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
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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

reWorking Michigan: The Tourism Draw Of The Broad Art Museum

The Broad Art Museum will open at Michigan State University in November.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at efforts to promote the new Broad Art Museum at MSU as a tourist destination. Gearing up for next month’s opening of the Broad Art Museum entails much more than the completion of construction and the mounting of artworks. Getting the word out about the design by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid has been a major focus.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

MSU Assistant Professor Of Music Prepares For Carnegie Hall Concert

Minsoo Sohn will play Bach's Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall Oct. 6.
Chad Johnston Courtesy photo

Minsoo Sohn’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been described by Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times as “poetic and radiant.”

On Saturday, the MSU College of Music assistant professor will play the Goldberg Variations in a concert at the Zankel Hall inside Carnegie Hall.           

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Survey: East Lansing Residents Favor Combining Service Cuts With Taxes

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas
WKAR file photo

Officials in East Lansing have released the results of a community survey, with the intention of using the information to shape future priorities.

The public opinion research firm Marketing Resource Group contacted 400 registered East Lansing voters for the survey. The margin of error was about 5%. Results of this year’s survey can be found on the city’s website.

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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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