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
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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Sun April 15, 2012

"War Horse" Leads Wharton Center 2012-13 Schedule

The Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University has announced its schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The Broadway series gets most of the attention.

Executive Director Michael Brand tells WKAR’s Scott Pohl that a stage production that became a hit movie leads the way.

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NewsRoom
11:47 am
Fri April 13, 2012

MSU Trustees Unanimously Approve Controverisal Energy Transition Plan

Students stand with signs with messages including "Clean Coal=Dirty Lie" and "Coal Free Is Really Spartan Green" at today's MSU Board of Trustees meeting.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Michigan State University Trustees have approved a controversial Energy Transition Plan.

           

MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the goal is for 100% of the university’s energy to come from renewable sources.

           

Several dozen students at today’s trustees meeting argued that the plan doesn’t move fast enough. After the unanimous vote, they launched a chant while the board continued its meeting.

 

STUDENTS CHANTING

 

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NewsRoom
7:18 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

MSU Trustees to Consider Energy Plan, Room Rates

WKAR file photo

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday. Higher room and board rates, and a strategic clean energy plan, are on the agenda.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

John Schneider's Lansing State Journal Column Comes To An End

After 24 years, John Schneider will publish his last column in the Lansing State Journal on Sunday.

At 63, Schneider has penned hundreds of columns, notably helping “the little guys” sort out their problems. Many of his columns have dealt with family life, including the tragic drowning death of his daughter and the last years of his mother’s life.

Like hundreds of others, he’s accepting a buyout from Gannett, the State Journal’s parent company. He’ll be replaced by Mark Mayes, who already has written a few columns.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wharton Center 2012-13 Schedule: A Sneak Peek At Classical And Jazz

The Wharton Center for performing arts at Michigan State University is rolling out its 2012-13 schedule.

The Broadway series will be announced on Sunday, but today, we have information on their classical music and jazz schedules.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Wharton Center Executive Director Michael Brand for a sneak peek.

 

SCOTT POHL: What might be the highlights of your classical music programming this year?

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Amateur From Alma Will Play In The Masters

Randy Lewis of Alma has played in amateur golf tournaments for decades, hoping to earn a berth in The Masters.

 

The Masters gives automatic invitations to the winners of several national tournaments every year.

 

In September, Lewis won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Tournament of golfers age 25 and older, and with it, a ticket to play this week at Augusta National.

 

At age 54, he became the oldest-ever winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

 

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie Work To Expand Canadian Trade

This week from reWorking Michigan, we look at efforts to facilitate international trade at the Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie border crossings.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Ford Raises Questions About Lansing Schools Reorganization Plan

A week ago, the Lansing Board of Education passed a sweeping proposal to close some schools and re-align others into new configurations.

The “Bold Changes – Smarter Schools” plan keeps high schools open by including seventh and eighth graders and closes several elementary schools.

Interim Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul got the school board to support her plan. Her focus is on pre-K through third grade centers.

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NewsRoom
4:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Lansing School Board Approves Reorganization Plan

With an 8-1 vote, the Lansing Board of Education has approved an ambitious re-organization plan that closes some schools and converts others to fulfill new missions.

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NewsRoom
9:55 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Williamston High School InvenTeam Earns MIT Grant

A team of students at Williamston High School has been working on an invention that they hope will prevent drownings in the Great Lakes.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

New Play About Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Coming To Broadway

The rivalry between Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird began with Michigan State’s victory over Indiana State in the 1979 NCAA basketball title game.

It continued in the NBA, with Magic’s Lakers vying with Bird’s Celtics for championships.

Over time, their rivalry turned into a close friendship.

The story is told in is Magic/Bird, a new Broadway play. The first preview performance of Magic/Bird at the Longacre Theatre in New York is next Wednesday; the official opening is April 11th.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Comedian Marc Maron Heading to Gilda's LaughFest In Grand Rapids

Marc Maron is a veteran comedian who has seen his popularity skyrocket on the internet.

Maron hosts WTF, a twice-weekly hour-long podcast he records in a studio built into his California garage. Each episode is over an hour long, and his guests have included some of the top names in comedy. In two-and-a-half years, episodes have been downloaded more than 40-million times.

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

reWorking Michigan: Careers In Pharmacology

To understand pharmacology, you first need to understand what it isn’t.

Being a pharmacologist doesn’t mean you work in a pharmacy.

Stephanie Watts is a professor in MSU’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She says skilled pharmacists are important, but their work follows that done by pharmacologists.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Lansing Community College Strategic Plan Public Forums Begin

Lansing Community College will launch a series of public meetings today as part of its strategic planning process. LCC is required by it accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, to have a strategic plan in place...and to use it. The school last revised its strategic plan in 2006.
    

Provost Stephanie Shanblatt says it's important to hear from local businesses, potential students, and parents.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Comedy Festival Will Help Fight Cancer In Grand Rapids

An ambitious comedy festival last year brought some of the nation’s top comedians to Grand Rapids for 10 days of merriment.

The second installment of Gilda’s Laugh Fest begins today. It runs through March 18th.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Grumpy Snowmen: MSU's Answer To Angry Birds

One of the biggest video games in recent years is “Angry Birds”. In the game, birds slingshot themselves at structures protecting pigs, and the object is to destroy the pigs.

For a few months now, there’s been a similar game on the market, aimed squarely at the Michigan State University market.

It’s called Grumpy Snowmen.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 23, 2012

National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter Visits MSU

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter visited Michigan State University this week to talk about shooting pictures for the world's leading nature and photography magazine.

Among his stops was a photography class, where he showed some of his pictures and videos.

Large cats have become his passion. His most recent story was about tigers.

Steve Winter told WKAR's Scott Pohl that after 20 years, most of his National Geographic stories come from his own ideas. Lots of research and legwork has to be done before he can go into the field.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Better Quality Helping The Whitefishing Industry

Legends of the Lakes frozen whitefish products can be found in local grocery stores like Goodrich's Shop Rite.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The challenges facing companies catching and selling whitefish from Michigan waters have been many and varied over the years. A new cooperative of Great Lakes fishermen aims to improve quality. They hope the result is higher prices and bigger profits.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

New CD From MSU Professor of Cello

Suren Bagratuni's new CD, with pianist Jen-Ru Sun. Artwork courtesy Blue Griffin Recording.

Michigan State University professor of Cello Suren Bagratuni performs and teaches master classes all over the world.

He also records frequently with producer Sergei Kvitko at Lansing’s Blue Griffin recording studio.

Bagratuni’s latest CD with pianist Jen-Ru Sun, a doctoral graduate from MSU’s College of Music, features selections from Schubert and Schumann.

Bagratuni’s new CD can be found on popular online music sites and at bluegriffin-dot-com.

Producer Sergei Kvitko describes first hearing Suren Bagratuni play as “love at first note”.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Senator Zachariah Chandler

WKAR's Scott Pohl has been periodically talking with Michigan State University historian Roger Rosentreter about the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, with an eye on Michigan's role in the war.

Today, they discuss the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. Michigan Senator Zachariah Chandler was an outspoken member of the committee.

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