Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. 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
12:00 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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 2, 2012

MSU Museum exhibit features women in construction

This piece by Susan Eisenberg is called My kids know which bridges in town are mine.
Courtesy MSU Museum

On Sunday (2/5), the Michigan State University Museum opens an exhibit inspired by women who work in construction and the skilled trades.

"On Equal Terms" features mixed media pieces by Susan Eisenberg, a resident artist at Brandeis University.

Eisenberg talked about the exhibit with WKAR's Scott Pohl, starting with a reading from her poem Hanging In, Solo (So What's It Like To Be the Only Female on the Job?).

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Fab Lab helps Michigan inventors

FLINT, MI (WKAR) - reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

For our Monday reWorking Michigan report this week, WKAR's Scott Pohl visited a laboratory where inventors can get help making a prototype of the product they want to take to market.

The Fab Lab is at Mott Community College in Flint.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu January 26, 2012

East Lansing city council to interview city manager finalists

WKAR file photo

The finalists for East Lansing city manager met with residents at a public forum Wednesday evening.

The next step in the process is today, when the city council will conduct interviews with all five.

The council is scheduled to make a selection on Friday.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with East Lansing mayor Diane Goddeeris about what she and her colleagues on the city council are looking for in the search's final days.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Lansing Board of Water and Light weighs possible rate hikes

Steam bills would go up for Central United Methodist Church in Lansing under a Board of Water and Light proposal. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Lansing Board of Water and Light will hold a public hearing tonight on rate hike proposals that would affect the utility's water and steam customers.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light public hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. in the utility's Haco Drive headquarters board room.

If approved, rates would go up 9%. Electricity rates would not be affected.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Lansing-built Cadillac ATS unveiled at Detroit auto show

The Cadillac ATS will be built in Lansing. It will be available this summer, but it's on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opens to the public on Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of people will attend the show at Cobo Hall to see prototypes and the new car and truck models.

Earlier this week, General Motors showed off the new Cadillac ATS to the media. The ATS will be built in Lansing. It's aimed squarely at the lucrative compact luxury car market.

Talking with a couple of Cadillac executives about the 2013 ATS coming out this summer, you get the feeling that they've been trained to stay on-message.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
10:52 am
Tue January 10, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Job Opportunities in Politics

Todd Cook of Main Street Strategies.
Scott Pohl WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

2012 is a presidential election year, and campaigns are gearing up across the state. For people who are looking to change careers, or those who've lost their jobs and are hoping to resume getting a steady paycheck, politics could be an option this year. To find out what political employers are looking for, WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with a couple of consultants about hiring trends in politics.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

MSU President Lou Anna Simon looks ahead

Michigan State University's Hannah Administration Building. Photo: Courtesy University Relations, MSU

The year to come will bring some challenges, as well as some important developments, at Michigan State University.

WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spoke with MSU president Lou Anna Simon about what's in store in 2012, beginning with the scheduled April opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

Designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, Simon says the museum has the art and architecture communities excited

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon December 19, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce

Angela Pruitt is president of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce.
Scott Pohl WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a new organization in Lansing that's trying to help African-American owned businesses.

The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce was chartered in August. Ask president Angela Pruitt why a black chamber is needed, and she'll answer with a question of her own: why not?

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NewsRoom
2:26 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Hospice Service for Pets Offered at MSU

Isabel (Izzy) received care from MSU's pet hospice service.
courtesy Casey Williamson and Brandt Peterson

In the last few days of a dying person's life, hospice care can provide comfort in the home setting. Now, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering hospice care for pets.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:19 am
Mon November 28, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Becoming a snowplow entrepreneur

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the snow removal business.

For someone who's unemployed and has a truck, snowplowing might seem to be an idea worth exploring.

At Harrington's Lawn and Power Equipment in Dimondale, the parking lot sports a row of plows for sale.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
1:33 am
Sat November 5, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Do-It-Yourself Book Publishing Evolves

Writers can publish their own books using the Espresso Book Machine at the MSU Library.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

This week, reWorking Michigan looks at printing and self-publishing. With the help of high-speed printers like the Espresso Book Machine,  printing a book has become fast, easy, and inexpensive.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
7:43 am
Fri October 21, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Armory becoming home for non-profits

Inside the renovated Marshall Street Armory, the gymnasium floor is preserved beneath new office space.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at the project to repurpose the Marshall Street Armory in Lansing into office space for local non-profits. It's nearing completion.

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WKAR Features
9:14 am
Thu July 21, 2011

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: First Battle of Bull Run

East Lansing, MI –

It's time to mark another 150th anniversary of an important Civil War event.

The First Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21st, 1861.

WKAR's Scott Pohl discussed the battle with Roger Rosentreter, the former editor of Michigan History magazine and an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

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WKAR Features
9:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: 150th anniversary of the Michigan First

EAST LANSING, MI –

This year, America is marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

As sesquicentennial events are noted, one of the most talked about involves the Michigan First Regiment.

The Michigan First mustered at Campus Martius in Detroit on this date in 1861, called by Abraham Lincoln to protect the nation's capital.

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