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

Art Garfunkel photo
Courtesy photo

He has one of popular music’s most recognizable voices. Art Garfunkel sang memorable hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ahead of a weekend concert in Jackson.

window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


Donald Trump photo
Gage Skidmore / flickr creative commons

The Detroit News is a conservative newspaper, and their editorial page editor, Nolan Finley, has had an interesting view of the election process this year. We talk with Finley about the ascendency of Donald Trump to the presidency.


Live Music Friday
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Renowned clarinetist Dave Bennett is our Live Music Friday guest.

Dave is accompanied by a couple of local favorites: Jeff Kressler on the piano and Ed Fedewa on bass.  Dave Bennett performs Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing.

Abby Wattenberg and Rachel Alexander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Women in the Arts Festival will be back in East Lansing this weekend. The headlining music show with Dar Williams is already sold out, but there will be a lot more to do. We talk with organizer Abby Wattenberg and musician Rachel Alexander.


Election 2016 summary

Nov 9, 2016

President: Republican Donald Trump carries Michigan, wins presidency as Clinton concedes

U.S. Congress District 8: Mike Bishop (R)

U.S. Congress District 7: Tim Walberg (R)

Michigan House District 67: Tom Cochran (D)

Michigan House District 68: Andy Schor (D)

Michigan House District 69: Sam Singh (D)

Michigan House District 71: Tom Barrett (R)

Michigan House District 93: Tom Leonard (R)

Michigan Supreme Court Justices: Joan Larsen, David Viviano

Eaton County Sheriff: Tom Reich (D)

Dimondale voters exiting the polls photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

During the noon hour, there wasn't any waiting at the Windsor Township Hall voting site in Dimondale, Michigan. The morning had been busy, though, and the tally stood at 550 voters having made their choices in national, state and local elections.

Michigan polls close this evening at 8 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, and much of the news coverage has focused on the polls. Should it be? We discuss the numbers in Michigan and how all of this works with Detroit News pollster Richard Czuba.


Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen are here for Live Music Friday. They have a new EP being released tonight called “Michigandering.”


Dave Perkins and puppy Daisy photo
Dave Perkins

A bachelor party of Michigan guys went to Tennessee for a few days, and they all came back with some unanticipated love: they all brought home a puppy! Current State talks with one of the groomsmen who adopted the dog and puppies they found in the wilderness, Dave Perkins.


We talk with writer Christine Lasek. Now based in Athens, Georgia, the Michigan native has just published her first collection of short stories called “Love Letters to Michigan.”


scenic shot
Courtesy / flickr/Punk Toad

One of Michigan’s most popular tourist areas is the subject of a lawsuit that could turn hundreds of square miles into an Indian reservation.


Current Sports host Al Martin talks with sports TV and radio broadcaster Jack Ebling about his new book on the unbelievable end to last year’s Michigan State-Michigan football game.


Alex Mendenall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Alex Mendenall is back to appear on Current State’s Live Music Friday. The singer-guitarist has a new CD called “Into the Hinterland” coming out at a release party in Lansing in November.


Tim Zeko photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Not every baseball fan in Michigan is obsessed with the Detroit Tigers. Lots of people around here root for the Chicago Cubs. We’ll talk with WKAR-TV executive producer Tim Zeko about how special it is to see his team in the World Series for the first time since 1945.


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