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Producer, Oregon Field Guide

Aaron Scott

Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the outdoor program “Oregon Field Guide,” where he pursues stories that illuminate cutting-edge science and the natural wonders of the world around us. Previously, he produced OPB’s radio arts show, “State of Wonder,” and his cross-platform reporting for OPB, NPR, "Radiolab," and "This American Life," has won Gracie, Murrow, SPJ, and Mark Twain awards. 

Before joining OPB, Aaron was a senior editor at “Portland Monthly,” where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has master's degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in religious studies from Grinnell College. He split his childhood between the mountains of Colorado and the valleys of Oregon and, prior to journalism, spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.

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Recent Articles

local | World | NW Life | Science | Education

Oregon 5th Graders Build A Boat To Sail Across The Pacific

A maritime program connects classes in Oregon and Japan to build and track miniature boats as they sail the open seas.

local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | NW Life

Elk Hunting Is Part Of The Conservation Plan On Northeastern Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie

The Nature Conservancy opens its nature preserve to hundreds of hunters every year in a controversial program to push large herds of elk off the delicate prairie.

Animals | Parents | Science | local | Recreation | Environment

A Father-Daughter Journey To The Center Of The Earth

This Oregon caver has a reputation for discovering new species underground – often with the help of his daughter.

Health | local | Business | Food | NW Life

Meet Oregon’s Fermented Foods Pioneers: The Shockeys

This Oregon couple helped feed the wave that brought kraut, kimchi and kombucha to every grocery store near you. Chances are if it grows in a garden, the Shockeys have tried to ferment it.

Arts | local | Family | Entertainment | Recreation | NW Life

Honey, I Shrunk The Gorge! Model Railroad Re-Creates Iconic Region

The biggest model railroad club in the Northwest has hand-built everything from Union Station to Multnomah Falls in meticulous detail — with the occasional whimsical flourish (we see you, Bigfoot).

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

Snorkeling With The Salmon In A Northern California River

Volunteers snorkel the entire Salmon River every year to count every single spring chinook salmon in the name of science.

Animals | Science | Agriculture | local | Environment | NW Life | News

The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon

No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can’t even begin to track if they’re declining. A statewide project wants to change that.

Science | local | Forestry | Land | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna

Why Many Northwest Animals And Plants Need Wildfire

Not all wildfire is a force of destruction. Many of our favorite Northwest plants and animals have evolved to depend on it.

Sustainability | Politics | local | Forestry | Land | Environment | News | Science

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Animals | Science | Agriculture | local | Environment | NW Life | Flora and Fauna

Native Bees And Alfalfa Seed Farmers, A NW Love Story

Walla Walla Valley farmers have cultivated some 18 million Northwest native pollinators called alkali bees to help their alfalfa grow. It's one of the most unusual partnerships in agriculture.

local | Music | Arts | NW Life

Band Takes Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' Concert To Oregon Prisons

For the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's “At Folsom Prison,” a Portland band is restaging the concert at prisons across the state. We go with them to Coffee Creek’s women’s facility.

local | Arts | Books

A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History Of Chuck Klosterman

A conversation from Wordstock 2017 dives into Taylor Swift’s savvy, inscrutable taste in leisure wear, and the fate of an NBA fan in a Timbers town.

local | Music | NW Life | Arts | Books | State of Wonder

Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' At 50 | Paul Simon | Chuck Klosterman | Fond Farewell

This week on “State of Wonder,” we say goodbye to producer Aaron Scott, head to an Oregon prison for the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" concert, and more.

Music | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | Sessions

Sera Cahoone Live At The Old Church

The singer-songwriter performs with a string trio, before her recent Portland concert.

local | Music | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | State of Wonder

Mark Rothko | Sera Cahoone | Women In Tech | Coleman Exits Portland Center Stage

This week on "State of Wonder," makers and breakers: abstract iconoclast Mark Rothko's Portland roots, ladies in tech tell what their jobs are really like, plus Sera Cahoone refashions everything.

local | NW Life | Arts | Books

Portland Poet Anis Mojgani Challenges Grief And Greek Gods

The international slam poetry champion finds beauty in sorrow in his new collection, "In the Pockets of Small Gods."

local | Entertainment | NW Life | Arts | Books | State of Wonder

Oregon Book Awards: Laini Taylor | Omar El Akkad | Samiya Bashir | Nicole Georges | Anis Mojgani

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk with finalists for the Oregon Book Awards, the state's highest literary honors.

local | Arts | NW Life | State of Wonder

Design Week Portland | Buildings Full Of Women | Swift Agency | Nightwood Society | Hacienda CDC

Live at Design Week Portland, "State of Wonder" reimagines what buildings would look like if they were designed by women.

local | Music | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | State of Wonder

Soul'd Out Vs. Coachella | Black Belt Eagle Scout | Shayla Lawson & Frank Ocean | Indigenous Playwrights

This week on "State of Wonder," Soul'd Out sues Coachella, three native playwrights soar at Oregon's biggest theaters, poet Shayla Lawson's love letter to Frank Ocean, and the quiet heartache of Black Belt Eagle Scout.

Food | Arts | local | Entertainment | NW Life | Music | State of Wonder

Mohsin Hamid | Chris Smither | Mary Katherine Nagle’s 'Manahatta' | Stacey Tran

Magical writing from this year's Everybody Reads selection, road-tested blues from Chris Smither, plus Stacey Tran feeds our needs with her poems and her splendid storytelling series.