Oxford last fall. Sarah Kovan is now in her second term there.


Students at the Broad Art Museum
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MSU’s Broad Art Museum is hosting an exhibition called “Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint” through April 23rd. The project unites Chicago artist Jan Tichy with students from Flint Carmen-Ainsworth and Lansing Everett high schools to explore the Flint water crisis together. WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story.

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The Lansing city council will try for a fourth time tonight to choose one of its eight members to serve as council president. At the first three meetings, a number of options were considered, but all failed on four-to-four votes.

Inaugural watch party photo
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On Friday, Donald Trump took the oath of office as our 45th president. We sent Scott Pohl and Kevin Lavery out to hear what local people thought of the ceremony.


Tashmica Torok of Lansing is will join thousands in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. She's the executive director of The Firecracker Foundation, an organization dedicated to working with child survivors of sexual trauma and their families. Her motivation is to go on the record as someone who did not vote for Donald Trump and who doesn't think the President-Elect acts "in the best interests of the people of the United States."

Suzy Merchant in radio studio
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Michigan State University women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant is taking a medical leave of absence.

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Brian Letscher's new play is the dark comedy "Smart Love."


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Kettering's new vehicle and mobility systems development proving ground will open in the spring.


Maven car-sharing service app image
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General Motors is evaluating a year-old car-sharing program. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with executive director of urban mobility Peter Kosak about Maven.


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