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!

Ways to Connect

Anand Chandrasekhar and Ramakrishna Mukkamala photo with blood pressure cell phone app
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

High blood pressure can be a killer, and millions of people don’t know they have it. Knowing that you have hypertension and treating it with lifestyle changes and-or medication can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that they hope will one day make it easier to monitor blood pressure.


Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has submitted his first budget proposal in office to the city council. New to the office, Schor describes the spending plan as “largely a continuation budget from previous years.”

ribbon on tree
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Reclaim MSU organization is holding a rally targeting the process for selecting the next MSU president starting at 5 p.m. today.


A new book by former Detroit Free Press sportswriter Keith Gave tells the story of how the Detroit Red Wings brought Soviet players to the National Hockey League. Those players helped the team win its first Stanley Cup championship in more than four decades back in 1997.

Gregory Conte photo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Gregory Conte, director of operations with Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute, has been arraigned on a charge of resisting and obstructing police at Spencer’s March 5th appearance at Michigan State University.


Megan Malone at Williams Hall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There are six student dormitories on West Circle Drive on the MSU campus, and all six are named for notable women in the school’s history.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl met up with MSU archivist Megan Malone for a Women’s History Month walk around West Circle Drive to learn about these six women. They started at Williams Hall.


R.E. Olds Museum Executive Director Bill Adcock signs papers to complete building purchase photo
R.E. Olds Museum photo

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum has completed the purchase of its building and property from the city of Lansing for $2.

Andy Schor photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has decided to slow down the process of redeveloping City Hall, saying "this is a fifty year decision."


Mark Auslander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There will not be a Great Lakes Folk Festival this summer in East Lansing. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with  Museum Director Mark Auslander about the decision.


FM 105.1 radio dial photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-AM signed on the air in 1922. Now, 96 years later, our AM station has a companion on the FM dial besides 90.5. As of last week, you can listen to our AM programming on FM 105.1, too.


In a new documentary film, Bridge Magazine traverses Michigan to examine our political differences and what it might take to bring us together. “Michigan Divided” will have its premiere on Wednesday at a public conference on the MSU campus.


WKAR Connects
WKAR-MSU

On this week's Current State: WKAR Connects, a series of stories looking at local organizations who offer support for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse; two MSU students who created a teal Facebook frame to show support for sexual assault survivors; a conversation with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; a concert and album release from the MSU graduate group Mirabai; and conversation and song with comedic singer-songwriter Wally Pleasant.


Wally Pleasant photo
Vincent Brady / Windwalker Underground Gallery

Wally Pleasant is a comedic singer-songwriter who’ll perform twice this weekend in Charlotte. Scott Pohl brought the long-time local favorite into WKAR’s Studio S for a little conversation and music.


Rosemarie Aquilina and Scott Pohl photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Rosemarie Aquilina has been a judge on the Ingham County Circuit Court since her election in 2008, and she was a district court judge before that. She rose to national and international prominence when she presided over the Larry Nassar sex abuse case. In seven days of sentencing, she forced Nassar to face 156 women he had abused, and she allowed each of those women to speak as long as they wanted to. At the end, she sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison.

What you may not know about Aquilina is that she writes novels.


Richard Spencer
Scott Pohl / WKAR Public Media

WKAR's Katie Cook reports counter-protesters are waiting for the speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer to finish. Meanwhile, Scott Pohl reports from inside MSU Pavilion, Spencer claimed one of his supporters was attacked. 


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