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!

Ways to Connect

We talk with Edward McClelland about his book examining the way we talk, “How to Speak Midwestern."

Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Have you wondered who reads them and what it takes to become successful in that field? Current State talks with Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe, two audiobook readers from mid-Michigan.


Jewell Jones photo
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Meet Michigan’s youngest incoming state Representative. Jewell Jones of Inkster won election on November 8th in Michigan’s 11th House district. At 21, he’s thought to be the youngest ever elected to the state House.


Kurt Kwiatkowski photo
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We talk with MSU culinary services corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about your Thanksgiving feast while you still have a couple of days to get ready for Thursday.


Dr. William Strampel and Dr. Derrick Williamson photo
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A long-standing clinic on the east side of Detroit is reopening after being closed since its founder died in 2015. We learn more about MSU’s role in reviving the Popoff Clinic.

Silver Bells in the City tree photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The 32nd annual Silver Bells In The City kicks off today in downtown Lansing and we could see a lot of people there if the nice weather holds out. We talk about it with Downtown Lansing Inc. executive director Mindy Biladeau.


The Blue Echoes photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Who recently celebrated a 50th anniversary tour, but that’s nothing. For Live Music Friday, we have a group that’s been together for 60 years! The Blue Echoes, Lansing’s first rock band, perform live in WKAR’s Studio S.


Art Garfunkel photo
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He has one of popular music’s most recognizable voices. Art Garfunkel sang memorable hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ahead of a weekend concert in Jackson.

window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


Donald Trump photo
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The Detroit News is a conservative newspaper, and their editorial page editor, Nolan Finley, has had an interesting view of the election process this year. We talk with Finley about the ascendency of Donald Trump to the presidency.


Live Music Friday
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Renowned clarinetist Dave Bennett is our Live Music Friday guest.

Dave is accompanied by a couple of local favorites: Jeff Kressler on the piano and Ed Fedewa on bass.  Dave Bennett performs Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing.

Abby Wattenberg and Rachel Alexander photo
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The Women in the Arts Festival will be back in East Lansing this weekend. The headlining music show with Dar Williams is already sold out, but there will be a lot more to do. We talk with organizer Abby Wattenberg and musician Rachel Alexander.


Election 2016 summary

Nov 9, 2016

President: Republican Donald Trump carries Michigan, wins presidency as Clinton concedes

U.S. Congress District 8: Mike Bishop (R)

U.S. Congress District 7: Tim Walberg (R)

Michigan House District 67: Tom Cochran (D)

Michigan House District 68: Andy Schor (D)

Michigan House District 69: Sam Singh (D)

Michigan House District 71: Tom Barrett (R)

Michigan House District 93: Tom Leonard (R)

Michigan Supreme Court Justices: Joan Larsen, David Viviano

Eaton County Sheriff: Tom Reich (D)

Dimondale voters exiting the polls photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

During the noon hour, there wasn't any waiting at the Windsor Township Hall voting site in Dimondale, Michigan. The morning had been busy, though, and the tally stood at 550 voters having made their choices in national, state and local elections.

Michigan polls close this evening at 8 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, and much of the news coverage has focused on the polls. Should it be? We discuss the numbers in Michigan and how all of this works with Detroit News pollster Richard Czuba.


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