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

Kelvin Torbert was Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2001 before playing college ball at Michigan State. With his playing days behind him, Torbert has launched a new endeavor as a children’s book author. We talk with Kelvin Torbert and co-author Kellen Brandon about “KT and the Radical Roundball.”


Legends of the Fall book cover
Courtesy photo / Grove Atlantic publishing

One of the greatest Michigan-based writers of his generation died over the weekend. We remember Jim Harrison with Bill Castanier, who writes about books for the Lansing City Pulse.


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Peter Whorf / WKAR

East Lansing native Timothy Busfield left Michigan for a busy career in the movies and television, landing roles in "Revenge of the Nerds," "Thirtysomething," "Field of Dreams," "West Wing" and dozens of others. We have part two  of our conversation with Tim Busfield.


Benny Bennack III
Scott Pohl / WKAR

New York City-based trumpeter-singer Benny Benack III is our Live Music Friday guest. He's in town for two shows tonight.

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File photo / WKARLansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.


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As families deal with Flint’s ongoing water crisis, the work being done in the schools where they send their children might be more important than ever.

The Michigan State University College of Education has had a long relationship with Flint Community Schools, and that effort was boosted last week by a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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Stefanie Haapala performs at The Loft in Lansing tonight to release a new EP called “This Won’t Be The Last Time I Tell You.” She’s our Live Music Friday guest.

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An Ingham County task force spent last year working on how best to use money from a voter-approved parks and trails millage proposal. Their recommendations are now going before the county board of commissioners. Current State talks with the chair of the board, Kara Hope, and commissioner Teri Banas.


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.


Bernie Sanders photo
Courtesy photo / www.berniesanders.com

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


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Courtesy photo / Clint Black

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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Courtesy photo / Rep. Tom Barrett

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.


May Erlewine photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

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


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