Scott LaMar has worked in both radio and television for more than four decades.
Currently, LaMar is the Host and Executive Producer of the daily Smart Talk news and public affairs program on 89.5 & 93.3.
Previously, LaMar was WITF TV’s Sr. Public Affairs producer and produced the station’s award-winning weekly public affairs TV program Smart Talk and the Issues PA series on the Pennsylvania Public Television Network. LaMar has won more than a dozen Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Awards since 2000 and has been nominated for five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.
LaMar and Smart Talk have been recognized throughout the Central Pennsylvania community including ADVOZ Lancaster’s first “Dignity in Dialogue Award”, the South Central Assembly’s “Regional Citizen Award” and was named a “Humanitarian Hero” by The Humane Society of the United States/Pennsylvania.
A native of Coatesville, Pa., LaMar has also worked as a broadcast news anchor, sports play-by-play announcer and manager.
Dr. Eric Darr (left), president of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and Matthew Randazzo, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, appear on Smart Talk on May 5, 2016.
What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, May 5, 2016:
We’ve all heard the stories — there was a time when American schools were only expected to educate students in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. For most careers, that was all that was needed. High school graduates could get their diplomas and get a good paying manufacturing job soon after.
The world is much different place today and not just because many of those manufacturing jobs have gone away. Technology has changed the workplace and our world in ways that couldn’t be imagined 30 years ago and most of the careers that do pay well require post-secondary educations.
That is especially true in fields that involve science, technology, engineering and math or the STEM subjects. Unfortunately, there are many statistics that point to American students falling behind their counterparts overseas in STEM subjects. For example, in 2008, 4% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were in engineering compared to 31% in China.
Meanwhile, less than a quarter of STEM workers are women and 12% are black or Latino.
On Thursday’s Smart Talk, we look at what it could mean for the future and what has to change.
Our guests are Dr. Eric Darr, the president of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Matthew Randazzo, the CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative.
Randazzo will be delivering Harrisburg University’s Commencement Address this weekend.