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

CATA bus photo
David Shane / flickr creative commons

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition to the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s Bus Rapid Transit plan. We talk with Tim Daman and Joe Ford from the Chamber about why they disapprove of the BRT.


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Disney | ABC Television Group / flickr creative commons

We talk with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm about the 2016 presidential election. She’s serving on Hillary Clinton’s transition team.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Brendan Doherty, an Irish singer-guitarist songwriter now living in East Lansing. His new album is called “Feels Like Home.”

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Anna Szabo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.


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Marissa Gawel

Marissa Gawel is a young Detroit-based photographer whose latest effort is a National Geographic magazine project to document roadside attractions. She talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about her work.


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Courtesy photo / Quicken Loans

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is working with employers and other organizations, including some that often compete with each other, to help veterans find jobs. We talk with David Dunckel, an employment analyst with the MVAA, and Justin Mendoza of Quicken Loans about the Why Michigan? Talent Attraction Team.


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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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.


Eric Schneidewind photo
Courtesy photo / AARP

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.


Matt Watroba photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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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