Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

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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Happy graduates in cap and gown
Michigan State University

CORRECTION: The president of the Ford Foundation is Darren Walker. An earlier version of the story used another name.

Thousands of graduates will cross the stage to collect their degrees from Michigan State University this weekend.

Mike's Restaurant coffee mugs
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

As part of our Coffee and Community series this week, we stopped by Mike’s Village Restaurant in Dimondale. Owner Mike Chappell has more than 700 coffee mugs on display.


East Lansing voters photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

It’s election day in several local school districts, including East Lansing. The $94-million proposal in East Lansing would fund construction of some new elementary schools and other school upgrades in the district.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

All week long, the WKAR News Team is taking a closer look at coffee. 


Yanice Y. Jackson photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

We continue our interviews with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large hopeful Yanice Y. Jackson. After her career took her out of state for a time, Jackson moved back to Lansing last year to help run the family business: she’s managing editor of The Chronicle newspaper.


National Guard soldiers photo
Maj. Savannah Halleaux

The Michigan Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek is the site of an emergency management training exercise this weekend.


Jarrad Davis photo
Courtesy photo / Detroit Lions

The first round of the NFL draft was last night. WKAR’s Scott Pohl and Al Martin talked about the choice made by the Detroit Lions. Al in is New York City for a conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.


two flags
Wikimedia Commons

A Michigan-based economist says the American car companies stand to benefit from President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than terminate the deal.


City of Lansing seal and flags displayed
WKAR-MSU

The last candidate to file to run for mayor in Lansing before Tuesday’s deadline was Marc Patrick Townsend, who works as a maintenance man at a downtown building.

Virg Bernero photo
W.R. Richards / WKAR-MSU file photo

The deadline to file as a candidate for office in Lansing arrived this afternoon. It’s a crowded field, with Mayor Virg Bernero’s decision not to run for another term. There also will be at least one new at-large city council member, and the fourth ward will get new representation.

The "One Book, One Community" title for this year is "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierly and Larry Buttrose. Saroo's true story taking him from India to Australia and back again is a best-seller that was later made into the Oscar-nominated film "Lion."

Kathryn Edin photo
Courtesy photo

Kathryn Edin, a co-author of the book “$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” will speak in the WKAR-TV studios on Thursday.


Virg Bernero photo
W.R. Richards / WKAR-MSU file photo

The deadline to file as a candidate for office in Lansing is today at 4 p.m.

UPDATE: Amidst speculation that city clerk Chris Swope might be unopposed, a challenger did file to run against him today: Jerimic Clayborn III will try to win the clerk's position.

Lansing City Hall photo
WKAR Photo

The list of people running for mayor in Lansing has grown to five with the entry of Michael Joseph Gillenkirk. He joins city council member Judi Brown Clarke, state Representative Andy Schor, former council member Harold Leeman Jr. and Danny Trevino, whose family runs a medical marijuana operation.


Flint town hall meeting image
Screen shot from ABC 12 WJRT Live Stream

This week on Current State: Flint's water source; Wharton Center 2017-18 schedule; Earth Day; the Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Resource Center; Severe Weather Awareness Week; Lansing's Under the Bridge project; Lansing's poet laureate; and "Kalamazoo Gals" who made Gibson guitars during WWII.

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