Assistant Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to head the magazine’s fact checking department; generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; and support arts and culture coverage. 

Ramona was first recognized for her writing chops in 1990, when she won a seventh-grade essay contest. Asked to pick the nation's most pressing issue, Ramona wisely chose inflation (rates promptly fell). She now mostly steers clear of economic forecasting, writing instead about whitewater kayakers, belly dancing, flavored vodka, and sensory deprivation tanks. 

Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona wrote for a range of nonprofits, planned international events, and directed a venture capital association. She was raised in the Bay Area, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but has called Portland home since 2001. Currently, Ramona is working on a graduate thesis (on fact checking) for Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction program.

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POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 28–May 1

From Bombino's entrancing guitar licks to International Tabletop Day to some next-level, one-on-one theater, send out April with a bang.

  • By Jack Rushall, Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/28/2016

MODERN LOVE

Love, Portland: Dating and Mating, Stumptown Style

Like everything, we do romance our own way in this town.

  • By Courtenay Hameister, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/22/2016

THE NUMBERS

What Do the Stats Say about Romance in Portland?

Good for fetishists. Bad for 20-something women.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/22/2016

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s Best Bars 2016

We’ve got the city’s best new bars, 11 essential new cocktails, a watering hole for (nearly) every neighborhood, and a tasting room decision tree.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Bart Blasengame, Margaret Seiler, Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, Eden Dawn, Karen Brooks, Zach Dundas, and Brian Barker
  • Published 04/22/2016

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s 13 Best New Bars

Whether you're into ham and fortified wines or mussels and Belgian beers, there’s a new spot for you.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 04/22/2016

BIKES

Three Female Gearheads Will Help You Build Your Perfect Bicycle

Our bodies, our bikes

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/22/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 21–24

From feisty newsboys to wisdom from a pizza king to three days of heavy metal, the weekend is here and ready to be seized.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/21/2016

AIRPORT LOVE

Want to Get Felt Up in Klamath Falls?

Four Oregon congressional reps unite to restore TSA screening in Klamath Falls, which could mean the return of commercial flights to Crater Lake. (Well, nearby.)

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/19/2016

DANCE

Cirque Alfonse Comes to Portland

A troupe of Quebecois acrobats reminds us that for a timber town, we could be a bit more strapping.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/14/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 14–17

Laura Gibson hits the Old Church, Design Week takes over Rev Hall, 2Cellos rock out, and an economist-turned-comedian promises to make carbon taxes funny. Let the weekend begin.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/14/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 7–10

Shook Twins play the Doug Fir, nondancers get their groove on, and the curtain goes up on a slew of new theater productions. Welcome to the weekend.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/07/2016

CHEAT SHEET

How to Dine at Restaurant Beck

Planning to splurge at the Oregon Coast’s top fine dining spot? Here’s what you need to know.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/06/2016

NATIONAL PARK WEEK

Oregon Has Eight National Park Sites—and Next Week, Admission Is Free

For its 100th birthday, the National Park Service is throwing a week-long party. Here’s your guide to keeping it local.

  • By Caitlin Collins and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/05/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 31–Apr 3

Psych rock sisters, maniacal dance-theater, ninja acrobaticalists, and a loopy stage adaptation of cult classic Road House—hiya, weekend.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 03/31/2016

HOTEL OPENINGS

Aloha, Kalama: McMenamins’ Next Hotel Will Be Tiki-Themed

The riverside Washington town will boast a 40-room hotel modeled after Maui’s Pioneer Inn. But hold on to your mai tais—the brand-new resort won’t open till 2017.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 03/25/2016

THE FUTURE

In a New Era of High Prices and Soaring Popularity, What Will Portland Become?

As the cost of living skyrockets, new people pour in, and shiny new buildings rise, Portland must act fast to save its soul.

  • By Marty Patail, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Brian Libby, and Randy Gragg
  • Published 03/25/2016

REAL ESTATE 2016

We've Got 19 New Facts About Portland’s Totally Insane Real Estate Market

From steepest price spikes to wealthiest hoods, we crunched the numbers. Here’s what we found.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 03/25/2016

PDX INDEX

Are Portlanders Paying the Arts Tax? (Not really.)

And where’s that money going, anyway?

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 03/25/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 24–27

Fears of Y2K, dreams of better bike lanes, Peter Frampton, and woozy psych rock pack the first full weekend of spring.

  • By Jack Rushall, Rebecca Jacobson, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 03/24/2016

OREGON TOURISM

Travel Oregon’s New Ad Campaign Is ... Understated

Tagline: “We Like It Here. You Might, Too.” (Don’t go crazy, you guys.)

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 03/22/2016
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