Scott LaMar

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.

Latest by Scott LaMar

Hunger in the midstate

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides meals to more than 50,000 people each week in its 27 county service area.

By Scott LaMar

What Pa. voters are saying in latest F&M poll

The latest Franklin and Marshall College poll released this week indicates most Pennsylvanians favor an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and don’t believe Trump should be re-elected. Not surprisingly, the poll results fall along political party lines.

By Scott LaMar

Breast Cancer Awareness; are we making progress?

The statistics are alarming: nearly one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime. This year it is estimated that 268,600 new cases will be diagnosed. For Pennsylvania, the CDC ranks the state 11 out of 50 in breast cancer occurrences.

By Scott LaMar and Justin Kocis

Domestic violence — ending the abuse

In the last decade alone, more than 1,600 people have died. Last year alone there were 123 victims in Pennsylvania who died from domestic violence incidents. Sixty-seven percent of those victims were killed by a current or former intimate partner and most were killed by firearm. There is no “typical” victim. The killed include men, women and children, young and mature, all races and socio-economic groups.

By Scott LaMar and Merideth Bucher

Should college athletes be paid?

Last month, California became the first state to make it legal for college athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Athletes will also be allowed to hire agents to represent them to seek out deals.

By Scott LaMar

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Healthcare

Healthcare in the U.S. is expensive — especially if it involves tests or being treated in a hospital and those are routine care. Best-selling author Dr. Marty Makary says it doesn’t have to be this way.

By Scott LaMar

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eric Foner on his new book The Second Founding

In his new book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Eric Foner writes about the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and significant impact they had on the United States — even to this day.

By Scott LaMar

Is it time to update PA’s science curriculum?

Have school science programs kept up with the rapid pace of technology change?  

By Scott LaMar

What will your obituary say about you?

When a family member or friend passes away, capturing their memories can be a challenging process. Obituaries are an essential part of someone’s life and an important way to continue someone’s legacy. However, are we prepared to write an obituary?

By Scott LaMar and Justin Kocis

September is National Recovery Month

What are the keys to getting more people suffering from substance use disorder into treatment?

By Scott LaMar