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
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.
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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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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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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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12:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Meet "Wicked" Star Billy Tighe

Billy Tighe stars as Fiyero in the production of "Wicked," now at the Wharton Center.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Broadway musical “Wicked” is in its second and final week of another run at the Wharton Center. Billy Tighe plays Fiyero, the male lead in "Wicked," the story of the witches Elpheba and Glinda. Fiyero is a key figure in how the others transform into the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North in the land of Oz. Tighe speaks with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about playing the role of the love interest in “Wicked.”

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12:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Greater Lansing Business Monthly Turns 25

Along with publishing the Greater Lansing Business Monthly, Chris Holman hosts the "Michigan Business Beat" radio program on the Michigan Business Network.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

In 1987, Chris Holman left teaching and coaching to forge a career in publishing.

Today, the Greater Lansing Business Monthly is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event at the Lansing Center.

Along with the magazine, Holman hosts a radio program called “Michigan Business Beat” on the Michigan Business Network, and has a hand in a number of other ventures.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

"Wicked" Returns To The Wharton Center

The stage at MSU's Wharton Center is being transformed into Oz for "Wicked".
Scott Pohl, WKAR

The musical “Wicked” is back in East Lansing.

For the next two weeks, the Wharton Center at Michigan State University will be transformed into the land of Oz for the Tony Award winning “untold story of the witches of Oz.”

WKAR's Scott Pohl went to the Wharton Center for load-in day.

When you’re touring the country with a big production like “Wicked,” there’s bound to be some confusion.

Assistant stage manager Matthew Leiner is responsible for the safety of the cast and crew. He says the first day in a new building is always a little nerve-wracking.

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7:39 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Fundraiser Helps Family Follow Gymnast Jordyn Wieber To The Olympics

Gymnast Jordyn Wieber signs an autograph for a fan at a fundraiser to help her family attend the Olympic Games in London.
Sherry Bass-Pohl

    Hundreds of people were on hand yesterday at a DeWitt church to help the family of Olympic hopeful Jordyn Wieber follow her to London this summer.
    Wieber's mother, Rita, expressed gratitude for the turnout. 

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11:04 am
Fri June 22, 2012

MSU Trustees Approve Budget, Tuition Rates Rise

WKAR file photo

Michigan State University officials have approved a 2012-2013 budget that includes a 3.5% increase in undergraduate, in-state tuition rates.  Out-of-state students will pay 5% more.

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2:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

MSU Trustees To Consider Budget, Renovations

Hannah Administration Building, MSU.
WKAR File Photo

    The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will discuss the budget on Friday.
    Plans for several projects on campus are also on the agenda.
    The Board is expected to adopt the 2012-13 budget development guidelines, along with the 2013-14 preliminary general fund budget guidelines.
    Among projects to be considered are construction of a new high bay in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, renovations to the College of Music Community School, and energy saving measures for Anthony Hall.

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12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Broad Art Museum Opening A Pop-Up Museum In Old Town Lansing

Kristin Cammermeyer works on installing her piece "Painting #2" at her Old Town exhibition.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is opening another exhibition away from the MSU campus.

In Old Town Lansing, a show featuring the work of Kristin Cammermeyer, a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, kicks off Friday.

The exhibit is at the former Chrome Cat bar on Grand River Avenue.

Broad Art Museum curator Alison Gass likes the notion of taking over a found space not designed to be a museum. That’s what they’re doing at this pop-up museum in Lansing.

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12:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Washington Post Online Project Includes MSU Journalism Student

Andrew Krietz of the MSU campus newspaper the State News is one of 12 young reporters covering the election for the Washington Post.
Courtesy Andrew Krietz

A Michigan State University journalism student is among a dozen college reporters around the country chosen for a Washington Post internet project.

Andrew Krietz is a senior from Portage, Michigan. In the fall, he’ll become editor in chief of the MSU campus newspaper, the State News.

This summer, along with an internship at the Muskegon Chronicle and MLive.com, Krietz is working on The 12, a series of blogs on the Tumblr website.

You can follow the project at the12.washingtonpost.com.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Floors Collapse at EL's St Anne Lofts Development

East Lansing's St. Anne Lofts before Monday's floor collapse.
WKAR file photo

The St. Anne Luxury Lofts development in downtown East Lansing suffered major structural damage Monday.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Bigger Fireworks, Bigger Profits?

Justin Morris stocks fireworks at American Eagle Superstore in Lansing.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Michigan law governing the sale of fireworks has changed since Independence Day last year. It used to be illegal to sell anything that exploded or left the ground. Such products can now be sold here, despite opposition from those with safety concerns. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on what the change means to one Lansing business known for its fireworks.

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12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Mosquito Population Not As Bad As Feared...Yet

MSU entomologist Howard Russell says it hasn't been a bad year for mosquitoes, but there's still time for hot, wet weather to produce more of the biting bugs.
Scott Pohl WKAR

At the end of our mild winter, there were predictions that 2012 would produce a nasty crop of mosquitoes in Michigan. For the most part, it hasn’t played out that way.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with MSU entomologist Howard Russell, who says it hasn’t been a bad year for mosquitoes yet, but that depends on your location.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

With the Author: Rocks Across the Pond

Kathy and Richard Verlander, with the George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award.
Courtesy: Verlanderbook.com

Richard and Kathy Verlander have written a book about raising star athletes. Their credentials? Son Justin of the Detroit Tigers won the American League Cy Young Award and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. His brother, Ben, is a Tigers prospect. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with Richard Verlander.

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1:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Meridian Mall Theatres Find New Life As Studio C!

When the former Meridian Mall Theatres become Studio C!, the Celebration! Cinema operation will include stadium seating and chef-prepared food service.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The long-shuttered Meridian Mall Theatres in Okemos are being renovated, and will become a Celebration! Cinema operation.
   
When Studio C! opens by the end of the year, the movie-going experience will include reserved seating and chef-prepared food options.

Marketing Vice President Steve Van Wagoner says the building will undergo extensive renovations.

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12:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Penn Jillette Brings Atheism Message To East Lansing

Penn Jillette will talk about his latest book at the Hannah Center in East Lansing tonight.
Courtesy Graphic

Penn Jillette is half of the famous magic act Penn and Teller. Other magicians have criticized their act because they often show the audience the reality of how a trick is performed. That’s an act of sacrilege in the magic community, but audiences love it.

Jillette has become prominent with another act of sacrilege. He’s an outspoken atheist.

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1:47 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

East Lansing Downtown Development Hits A Snag

Work has begun on a fifth floor at the St. Anne Luxury Lofts in downtown East Lansing. The city council had only approved four stories.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

The St. Anne Luxury Lofts development in East Lansing has hit a snag.
    

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports that work has begun on a fifth story, when the city council had only approved four.
 

East Lansing Planning and Community Development Director Tim Dempsey describes the situation as a miscommunication between the city and developer Kris Elliott. When the city learned that work had begun on a fifth floor, it was made clear that the change required council's OK.
    

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