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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The East Lansing Board of Education is poised to promote Acting Superintendent Dori Leyko to the job permanently.


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Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts, but it’s treatable with early detection. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that could help doctors caring for glaucoma patients know when it’s time to act.


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A new proposed ordinance on regulating and licensing medical marijuana businesses goes before the Lansing city council tonight.


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There are two dozen people running for four seats on the Lansing City Council this year. There will be a primary election in August to narrow the field before the November general election. WKAR is bringing you conversations with the candidates. Alexander Rusek is an attorney with an Okemos-based law firm who’s running for one of two at-large seats to be decided this year.


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Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue says he doesn’t think signs were missed in the suicide death of State Representative John Kivela. While being arrested, Kivela reportedly tried to walk in front of traffic on southbound US-127 and told the arresting officer “my life is over.”


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Marc Patrick Townsend failed to appear before the Lansing Election Commission today to prove his eligibility to run for mayor.

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The annual Greater Lansing Ride of Silence is tonight, honoring bicyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways.


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Kurt Stepnitz / Michigan State University

William Brohn, an MSU alumnus who went on the fame as a Tony Award-winning orchestrator, has died.

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Tina Houghton is in her eighth year representing Lansing’s second ward on the city council, and she’s running for a third term.


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A national vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee is coming to East Lansing today to speak with fellow Democrats.


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

NOTE: WKAR first aired this story in January. We bring it to you again as Mother's Day approaches this weekend.

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.


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A former Ingham County Commissioner has announced plans to run for the state House in the 69th district, where she would replace term-limited Representative Sam Singh.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

When you consider high school sports in the spring, you might imagine the crack of the bat, or the sound of a driver making solid contact with a golf ball. A sound you wouldn't normally associate with high school sports is that of gunshots.


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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is replacing half the members of an advisory board, including a Michigan State University faculty member.

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We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large candidate Kyle Bowman. He’s a first lieutenant with the Michigan State Police who has served in a series of roles including the protection details for Governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm. Currently, he commands state security operations at the capitol building and the state office complex.


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