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Aaron Scott

Reporter/Producer, Oregon Public Broadcasting's Science & Environment Team

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Aaron Scott is a multimedia journalist whose radio, television, and magazine stories have appeared on/in NPR, Radiolab, This American Life, Here & Now, OPB, Portland Monthly and Out, and have won Gracie, Murrow, Emmy, SPJ, NLGJA and Mark Twain awards.

As a member of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Science and Environment Team and a producer for OPB's flagship outdoors TV show, Oregon Field Guide, Aaron currently roams the Pacific Northwest, exploring North Cascade glaciers with microbiologists, bushwhacking coastal old growth with ornithologists, snorkeling rugged California rivers with conservationists, and otherwise feeding the curiosity of OPB's audience.

Before returning to the science and environment beat, Aaron produced OPB's weekly radio show about arts and creativity, "State of Wonder," and spent three years as the senior arts editor at Portland Monthly magazine.

He has an M.S. in broadcast journalism and an M.A. in science journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before reporting stories, he pitched them as the director of communications for the independent band Pink Martini. His escape fantasy is to join a monastery in the mountains.


Multimedia 3-for-1 Stories: TV, Radio & Print

OPB, NPR's Here & Now
Honey, I Shrunk The Gorge! Model Railroad Re-Creates Iconic Region

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a giant towering over the Northwest landscape? You can find out firsthand at Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, where even children loom like Godzilla looking down on all the iconic sites of the Gorge.

OPB, Oregon Field Guide
The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon

No one knows how many or 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.

OPB, Oregon Field Guide
Why Many Northwest Animals And Plants Need Wildfire

We've been taught that thick forests have always blanketed the Northwest and that we need to preserve them unchanged to protect creatures like the spotted owl. But what if that's wrong?

OPB, Oregon Field Guide
Snorkeling With The Salmon

It’s a rare person who would look at a wicked stretch of whitewater rapids and think: “that’d make for killer snorkeling.” But that’s exactly what’s attracts nearly a hundred people to the Salmon River in Northern California every year.

Radio Features

NPR, All Things Considered
'Portlandia' Is Ending, And Portlanders Are OK With That

There was a time when saying you lived in Portland, Ore., would get a response like, "That's above California, right?" Now, people not only know where the city is but also inevitably ask, "Is it just like the show?"

NPR, Weekend Edition Saturday
Christopher Marley's Dead Things

Christopher Marley sees beauty in dead things: snakes, octopuses, bugs. Other people do too - his work sells in high-end shops, inspires NIKE shoes, and is starting to make its way into museums.

Why Are Bad Guys Bad?

Detective Tom Jensen spent 17 years searching for the Green River Killer and six months trying to get him to answer the question: why? Story begins at 6:30 mark.

New Stu

How did a conservative town come to elect our country's first transgendered mayor? We meet Stu Rasmussen, who brought Silverton, Oregon, along on his story of transformation.

It's Alive?

Sxip Shirey avoided New York City most of his life. But as an aspiring musician, he decided that moving there was a necessary evil. Then, one night on a roof overlooking the skyline--he had an epiphany that completely changed the way he saw the city.

NPR, Weekend Edition
O Romeo, Romeo, What The Heck Are You Saying?

No one debates that Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers in the English language. What is debatable, however, is just how much today's audiences actually understand what he was saying. That's why the Oregon Shakespeare Festival wants to translate the Bard's entire canon into contemporary English.

This American Life
#1 Party School: Talk to the Paw

The same year Penn State was named #1 party school, State College was named the safest metropolitan area in the country. Producer Aaron Scott goes out with a State College police officer to see what it takes to keep it safe.

Churches Remain At The Heart Of Dispersed Black Communities

Up until the '90's, most African Americans in Portland lived in inner North and Northeast. But U.S. Census figures indicate that over the last 20 years, gentrification of traditionally black neighborhoods has pushed over 8,000 African Americans from their homes. As Portland Monthly's Aaron Scott reports, the area's churches still tie people back to the community they once knew.

Host and Interview Work

OPB's State of Wonder
What's So Funny About Portland With Shelley McLendon

I host a guest-curated episode with the Portland comedian, as she introduces us to her sister Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaid," "The Goldbergs") and her new comedy venue, the Siren Theater, as well as tests my improv mettle and cracks us up with two sketches.

OPB's State of Wonder
Q&A: Actor Jesse Eisenberg Gives Us Hiccups Of Laughter

Jesse Eisenberg is best known for starring in movies like "The Social Network," "Zombieland" and next year's "Batman v. Superman." But he's quickly gaining attention for his writing as well, in the form of both plays and humor.

OPB's State of Wonder
Summer Music Special

We profile some of the summer's best acts: Calexico, Helio Sequence, Luz Elena Mendoza, Lost Lander, Edna Vasquez, and a new favorite, Joseph. Also, we say goodbye to one of the city's beloved musicians, Dave Camp, whose Facebook chronicle of his struggle with cancer rallied a community around him.

OPB's State of Wonder
Swedish Pop Sensation Seinabo Sey In Studio by OPB's State of Wonder

Gambian-Swedish singer Seinabo Sey has been hailed as a pop sensation since the release of her first single, "Younger," at the ripe age of 23. She's since brought home multiple Swedish Grammys — to say nothing of challenging the institution itself.

Magazine Features

Portland Monthly
The Lost Album of Okinawa

In 1945, a Portland navy officer salvaged a book of photos from the Okinawa battlefield. Seven decades later, his widow began a journey to find its owners and return it.

Portland Monthly
By the Grace of God

Churches are one of the last institutions knitting Portland's displaced African American community together. But how much longer can the bonds last?

Portland Monthly
Live Wire Radio Goes for National Glory

After a decade of cracking up local listeners, Portland's radio dynamos aim to be public radios next big thing—and they just might make it.

Portland Monthly
Tilting at Landfills

A motley crew of farmers and wine-makers wage a quixotic battle to stop North America's largest garbage company from growing even bigger in the heart of Oregon's wine country.

Portland Monthly
Marketing Portland's Music to the Masses

Sara Matarazzo, Chris Funk, and a budding local cluster of music connoisseurs are making Portland a capital for a new music industry, one ad at a time.

Portland Monthly
The Ladies' Man

With the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, iconoclastic Portland director Todd Haynes brings his exploration of the female psyche to the small screen.

Out Magazine
The Rise and Fall of Sam Adams

Sam Adams became the first openly gay man elected mayor of a major US city. But no sooner had he taken office when a sex scandal threatened to bring him down.

Magazine Service Packages

Portland Monthly
PoMo's Guide to Spring's World-Class Arts Events

Once, Portlanders had to travel to New York or LA for top-shelf dance, music, visual arts, and theater. As this season's lineup reveals, now we're the destination.

Portland Monthly
Portland Summer Guide 2013

Summer camp for adults, Trek in the Park, perfect picnic challenge, where to soak up the sun (and stash a body), and other adventures to help you craft the perfect season.

Short Magazine and Web Features

Portland Monthly
Retracing K2's Deadliest Day

Journalist Peter Zuckerman has braved death threats, bigots, war-torn Himalayan villages, and psychedelic mushroom-worms to tell the stories of those brushed aside by history.

Portland Monthly
Into the Woods with Carson Ellis

When illustrator Carson Ellis and musician-writer Colin Meloy began their fantastical YA trilogy, Wildwood Chronicles, the husband-and-wife duo traced Forest Park's boundaries onto a large piece of paper and began to transform its sites into their own magical world.

Q&A: Jinkx Monsoon from 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

The leading contender to win the reality drag contest on Monday dishes about her fellow queens, fighting to be taken seriously, and growing up in Portland.

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