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
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Raising Money With Kickstarter

NyShell Imari is the author of "Scarred: The Beauty In My Pain." She used Kickstarter to raise seed money to publish the book.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Some local entrepreneurs in need of start-up funding are turning to Kickstarter.  It's a website for raising those crucial first dollars that can get a project started.

NyShell Imari is a young poet from Lansing who needed to raise money so she could publish some of her work. To do that, she turned to Kickstarter.

“I was hoping to raise $700,” Imari says. “That was to go towards the publication and distribution of the book. Online, within the 30 days, I was able to raise $825.”

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

MSU Benefactor Eli Broad Talks About His New Book: "The Art Of Being Unreasonable"

The cover of "The Art Of Being Unreasonable" depicts Eli Broad with one of artist Jeff Koons' famous balloon animal sculptures.
Courtesy Graphic

At Michigan State University, few names are as recognizable as that of Eli Broad.

Broad’s financial support of his alma mater is unmatched. In total, Broad and his wife Edythe have given MSU more than $60 million. Those gifts have primarily supported the College of Business, the school’s new art museum, and MSU’s partnership with Detroit public schools.

Forbes magazine estimates his net worth at $6.3 billion.

In a new book, Broad now tells the story of how he made his fortune.

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NewsRoom
12:38 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

MSU And Sparrow Hospital Alliance Expanded

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is adding a new Center for Innovation to its affiliation with Michigan State University.
WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing have added a new Center for Innovation to their three-year-old affiliation.

 

The new center will be devoted to researching how to improve the patient experience. A search for a director to lead the effort is underway.

 

Dr. Brian Schroeder is Sparrow's Chief of Medical Affairs. He says the hospital and MSU want to learn more about how patients perceive the quality of their care.

 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Pensions Now An Issue In Lansing Budget Talks

Tom Krug, Executive Director of the Capitol City Lodge #141 of the Fraternal Order of Police, disagrees with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero about the urgency of dealing with pension fund shortfalls.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

The Lansing City Council has a budget wrap-up meeting today, leading up to next Monday’s vote to finalize a budget for the coming fiscal year.

Hovering over the meeting is the recent news that Lansing’s two pension funds need an additional $3 million to meet their commitments to retirees.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that while mayor Virg Benero is pushing to deal with the pension system now, one union leader doesn’t see the need for hasty action.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Insurance Companies Adjust to Helmetless Bikers

Robert McGeorge added the required medical insurance to his motorcycle policy the day the law allowing helmetless riding was signed by Gov. Snyder.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Michigan’s new law allowing motorcyclists to ride without a helmet is affecting insurance companies and agencies.  A major provision of the law requires a biker to add at least $20,000 of medical coverage to their policy.

That has led to new activity for insurance companies. WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that the extra work doesn’t seem to be adding much to the bottom line.

Whenever Michigan resident Robert McGeorge used to ride his motorcycle across the Indiana state line, he would stop at the first rest area to take his helmet off, where it was legal to do so.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Meet The Lansing State Journal's New Columnist, Mark Mayes

Lansing State Journal columnist Mark Mayes now occupies the desk used by his predecessor, John Schneider.
Scott Pohl WKAR

John Schneider recently ended a 24-year run as columnist for the Lansing State Journal.

To replace him, the paper called on Mark Mayes, who had been a reporter there back in the 90’s.

Mayes had left the paper to work for the Lansing School District for ten years. Now, at a time when writers are losing their jobs, he’s getting his back.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Mark Mayes about how his column might be the same as Schneider’s, and how it might be different.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Michigan Notable Book Author Dr. Anthony Youn Discusses "In Stitches"

Dr. Anthony Youn, author of "In Stitches"
Courtesy Photo

One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is In Stitches, the memoir of Doctor Anthony Youn. He’s a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine with a plastic surgery practice in Troy.

Youn grew up in Greenville, Michigan, the son of Korean parents in an otherwise all-white town.

In Stitches takes readers from his childhood through medical school and into his medical practice. Along with his book, he’s gotten attention for making numerous appearances on national TV shows.

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NewsRoom
2:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

New Book On Bullying Written By MSU Journalism Students

17 MSU journalism students worked on "The New Bullying: How Social Media, Social Exclusion, Laws and Suicide Changed Bullying".
Courtesy Graphic

A journalism class project at Michigan State University has been turned into a book on bullying.

          

“The New Bullying: How Social Media, Social Exclusion, Laws and Suicide Changed Bullying” is already published in digital form, with traditional paper printing expected soon.

           

Joe Grimm teaches the class of 17 students who researched how technology and social media have changed bullying.

 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Art In Unexpected Places: The Broad Without Walls

While still under construction, the Broad Art Museum at MSU is sponsoring projects like The Broad Without Walls.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Starting Saturday, people walking the streets of East Lansing or wandering the Michigan State University campus will be stumbling up art projects in unlikely places.

The Broad Without Walls is a project of the Broad Art Museum, opening at MSU this fall.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

National Book Award Winners Coming To Lansing

Jaimy Gordon's "Lord Of Misrule" won the National Book Award in 2010.
Courtesy Photo Jaimy Gordon

For a writer, winning the National Book Award is a prestigious honor. Being nominated can even be enough to boost your career.

Two National Book Award winners will speak at the Library of Michigan’s Night For Notables this weekend. The event honors the state’s notable authors.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Jesmyn Ward and Jaimy Gordon about what the award has meant to them.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

reWorking Michigan: A Store Within A Store

Kositchek's men's clothing store has been on Washington Avenue in Lansing for more than 140 years.
Scott Pohl WKAR

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a local business that has moved within the walls of another business.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Looking Ahead To Lansing Schools Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul's Tenure

Moving 7th and 8th graders into Eastern High School is part of superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul's restructuring plan.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Last week, the Lansing Board of Education appointed interim superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul to the position full-time, rather than complete a nationwide search to replace T.C. Wallace.

In recent weeks, the school board has approved Caamal Canul’s ambitious plan to restructure the district.

Making the plan work isn’t the only item on her agenda now. WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports on what lies ahead for Lansing’s new school superintendent.

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