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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

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

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 | Books | Arts

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 | Books | Arts | NW Life | 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 | NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | Sessions

Sera Cahoone Live At The Old Church

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

local | Music | NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | 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 | Books | Arts | NW Life

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 | Books | Arts | NW Life | Entertainment | 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 | NW Life | Arts | 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 | NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | 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.

Music | NW Life | Entertainment | local | Arts | Food | 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.

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

Helio Sequence | Holly Andres | Kelli Schaefer | The Art Of Prosthetics

This week on "State of Wonder," we hear live music from Helio Sequence and Kelli Schaefer, travel the country with photog Holly Andres, look at the design of prosthetic limbs and harness karaoke powers to learn a language.

local | Books | Arts

'Walking Dead' Creator Hangs Up Superhero Series To Shack Up With Monsters

Robert Kirkman is ending his longest-running series, "Invincible," just as Seth Rogen announced he'd make it into a movie. Up next? Interdimensional monsters in Philly with "Oblivion Song."

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

Robert Kirkman | Haley Heynderickx | Celeste Noche

This week on "State of Wonder," we dive deep with "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, immerse ourselves in the music of breakout star Haley Heynderickx, and take one last trip to UNA Gallery for its final show.

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10 Things We Love About ‘Everything Sucks!,’ Oregon's Newest TV Show

Filmed in Boring, Oregon, Netflix’s newest show is a homage to the '90s. We have an exclusive interview with the creators.

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

Netflix's 'Everything Sucks' | Allison Janney On 'I, Tonya' | Terese Marie Mailhot

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to the creators of "Everything Sucks" and Allison Janney about her Oscar-nominated turn in "I, Tonya," and meet Portland's new creative laureate.

local | NW Life | Arts | News

New Development Could Transform Portland's Arts Landscape (And Its Skyline)

Zidell Yards wants to make artists and arts organizations central to its 33-acre development, along with OMSI. But can they make it pencil out?

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

Live At The FisherPoets Gathering: Astoria's Storied Festival Of Verse

"State of Wonder" broadcasts live from the festival that draws seafarers and wordslingers from Kilauea to Corbett to Kodiak to share stories and verse from the ocean.

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

Can Portland Save Its Arts? | Towne Storage | Milepost 5 | Zidell Yards

This week on "State of Wonder," we take a deep dive into what Portland can do to hold onto affordable space for its artists before it's too late.

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

'Welcome To Night Vale' Creators | Poets Morgan Parker And Tommy Pico

This week on "State of Wonder," Wordstock conversations with the creators of "Welcome to Night Vale" and two electric poets, Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico.