Aaron Scott (he/him) is co-host of NPR's daily science podcast, Short Wave. The show is a curiosity-fueled voyage through new discoveries, everyday mysteries and the personal stories behind the science.
Prior to joining NPR in 2022, Scott was a producer/reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting's science and environment team and the nature TV show Oregon Field Guide, where he climbed mountains with microbiologists, bushwhacked old-growth forests with ornithologists, snorkeled remote rivers with conservationists and otherwise wandered the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
In 2020, Scott reported and hosted OPB's 10-part podcast Timber Wars, which told the story of how a small group of scientists and environmentalists forever changed the way we see — and fight over — forests and the natural world. With original music by Laura Gibson (the first musician to play a Tiny Desk concert), the podcast has been incorporated into college curricula around the country and won multiple awards, including being the first audio work to receive the MIT Knight Science Journalism Program's Victor K. McElheny Award.
On the creative flip side, Scott spent a number of years producing OPB's weekly arts radio show, State of Wonder; was the arts editor at Portland Monthly magazine; and directed publicity for the polyphonic little orchestra Pink Martini.
Scott's reporting has appeared on NPR, Radiolab, This American Life, Reveal, Here & Now, Out and elsewhere, and has won Gracie, Murrow, National Headliner, NLGJA and SPJ awards. He holds masters degrees in broadcast journalism and science journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's in religious studies from Grinnell College. He grew up moving between the mountains of Colorado and the valleys of Oregon and now calls Portland home.