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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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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Jimmy Ramirez is a Google employee competing to become an embedded reporter at the Democratic National Convention. We discuss what stories he’ll be looking for if he wins.


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A new sculpture is gracing the Michigan State University campus. It’s called “The Bird.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the artist, Will Ryman, and Broad Art Museum curator Caitlin Doherty.

Today on Current State: Peter McAvoy of the Compact Implementation Coalition discusses his opposition to Waukesha, Wisconsin's plan to divert water from Lake Michigan; Paint Nite in Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Wally Pleasant.


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Paint Nite merges art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite a while back to see what’s going on.

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Our Live Music Friday guest is Wally Pleasant. Tonight at the Lansing City Pulse River Rock concert, he’ll perform his classic album “Songs About Stuff” in its entirety.

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Keith Wunderlich

A Detroit institution in the world of carbonated beverages turns 150 years old this year. Scott Pohl talks with Keith Wunderlich of the Vernors Ginger Ale Collectors Club.


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The Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing recently fired several counselors when it was discovered that they are registered sex offenders. Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. is drafting a bill to prohibit registered sex offenders from working as counselors. We talk with Sen. Hertel about the legislation.


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For Live Music Friday, we’ll welcome one of the groups in East Lansing for Saturday’s Pumpstock concert. The Appleseed Collective out of Ann Arbor has a new EP called “The Tour Tapes.”

The credit given to Henry Ford for inventing the automobile and the assembly line is somewhat exaggerated, according to the author of a new book called “Drive! Henry Ford, George Selden and the Race to invent the Auto Age.” We talk with Lawrence Goldstone about his book.


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We talk with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows about the budget for the coming fiscal year, plans to demolish the long-vacant property at Grand River and Abbot, and more.


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Our series of conversations with candidates for Ingham County Prosecutor continues with Democrat Patrick O’Keefe. He’s a Democrat who has been endorsed by former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley.


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Current State speaks with Judith Gardi, President of the Friends of Park Lake, about what the group would like to see and what makes the lake special.


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