Multimedia 3-for-1 Stories: TV, Radio & Print
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?"
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.
Around a dozen family farms in the arid Northwest have created a fruitful partnership with millions of alkali bees, specialists in pollinating alfalfa flowers, to produce about a quarter of the country's alfalfa seed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the fiftieth anniversary of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," a group of Portland musicians play the album live on a tour of Oregon's prisons.
Do you ever drive by one of the dozens of buildings going up in Portland and think, man, I wish I owned a slice of that masonry pie? Well, now you can.
Paige MacKenzie has converted a flip-cam and a low-fi series that's "Paranormal Activity" meets "Gilmore Girls" into an Internet Empire.
Portlander Andre Allen Anjos has become the go-to guy for remixing indie bands, from Arcade Fire to Foster the People. He shows us how he does it.
Shakespeare's got the beat in the world premiere by Jeff Whitty at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Located in the remodeled Washington High School, the new music venue seeks to provide a missing step in the city’s music ladder.
When most Americans think of bonsai, they probably think of an ancient gardening craft practiced by lovers of Japanese culture. Ryan Neil thinks it's anything but.
Two famed music and choral ensembles transform the famous Mount Angel Abbey Library by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto into a living instrument.
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.
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
I host our annual round up of interviews with some of the top contenders for Oregon's highest literary prize.
I host a live show at the Portland Book Festival with three authors pondering different (but strangely interrelated) aspects of life on earth.
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.
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.
We spend an hour exploring how small towns are using the arts to resurrect their economies.
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.
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.
Best known as drag clown Carla Rossi, artist Anthony Hudson loses the wig for a show about how pop culture formed his identity as a half-Native American, half-white kid in small town Oregon.
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.
Churches are one of the last institutions knitting Portland's displaced African American community together. But how much longer can the bonds last?
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.
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.
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.
With the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, iconoclastic Portland director Todd Haynes brings his exploration of the female psyche to the small screen.
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
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.
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
The baby from 'Labyrinth' grew up to make his own fantasy film, and if the sold-out world premiere is any indication, audiences are ready to return to the enchanting realm of puppet goblins, faeries, and imagination.
Two years ago, Oregon Ballet Theatre almost bowed out forever. Now it's launching an ambitious 25th anniversary season full of surprises (Pink Martini!). What happened?
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.
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.
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.