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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Bill Fountain, Hartland Township
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Hartland Township Supervisor Bill Fountain was the guest of WKAR during the June 11 "Mondays with the Mayor" segment. He talked about the Livingston county community's growth. 


On this week's Current State - suicide prevention in Michigan; what former MSU dean William Strampel could face during trial; Michigan to vote on legalizing marijuana; cooking Kugel; constructing vehicles that drive 1600 miles without stopping for gas; remembering Robert F. Kennedy's impact on Michiganders; and find out where a 1-million square foot pot warehouse is being built in the Great Lakes. 


Bobby Kennedy and Berl Schwartz
Courtesy photo / The Daily Pennsylvanian

Fifty years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. For many, he seemed on his way to the office that his brother, John Kennedy, held when he was shot and killed five years earlier. Lansing City Pulse owner and publisher Berl Schwartz looks back at his encounters with the Bobby Kennedy campaign and the Senator himself.


Chevrolet Bolt photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

One of the things holding back advancements in alternative fuel vehicles is their range. Nobody wants to run out of fuels like battery power, compressed natural gas or propane. The alternative fuels group Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy on a project to enable travelling greater distances in these vehicles powered by something other than gasoline.


This week, we look at what's next after the $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and Larry Nassar's abuse survivors; learn how a 90-year-old school building is helping the affordable housing crunch; find out why Detroit homeowners are swapping houses; and talk with a "father of the internet." 


Larry Nassar photo
WKAR photo

Michigan State University confirms it is settling hundreds of lawsuits filed by survivors of Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse for a half-billion dollars.


Vinton Cerf photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Last week, a man widely known as one of the “fathers of the internet” visited Michigan State University for a Quello Center lecture called “Internet Past, Present and Future.” Vinton Cerf is a co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the internet. He's been with Google since 2005. Cerf visited the WKAR studios to discuss several of topics.


woman in studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with East Lansing Art Festival director Michelle Carlson for a preview of this weekend's event.

This week's Current State focuses on an MSU's "New Day" proposal, a new sexual assault investigator in Ingham County, virtual learning in Michigan, learning everything there is to know about plants and why WKAR may be a little harder to tune in these days. 


Diann Woodard photo
Courtesy photo

Former Michigan State University Trustee Diann Woodard died on May 6th  after a long illness. Woodard served an eight-year term on the board following her election in 2008.

Lansing home demolition photo
WKAR File Photo

The demolition of abandoned homes can improve a neighborhood, but the disposal of the materials has an impact on the environment. At Michigan State University this week, proponents of a small but growing movement assembled to discuss ways to re-purpose most of that stuff.


Brian Mosallam photo
WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam has issued what he calls a “proposal for drastic voluntary remediation” related to MSU’s response to sexual assaults and the needs of survivors.


This weekend's Current State updates you on school walkouts, Adado Park in Lansing, Michigan roads, the next generation of veggie burgers and memorable moments from past Michigan State University commencement speakers. 


WKAR File Photo

Michigan’s 2017 Roads and Bridges Annual Report indicates a continuing and worsening statewide struggle against potholes.


Dr. William Klein
Dan Hartley / MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences

In recent years, an alternative to smoking has spread across America. E-cigarettes are promoted as a way to reduce or eliminate the nicotine intake associated with smoking. The health effects of vaping are being debated, and opponents say e-cigarettes are attracting our youth to smoking.


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