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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U.S. Supreme Court
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Michigan’s state legislative districts are created based on the total number of people living in a particular area, but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might alter that system. We talk about how Michigan might be affected from Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.


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Current State looks at the results of the Michigan presidential primaries with Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics.


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Clint Black has sold 20 million albums, and he’s on tour to support his latest, “On Purpose.” Scott Pohl talks with the country music superstar as he heads to Battle Creek for a show on Friday.


It’s normally not very polite to talk about bodily functions in public, but that didn’t stop Troy Hale from making an entire documentary about farts. We talk to the director of 'Fart: A Documentary.'


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Republican state Rep. Tom Barrett and Democratic State Sen. David Knezek are working together to form the Michigan Veterans Institute. The non-profit will work to help vets get services they need. Current State talks with Representative Barrett about the project.


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May Erlewine is Current State's Live Music Friday guest. The singer-songwriter has a concert at Lansing’s Robin Theatre with guitarist Phil Barry at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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TEDxMSU will be back on Wednesday. Scott Pohl talks with organizer Zeria Cummings and speaker Maggie Hermanson.


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The Broad Art Museum opens a new exhibition called “The Artist as Activist” this week. Scott Pohl talks with the two Bangladeshi artists behind the show.


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Chris Buhalis is our Live Music Friday guest today. He’ll release his new CD “Big Car Town” with a concert at The Ark in Ann Arbor on March 11th.


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The inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire Festival is coming up in Charlotte this weekend. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with organizers Bryan Myrkle and William SaintAmour about what will be going on at the festival.


Mark Meadows and Mike Moquin
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The city of East Lansing has appointed a Financial Health Review Team to examine the city’s long-term commitments and budgeting needs. We talk with Mayor Mark Meadows and the committee’s chairman, Mike Moquin.


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Fresh off their appearance at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, our Live Music Friday guests are the duo of Stan and Ben. Stan Budzynski and Ben Hall perform and discuss their time in Memphis.

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“The Threepenny Opera” is coming to Lansing Community College this weekend. Scott Pohl previews this production of the musical.


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Michigan singer-songwriter Evangeline sings some Valentine's love songs on Current State's Live Music Friday. 

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Jazz legend Kenny Barron takes up a week-long residency at MSU, performing and teaching throughout Mid-Michigan. Wel hear him perform and speak with Current State's Scott Pohl.


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