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
3:41 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Michigan National Guard Conducts Suicide Prevention

WKAR File Photo

The Michigan National Guard is joining the U.S. Army "stand down" suicide prevention effort.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Crosaires Provides a Different Kind of Elder Care Model

Todd Walter stands in front of Crosaires, in Williamston.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at caring for the elderly.         

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NewsRoom
12:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Boyle Appointed To East Lansing City Council

Kathy Boyle will take the oath of office to serve on the East Lansing City Council next week.
Courtesy White, Schneider, Young & Chiodini, PC

The East Lansing city council appointed Kathy Boyle to fill a vacancy on the panel last night.

She replaces Donald Power, who resigned his council seat last month. She’s an attorney with an Okemos law firm.          

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NewsRoom
7:44 am
Wed September 19, 2012

East Lansing City Council Chooses Replacement For Power

The East Lansing city council appointed Kathleen Corkin Boyle to fill a vacancy on the panel last night.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Antietam

Gen. Israel Richardson was wounded at Antietam, and never recovered.
Roger Rosentreter collection

Today marks the 150th anniversary of a turning point in the Civil War: the battle of Antietam.

The Maryland battle marked the Confederate army’s first invasion of the north, and it would become the bloodiest day in American history. More than

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing.           

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Pianist Ralph Votapek Remembers Van Cliburn Competition Win

Ralph Votapek, in his practice space at Michigan State University.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Renowned pianist Ralph Votapek is in his rehearsal space in the Michigan State University Music Practice Building, working on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4. It’s one of the pieces that helped him win the gold medal in the first Van Cliburn international piano competition in 1962.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Emmy Winner Tim Busfield Stars In "Vigil" At LCC

Kemp (Tim Busfield) measures Grace (Carmen Decker) for a casket in LCC's production of "Vigil".
Kevin Fowler/LCC

East Lansing native Tim Busfield is starring in “Vigil” by Morris Panych, with local acting legend Carmen Decker, at Lansing Community College’s Black Box Theatre. The first of eight performances of "Vigil" is Friday. Busfield recently talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl.

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NewsRoom
3:02 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

More Improvements Coming To Spartan Stadium

The north side of Spartan Stadium could look very different after renovation planning approved by MSU Trustees.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

A week after unveiling $10-million message boards at Spartan Stadium, MSU trustees have authorized more planning for football facility upgrades. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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NewsRoom
2:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

MSU Trustees approve next step at FRIB

At the FRIB website, webcams monitor construction progress.
Courtesy FRIB

Michigan State University trustees have approved the next step in the development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

East Lansing Seeks Public Input On Former City Center II Development

The former City Center II development is now known as the Park District Planning Area in East Lansing.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

A $105 million development project in East Lansing known as City Center II has fallen apart after close to a decade of work. Now, officials are trying to decide what to do with the prime real estate at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road.           

The city will hold public forums tonight and Friday to gather ideas from residents about the next course of action.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Training Tomorrow's Electricians

Lawrence Hidalgo Jr., training director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

On this Labor Day from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at the future of training in the skilled trades.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Lawrence Hidalgo Junior, training director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

It’s a joint program between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and NECA, the National Electrical Contractors Association. They work with young electricians to prepare them for careers in the field, both in labor and in management.

That training has evolved in recent years.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

MSU College Of Law Adds Programs In Dubai

MSU-Dubai Executive Director Tessa Dunseath.
Courtesy MSU-Dubai

Michigan State University’s presence in the Middle East will take another turn this fall.

MSU opened a branch campus in Dubai in 2008. The worldwide economic downtown coincided with operations there, and enrollment figures never met the university’s goals. Undergraduate programs in Dubai were shut down two years later.

But a master’s program in human resources and labor relations has survived, and a public health program was added last year. Now, the MSU College of Law will soon begin offering two programs at the scaled-back MSU-Dubai.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Company Makes an All-Natural Gun Cleaner

The 2,000 gallon mixing tank at TopDuck Products. Don Kettles is planning to add an 8,000 gallon mixer.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a small, family-run Lansing business that produces an all-natural gun cleaning product.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story of "Gunzilla."

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The War Of 1812: The Surrender Of Detroit

Gen. William Hull faced court-martial for surrendering Detroit to the British.
Courtesy: U.S. History Images

Today marks the bicentennial of the surrender of Detroit to the British in the War of 1812. The key figure is American General William Hull.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Grand Ledge To Host The Stanley Cup Friday

Defenseman Matt Greene of Grand Ledge hoists the Stanley Cup. His L.A. Kings are NHL champions. He'll bring the Cup to Grand Ledge on Friday.
Flickr photo: bridgetds

Grand Ledge native son Matt Greene is a defenseman on the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings. It’s become a tradition that each player on the winning team gets to do whatever they want with the Stanley Cup for a day. Friday, Greene is bringing one of the world’s most coveted sports trophies to his hometown.

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NewsRoom
1:07 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: State House Districts

Andy Schor with supporter Nicole Armbruster of the Lansing Board of Education, at his rally at Gone Wired in Lansing.
Scott Pohl WKAR

In the Democratic primaries, voters nominated Tom Cochran for the 67th district, Andy Schor for the 68th and Sam Singh for the 69th.

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Election 2012
12:59 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Commission Race

WKAR File Photo

There were a number of contested primaries for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Election 2012: Incumbent Ingham County Commissioners Facing Primary Challenges

The Courthouse in Mason is the seat of Ingham County government.
WKAR file photo

Michigan voters go to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes in the state primary election.  WKAR has been bringing you reports on a number of Lansing area political races and ballot questions.

Today, we conclude our series with an examination of contested races for the Ingham County board of commissioners.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Residents To Decide Three Millage Proposals

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason is the seat of county government. Voters will consider three millage proposals on August 7th.
WKAR file photo

Three funding proposals are going before voters in Ingham County next week. Two would renew existing millages, while a third would enact a small increase if approved.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: DeWitt Has "Wieber Fever"

Elena and Mason Sermak are rooting for Jordyn Wieber to bring a gold medal home to DeWitt. They got her autograph on a cereal box.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

WKAR’s Scott Pohl pays a visit to DeWitt, the little town north of Lansing that’s awash with Wieber Fever.

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NewsRoom
1:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Spartan Stadium Sound System Tested

Workers began installing a helmet logo on the south scoreboard at Spartan Stadium Thursday. Along with new video boards, the stadium is getting new audio equipment.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Work on the new video boards at Spartan Stadium took a step forward Thursday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that crews began testing the stadium’s new sound system.

You might expect that a sound system test at Spartan Stadium would mean the fight song blaring at you a few hundred times.

Alas, it was smooth jazz coming out of the speakers shortly before noon on Thursday.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: Lansing Sportswriter Will Cover The Games

Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal will cover the Olympic Games for Gannett Newspapers.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

The Olympic Games begin with opening ceremonies in London on Friday.

DeWitt’s Jordyn Wieber will compete for a gymnastics Gold Medal beginning on Sunday. Over the next three days, we’ll have several stories looking at the excitement that’s building around her quest for a medal.

Sportswriter Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal will be in London to write about the Games. This will be his first Olympics.

Rexrode told WKAR’s Scott Pohl that his coverage will extend beyond the Jordyn Wieber story.

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NewsRoom
3:01 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

MSU Appoints Hsu VP For Research And Graduate Studies

Dr. Steve Hsu becomes vice president for research and graduate studies at MSU August 20.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Michigan State University has appointed a new vice president for research and graduate studies.

Dr. Steve Hsu is director of the Institute for Theoretical Science and a professor of physics at the University of Oregon.

Hsu has also started two software companies, and has experience in venture capital. He says he hopes to unlock the value in the research done at MSU.

With a background in physics, Hsu adds that the development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on campus helped attract him to the post.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The War Of 1812: A Michigan Bicentennial

The British took Fort Mackinac 200 years ago today. The British had built the fort and knew it was vulnerable from behind. Their surprise attack led to a quick surrender.
Courtesy Mackinac State Historic Parks

July 17 marks the bicentennial of a key date in the War of 1812, when the British captured Fort Mackinac at the onset of war. WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Phil Porter about the historic date.

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NewsRoom
2:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Greater Lansing Gig.U Coalition Touts High Speed Internet Progress

WKAR file photo

Michigan State University and local economic development officials say they’re making progress on expanding ultra-high speed internet service in the Lansing area.

A coalition called Greater Lansing Gig-U is announcing the creation of gigabitready.com, a website detailing property addresses that are ready to provide ultra-high speed internet service. Now being tested, a full-scale launch of the service is expected in the fall.

They’re also unveiling a gigabit certified building program.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Will The Tigers Make The Playoffs? Sportswriter Says Odds Are Fifty-Fifty

First baseman Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. He has 15 home runs.
lakelandlocal/Flickr

The signing of slugger Prince Fielder was supposed to lead the Detroit Tigers to the American League Central Division crown and the playoffs this year, but so far, they’ve struggled.

        

At the All-Star Game break, Detroit is in third place, behind Chicago and Cleveland, three-and-a-half games out of first. A five-game winning streak heading into the break is cause for optimism, though.

        

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NewsRoom
2:05 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Power Outage Shuts Down East Lansing City Hall

WKAR File Photo

Due to a power outage, City Hall in East Lansing has closed for the rest of the day. 54-B District Court and the Bailey Community Center are also closed. City officials are estimating that power will be restored at 5 p-m.

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NewsRoom
9:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Utility Crews Repairing Ruptured Gas Main At MSU Police Station

A Consumers Energy crew works to repair a damaged gas main several yards away from the leak just outside the Michigan State University police headquarters.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Utility crews are working to seal a damaged gas line on the Michigan State University campus.

The ruptured line is outside the campus police station.

A landscaping crew reportedly was digging a hole to install a sign when they hit an unmarked gas line. A crew from Consumers Energy is on site to work on repairs.

There are no reports of injuries.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

New Bus Service Aims To Serve East Lansing Travelers

The Megabus.com service serving East Lansing will eventually run double-decker buses with a capacity of 81 passengers.
Courtesy Megabus.com

A motorcoach service with prices as low as one dollar will begin serving East Lansing tomorrow.

Megabus.com is adding a route that will include three daily trips linking Chicago, Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Detroit.

The Amtrak station on Harrison Road will be East Lansing’s pickup and dropoff site. Tickets can only be purchased online.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Dale Moser, President of the Megabus parent company Coach USA, about the six-year-old business.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Smart Phone App Development On The Rise

Emily Brozovic checks out her smart phone app, People Like Me.
Scott Pohl WKAR

A growing number of people carrying smart phones means companies that develop apps need to find skilled employees. People filling those jobs in Michigan are staying in the state, or even moving back to Michigan.

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