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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Dental exam room
Courtesy / Sunny View Dental

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.


Civil War battle flag photo
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.


Shelby Ann-Marie band photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.

Janice Blixt photo
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.

Heywood assailants photo
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.


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.”

WKAR File Photo

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

Pat Zalenka Project photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.”

Jimmy Ramirez photo
Courtesy photo

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.


Eat Pomegranate Photography

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.


Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

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.

Wally Pleasant photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.

Keith Wunderlich Vernors photo
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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