Scott Pohl

News Reporter

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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We’ve all heard it: if you can’t figure out how to use your computer, ask a teenager for help. It seems that some older people find modern technology confusing and frustrating. A professor at Michigan State University has done extensive research into what the elderly get out of their tablets and smart phones, and how they might find greater fulfillment in our modern gadgets.


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NBC Sports/USOC

Adam Rippon, the Olympic bronze medalist figure skater from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, is coming to Michigan on Friday. He’s the keynote speaker for the annual fall reception of the gay rights organization Equality Michigan. The Detroit event is sold out.


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Washington Woods Middle School Facebook page

A teacher suspended at Washington Woods Middle School in Holt last spring has been charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct related to touching.

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FEMA

A nationwide test of the system alerting the country in the event of an emergency is scheduled for Wednesday.


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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has issued an annual report on campus safety, and it reflects the large number of reported sex crimes at MSU in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.


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A state House committee this week is scheduled to consider legislation that would create a new level of dental care in Michigan. WKAR health reporter Scott Pohl reports on why backers hope to bring dental therapists to the state, and why the Michigan Dental Association is fighting the bill.


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Courtesy photo / MSU Today

The chief of Michigan State University’s police department is retiring. Jim Dunlap has led the department since 2002.

MSU Trustees Dianne Byrum (L) and Melanie Foster will be leading the search for the next university president.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has hired a woman and minority-owned firm to lead the search for a new president. Storbeck/Pimental and Associates has helped presidential searches at schools like Wayne State in Detroit, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida State, the University of Pittsburgh, and Oklahoma.

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David Trumpie / Lansing Economic Area Partnership

Shiawassee County has been added to the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The addition of 70,000 people sends the region past the half-million population mark.

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Possible changes to how American colleges handle allegations of sexual misconduct are being considered by the Trump administration, and advocates worry about the potential impact on assault victims. It’s being reported that the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is concerned that accused parties are treated unfairly under current rules.

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Jim Newberry

The leader of one of Detroit’s most influential rock bands has written an autobiography. Wayne Kramer led the MC5, a group that helped take hard rock music to the mainstream. Fifty years later, to promote his book “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities,” he’s hitting the road with a band he’s calling MC50.


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Joe Dandron / WKAR/MSU

The East Lansing city council hopes to hear this week from two companies entering the scooter ride-sharing business.


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WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

September is National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. Sickle cell refers to the shape of a patient’s red blood cells. As many as 100-thousand people have the blood disease in this country, most of them African-Americans.

WKAR health reporter Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Peter Gulick of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


George Perles
George Perles, seen in a photo from 1985

Thursday is the day we give into the big political news of the week, and this week revealed yet another development in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. A lawsuit was filed on Monday by former field MSU hockey player, Erika Davis. WKAR’s Emily Fox and Scott Pohl discuss the suit.


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