Arya Surowidjojo is Senior Digital Video Producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
He oversees ideation, development and production of online video content—for and about the rapidly changing Pacific Northwest.
He is also co-creator and producer of "Superabundant,” OPB's online video series exploring the deep history, culture, ecology and future of the region's food ingredients.
Arya got his start freelancing for Vanity Fair. He co-produced a video for the magazine’s 2008 essay on waterboarding, “Believe Me, It's Torture.” The story is credited as the catalyst for former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s investigation of the interrogation practice.
Past work of Arya's have also been shown on Europe's ARTE, Al Arabiya English, Channel NewsAsia and the National Geographic Channel, among other international broadcasters.
Arya holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
Fun fact: that last "jo" is a fun "yo."
How valuable, and volatile, crabbing can be along the Oregon Coast
The 2022 Dungeness crab season was the most lucrative in Oregon history. Unusually for recent years, it started on time, yields were high and prices soared, leading to a boon for commercial crabbers and the coastal communities that depend on them.
North America’s only truffle dog championship comes roaring back
After a one-year pandemic hiatus, the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship returns to Eugene, Oregon.
Indigenous inmates, volunteers navigate a year without ceremonies, celebrations
Coronavirus restrictions have created a cultural void for Indigenous people in Oregon prisons once filled by large summer celebrations and regular spiritual practice.
Oregon’s wildfires from space and on the ground
On Sept. 10, 2020, OPB video teams were deployed across the length of Oregon to document the Santiam (also known as the Beachie Creek Fire), Almeda and Two Four Two wildfires. They encountered over 300 miles of near-unbroken hazardous smoke, pockets of total destruction and the human impact of an unprecedented fire crisis.
A vigil for a Black violinist who died too young
Nearly a hundred string musicians convened in North Portland to issue a musical call for justice for a violinist who died before his time.
Portland area 3D print makers form PPE ‘emergency response’
Health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic across the Portland metro region are receiving free 3D-printed face masks and shields—made and distributed by an army of maker volunteers.
A distant refuge: Portraits of the Rohingya in Portland, Oregon
They escaped the killing fields in Myanmar. Now, Rohingya refugees living in Portland, Oregon, face the challenge of rebuilding their lives.
Life outside the bentwood box
Grand Ronde tribal artifacts spent more than a century stored out of sight in London. They’ve taken on new life since returning home a year ago.
OPB’s favorite videos from 2018
On resilience and wonder: Replaying OPB's standout videos of 2018.
‘There aren’t a lot of other options:’ Port Orford’s season of crab and crisis
A fishing town on Oregon's South Coast attempts to rise above toxic algae and a volatile ocean economy.