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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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oscar preview with founder of East Lansing film festival

Sunday is the biggest night of the year for movie lovers. Hollywood honors the best movies of 2012, with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and more. Who deserves to win, and is that likely to be different from who will?

Susan Woods, the founder of the East Lansing Film Festival, offers her thoughts on the contenders.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Girl Groups featured at new Motown Museum exhibit

Motown's premiere "girl group," The Supremes, performed at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969.
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the female contribution to the 1960s era. It’s called “Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour,The Glory.” Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember, and one you have probably never heard of.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the exhibit with the president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Motown Museum Exhibition Features Girl Groups

Allen Rawls is President and CEO of the Motown Museum
Scott Pohl WKAR

At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the "girl groups" of the 1960's. It's called "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory".

Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember…and one you probably never heard of.

The exhibition remembers The Supremes, The Marvelettes, the Vandellas, and a proficient group of background singers known as The Andantes.

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Arts & Culture
2:34 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Broad Art Museum unveils three new exhibits

Now that it’s been open for a few months, it’s time for the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to change things up. Some inaugural exhibits are departing, and three new exhibits go on display this Friday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with the museum’s curator of contemporary art, Alison Gass, about what’s new at the Broad.

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NewsRoom
9:05 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Broad Art Museum: New Exhibitions

"The Robe," Naiza Khan, 2008.
Credit Courtesy: Collection of Karen Stone Talwar

Now that it’s been open for a few months, it’s time for the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to change things up.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Travel Trend For Parents To Be: Babymoons

Stefanie Pohl took a babymoon to Sedona, Arizona with her husband, Zack
Courtesy/Stefanie Pohl

Many couples take a trip after their wedding. That trip, of course, is called a honeymoon. But have you ever heard of a trip called a babymoon?

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

New play 'U.P.' details highs and lows of life in the Upper Peninsula

The new play "U.P." from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre starts tonight.

“U.P.” was written by Michigan natives Mark Colson and Peter Mervis.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl shares what he learned at a recent rehearsal.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

MSU Presents Play About Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Adam Sutherland (center) stars in "U.P." Also pictured: Michelle Serje and Andrew Buck.
Credit Courtesy: MSU Department of Theatre

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre will stage eight performances of a new play called "U.P." starting tonight.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The Henry Ford Observes Rosa Parks Centennial

The historic Rosa Parks bus needed restoration when obtained by The Henry Ford
Courtesy/The Henry Ford

Today marks the centennial of the birth of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

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NewsRoom
10:56 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Lansing Mayoral Race: Wood Will Not Run Again

Lansing City Council President Carol Wood
Credit Courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing city council president Carol Wood says she will not run again for mayor.

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NewsRoom
1:43 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Bernero Will Seek Re-election

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero
Credit WKAR File Photo

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says he will run for another term in office this year.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The War of 1812: Battle At The River Raisin

General James Winchester
Courtesy/Roger Rosentreter

MSU historian Roger Rosentreter returns today to help us remember an important battle in the War of 1812: the Battle at the River Raisin, 200 years ago this week.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Inauguration Parade Includes Military Spouses From Michigan

Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson is President of the Military Spouses of Michigan.
Credit Courtesy Photo/Wayne State University

It's Inauguration Day in Washington.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Hundreds Of Vehicles Displayed At 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The North American International Auto Show returns to Detroit's Cobo Center with a Charity Preview tonight. The show opens to the public tomorrow.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

MSU Unveils $1.4-million Renovation Of MSU Union

The MSU Union opened in 1924. Today, renovations will be celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m.

The MSU Union Building opened in 1924, and over the years there have been several renovations.

A $1.4-million dollar project will be dedicated today, sprucing the Union up for another generation of MSU students.

Dedication events at the renovated MSU Union are from 4 to 7 p-m today. There will be a live webcast of the ceremonies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:01 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

2013 Car Of The Year Is Lansing-Made

The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS is the year's North American Car of the Year.

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NewsRoom
4:39 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

MSU Trustees Elect Ferguson And Breslin

Credit WKAR File Photo

Democrat Joel Ferguson has been re-elected Chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

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NewsRoom
1:55 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Lansing's Poor Targeted For $1.5 Million Financial Counseling Grant

Lansing Treasurer Amy Kraus addresses a press conference at City Hall announcing a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant for financial counseling.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

The city of Lansing has announced a $1.5 million grant from a program started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to establish a financial empowerment center.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

MSU Community Music School Opens At New Location

MSU Community Music School Executive Director Rhonda Buckley in the school's new performance hall
Scott Pohl WKAR

The new location of the Michigan State University Community Music School will open for instruction today.

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NewsRoom
9:20 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Acting MSU Provost Looks Ahead

Acting MSU Provost June Youatt
Credit Courtesy Photo/Office of the Provost

Michigan State University Senior Associate Provost June Youatt has been promoted to acting provost, following the resignation of Kim Wilcox.

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NewsRoom
9:53 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Legendary WKAR Sportscaster Jim Adams Dies

Jim Adams
Credit File Photo / WKAR

Jim Adams, WKAR's Sports Director from 1961 to 1993, has died at the age of 82.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

MSU President Simon Looks Back, Looks Ahead

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
Credit File Photo / WKAR

As the end of the year approaches, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is reflecting on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013. She talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about the state of affairs at MSU.

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NewsRoom
2:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Lansing Everett, Holt District Briefly Initiate Lockdowns

Credit WKAR File Photo

Lansing Everett High School was locked down for a time Thursday after a report that three men fleeing a police officer had entered the school with a gun.

The Lansing State Journal reports the three were arrested inside the school. One of them was carrying a pellet gun.

Meanwhile, the Holt school district instituted a perimeter lockdown at the high school, ninth grade campus and the junior high because of a rumor of threatened violence at the high school.  An investigation was conducted and officials say the rumor was unsubstantiated.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Sen. Jones Discusses GOP Losses In Eaton County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge)
Credit File Photo / WKAR

Before he was a state senator, Republican Rick Jones was Eaton County's state representative, and before that, sheriff. In November, the GOP lost both of those offices.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

MSU's Simon Again Declines Salary Bump

Credit Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has again turned down a salary increase. 

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Lansing's ATS Is 'Car Of The Year' Finalist

General Motors' 'Lansing Grand River' assembly plant, where the Cadillac ATS is made.
Credit WKAR File Photo

The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS is one of three models named as finalists for the North American Car of the Year Award. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Michigan In the Civil War: Fredericksburg

Gen. Henry Baxter of Jonesville commanded the Michigan 7th Infantry at Fredericksburg. He was seriously wounded during the battle.
Courtesy National Archives

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s bloody battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Hacker Strikes "CLEAR" Unit's Server at MSU

Credit WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University is investigating the unauthorized access of email addresses and encrypted passwords from a server within the College of Arts and Letters.  



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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

War Horse: Puppets Bring Horses to Life

The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa designed the lifelike puppets for War Horse.
Credit Courtesy / Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

To bring the story of "War Horse" to the stage, it was necessary to create convincing likenesses of horses.

The British company behind the play turned to the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa for the job.

"War Horse" arrives at MSU’s Wharton Center tonight. There will be eight performances.

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NewsRoom
12:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Knapp's Centre Reconstruction Takes Another Step

The 'K' in the sign was the first step to removing signage.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Work to restore the exterior of the former Knapp’s Centre in Lansing has begun.

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