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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Today is the traditional celebration of Columbus Day, but in East Lansing, the city council has decided to instead observe Indigenous People’s Day. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with two people involved in the observance.


Don Henry and Craig Carothers photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests this week are top Nashville artists Don Henry and Craig Carothers. They’re in town for an acoustic lunch performance at the Broad Art Museum and a Pump House concert.


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Courtesy photo / Shiny Seed

Michigan artists Casey Dixon and Gene Foulk, under the name Shiny Seed, are finalists in the three-dimensional category of the public Grand Rapids Art Prize vote finals and will learn their fate this weekend. Their work is called “Invasive Species.”


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Courtesy photo / Suzanna Shkreli for Congress

We discuss the race for congress in Michigan’s 8th district with Suzanna Shkreli. She’s the Democrat who’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.


Cookie Johnson has written a book about life with her husband, basketball legend Magic Johnson. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with her about “Believing in Magic.”


Zach Pohl photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Live Music Friday this week, our guest is Zach Pohl. He’s a singer-guitarist-songwriter who blends folk music with a touch of soul, based in Austin, Texas.


Kristen Shelley East Lansing Public Library photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A big renovation project at the East Lansing Public Library is wrapping up. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with library director Kristin Shelley about all the changes.


Class & Jazz photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Is it classical? Is it jazz? It’s both! Our Live Music Friday guests this week are Oleg Bezuglov and Natalia Bezuglova. Together, they’re known as Class & Jazz.


Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.


Mary Flower photo
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The Michigan BluesFest returns to Lansing this weekend, and our Live Music Friday guest is Mary Flower, in town from Portland, Oregon to perform tonight. We also talk with organizer Terry Terry about this year’s BluesFest.


Mackinac Bridge sensor photo
Kenji Anno

A Michigan State University researcher will soon attach sensors to the underside of the Mackinac Bridge. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Nizar Lajnef about what he hopes to learn from studying the everyday stresses on Big Mac.


Haimerl house exterior photo before
Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

Marc Sophos photo
Sara Caldwell

A nonprofit producing radio programs and podcasts for LGBTQ youth is coming to East Lansing. We talk with founder Marc Sophos about OutCasting, along with a student working on the project at MSU.


John Truscott and Valerie Marvin with Mark Bashore photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We talk with historian Valerie Marvin and the vice chairman of the Michigan Capitol Commission, John Truscott, about the building that has been the home to Michigan’s government since 1879.


Peter Morris photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Peter Morris of Haslett is well known as a baseball historian, but he has another passion: Scrabble. This month marks the 25th anniversary of his victory in the first-ever world Scrabble championships. He talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about the game he loves.


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