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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

Nation | Animals | Environment | Health | Recreation | NW Life

Take A Virtual Road Trip To Southern Oregon & Northern California

"Oregon Field Guide" takes you to some of the Northwest's most rugged rivers and isolated wilderness areas, without having to violate the stay-at-home orders.

Environment | local | Pacific Ocean | Recreation | NW Life | Land

Take A Virtual Road Trip Down The Pacific Northwest Coast

Tour some of the most stunning spots on the Oregon and Washington coast from the comfort of your stay-at-home.

local | NW Life | Land | Recreation

Take A Virtual Roadtrip Up The Cascade Mountains

We visit some of the most beautiful and unique places the Northwest's mountains have to offer to stave off your stuck-at-home blues. Ice caves and hanging glaciers? Check. Disappearing lakes and unexplored slot canyons? We've got those, too!

Science | local | Education | World | NW Life

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.

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

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 | Environment | Science | local | Recreation | Parents

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.

local | NW Life | Health | Business | Food

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.

Family | Arts | local | 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).

local | Animals | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 | NW Life | Arts | Music

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.

NW Life | local | Books | Arts | Music | 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.

NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | Music | Sessions

Sera Cahoone Live At The Old Church

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

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

NW Life | local | Books | Arts

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."

NW Life | local | Books | Arts | 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.