Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

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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Democrats are following up last week’s Republican National Convention with their own gathering. Current State talks with delegates from Michigan for their perspectives on what’s happening in Philadelphia.

Peter Frampton will forever hold a place in the hearts of his fans. 13-million people bought “Frampton Comes Alive” in the 70’s. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the guitar legend ahead of his return to Michigan this week.


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Our Live Music Friday guest is Michelle Held, a singer-songwriter out of Detroit. She’ll be part of a show next week at the Old Town General Store in  Lansing with local favorite Jen Sygit and others.


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The GOP convention in Cleveland wraps up today. Current State will talk with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News. He’s been covering Michigan’s delegation to the convention.


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The Republican party has nominated Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. Current State talks with a Michigan delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland, state Sen. Joe Hune.


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In doctors’ offices across Michigan, physician’s assistants have become commonplace. They’re supervised by the doctors with whom they work.

Now, legislation at the Michigan state capitol would create a new, similar layer of professional providers in dentists’ offices.


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Courtesy photo / Dave Downing

Michigan will mark the return of Civil War volunteers and battle flags to Michigan with events at the state capitol on Saturday. Current State's Scott Pohl looks at the history behind those battle flags with Dave Downing of Save the Flags.


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Fresh off a gig at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, our Live Music Friday guest is country music singer Shelby Ann-Marie. She’s 18 years old and heading to Nashville this fall.

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Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival slate for this season includes “As You Like It” and “Richard II,” along with an adaptation of Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with producing artistic director Janice Blixt about this year’s plans.


Laura Ingalls Wilder was a prolific letter-writer. Those letters have been compiled in a new book from Lapeer-based author William Anderson. Current State talks with Anderson about his passion for the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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Lansing Police Department

Todd Heywood was assaulted and robbed in his home last year, possibly targeted because he’s gay. He writes about the attack in the Lansing City Pulse newspaper this week. Current State talks with Heywood about his story.


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Amy Haimerl

In Detroit neighborhoods, it’s common to demolish vacant houses. But author Amy Haimerl and her husband bought a house in the Motor City and fixed it up. She tells her story in “Detroit Hustle." Scott Pohl visits her at the house they call Matilda.


Our Live Music Friday guests today are The Corey Kendrick Trio. Kendrick is a jazz pianist with a Master's Degree from MSU. The group’s debut album is called “Rootless.”

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Lansing City Pulse Associate Publisher Mickey Hirten has placemaking on his mind. 

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Our Live Music Friday guest today is Pat Zalenka and his band, the Pat Zalenka Project. Their summer appearances include a few stops at Champions in Holt. Their newest CD is called “The Elm Street Sessions.”

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