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

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Their politics are different, but they’re uniting to move the state’s political discourse forward. We talk with Susan Demas and Kathy Hoekstra about their new Two Chicks Speakers Bureau.


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Singer Sunny Wilkinson is our Live Music Friday guest. Ron Newman, her husband, is also with us on piano in WKAR's Studio S.

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Lovers of the ukulele will gather again in Lansing this weekend for Mighty Uke Day. It’s really three days of music in Lansing’s Old Town. We talk with organizer Ben Hassenger and rising ukulele star Marlowe.


Current State speaks with Gold Medal-winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt about her life after deciding to stop competing.

    


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The current show at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is a world premiere. “Gaps in the Fossil Record” runs through May 28th. We talk with Purple Rose artistic director Guy Sanville and the show’s star, MSU Theatre professor Mark Colson.


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David G. Smith is our Live Music Friday guest ahead of a couple of Friday gigs in East Lansing. The Iowa-based singer-guitarist has a new album is called “First Love.”

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light was recently the subject of a cyber attack. We talk with Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley about the utility's recovery efforts.


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An Australian man has come forward as the creator of the online currency Bitcoin. Current State talks with David Smith, the founder of Startup Grind Lansing and an avid proponent of Bitcoin, about the story and how Bitcoin is being used in Michigan.


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We talk with one of the candidates for Sheriff in Ingham County this year. Eric Trojanowicz is a captain in the department. He’s running as a Republican to replace the retiring Sheriff, Gene Wrigglesworth, and his opponent is the Sheriff’s son, Scott Wrigglesworth.


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Our Live Music Friday guests are Doug Mains and Josh Michels of Doug Mains and the City Folk. The group is coming off a lengthy hiatus with a Lansing concert and a new album, “These Broken Members,” in May.

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Everybody loves The Beatles. This weekend, The Henry Ford opens an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia called "The Magical History Tour."


“Ink Trails” chronicled the lives and writings of more than a dozen Michigan authors. It was a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. Now, a new edition has been published. Scott Pohl talks with Dave and Jack Dempsey about “Ink Trails II.”


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We talk with Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel about criminal charges filed in connection with the Flint water crisis and his call for Gov. Rick Snyder to leave office.


In part two of our conversation with author and critic Touré, the discussion centers on the Black Lives Matter movement and presidential politics.


Today on Current State: James Redford, the interim director of the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs; morel mushroom hunting season in Michigan; author and critic Touré discusses music ahead of a visit to Grand Rapids; nordic walking; and Current Sports host Al Martin on the Pistons and the Red Wings in the playoffs.


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