Scott Pohl

News Reporter

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

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-AM signed on the air in 1922. Now, 96 years later, our AM station has a companion on the FM dial besides 90.5. As of last week, you can listen to our AM programming on FM 105.1, too.


In a new documentary film, Bridge Magazine traverses Michigan to examine our political differences and what it might take to bring us together. “Michigan Divided” will have its premiere on Wednesday at a public conference on the MSU campus.


WKAR Connects
WKAR-MSU

On this week's Current State: WKAR Connects, a series of stories looking at local organizations who offer support for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse; two MSU students who created a teal Facebook frame to show support for sexual assault survivors; a conversation with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; a concert and album release from the MSU graduate group Mirabai; and conversation and song with comedic singer-songwriter Wally Pleasant.


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Vincent Brady / Windwalker Underground Gallery

Wally Pleasant is a comedic singer-songwriter who’ll perform twice this weekend in Charlotte. Scott Pohl brought the long-time local favorite into WKAR’s Studio S for a little conversation and music.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Rosemarie Aquilina has been a judge on the Ingham County Circuit Court since her election in 2008, and she was a district court judge before that. She rose to national and international prominence when she presided over the Larry Nassar sex abuse case. In seven days of sentencing, she forced Nassar to face 156 women he had abused, and she allowed each of those women to speak as long as they wanted to. At the end, she sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison.

What you may not know about Aquilina is that she writes novels.


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WKAR's Katie Cook reports counter-protesters are waiting for the speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer to finish. Meanwhile, Scott Pohl reports from inside MSU Pavilion, Spencer claimed one of his supporters was attacked. 


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Leading alt-right figure and white nationalist Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute is scheduled to speak later today at Michigan State University. Spencer talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about his desire to speak at MSU.



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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The floodwaters on the MSU campus are receding, but a lot of standing water remains. WKAR's Scott Pohl made a couple of stops on campus to check on the current conditions.

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WKAR File Photo

The East Lansing City Council will hear from the public about the ideas being considered to deal with a large budget shortfall tonight.


On this edition of Current State: an update on restructuring at Michigan State University following the Larry Nassar Scandal; two Michiganders share their views of attending a Historically Black College or University; see how the Lansing Lugnuts are preparing for Spring Training; we'll remember late MSU President Cecil Mackey, Jr; a Spartan athlete gives a record gift to MSU; and find out where you can celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend! 


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University Trustees and Interim President John Engler tried to reassure the campus community today that they are working to improve how sexual assaults are handled. A protest group made up of students, faculty and staff wasn’t satisfied.


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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Interim MSU President John Engler will lead his first regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Spring has arrived for baseball fans, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Florida and Arizona. Fans have a pretty good idea of what spring training means to the major leaguers, but what about the minor leaguers and the teams they’ll play for?


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Jim Peck / MSU Photography

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has announced a restructuring of health services on campus in the wake of the crimes committed by former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.


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