Steve Pokin, News-Leader

Steve Pokin


Springfield, MO, United States

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Recent articles by Steven:

Pokin Around: I'm leaving the News-Leader; thanks for reading and for the Answer Man questions

Steve Pokin thanks his sources who stuck by him when he said the most important words a journalist can say: "I don't understand what you just said." → Read More

Pokin Around: How a true Ozarker pronounces 'Bois D'Arc,' 'Gillioz' and other words

Columnist Steve Pokin offers his own primer on the correct pronunciations of names and places in Springfield, the Ozarks, and beyond → Read More

Pokin Around: Looking for a rapid COVID-19 test? A few things to know before you buy one

Wondering where to get a rapid COVID-19 test in Springfield? There are a few things you need to know before picking up a self-test at the pharmacy. → Read More

Pokin Around: Anti-vaxxers, COVID-19 and ivermectin — how does that logic work?

Why are an astounding number of people willing to allege the entire medical profession is on the take and yet share and repost outlandish claims? → Read More

Answer Man: Reader curious about old, dilapidated building — what was its prior use?

The last time the building was occupied might have been in May of 1977, when high winds took off the roof. → Read More

Pokin Around: CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards starts day with an ambush interview

An unusual start to the day for Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth. He is confronted by a man who claims the title of "Vaccine Police." → Read More

Pokin Around: An odd little market where you can buy milk, nightcrawlers or even a car

"Dr. Phil's Food Shop & Storage. We got it ALL! (Almost)" → Read More

Pokin Around: Time to get the kids exercising outside; Run for Fun fitness starts June 5

Run for Fun includes the obstacle course, the Cake Relay and the use of a mini-trampoline to try to bound over a small pool on a hot morning. → Read More

Pokin Around: Willard mayor only 25; he's probably city's youngest and first Black mayor

Samuel Snider also just might be the youngest and first Black mayor in all of Greene County -- ever. → Read More

Answer Man: Reader asks why motorists southbound on Holland have to turn at Grand

Northbound drivers on Holland can continue through Grand. Why is it that southbound drivers on Holland can't? → Read More

Answer Man: Reader wants to know about property with odd-shaped buildings off I-44

Chris and Martha Rice have lived at the New Life Evangelistic Center in Webster County for 27 years. → Read More

Pokin Around: Don't call them nudist 'colonies'; maybe it's time to go on 'Nakation'?

The word "colony" is so "20th century. Today they are nudist clubs, resorts and campgrounds. And a nudist vacation is a Nakation." → Read More

Pokin Around: Sheriff says same wayward cattle a regular problem; called in some 'cowboys'

The sheriff says Missouri law allows him, as sheriff, to confiscate and hold livestock that is not contained on the owner's property. → Read More

Answer Man: Reader asks how Bass Pro raises and lowers flag atop tower on Campbell

I'm sure readers have seen the structure we're talking about. It has the Bass Pro logo on top -- along with logos for Outdoor World, Tracker Boats and Hemingway's. → Read More

Answer Man: Reader wants to recycle but can't get tape off of Amazon cardboard boxes

First of all, Tom, it's admirable that you are such a conscientious recycler. → Read More

Answer Man: Where can I go in Springfield to get some TLC for my turntables?

The Answer Man called four businesses in Springfield and found two that fix turntables. → Read More

Pokin Around: Is Missouri really doing that miserable of a job rolling out the vaccine?

According to the New York Times, "Alaska, West Virginia and New Mexico had begun vaccinating people at rates higher than all other states. Missouri had the lowest vaccination rate." → Read More

Answer Man: What's the latest on the former Bank of America building on East Sunshine?

The building on busy East Sunshine Street has been vacant for about 18 months. → Read More

Pokin Around: Here's some history about the large cross atop Mercy Hospital Springfield

A story published on Christmas Day 1980 states the cross was "erected just prior to the Christmas holiday." → Read More

Pokin Around: The ever-elusive Billy Long, whose seat is safe even if the podium is vacant

Pokin says: I've been trying to have a meaningful relationship with Congressman Billy Long, but it's been difficult. → Read More