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!

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has hired former Governor Jim Blanchard’s law firm to represent the university in Washington D.C.

On this edition of Current State, we travel to Maryland to see how the Nassar case has affected opinions of the parents of young gymnasts; hear from two new members of the Lansing School District Board of Trustees; Author Rochelle Riley explains why not learning African-American history could be a detriment to all Americans; plus insight into Korean culture from a student at MSU and much more. 


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File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Interim MSU President John Engler has begun the process of revoking the tenure of former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel. Strampel stepped down for medical reasons in December, but remains on the faculty.

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NOAA

There’s a winter weather advisory in effect from 9 p.m. tonight until midnight Friday for heavy snow.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Two vacancies on the Lansing Board of Education will be filled tonight. The board lost two members in recent weeks. Peter Spadafore resigned following his election to the Lansing city council, and Shirley Rodgers passed away.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Andy Schor was sworn in as mayor of Lansing on January 1st. Tonight, he delivers his first State of the City address. Click on this story for a link to watch the speech.


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Courtesy photo

Interim MSU President John Engler has appointed Bill Beekman to serve as the university’s interim Athletic Director.     Beekman is an MSU vice president and secretary to the Board of Trustees. He served as acting president for a short time after the resignation of Lou Anna Simon in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. That ended with the Engler appointment last week.

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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Today was John Engler’s first day as interim president of Michigan State University, and he issued a campus-wide memo about the numerous investigations now underway related to the Larry Nassar scandal.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Last week, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed Dennis Louney to represent the county’s tenth district on Lansing’s east side. The vacancy had been created by the resignation of Brian McGrain, who now runs the economic development and planning department in the city of Lansing.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

One of the survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse has accepted the apology of Meridian Township officials over the handling of her 2004 complaint against the former sports medicine physician. Brianne Randall-Gay pursued a criminal complaint against Nassar with Meridian Township police in 2004, but the department decided not to pursue charges after Nassar convinced them that he had conducted a legitimate medical procedure.


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Courtesy photo

Twenty years ago, the National Hockey League took a multi-week break so that professionals could play in the Olympic Games for the first time ever. This year, though, the league decided to stop giving pros a break so they could play. That decision created opportunities for players who might otherwise never make an Olympic roster.


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MSU Athletic Communications

Members of the MSU Rowing Team are scheduled to meet today with several MSU Trustees to discuss the university’s response to the Larry Nassar case.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In the wake of MSU president Lou Anna Simon’s resignation this week, the Board of Trustees has named Bill Beekman, Vice President and Secretary to the Board, to serve for a short time as acting president.


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WKAR photo

Michigan State University Trustees will work on a plan Friday to select an interim president following Lou Anna Simon’s resignation.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cars with self-driving technology are no longer on the way. They’re here, and you can see some of them through Sunday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.


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