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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.




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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.

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.

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?

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.


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

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.

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.