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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

A new recording project features Lansing artists working in the realm of spoken word music. Scott Pohl talks with Tyler Jenson, the musician responsible for “Speak Life: The Spoken Word Collection Vol. 1,” and one of the artists, Twyla Birdsong.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing’s alternative newspaper The City Pulse turns 15 years old this week, with a special issue hitting newsstands on Wednesday. We talk with publisher Berl Schwartz about his vision for the paper and what lies ahead.


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The University of Detroit Mercy campus is Scott Pohl’s next stop of historic Detroit sites with Jack Dempsey of the Michigan Historical Society. They visit a memorial to those who died serving their country during World War I.


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Courtesy photo / U.S. Rowing

Former MSU rower Emily Regan will compete in the Rio Olympic Games. Current Sports host Al Martin talks with Regan about her sport and what it takes to make Team USA.

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Our Live Music Friday guest is one of the most versatile musicians we’ve ever had on Current State. Rodney Page plays violin and piano, he DJ’s, and he raps. He’s also a music educator who has worked extensively with local school districts.

A new book might be a pick-me-up for the people of Flint. It’s called “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” We talk with editor Scott Atkinson.


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AARP is the voice of millions of older Americans. Their new president is Eric Schneidewind of Lansing. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Schneidewind about the issues being confronted by AARP.


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Matt Watroba is our Live Music Friday guest this week. He’s a folk singer-guitarist-songwriter out of Detroit who frequently works with another former Live Music Friday guest, the Rev. Robert Jones.

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We talk with Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press. She’s in Philadelphia covering the Michigan delegation at the Democratic National Convention.


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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.


Michelle Held photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.


Trump family
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute

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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